January 10, 2020

25 Things to Do If You’re Sober in Cincinnati

Whether you're taking a break from drinking or you've opted for a long-term lifestyle change, the Queen City is full of entertaining activities that don't involve alcohol. From rock climbing to escape rooms, sipping mocktails or throwing axes, there's plenty to do when you're sober in Cincy.  
Scroll down to view images
Go rock climbing at Loveland’s Mosaic Climbing
9501 Union Cemetery Road, Loveland
Loveland's Mosaic Climbing is a multi-functional gym with modern touches and unique features. According to a press release from Mosaic, this is the largest climbing gym in Cincinnati, with their tallest wall reaching over 50 feet. The gym features geometric Walltopia walls for rope climbing and bouldering, as well as advanced training amenities like a yoga studio, fitness room, co-working spaces and private event rooms — there's a lot to love. A day pass costs $17.
Photo: Holden Mathis

Go rock climbing at Loveland’s Mosaic Climbing

9501 Union Cemetery Road, Loveland
Loveland's Mosaic Climbing is a multi-functional gym with modern touches and unique features. According to a press release from Mosaic, this is the largest climbing gym in Cincinnati, with their tallest wall reaching over 50 feet. The gym features geometric Walltopia walls for rope climbing and bouldering, as well as advanced training amenities like a yoga studio, fitness room, co-working spaces and private event rooms — there's a lot to love. A day pass costs $17.
Photo: Holden Mathis
Visit Japp’s for a “Nonnie” cocktail
1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Japp’s bar owner and mixologist Molly Wellmann offers a variety of $5 non-alcoholic cocktails called “Nonnies” at her Over-the-Rhine drinking spot. Stop by for a Passion of the Nonnie, with lemon, lemon syrup, passion fruit juice and egg white.
Photo: Provided by Molly Wellmann

Visit Japp’s for a “Nonnie” cocktail

1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Japp’s bar owner and mixologist Molly Wellmann offers a variety of $5 non-alcoholic cocktails called “Nonnies” at her Over-the-Rhine drinking spot. Stop by for a Passion of the Nonnie, with lemon, lemon syrup, passion fruit juice and egg white.
Photo: Provided by Molly Wellmann
Get your Zen on at World Peace Yoga
268 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Clifton’s World Peace Yoga studio offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. New visitors who live in Greater Cincinnati can enjoy a free month of unlimited yoga classes. The studio offers roughly four classes per day, every day of the week.
Photo via Facebook/WorldPeaceYogah

Get your Zen on at World Peace Yoga

268 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
Clifton’s World Peace Yoga studio offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. New visitors who live in Greater Cincinnati can enjoy a free month of unlimited yoga classes. The studio offers roughly four classes per day, every day of the week.
Photo via Facebook/WorldPeaceYogah
Take a skiing or snowboarding lesson at Perfect North Slopes
19074 Perfect Place Lane, Lawrenceburg
Indiana may not be the most conventional place to ski, but Perfect North is pretty rad. Warning: This suggestion is most definitely an all-day endeavor, so maybe don’t go here on a first date in case it goes south. About a 30-minute drive outside of Cincinnati, you can take to the slopes via skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. Warm up afterward at The Lodge with hot cocoa or coffee. Food options mostly consist of various sandwiches, burgers and other classic fare — from pizza to chicken tenders to soup. It's $50 for an 8-hour lift ticket; group rates and rental equipment available.
Photo via Facebook/PerfectNorth

Take a skiing or snowboarding lesson at Perfect North Slopes

19074 Perfect Place Lane, Lawrenceburg
Indiana may not be the most conventional place to ski, but Perfect North is pretty rad. Warning: This suggestion is most definitely an all-day endeavor, so maybe don’t go here on a first date in case it goes south. About a 30-minute drive outside of Cincinnati, you can take to the slopes via skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. Warm up afterward at The Lodge with hot cocoa or coffee. Food options mostly consist of various sandwiches, burgers and other classic fare — from pizza to chicken tenders to soup. It's $50 for an 8-hour lift ticket; group rates and rental equipment available.
Photo via Facebook/PerfectNorth
Race go-carts, chuck axes and smash things at Full Throttle Indoor Karting
11725 Commons Drive, Springdale
Full Throttle Indoor Karting is a one-stop-shop for thrills. The entertainment facility doesn’t stop at high-speed go-kart racing — they also offer axe-throwing and a smash room where visitors can choose from three different smash sessions, suit up and take out their frustrations on a bunch of breakables. Racing starts at $24; axe-throwing starts at $15; and the smash room starts at $25. 
Photo: Provided by Hailey Bollinger

Race go-carts, chuck axes and smash things at Full Throttle Indoor Karting

11725 Commons Drive, Springdale
Full Throttle Indoor Karting is a one-stop-shop for thrills. The entertainment facility doesn’t stop at high-speed go-kart racing — they also offer axe-throwing and a smash room where visitors can choose from three different smash sessions, suit up and take out their frustrations on a bunch of breakables. Racing starts at $24; axe-throwing starts at $15; and the smash room starts at $25.
Photo: Provided by Hailey Bollinger
Get your adrenaline pumping at iFLY Indoor Skydiving
7689 Warehouse Row, Liberty Township
If you want the thrill of skydiving without the risk of jumping out of an airplane, iFLY Indoor Skydiving opened a facility in Liberty Township. iFLY uses a wind tunnel fly chamber which "moves air in a vertical column at speeds high enough to keep a person safely floating." Tickets begin at $49.95.
Photo via Facebook/iFLYCincinnati

Get your adrenaline pumping at iFLY Indoor Skydiving

7689 Warehouse Row, Liberty Township
If you want the thrill of skydiving without the risk of jumping out of an airplane, iFLY Indoor Skydiving opened a facility in Liberty Township. iFLY uses a wind tunnel fly chamber which "moves air in a vertical column at speeds high enough to keep a person safely floating." Tickets begin at $49.95.
Photo via Facebook/iFLYCincinnati
Cozy up at Roebling Point Books & Coffee
306 Greenup St., Covington
Quick, name a better duo than a good book and a cup of coffee. Local, independent bookstore and coffee shop Roebling Point Books & Coffee can’t. Their coffee is organic and fair-trade, as well as locally sourced. If you don’t see the book you’re looking for, you can call and they’ll order it for you. 
Photo via facebook.com/roeblingpointbooksandcoffee

Cozy up at Roebling Point Books & Coffee

306 Greenup St., Covington
Quick, name a better duo than a good book and a cup of coffee. Local, independent bookstore and coffee shop Roebling Point Books & Coffee can’t. Their coffee is organic and fair-trade, as well as locally sourced. If you don’t see the book you’re looking for, you can call and they’ll order it for you.
Photo via facebook.com/roeblingpointbooksandcoffee
Pet a wolf at the Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue
14099? Wolf Creek Road, Brookville, Indiana
When the wild calls, answer it at Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue. The owners share their Brookville home with a pack of more than two-dozen wolves, all of whom were either surrendered to the sanctuary or rescued from the wild. Guests are able to go inside the animals’ enclosures and interact with them (alongside a center volunteer). Warning: The wolves have been known to give kisses and request belly rubs.
Photo: Mackenzie Manley

Pet a wolf at the Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue

14099? Wolf Creek Road, Brookville, Indiana
When the wild calls, answer it at Wolf Creek Habitat and Rescue. The owners share their Brookville home with a pack of more than two-dozen wolves, all of whom were either surrendered to the sanctuary or rescued from the wild. Guests are able to go inside the animals’ enclosures and interact with them (alongside a center volunteer). Warning: The wolves have been known to give kisses and request belly rubs.
Photo: Mackenzie Manley
Game the day away at Main Event in West Chester
9477 Oxford Way, West Chester Township
Main Event has it all. Compete in a game of bowling or laser tag. Go old school with arcade games, play billiards, shuffleboard or break the laws of gravity at their obstacle course. On Mondays, they offer all-you-can-play arcade games and activities for $10.95 per guest.
Photo via Facebook.com/MyMainEvent

Game the day away at Main Event in West Chester

9477 Oxford Way, West Chester Township
Main Event has it all. Compete in a game of bowling or laser tag. Go old school with arcade games, play billiards, shuffleboard or break the laws of gravity at their obstacle course. On Mondays, they offer all-you-can-play arcade games and activities for $10.95 per guest.
Photo via Facebook.com/MyMainEvent
Get strategic on at weekly open game night at Woodburn Games
2803 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
East Walnut Hills’ Woodburn Games is a treasure trove for strategic board and card game lovers. On Thursdays, the shop hosts an open game night where visitors can either bring one of their own games or play one from the library. They also host a variety of different events throughout the week, like Magic the Gathering meet-ups and events to try out Cincinnati game designer’s new games.
Photo via Facebook.com/WoodburnGames

Get strategic on at weekly open game night at Woodburn Games

2803 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
East Walnut Hills’ Woodburn Games is a treasure trove for strategic board and card game lovers. On Thursdays, the shop hosts an open game night where visitors can either bring one of their own games or play one from the library. They also host a variety of different events throughout the week, like Magic the Gathering meet-ups and events to try out Cincinnati game designer’s new games.
Photo via Facebook.com/WoodburnGames