27 Cool Facts About Greater Cincinnati You May Not Have Known

Cincinnati is full of fascinating history and facts, many of which are local legends at this point. Many of us may know…

By Katherine Barrier, CityBeat Staff

The "Least Metal Moment" of all time happened in Cincinnati
VH1 did a countdown of the “Least Metal Moments” of all time in 2004. The list included things like Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion covering hard rock classics (by Metallica and AC/DC, respectively) and Ozzy Osbourne doing a Pepsi commercial. But the top spot was at a beloved Cincinnati event. The “Least Metal Moment” ever was declared that time in the early ’00s when Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil led the crowd in the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance” on Fountain Square, a beloved tradition at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (March 1-3)

Spring is near, which means Bockfest is here. This weekend is full of season-changing hope and events. The 32nd annual Servatii Bockfest…

By Katie Griffith

32nd Annual Servatii Bockfest
When: March 1-3

Where: Over-the-Rhine's Brewery District

What: A Cincinnati tradition that celebrates spring, local brewery heritage and Bock beer.

Who: Bockfest and tons of participating venues and businesses

Why: There are events for all Bock beer enthusiasts, including the famous Bockfest parade, a run, live music and food.
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Watch Spring Bloom From This Cozy A-Frame Cabin in Springfield Township Now on the Market

Spring is just around the corner, Cincinnati, and if you’re looking for a new home to watch the flowers blossom and leaves…

By Katherine Barrier

2005 Arrowood Place, Springfield Township
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Photos: Look at These MidCentury Modern Items for Sale at 20th Century Cincinnati's Show This Weekend

Everyone's favorite MidCentury Modern show is back this weekend. 20th Century Cincinnati is back at the Sharonville Convention Center on Feb. 24-25, noon…

By CityBeat Staff

20th Century Cincinnati 2024
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33 Black-Owned Greater Cincinnati Restaurants You Need to Try ASAP

From hearty Southern-style breakfasts to traditional West African dishes, açai bowls to barbecue and authentic tacos, Cincinnati's Black-owned eateries are a vital…

By CityBeat Staff

Pata Roja Taqueria
52 E. Court St., Downtown
Taqueria Pata Roja got its start in 2019 as a food truck that could typically be found behind Bar Saeso in Pendleton. From there it grew in popularity, becoming known for its authentic street tacos and Mexican dishes. With this success, owner Derrick Braziel decided to put down roots in downtown Cincinnati. In February, Braziel opened Pata Roja in its new brick-and-mortar spot in Court Street Plaza. Pata Roja’s new space is modeled after the iconic taquerias of Mexico City, with colorful tiles and a central focus of the trompo, a meat rotisserie that’s front and center in the kitchen, which will be used to roast pork for the authentic tacos al pastor. On the menu, guests will find a variety of street tacos, including the al pastor and the popular campechano, which combines several meats into one taco, as well as frozen margaritas and fresh salsas.
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 23-25)

Despite it being the weekend after Valentine's Day, there's still plenty of opportunities to feel the love in Cincinnati, from a Twilight-themed…

By Ashley Moor

Selectas Choice: Donut Party 
When: Feb. 24 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Queen City Radio, Over-the-Rhine

What: Eat donuts and dance to music from DJ Pillio, DJ Rare Groove, DJ Apryl Reign and DJ Sly Luv.

Who: Queen City Radio

Why: Dancing and donuts — what more could you want on a Saturday night?
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Photos: Inside Walnut Hills' Newest Restaurant, The Aperture

The Aperture is the real deal, a first-rate addition to our city’s dining firmament. Not downtown or in Over-the-Rhine, The Aperture is…

By Pama Mitchell

The Aperture, 900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
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All the $5-$7 Meal Deals You Can Get During the First-Ever Cincinnati Chili Week

It’s almost time to eat chili and win prizes, Cincinnati. The inaugural Cincinnati Chili Week is happening Monday-Sunday, Feb. 19-25 and will…

By Katherine Barrier

Gold Star Chili
Multiple locations
SPECIALS: Two cheese coneys for $5; any regular 3-way, 4-way or 5-way for $6; and chili burger and fries for $7

Gold Star will also be giving 100 lucky winners free chili for a year. More info.
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North Avondale House Once Owned by Mother of CNN Founder Ted Turner Now on the Market

A North Avondale home with a claim to fame is now on the market. 3848 Dakota Ave., a nearly 5,000-square-foot, traditional-style home…

By Katherine Barrier

3848 Dakota Ave., North Avondale
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12 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 16-18)

This weekend is for the lovers and dreamers, Cincinnati. From concerts to baked goods and small business soirées across town, scroll down…

By Summer Orban

My Furry Valentine
When: Feb. 17 and 18 from noon-5 p.m.

Where: Sharonville Convention Center, Sharonville

What: The area’s largest pet adoption event.

Who: My Furry Valentine

Why: You know you want to adopt at least one (or five) pups and kitties.
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Photos: 24 Adorable Pets You Can Adopt from My Furry Valentine This Weekend

My Furry Valentine, the area’s largest pet adoption event, takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb.…

By CityBeat Staff

Oneida
2nd Hand Paws Animal Rescue
(Satellite event) “Meet Oneida! Oneida is a terrier mix, born 6/16/22, 33lbs She came into rescue with her siblings, from a flooded area in eastern Kentucky. Oneida’s siblings were all adopted months ago, and we can’t understand why this girl is still searching for her forever home. Oneida is a sweetheart, and very loving. She is crate trained, house trained, and walks well on a leash. She loves to play with dogs !! Oneida is current on vaccinations, microchipped, & spay/neutered We are accepting applications HERE.”
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Photos: Inside Cobblestone OTR's Romantic Valentine's Day Pop-Up

Cobblestone OTR is inviting all hopeless romantics (or even just those who appreciate a good themed party) to celebrate Valentine's Day at…

By Ashley Moor

Cobblestone OTR's Cupid's Corner pop-up
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Photos: University of Cincinnati Loses to Houston, Still Draws Record Crowd

On Saturday, the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team lost 62-67 against the Houston Cougars in a truly electric home game. According…

By CityBeat Staff

The Cincinnati bench celebrating after a big 3-pointer - Cincinnati vs Houston (#5) Big12 Men's Basketball (2/10/2024)
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Greater Cincinnati Fish Frys You Need to Try

It’s the Lenten season in Cincinnati, which can only mean one thing: It's Fry-day Fish Fry Season. So many churches — plus…

By Katherine Barrier

Chloe’s Eatery
2872 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend
Chloe’s Eatery will be open on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) from 4-8 p.m. to serve up its limited-time breaded cod sandwich. Following Ash Wednesday, the fish sandwich will be available only on Fridays through March 29.
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Photos: Pantera, Lamb of God and Nest Take the Stage at Rupp Arena

Iconic heavy metal band Pantera took to the stage at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Wednesday to perform classic hits like "Walk"…

By CityBeat Staff

Lamb of God performing at Rupp Arena on Feb. 7, 2024
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13 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 9-11)

As the weather starts warming up – by Ohio standards, at least – so are our Cincinnatian hearts. If you find your…

By Summer Orban

Cupid's Undie Run
When: Feb. 10 from noon-4 p.m.

Where: Queen City Radio, Over-the-Rhine

What: Cupid’s Undie Run kicks off with dancing and drinking before a (roughly) mile-long run for critical neurofibromatosis research.

Who: Cupid’s Undie Run

Why: There will be an epic dance party at the end.
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Photos: All of the Drunken Fun We Spotted During the Cincy Beerfest

Presented by Fifty West Brewing and The Party Source, the Cincy Beerfest brought over 150 local craft brews to the Duke Energy…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincy Beerfest took place on Feb. 2 and 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center
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Photos: Take a Tour of The Banks' New Irish Pub, Red Leprechaun

There's a new place to raise a pint at The Banks. Red Leprechaun Irish Pub, located at 20 W. Freedom Way between…

By Katherine Barrier

Red Leprechaun Irish Pub | 20 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
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Cheap Eats: 25 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Where You Can Get a Meal Under $15

Feelin' hungry for a bite that won't break the bank? We've got you covered. There are plenty of tasty local eateries to…

By CityBeat Staff

Gomez Salsa
107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine; 2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills
This Mexican-style eatery offers walking tacos for $6 each, as well as bowls and burritos starting at $12. But perhaps the most mouthwatering of all its affordable offerings is the Turtle — owner Andrew Gomez’s greatest invention. Take a tortilla, stuff it with rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies and cheese, layer in a tostada for crunch, put some cheese on the top and then brown it. It’s a fat little crunchy burrito envelope that’s worth every penny of its $12 price tag.
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This Historic Columbia Tusculum Painted Lady is Now on the Market

One of the iconic Painted Ladies of historic Columbia Tusculum — a collection of Victorian homes painted in bright colors — is…

By Katherine Barrier

3735 Sachem Ave., Columbia Tusculum
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Queen City Music Spotlight: Catch These 10 Cincinnati Concerts Featuring Local Acts in February

There’s something for every variety of music lover this month — performances across the city to take whoever you’re sweet on for…

By Brent Stroud

Spiderhand and Dummy Ups at MOTR Pub
Some of Cincinnati music’s finest join together for this celebration of local punk music. Spiderhand released one of the best records in the city last year and both bands should have a thing or two to teach concertgoers about rock and roll. 9 p.m. Feb. 2. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.
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14 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Feb. 2-4)

Cincinnati, this weekend kicks off the season of love and all of the anticipation leading up to Valentine’s Day. Regardless of your…

By Summer Orban

Cincy Winter Beerfest 2024
When: Feb. 2 from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and Feb. 3 from noon-4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Where: Duke Energy Convention Center, Downtown

What: An event with light bites, soft drinks and plenty of beer to sample.

Who: Beerfest

Why: For the beer connoisseurs.
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These are Some of Greater Cincinnati's Most Romantic Restaurants

From a cozy basement trattoria hidden beneath the city streets to upscale restaurants boasting spectacular views of the city, award-winning steakhouses and…

By CityBeat Staff

Sotto
118 E. Sixth St., Downtown
Located under Boca restaurant, the Tuscan-inspired Sotto offers an approachable atmosphere and is the perfect place for a romantic meal. The basement trattoria’s interior calls to mind a rustic Italian wine cellar with its rough brick walls and wooden ceiling beams. With multiple dining rooms, the kitchen is open to view, including the custom-made wood-fire grill in front and a fresh pasta room in the back hallway. Menu items include handmade pasta, Salumi & Formaggi (cured meats and cheeses) and big-ticket items like Bistecca Fiorentina, a grilled Creekstone porterhouse steak.
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Photos: UC Bearcats Lose to Oklahoma Sooners for the First Time in Over Three Decades

On Jan. 20, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats' basketball team lost to the University of Oklahoma Sooners for the first time since…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati's Viktor Lakhin (#30) is fouled by two Oklahoma defenders - Cincinnati vs Oklahoma Big 12 Men's Basketball (1/20/2024)
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15 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 26-28)

It’s starting to finally warm up a bit, Cincinnati, from below freezing to just cold. Get yourself warmed up more with this…

By Summer Orban

Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge
When: Jan. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 50 E. Freedom Way, The Banks

What: Plunging into a constructed pool to raise funds for nearly 30,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio and Kentucky.

Who: Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky

Why: There will be a costume contest and golden plunger.
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41 Movies You Might Not Know Were Filmed in Cincinnati

In 2024, Cincinnati was named the No. 11 "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker" by MovieMaker magazine, making it…

By CityBeat Staff

The Avengers  (2012)
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Most Ridiculous 1- and 2-Star Reviews of Cincinnati's Favorite Places

There's just no pleasing everyone, and that couldn't be more apparent when you look at online reviews — even those of beloved…

By CityBeat Staff

Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center
Ashley, 1 Star
“Absolute let down. We are from out of town and took a weekend trip to Cincinnati to do some fun family stuff. This was a total waste of money for us. We have children, 3-13 and none of them enjoyed any part of this museum. Very boring. … We didn’t even stay for an hour here. We went to Dave and [Busters] instead and had some real fun!”
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Photos: All of the Moments from Xavier University's Win Against Butler University

The Xavier Musketeers, with the roar of the crowd behind them, earned a win against the Butler Bulldogs during their game at…

By CityBeat Staff

Quincy Olivari celebrates a three-pointer | Xavier University vs. Butler University | Jan. 16, 2024
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Here's Some of the Delicious Food Deals You Can Get During Cincinnati's Asian Cuisine Week

Asianati's Asian Cuisine Week, featuring more than 50 Asian Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky restaurants, is back for its fifth year. From…

By Katherine Barrier

Lalo Chino Latino Kitchen
26 W. Court St., Downtown
MENU: Asian Street Tacos for $10
Lalo’s Chicken Plate for $12
Mexi Miso Ramen for $12
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PHOTOS: University of Cincinnati Bearcats Earn First Home Big 12 Win

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats earned their very first home Big 12 win on Tuesday, Jan. 16 against Texas Christian University. Not…

By CityBeat Staff

Fans celebrate the win | University of Cincinnati vs. Texas Christian University | Jan. 16, 2024
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15 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Jan. 19-21)

It's almost too cold to leave the house, Cincinnati, almost. There's lots of wholesome fun to warm you up around town. Take…

By Katie Griffith

Learn to Skate with the Cincinnati Cyclones
When: Jan. 20 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: Fifty West Burger Bar, 

What: Educational event for kids to learn how to ice skate and the fundamentals of hockey

Who: Fifty West and the Cincinnati Cyclones

Why: It's part of the Cyclones initiative to make hockey accessible to all.
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PHOTOS: Cincinnati Protestors Hold Solidarity Rally with D.C.’s Pro-Palestine March

Protestors braved freezing temperatures on Jan. 13 to gather in Ziegler Park as part of the Solidarity Rally for Palestine demonstration, which…

By Aidan Mahoney

The Solidarity Rally for Palestine was held at Ziegler Park on Jan. 13, 2023.
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