Best Of 2019

Last year, long-running Cincinnati LGBTQ bar The Dock was purchased by the Ohio Department of Transportation in order to make room for improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge. With the club’s untimely closing came what seemed like an end to Darkotica, a weekly Goth night that gave local scenesters a chance to flex their existential dread and stomp to classic Darkwave jams. Thanks to Mixwells Northside, however, the event is back from the dead. Darkotica takes over the bar every Thursday night, featuring sets of Electro-Industrial and EBM spun by STEPHEN29 and assorted guest DJs, like DJ Impossible and DJ Stylco. If you’re brooding on a budget, don’t fret! There’s no cover charge if you’re over 21, but if you’re 18-20, you do have to scrounge up $7. Just come dressed in your most macabre duds and with a penchant for doom and gloom. Mixwells Northside, 3935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside,

Music & Nightlife

2. The Blind Lemon

3. The Overlook Lodge

2. Sundry and Vice

3. MOTR Pub

2. Dutch’s

3. Oakley Pub and Grill

2. Fox & Hound

3. Back Porch Saloon

2. Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

3. Bobby Mackey’s

2. The Crow’s Nest

3. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

2. MOTR Pub

3. The Southgate House Revival

2. The Southgate House Revival

3. Madison Theater

2. Sundry and Vice

3. Queen City Exchange