2012 Arts & Nightlife Reader Picks

Learn about the best bars, dance clubs, museums and more in the Cincinnati area. The winners in these categories were chosen by you, our readers, using our online ballot. You've chosen champions in more than 30 categories giving us a comprehensive list o

Overall Nightclub: Mynt Martini
2 Mount Adams Pavilion
3 Lunar
4 Adonis
5 Bobby Mackey’s
6 Roxy’s
7 Below Zero Lounge
8 The Venue
9 Arnie’s on the Levee
10 PLAY

Overall Bar:

Blue Wisp Jazz Club


2 Arnold’s Bar & Grill


3 MOTR Pub


4 Hofbrauhaus


5 Northside Tavern


6 Neons Unplugged


7 Japp’s


8 Mt. Lookout Tavern


9 Crow’s Nest


10 Southgate House

Art Gallery: Cincinnati Art Museum


2 Contemporary Arts Center


3 Pendleton Arts Center


Bar/Nightclub Staff: MOTR Pub


2 Japp’s


3 Northside Tavern


Bartender: Molly Wellman


2 Nonta Perkins


3 Matt Pappert


Beer Selection on Tap:

Beer Sellar


2 Cock & Bull


3 (TIE) The Comet,


   The Lackman


Bloody Mary: Keystone BAR


2 Chez Nora 


3 MOTR Pub


Bowling Alley: Western Bowl


2 Madison Bowl


3 Star Lanes on the Levee


Casino: Hollywood


2 Belterra


3 Rising Star


Celtic Pub: Molly Malone’s (Covington)


2 Claddagh


3 Nicholson’s


Club DJ: DJ Clockwork


2 DJ Mowgli


3 Mark McFadden


Cocktail List: Japp’s


2 The Righteous Room


3 McCormick & Schmick


College Bar: Longworth’s Mt. Adams


2 Uncle Woody’s


3 Murphy’s Pub


Comedy Club: Funny Bone on the Levee


2 Go Bananas


3 Smarty Pants


Concert in 2011: Paul McCartney at GABP


2 Jimmy Buffett at Riverbend


3 Foxy Shazam


Concert Venue: Riverbend


2 Southgate House


3 PNC Pavilion (at Riverbend)


Cultural Event: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati


2 Midpoint Music Festival


3 Riverfest


Dance Club: Boogie Nights


2 Adonis


3 Mt. Adams Pavilion


Gallery for Local Artists: Pendleton Art Center


2 Art on the Levee


3 Fabricate


GLBT Bar: Below Zero Lounge


2 Adonis


3 Crazy Fox Saloon


Happy Hour: Palomino


2 The Righteous Room


3 Rock Bottom Brewery


Hotel Bar: The Bar at Palm Court (Hilton)


2 Cricket Lounge (Cincinnatian)


3 Over Vine (Westin)


Jukebox: The Comet


2 MOTR Pub


3 Anchor Grill


Karaoke: Northside Tavern


2 Lebo’s


3 Tostado’s Grill


Live Theater Company: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park


2 Know Theatre of Cincinnati


3 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company


Local Actor/Actress: Annie Fitzpatrick


2 Russell Hurley


3 Nick Rose


Local Artist: Jim Borgman


2 Jesse Fox


3 C.F. Payne


Local Author:

Laura Pulfer


2 Lori Foster


3 Brian Tome


Local Band (Covers): Rusty Griswolds


2 Naked Karate Girls


3 My Sister Sarah


Local Band (Originals): Foxy Shazam


2 Rumpke Mountain Boys


3 The Blue Wisp Big Band


Local Brewery: Christian Moerlein


2 Mt. Carmel


3 Rivertown


Local Comedian: Drew Hastings


2 Josh Sneed


3 Steve Caminiti


Local Distillery: Woodstone Creek


Local Musician: Ricky Nye


2 Sonny Moorman


3 Jake Speed


Local Winery: Vinoklet


2 Meier’s Winery


3 Henke


Margarita: Nada


2 Cactus Pear


3 El Coyote


Martini: Mynt Martini


2 Japp’s


3 Bartini


Movie Theater: Esquire Theatre


2 AMC Newport


3 Rave West Chester


Museum: Cincinnati Museum Center


2 Cincinnati Art Museum


3 Contemporary Arts Center


New Bar: Japp’s


2 Whisky Bar*


3 O’Neals

*Whiskey Bar was incorrectly categorized as a the "New Nightclub" in CityBeat's print edition. We regret the error.


No-Frills Watering Hole: City View Tavern


2 The Comet


3 Northside Tavern


Open Mic Night: Funny Bone on the Levee


2 MOTR Pub


3 Crow’s Nest


Place for Drink Specials: Neons Unplugged


2 Palomino’s


3 Fries Cafe


Place to People Watch: Fountain Square


2 Findlay Market


3 Kings Island



Place to Play Darts: Murphy’s Pub


2 Hap’s Irish Pub


3 Fries Cafe


Place to Play Pool: Northside Tavern


2 Murphy’s Pub


3 Lebos


Singles Bar: Neons Unplugged


2 Mt. Adams Pavilion


3 Mynt Martini


Trivia Night: Cock & Bull


2 Neons Unplugged


3 The Pub at Rookwood


Upscale Lounge: Orchids at the Palm Court


2 The Righteous Room


3 Blue Wisp Jazz Club


Wine Bar: (TIE)

ABIGAIL STREET,

20 BRIX


3 Eddie Merlots


New Nightclub: Pulse Nightclub


2 Luxe


3 PLAY


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