How to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'Shark Week' in Cincinnati

There may not be any sharks in the Ohio River (right?), but there will be plenty of sharks on TV when the Discovery Channel’s summer blockbuster Shark Week returns for the 30th year (July 22-28).

Sharks and shark attacks have been in the news lately (two people were bitten in Florida while swimming recently), but they’re frequently on our minds here in Cincinnati via food, drinks and attractions. Here are some of the top ways to celebrate Shark Week locally — besides sitting on the couch in front of your TV.

1. Drink a Shark Tank cocktail from O’Byron’s Bar & Grill

This Irish-leaning O’Bryonville pub is famous for its Shark Tank novelty cocktail: vodka, Sprite, sour mix and a rubber shark filled with grenadine you pour in yourself. Looks like blood! The interactive drink comes with an added bonus: you get to take the shark home. The $10 people-pleaser is only $8 on Thursdays #thirstythursday.1998 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, obryonsirishpub.com.

2. Cross the Newport Aquarium’s "Shark Bridge"

The aquarium’s 75-foot-long suspended rope "Shark Bridge" is the world’s first rope bridge where guests can walk just inches above the heads of sharks, shark rays and other aquatic animals. The bridge crosses the top of the 385,000 gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, which features more than a dozen species of sharks, including three exotic shark rays, sand tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks and a zebra shark. You can also walk along the top edge of the massive aquarium — it's the country’s largest open air tank display — if you don’t feel like walking above it, or through the exhibit's clear, acrylic tunnels to get face-to-face with a shark. For more finned fun, head to Shark Central, where you can pet four different kinds of sharks. The bridge is included in the price of admission ($24.99 adult; $17.99 child). 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, newportaquarium.com.

3. Sit with “Shark Girl” at the Contemporary Arts Center

In the Contemporary Arts Center’s upstairs UnMuseum, Casey Riordan Millard’s “Shark Girl” sits on a bench. The sculpture features a young girl in a blue dress with the body of a human and the head of a great white shark. In a 2008 CityBeat story, Millard said her "Shark Girl" series of art — which also includes drawings and paintings — “comedically explores the search for solace from the heartbreak of mortality.” Contemplate the meaning of existence as you snap a selfie with the Cincinnati-based artist’s work. The CAC site says “Shark Girl” is on view through Oct. 2, 2018. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org. 

4. Eat a Cheap Oyster

Some sharks, like bull sharks, eat oysters. Bull sharks also happen to eat turtles, stingrays, dolphins, other bull sharks, etc. Basically, sharks are the trash compactors of the sea and they’ll eat whatever, including shiny license plates. We’re not saying you should eat a license plate, but you can eat an oyster for cheap at several Cincinnati restaurants.

  • Anchor OTR: During 5-7 p.m. weeknight happy hour, shucker’s choice oysters are $1.50 each.
  • Eighth & English: Staring at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, its $1 oyster night at Eighth & English in the bar and dining room with a selection of both East and West Coast oysters.
  • Salazar: For $7 every day, you can get one of Salazar's cute lil' fried oyster sandwiches with kimchi, radish sprouts and mayo.

 

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This Irish-leaning O’Bryonville pub is famous for its Shark Tank novelty cocktail: vodka, Sprite, sour mix and a rubber shark filled with grenadine you pour in yourself. Looks like blood! The interactive drink comes with an added bonus: you get to take the shark home. 1998 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, obryonsirishpub.com.
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This Irish-leaning O’Bryonville pub is famous for its Shark Tank novelty cocktail: vodka, Sprite, sour mix and a rubber shark filled with grenadine you pour in yourself. Looks like blood! The interactive drink comes with an added bonus: you get to take the shark home. 1998 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, obryonsirishpub.com.
The Newport Aquarium’s 75-foot-long suspended rope "Shark Bridge" is the world’s first rope bridge where guests can walk just inches above the heads of sharks, shark rays and other aquatic animals. The bridge crosses the top of the 385,000 gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, which features more than a dozen species of sharks.  The bridge is included in the price of admission ($24.99 adult; $17.99 child).
Photo: Provided
The Newport Aquarium’s 75-foot-long suspended rope "Shark Bridge" is the world’s first rope bridge where guests can walk just inches above the heads of sharks, shark rays and other aquatic animals. The bridge crosses the top of the 385,000 gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, which features more than a dozen species of sharks. The bridge is included in the price of admission ($24.99 adult; $17.99 child).
You can also walk along the top edge of the massive Surrounded By Sharks exhibit — it's the country’s largest open-air tank display — if you don’t feel like walking above it, or through the exhibit's clear, acrylic tunnels to get face-to-face with a shark.
Photo: Provided
You can also walk along the top edge of the massive Surrounded By Sharks exhibit — it's the country’s largest open-air tank display — if you don’t feel like walking above it, or through the exhibit's clear, acrylic tunnels to get face-to-face with a shark.
For more finned fun, head to Shark Central, where you can pet four different kinds of sharks including two new baby Japanese Bullhead sharks — Wasabi and Sake.
Photo: Provided
For more finned fun, head to Shark Central, where you can pet four different kinds of sharks including two new baby Japanese Bullhead sharks — Wasabi and Sake.
This could be you, touching a shark.
Photo: Provided
This could be you, touching a shark.
In the Contemporary Arts Center’s upstairs UnMuseum, Casey Riordan Millard’s “Shark Girl” sits on a bench. The sculpture features a young girl in a blue dress with the body of a human and the head of a great white shark. Contemplate the meaning of existence as you snap a selfie with the Cincinnati-based artist’s work. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
Photo: Contemporary Arts Center
In the Contemporary Arts Center’s upstairs UnMuseum, Casey Riordan Millard’s “Shark Girl” sits on a bench. The sculpture features a young girl in a blue dress with the body of a human and the head of a great white shark. Contemplate the meaning of existence as you snap a selfie with the Cincinnati-based artist’s work. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.
This could be you!
Photo: Tony Frank
This could be you!
Some sharks, like bull sharks, eat oysters. Bull sharks also happen to eat turtles, stingrays, dolphins, other bull sharks, etc. Basically, sharks are the trash compactors of the sea and they’ll eat whatever, including shiny license plates. We’re not saying you should eat a license plate, but you can eat an oyster for cheap at several Cincinnati restaurants. During Anchor-OTR's 5-7 p.m. weeknight happy hour, shucker’s choice oysters are $1.50 each.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Some sharks, like bull sharks, eat oysters. Bull sharks also happen to eat turtles, stingrays, dolphins, other bull sharks, etc. Basically, sharks are the trash compactors of the sea and they’ll eat whatever, including shiny license plates. We’re not saying you should eat a license plate, but you can eat an oyster for cheap at several Cincinnati restaurants. During Anchor-OTR's 5-7 p.m. weeknight happy hour, shucker’s choice oysters are $1.50 each.