Despite COVID-19, Some Awesome Stuff Has Happened in Cincinnati Music and Nightlife in the Last Year

Bar owners, musicians and promoters have found ingenious ways to safely entertain us and provide opportunities for schmooze or make-out sessions.

Fingers crossed that we'll experience this again soon. - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fingers crossed that we'll experience this again soon.


Squeezing into a club booth with strangers. Pogoing in the front row of a raucous concert. Doing an off-key karaoke rendition of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

COVID-19 reduced or even completely eliminated these and other Cincinnati nightlife traditions in 2020 and even now in 2021. 

Nevertheless, we persisted. Despite hardships from the coronavirus pandemic, bar owners, musicians and promoters still found ingenious ways to safely entertain us and provide ample opportunities for schmooze or make-out sessions. And we're crossing our fingers that there will be even more this year.

Below, check out a few of CityBeat’s reader and staff picks in music and nightlife from our “Best Of Cincinnati 2021” issue. Read about even more nightlife winners here, and see our entire Best of Cincinnati list here.

See  all of the music and nightlife winners here, and find our entire Best of Cincinnati list here.