e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque to Open in Over-the-Rhine This Summer

Located adjacent to Findlay Market, the club is the brainchild of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance organizer Richard Cooke

click to enlarge Rendering of e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque - Photo: Provided by e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque
Photo: Provided by e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque
Rendering of e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque

An exciting new addition to Over-the-Rhine's Elm Street is slated to open this summer: e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque.

From owner Richard Cooke, the organizer of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, the nightclub and bar will be located across from Rhinegeist.

"At e|19 we will bring together high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting," said Cooke in a press release. "Serving the LGBTQ+ community and our supporters, our vision is to make e|19 a much sought-after venue for this underserved community and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.”

The space will be able to welcome 400 customers and will have two different spaces, the discotheque and the lounge.

"The lounge bar area will be open during all hours of operation while the discothèque can be closed off when not in use or if booked for a private event at non-peak dance times,” said Cooke. 

According to the press release, visitors can expect a variety of curated music and entertainment daily, including Chillhouse music, live music and cabaret in the early evening; house, popular hits and videos in the evening; and live DJs, dance and electronic music toward the end of the evening. 

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Richard Cooke and his team,” said Danny Lipson, CDO of Urban Sites in the press release. “This has been a two-year project of careful planning, fundraising and collaboration with some of the best partners in the bar, restaurant and entertainment industries. We believe e|19 will bring a much-needed entertainment offering and vibrancy to add to the mix of businesses in this developing OTR district.”

Cooke started Cincinnati's monthly Tea Dance with his husband Marty Wagner in April 2017. An LGBTQ tradition from the 1940s and ’50s, Tea Dances historically functioned as a way for same-sex couples to openly, yet discreetly, be together. Cooke and Wagner brought the dances to the Queen City and into the 21st century, making them a popular Sunday event. 

e |19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque, 1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.

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