August 30, 2019

21 Cincinnati Entertainment Bars Where You Can Drink and Play

Life is all about balance. From boozy bowling alleys and tipsy bull-riding spots to arcade bars and axe-throwing establishments, these drinking destinations are for those who prefer a side of action with their frosty brew.
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16-Bit Bar+Arcade
1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Guzzle ’80s-themed drinks with names like the Molly Ringwald or Kevin Bacon while playing more than 50 different classic arcade games and pinball. If you drink, you play for free. It might not be the ’80s or the ’90s anymore, but 16-Bit makes those decades feel new again.
Photo: Patty Salas

16-Bit Bar+Arcade

1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
Guzzle ’80s-themed drinks with names like the Molly Ringwald or Kevin Bacon while playing more than 50 different classic arcade games and pinball. If you drink, you play for free. It might not be the ’80s or the ’90s anymore, but 16-Bit makes those decades feel new again.
Photo: Patty Salas
Urban Axes
2010 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Good news for people who love throwing axes: There's a place in OTR where you can toss the deadly projectiles. Urban Axes axe-throwing chain has opened a location next to Rhinegeist. Like other axe-throwing locations nearby, at Urban Axes you throw an actual 1.5-pound hatchet at a wooden target. You can either schedule a 2.5-hour group event with safety instructions, throwing practice and a round-robin tournament, or you can wing it and hope it isn't busy and opt for walk-in session. This location also offers beer, wine and leagues. 
Photo via Facebook.com/UrbanAxes

Urban Axes

2010 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Good news for people who love throwing axes: There's a place in OTR where you can toss the deadly projectiles. Urban Axes axe-throwing chain has opened a location next to Rhinegeist. Like other axe-throwing locations nearby, at Urban Axes you throw an actual 1.5-pound hatchet at a wooden target. You can either schedule a 2.5-hour group event with safety instructions, throwing practice and a round-robin tournament, or you can wing it and hope it isn't busy and opt for walk-in session. This location also offers beer, wine and leagues.
Photo via Facebook.com/UrbanAxes
Top Golf
9568 Waterfront Drive, West Chester
The only thing better than drinking a few beers while out on the course is going to Top Golf where they bring the drinks to you! Hit a microchipped golf ball into colorful targets to score points. This chain of driving ranges brings golf out of the country club and into the public as a space to practice your swing, grab a bite to eat or even watch the sun go down over West Chester on a rooftop patio.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Top Golf

9568 Waterfront Drive, West Chester
The only thing better than drinking a few beers while out on the course is going to Top Golf where they bring the drinks to you! Hit a microchipped golf ball into colorful targets to score points. This chain of driving ranges brings golf out of the country club and into the public as a space to practice your swing, grab a bite to eat or even watch the sun go down over West Chester on a rooftop patio.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pins Mechanical Company
1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this Over-the-Rhine bar has 25 pinball machines and 10 duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball, bocce ball and shuffleboard. With 35 beers on tap this is a Cincinnati beer fan’s heaven.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pins Mechanical Company

1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this Over-the-Rhine bar has 25 pinball machines and 10 duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball, bocce ball and shuffleboard. With 35 beers on tap this is a Cincinnati beer fan’s heaven.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Sandbar
4855 Kellogg Ave., California, Ohio
It’s a day at the beach, with seven volleyball courts and a view of the river. They feature live music throughout the summer and volleyball leagues go through the fall. Tap into your inner river lover with the Ohio River Mudslide: bourbon, Bailey’s and half and half on the rocks. Feel free to bring Fido with you as The Sandbar is dog-friendly. 
Photo via Facebook.com/SandBarCincy

The Sandbar

4855 Kellogg Ave., California, Ohio
It’s a day at the beach, with seven volleyball courts and a view of the river. They feature live music throughout the summer and volleyball leagues go through the fall. Tap into your inner river lover with the Ohio River Mudslide: bourbon, Bailey’s and half and half on the rocks. Feel free to bring Fido with you as The Sandbar is dog-friendly.
Photo via Facebook.com/SandBarCincy
Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition
3929 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Retro arcade games plus alcohol and hot dogs (even vegetarian ones). Monday Night Fights are for serious players, and there’s a high-score board for some local fame. Some arcade bars are for drinking and gaming; Arcade Legacy is for gaming and drinking. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition

3929 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Retro arcade games plus alcohol and hot dogs (even vegetarian ones). Monday Night Fights are for serious players, and there’s a high-score board for some local fame. Some arcade bars are for drinking and gaming; Arcade Legacy is for gaming and drinking.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Bobby Mackey’s Music World
44 Licking Pike, Wilder
A classic honky tonk with Country music, cowboys and a mechanical bull. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a little scare, the place is supposedly haunted and offers spooky tours.
Photo via Facebook.com/BobbyMackeyFB

Bobby Mackey’s Music World

44 Licking Pike, Wilder
A classic honky tonk with Country music, cowboys and a mechanical bull. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a little scare, the place is supposedly haunted and offers spooky tours.
Photo via Facebook.com/BobbyMackeyFB
Fifty West Production Works
7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Fifty West has turned a stretch of Wooster Pike into its very own playground with the original brewpub location, Fifty West Production Works (home to six sand volleyball courts), Fifty West Canoe & Kayak and Fifty West Cycling. All of the brewery’s brands are geared toward building community through shared experiences, which include drinking craft beer and getting outside. It’s all about an active lifestyle, says brewery co-owner Bobby Slattery. 
Photo via Facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany

Fifty West Production Works

7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
Fifty West has turned a stretch of Wooster Pike into its very own playground with the original brewpub location, Fifty West Production Works (home to six sand volleyball courts), Fifty West Canoe & Kayak and Fifty West Cycling. All of the brewery’s brands are geared toward building community through shared experiences, which include drinking craft beer and getting outside. It’s all about an active lifestyle, says brewery co-owner Bobby Slattery.
Photo via Facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany
Fowling Warehouse
2940 Highland Ave. #230, Pleasant Ridge
This unique entertainment franchise capitalizes on the up-and-coming tailgating game, which combines bowling and football. Located in the Highland Park industrial complex of Pleasant Ridge, the warehouse stretches 46,000 square feet and offers 30 total lanes of fowling, two full-service bars, a stage and a large biergarten. Great for individuals, groups, parties and corporate outings, the general objective of fowling is to knock over the opponent's bowling pins with a football before they knock yours down. Guests can either reserve a lane or enjoy open play.
Photo via fowlingwarehouse.com/cincinnati

Fowling Warehouse

2940 Highland Ave. #230, Pleasant Ridge
This unique entertainment franchise capitalizes on the up-and-coming tailgating game, which combines bowling and football. Located in the Highland Park industrial complex of Pleasant Ridge, the warehouse stretches 46,000 square feet and offers 30 total lanes of fowling, two full-service bars, a stage and a large biergarten. Great for individuals, groups, parties and corporate outings, the general objective of fowling is to knock over the opponent's bowling pins with a football before they knock yours down. Guests can either reserve a lane or enjoy open play.
Photo via fowlingwarehouse.com/cincinnati
Stone Lanes
3746 Montgomery Road, Norwood
A classic family-owned bowling alley near Xavier University. Open until 11 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday. Join the Can Club and get a Stone Lanes growler can for $6, which you can refill with Miller Lite at the alley for $2.95 anytime. 
Photo via Facebook.com/StoneLanes

Stone Lanes

3746 Montgomery Road, Norwood
A classic family-owned bowling alley near Xavier University. Open until 11 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday. Join the Can Club and get a Stone Lanes growler can for $6, which you can refill with Miller Lite at the alley for $2.95 anytime.
Photo via Facebook.com/StoneLanes