Best Of 2018

LGBTQ+ nightclub Below Zero Lounge is nestled snuggly between the nightlife action on Vine and Main streets in OTR and plenty of trendy theater destinations — Know Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Cincy Shakes and the Aronoff. These two facts are specifically important during Thursday night karaoke when the Patty and Matty Karaoke Show takes over the lounge. With a splash of panache, hosts Patrick Carnes and Matthew Pappert lead increasingly inebriated singers through everything from ’80s hits and radio-friendly Pop to favorite showtunes and plenty of Celine Dion. Because of the proximity to those theaters, it’s not uncommon for local talent or actors from traveling Broadway shows — or even a drag queen or two from upstairs’ The Cabaret — to hop onstage to belt their own takes on karaoke classics. If you’ve ever dreamt of sharing the stage with a star, this may be your chance. Or become a star yourself: It’s a known fact that confidence increases with alcohol consumption, and with affably heavy pours and a selection of more than 100 vodkas, the math is in your favor. Below Zero Lounge, 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine,

Music & Nightlife
Illustration: David Wilson

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