These are Some of the Oldest Bars in Greater Cincinnati

Historically, Cincinnati is a city, at least partly, built on beer, and with our premier brewing legacy comes the obvious need for…

By CityBeat Staff

Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 Eighth St., Downtown
Open since 1861, Arnold’s is the oldest continuously running tavern in town, complete with dark wood walls, vintage memorabilia and a big ol’ bathtub in the dining room rumored to have been used to make gin during Prohibition. A Cincinnati classic, it serves up a nice range of lunch and dinner options — pasta, sandwiches and burgers, plus vegan and gluten-free options — at bargain prices. Enjoy a local draft in the outdoor beer garden and almost daily live music. It was also named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine.
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The Best French Fries You Can Find in Greater Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

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No. 10 Best French Fries: CityBird
Multiple locations
What to order with your fries: An order of the chicken tenders (4, 6, 8 or 10) with a cup of the Lemon Thyme Ranch for dipping goes perfectly with these herb-and-parmesan-dusted shoestring fries.
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$7 Burgers We Can't Wait to Try During Cincinnati Burger Week

What’s a more essential summer meal than a burger? Luckily, you’ll have the chance to try a host of $7 burgers during…

By Katherine Barrier

Overlook Kitchen + Bar
5345 Medpace Way,  Madisonville
Mexican Street Corn Burger: 1/4-lb. patty on a brioche bun with charred corn salad and red pepper with fried tortilla strips and queso.
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Five Must-Try Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, According to CityBeat's Food Critic

Whether it’s returning to places I haven’t visited in a while, trying something new or dropping in on the tried-and-true, summer is…

By Pama Mitchell

Alara
5410 Medpace Way, Madisonville
My favorite dining experience in recent weeks, however, was at Alara, the new fine-dining restaurant in Madisonville with Chef Mark Bodenstein at the helm. Our meal was wow from start to finish. Such excellence deserves a full review, so watch this space for my detailed take on this wonderful addition to our dining world.
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25 Burgers in Greater Cincinnati That Are Named After Someone

Ever wondered what it takes to get something on the menu named after you? These Greater Cincinnati restaurants have made that call,…

By Katherine Barrier

City View Tavern: Big Ted Deluxe
403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
Who it’s named after: Ted Lagemann, the former owner of City View Tavern who legend says banned tequila from the bar after stopping Charles Manson (yep, that Charles Manson) from leaping off the establishment’s deck one night in a tequila-fueled craze.
The burger: Topped with American cheese, brown mustard, ketchup, mayo, onion, lettuce, tomato and pickle.
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The Best Greater Cincinnati Restaurants to Take a Foodie, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By Katherine Barrier

Best No. 6 Restaurant to Take a Foodie: Abigail Street
1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Must Try: Charcoal-Grilled Short Rib: Baharat-spiced short rib kabob with marinated eggplant, cashews, tahini, Fresno chiles, bibb lettuce and lime.
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Greater Cincinnati Bakeries With the Best Donuts, According to CityBeat Readers

There may be no other pastry that captures our hearts like the donut, not to mention the variety of flavors they can…

By Katherine Barrier

No. 1 Donuts: Holtman’s Donuts
1399 State Route 28, Loveland; 3356 Madison Road, Oakley; 9558 Civic Centre Blvd., West Chester
Must-Try Donut: The Blueberry Cake Donut.
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PHOTOS: A Tour of Jose Salazar's New Moroccan-Inspired Wine Bar Safi

Cincinnati chef Jose Salazar's highly anticipated Moroccan-inspired wine bar, Safi, is now open. Salazar operated his self-named restaurant at 1401 Republic St.…

By CityBeat Staff

Safi | 1410 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
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The Best (Non-Chain) Chili in Greater Cincinnati, According to Our Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By Katherine Barrier

No. 2 Best Chili (Non-Chain): Pleasant Ridge Chili
6032 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Must-Try Chili Dish: Home fries (or regular fries) with chili, cheese and Pleasant Ridge Chili’s famous gravy.
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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Madisonville's New Contemporary American Restaurant Alara

A restaurant years in the making opened its doors this spring. Alara is the newest concept from Looking Glass Hospitality, which also…

By Katherine Barrier

Alara's dining room
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The Best Burgers and Veggie Burgers in Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 7 Best Overall Burger: Sammy's Craft Burgers & Beers
4767 Creek Road, Blue Ash
Must Try: Beer Cheese Bacon Burger: Comes with homemade Fretboard beer cheese, pancetta, a sunny-side-up egg, and crumbled bacon and is served on a Challah bun.
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The Best Rooftop Bars in Greater Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

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No. 1 Best Rooftop Bar: Rhinegeist
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Must Try: Truth, Rhinegeist's flagship IPA.
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15 LGBTQ+-Friendly Bars in Greater Cincinnati

Whether it's June and Pride Month or any other time of the year, Cincinnati knows how to celebrate queer joy. Throughout Cincinnati…

By CityBeat Staff

Old Street Saloon
13 Old St., Monroe
Say it with us: Rural. Gay. Dive. Bar. Old Street has served (and served) the Monroe-area community for decades. There’s something magical about the ebb and flow of a glamorous dive bar. Dusty stage lights illuminate queens, kings and all kinds of performers. Some in the crowd match the occasion, faces beat to the gods, others appear to have just gotten off work at a local farm or factory. Whether your order is a bay breeze or a Bud Light, a lemon drop or a whiskey shot, there’s no wrong way to do Old Street. And just because Old Street is a tiny suburban-rural dive bar doesn’t mean the talent isn’t outstanding — the weekly Saturday night drag shows are always a 10/10, having attracted the best-of-the-best queens and kings from Dayton, Cincinnati and beyond for nearly 30 years.
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Greater Cincinnati's Best Korean Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are the…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 6 Best Korean Restaurant: Kanji OTR
1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Must Try: Kimchi Chi Ke: A spicy kimchi stew served with tofu, Korean rice cakes and thinly sliced pork.
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Photos: All of the Boozy Fun We Captured at CityBeat's Sold-Out Margarita Madness Event

On Friday, May 17, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were united by not only bridges, but by their love of margaritas at the…

By CityBeat Staff

CityBeat's annual Margarita Madness event on May 17, 2024
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The Best Bakeries in Greater Cincinnati When You Need a Sweet Treat, According to Our Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 4 Best Bakery for Sweets: Cafe Mochiko
1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Must-Try: The ube croissant — a buttery, fluffy croissant stuffed with a subtly sweet, ube-flavored (a purple yam native to Southeast Asia) cream.
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The 25 Best Restaurants on the East Side of Cincinnati, According to Yelp

At CityBeat, we know a thing or two about picking the best restaurants in Cincinnati, but Yelpers have some hot takes of…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 3: SwingLine
7710 Railroad Ave., Madeira
“Went today for lunch, my first visit. Open, welcoming ambiance; many appealing options on the menu. I got chicken tacos with rice and black beans and it was all delicious. My son really liked the bison burger with a side of perfect fries. Service was really on top of things and friendly. I will go back for sure.” -Nancy P.
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The Best Coffee Shops in Greater Cincinnati, According to Our Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are the…

No. 6 Best Local Coffee Shop: Kitty Brew Cat Café
6011 Tylersville Road, Mason
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31 Restaurants in or Near Downtown Cincinnati to Spend Your Lunch Hour

Sure the workday can be a drag, and maybe your boss sucks, but if you work in or near downtown Cincinnati, there's…

By CityBeat Staff

Silverglades
118 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine; 236 E. Eighth St., Downtown
What better place to stop in for lunch than Cincinnati’s oldest family-owned deli? This downtown deli has been serving hungry lunch-goers since 1922. The chicken salad is a must-try and it comes in three varieties: walnut-grape, smoked and Buffalo-style. Silverglades also offers a long list of gourmet sandwiches, including paninis and wraps, and a menu of pizzas and salads, both of which have a create-your-own option. You can also stop in for a bottle of wine or some snacks for later.
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The Best Greater Cincinnati Chinese Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

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No. 9 Best Chinese Restaurant: Fortune Noodle House
349 Calhoun St., CUF
Must Try: Sichuan Dan Dan Noodle: Featuring handmade noodles, minced pork, chili oil, sesame and peanuts.
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The Best Italian Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, According to Our Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

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No. 6 Best Italian Restaurant: Mama’s on Main
621 Main St., Covington
Mama’s on Main, from restaurateurs Emily Wolff and Paul Weckman, serves up traditional, pasta-oriented Italian fare in its bold and bright space in Covington. The menu features traditional red-sauce Italian fare.

Menu recommendation: Eggplant Parmesan: Featuring mozzarella, basil, spaghetti and red sauce.
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Greater Cincinnati Bars That Also Serve Up Excellent Food

These Greater Cincinnati watering holes have their priorities straight: a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine paired with enough snacks and entrées…

By CityBeat Staff

Incline Public House
2601 W. Eighth St., East Price Hill
Named after the Cincinnati inclines that traveled to Price Hill, Incline Public House features a gorgeous view of the city and delicious American food for brunch, lunch and dinner. While you enjoy the view of downtown Cincinnati on their all-season patio, try one of their popular pizzas, like the equal-parts sweet and salty Prosciutto Fig, featuring fig jam, Italian ham, goat cheese, caramelized onions and arugula on top. Or, build your own using the expansive list of sauces, cheeses and toppings. Pair it with one of their local craft brews on tap and their mouthwatering short rib poutine to split with the table to top off the experience.
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The 10 Best Restaurants in Northern Kentucky, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 10 Best Northern Kentucky Restaurant: The Baker’s Table
1004 Monmouth St., Newport
This farm-to-table restaurant offers rustic, seasonal dishes featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The menu offers prix-fixe dining, as well as pastas and mains. Don't skip dessert, especially the Chocolate Satin.

Menu recommendation: Bolognese: Visit on Monday nights for a double portion of this delicious pasta dish alongside a seasonal salad and live jazz music for just $35.
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The Best Breakfast Spots in Greater Cincinnati, According to Our Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 9 Best Breakfast: Blue Jay Restaurant
4154 Hamilton Ave., Northside
This homey Northside diner has been owned and operated by the Petropoulos family since 1967. Stepping inside is almost like stepping back in time with the row of cozy booths, wood paneling on the walls and the dining counter. The menu features classic breakfast and lunch dishes that come in generous portions, as well as Cincinnati-style chili.

Menu recommendation: The Northsider: A 3-Way omelet with cheddar cheese and chili that you can also build up to a 7-Way by adding onion, tomatoes, peppers and/or beans.
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20 Meal Deals You Can Get During Greater Cincinnati's Spring Restaurant Week

Support local restaurants and indulge in some delicious specials for Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week this week. Restaurant Week returns Monday-Sunday, April 15-21…

By Katherine Barrier

Nicholson’s Pub
625 Walnut St., Downtown
$36 Lunch & Dinner
First Course: Choice of: Grilled Romaine Salad (romaine heart, toasted breadcrumbs, Caesar dressing and shredded parmesan) or Tavern Salad (spring mix, dried cranberries, Granny Smith apples, Stilton blue cheese crumbles and house-made bee pollen vinaigrette)
Second Course: Choice of: Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs (with garlic roasted potatoes, coleslaw and Scottish BBQ) // Grilled Salmon (with fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes and highland beurre blanc) // or Lamb Loin Chops (two 4-oz. chops, charred broccolini, mashed potatoes and mint chutney)
Third Course: Choice of: Sticky Toffee Pudding (Scottish steamed pudding, dates and toffee sauce) or Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (caramelized brown sugar pineapple and cherry topping)
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The Best Eats in Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers (Part 2)

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than 25 years, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections…

By CityBeat Staff

Best Tacos
Winner: Agave & Rye
Runners-up: Mazunte, Condado Tacos
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The Best Eats in Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers (Part 1)

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than 25 years, highlighting the city’s most outstanding…

By CityBeat Staff

Best Late-Night Eatery
Winner: Goodfellas Pizzeria
Runners-up: Skyline Chili, Anchor Grill
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The Best New Bars in Greater Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 3 Best New Bar: Binski’s Bar
2872 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
When Binski’s Bar opened last year, it did so with the goal of being Camp Washington’s communal watering hole. The bar sits in a bright green building from the early 1900s that was originally a saloon and boarding house (wink wink). An Old Style sign hangs outside — "a signal to anyone in Chicago you’re about to walk into a great bar,” says owner Kiel Erdelac. Inside, visitors will find some classic bar staples like a CD jukebox, darts, rotating drink specials and a community that makes you feel welcome.

Drink recommendation: The beer on the sign: Heileman's Old Style.
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The Best New Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

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No. 1 Best New Restaurant: Opal Rooftop Restaurant & Bar
535 Madison Ave., Covington
Stunning views of Cincinnati and Covington and specially curated and intentional design elements that shift as you move throughout Opal Rooftop Restaurant & Bar will have you thinking you’re dining in a real gemstone. The design, lighting and food are a mood, the latter of which is an experience driven by the restaurant’s Grillworks wood-fired grill, the only one of its kind in a two-hour radius. This unique grill drives Opal’s open-fire grill and wine-forward menu, which features dishes made from fresh, local fare and products, and the craft cocktail menu and wine selection have been curated to complement the dishes.

Menu recommendation: The Chicken: Al pastor yogurt chicken with carrots, charred onion, whipped feta, fennel pollen and piquillo peppers.
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These are Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 7 Overall Restaurant: Boca
114 E. Sixth St., Downtown
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These are Cincinnati's Best Bars, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 4 Overall Bar: Northside Yacht Club
    4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
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28 of Cincinnati's Most Delicious Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

Cincinnati is home to hundreds of different restaurants, ranging from upscale steakhouses to mobile food trucks. We have a diverse variety of…

By CityBeat Staff

Quatman Cafe
    2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 West Main St., Mason
    Since 1966, Quatman has provided Cincinnatians with cheap burgers, soup and "the coldest beer in town." There are canned beers as well as a draft selection and rotating seasonal brews. They've also got daily specials where you can get a main dish plus fries and a drink for $10.
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