Best Of 2018

The holidays are typically the most festive time of year, and no one understands that more than The Video Archive/Overlook Lodge owners Gorilla Cinema. Their mission is all about bringing pop culture to life, whether it’s opening Quentin Tarantino-themed bar/video store The Video Archive or having The Shining scare people at Overlook Lodge. During the six-week long holiday period at the end of the year, the owners transformed both spots into a yin/yang concept. Walnut Hills’ Video Archive became a The Nightmare Before Christmas pop-up, replete with dry-ice skull cocktails and holiday horror films like Gremlins screening on TV. Pleasant Ridge’s Overlook briefly remodeled as Miracle, a brighter play on the holidays. They offered a Die Hard cocktail called Yippee-Kay-Yay Motherfucker, Bad Santa mulled wine and greenish eggnog. Let’s hope the tradition continues in 2018, alongside Gorilla Cinema’s new karaoke/Lost in Translation-themed bar, Tokyo Kitty. Maybe Christmastime karaoke? The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills,; Overlook Lodge, 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge,

Music & Nightlife
Illustration: David Wilson

2. Northside Yacht Club

3. The Video Archive

2. MOTR Pub

3. Queen City Exchange

2. Overlook Lodge

3. Dutch’s

2. Back Porch Saloon

3. Fox & Hound

2. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

3. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

2. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

3. The Crow’s Nest

2. Bogart’s

3. Southgate House Revival

2. Madison Theater

3. Woodward Theater

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill

3. Below Zero Lounge