Cincinnati's Oldest Bar, Arnold’s Bar & Grill Is Hosting a 160 Year Anniversary Party

The first 50 people who walk into the bar will be getting free t-shirts designed by local artist ​​Rob Warnick.

click to enlarge Arnold's Bar & Grill today. - PROVIDED BY ARNOLD'S BAR
Provided by Arnold's Bar
Arnold's Bar & Grill today.


Cincinnati’s oldest bar has officially been operating for 160 years, and of course, they have to celebrate.

Arnold’s Bar & Grill will be hosting an anniversary party Dec. 29.

click to enlarge The commemorative Arnold's T-shirt, designed by local artist ​​Rob Warnick. - PROVIDED BY ARNOLD'S BAR
Provided by Arnold's Bar
The commemorative Arnold's T-shirt, designed by local artist ​​Rob Warnick.
Seem like that's pretty close to the end of 2021 to celebrate? Arnold's co-owner Chris Breeden explained the reason why in an email, writing, "So, with the up and downs of the last few years along with changing protocols, food shortages, Zoom meetings and Tiger Kings, Arnold’s may have or may have not forgotten to throw our 160 anniversary party. That's right, Arnold’s has been continuously operating in the same space for 160 years! Since 1861! Luckily for us, the year is still not over."

To ring in the lucky 160, the first 50 people who walk into the bar on Dec. 29 will get a free commemorative T-shirt designed by local artist ​​Rob Warnick. There will also be drink specials —$1.60 draft deers— and if you’re feeling peckish, $1.60 appetizers.

Cincinnati Bluegrass band Moonshine Drive will be performing from 6-8 p.m., so swing on by and celebrate one of Cincinnati’s true staples.

Cincinnati was settled in 1788, so it makes sense we have quite the collection of historic drinking establishments.

click to enlarge A historic photo of Arnold's. - PROVIDED BY ARNOLD'S BAR
Provided by Arnold's Bar
A historic photo of Arnold's.
In operation since 1861, Arnold’s has an infamous bathtub that was reportedly used to make bootleg gin during Prohibition. And another rumor that the building was once a whorehouse. There is even a rumor that this bar filled with spirits (as in alcohol) is full of spirits (as in dead people).

Arnold’s Bar is located at 210 E. Eighth St. in Downtown. Find more information at arnoldsbarandgrill.com.

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