Best Of 2019

Opened in 2017, Taft’s Brewpourium is the laid-back little brother to Taft’s Ale House in Over-the-Rhine. While the latter is housed in a renovated church with lots of dark wood and chandeliers, the Brewpourium is a proper taproom with a more industrial look, darts, cornhole and shufflepuck in the front and a full brewing facility in the back. And if you find yourself attending a special event at the Brewpourium, you might get a peek at the production area. At a show last year featuring comedian and podcaster Stavros Halkias, attendees were whisked back to a small room lined with walls of beer cans on pallets. Definitely not a traditional environment for entertainment, yet it was weirdly perfect for a small audience. FYI: There’s no food or glass allowed back there (ask your bartender for a plastic cup), but there are plenty of eats to enjoy before or after the show from a menu of tasty New Haven-style thin-crust pizzas and sandwiches, plus, of course, a full bar with lots of Taft’s beers. Taft’s Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village,

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