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

Mar 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

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

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)



3 Eddie Merlots

New Nightclub: Pulse Nightclub

2 Luxe