25 Hidden Bars, Lounges and Speakeasies in Cincinnati

The Queen City may be packed with nightlife options, but there are a few local gems that are challenge to find. From…

By CityBeat Staff

Comfort Station
    793 E. McMillan Ave., Walnut Hills
    From the team behind OTR’s Sundry and Vice comes Comfort Station. This cocktail bar is located in a century-old Walnut Hills rest area. Without much signage outside, guests enter via the original women's room door — now painted a beautiful bright blue — into an industrial and airy space with skylights, inventive cocktails and a living plant wall. A back patio and lounge creates an indoor/outdoor feel.
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24 Useless Facts About Cincinnati That You Probably Didn't Know

"Useless" is a strong word, but I guess it depends who you're asking.

By CityBeat Staff

Donald Trump was a property manager at former Cincinnati apartment complex Swifton Village
    We would sum this up but the The L.A. Times did an excellent job of it in a 2016 story. According to The L.A. Times, “At a foreclosure auction in 1964, Fred Trump bought Swifton Village, a half-empty complex that was the largest in Cincinnati. Donald Trump was just a high school senior in a military academy, but assumed increasing responsibility in managing the complex through college and business school. In his book The Art of the Deal, Trump described Swifton Village as his ‘first big deal.’ He recounted, in a chapter titled ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’ booting poor, nonpaying tenants who had ‘come down from the hills of Kentucky’ with ‘seven or eight children, almost no possessions."
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Where to Find Cincinnati's 10 Most Stunning Overlooks

It is said that Cincinnati is built on seven hills, like Rome — the city is actually named for Roman agrarian and…

By CityBeat Staff

Watch the Sun Set Over the City at Devou Park
    790 Park Lane, Covington
    Devou Park is the largest park in Covington, covering 700 acres of land. Bike, hike, golf or catch a beautiful view of the city at the park's overlook.  
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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26 Essential Over-the-Rhine Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

Cincinnati's bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has developed a glittering reputation when it comes to its top-notch food offerings. From decade-old culinary staples to…

By CityBeat Staff

Pepp & Dolores
    1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Inspired by Sunday dinners at Thunderdome co-founders Joe and John Lanni's grandparents' house, the restaurant aims to embody the spirit and hospitality from those special evenings while honoring their family. The menu at Pepp & Dolores features housemade pastas — like the pomodoro, a butternut and mascarpone pasta and a lobster and Sunday sauce pasta— along with a focus on shareable dishes, salads and bread.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Real Drinker's Guide to 24 Cincinnati's Essential Dive Bars

The Queen City is home to dozens of hip and trendy bars that offer excellent Instagram photo ops and cute bathrooms, but…

By CityBeat Staff

City View Tavern
    403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
    A hillside dive and home of one of the best spicy bloody marys and best views in town. The burgers are damn tasty, too. Meet the Big Ted Deluxe: eight ounces of griddle-cooked, handmade beef patty with American cheese, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, onion, ketchup, tomatoes, served in a plastic basket with a bag of chips. 
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25 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

Thai Express
    213 W McMillan St., Clifton
    This little gem brings authentic Thai cooking and culture to Cincinnati. Located in Clifton, Thai Express has been fueling students and professionals for over 20 years. Their signature Pad Thai dish is a favorite among many, but do not be fooled; the number of delicious traditional dishes span way beyond that.
    Photo: Paige Deglow
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Cincinnati-Based Restaurant Chains That Are Actually Good

From cheese coneys to Big Boys, there are plenty of popular chain restaurants that have Cincinnati roots. And by "chain," we mean…

By CityBeat Staff

Skyline Chili 3-Way
    Multiple Locations
    The history of Cincinnati-style chili goes back to the 1920s, when it was invented by Greek immigrants who used Mediterranean-inspired spices to create a meat sauce used initially to top hot dogs sold out of a cart. The beef-based sauce — it’s kind of like a runny pasta sauce with hints of cinnamon, chocolate and other spices — eventually became the key ingredient in the 3-way, a plate of pasta topped with chili, an unnecessary amount of shredded cheddar cheese and a side of oyster crackers. Adding onions to the 3-way makes it a 4-way; onions and beans make a 5-way. Local chain Skyline Chili was founded by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides in 1949, inspired by his mother's family recipes from their hometown of Kastoria, Greece. In an eternal regional chili war, locals are divided over whether Skyline has the best chili and the other popular local chain, Gold Star, is for losers, or if it’s the other way around. You’ll find die-hard supporters of both. But if you want to go non-chain, there are more than 250 chili parlors in Cincinnati — restaurants big and small offering their own take on this regional favorite. Most people, however, start with Skyline.
    Photo via Facebook.com/SkylineChili
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Where to Find Birria Tacos in Cincinnati

Birria tacos are hot right now — and not just because they’re literally smothered in savory meat juice. The Mexican-based dish has…

By CityBeat Staff

Agave & Rye
    Multiple locations including 3825 Edwards Road, Norwood; 635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
    This Covington-based taco chain is known for its “epic” tacos and decor. At Agave & Rye you can find a large selection of over-the-top tacos, chips and dips and over 90 varieties of tequila. If kangaroo tacos or french fry-stuffed tacos don’t tickle your fancy, try the lauded birria taco. This street taco is stuffed with braised beef, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, guajillo chilies and onion, and served with a side of consommé dipping sauce.
    Photo: Facebook.com/AgaveandRye
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30 Cincinnati Restaurants Offering Excellent Vegetarian Dishes

Eating a vegetarian diet is becoming more popular among human beings, even if it's just adding a "Meat-Free Monday" to your weekly…

By CityBeat Staff

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen
    3010 Madison Road, Oakley; 6844 Wooster Pike, Mariemont; 17 E. Sixth St., Downtown
    From coolers housing a rainbow display of juices to vegan meal bowls to a mini bakery, Rooted is out to prove that plant-based eating offers a vast variety of flavors and quality options. The Mexican grain bowl (quinoa, black beans, guacamole, walnut crumble, cashew cheese) is a favorite in the bowl category. Everything is as locally sourced as possible and the downtown location features a full coffee and matcha bar. They also recently opened a Rooted in Findlay Market called Baked, which also offers baked goods and wine.
    Photo: Rooted Juicery + Kitchen
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25 Trendy Greater Cincinnati Bars Located Outside of Over-the-Rhine

Whether it's the parking struggles, avoiding Vine Street crowds or you simply want to explore a new hood, there are plenty of…

By CityBeat Staff

Comfort Station
    793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
    Located in a former 105-year-old rest area, Comfort Station is an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge spots. Enter through the bright blue former women’s restroom door to access main bar space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and a living plant wall. From the bar you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks — including an elevated perch with cushions — as well as a cozy fire pit.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Here's a Taste of What You Can Try During Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week, Sept. 20-26

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is once again bringing a local dining experience to the Tri-State from Sept. 20-26. The event features more than…

By CityBeat Staff

Jag's Steak & Seafood
    
    5980 West Chester Road, West Chester
    $46 // 3-Course Dinner // Dine-In Only
    Filet Mignon: veal demi-glace onion straws, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus
    Photo: Laura Peyton
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All the Photos From the Dead & Company Show at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center

Despite the loss of frontman Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir have helped the Dead’s legacy…

By CityBeat Staff

All the Photos From the Dead & Company Show at Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center
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Everyone We Saw at the Billy Joel Concert at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park

The Piano Man himself payed a visit to Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 10. Billy Joel performed at Great American Ball Park for…

By CityBeat Staff

Billy Joel Concert Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Ohio September 2021
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This Charming Hyde Park Tudor Has Not One, But Two Pools in its Backyard Oasis

Tucked away on Hyde Park's Forest Hill Drive, this charming Tudor-style home just hit the real estate market. Built in 1923, the…

By CityBeat Staff

This Charming Hyde Park Tudor Has Not One, But Two Pools in its Backyard Oasis
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All the Photos From Brothers Osborne's Performance at Cincinnati's ICON Music Center

Nashville-based Country act Brothers Osborne performed at Cincinnati's Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center on Sept. 9 during their We're Not for…

By CityBeat Staff

All the Photos From Brothers Osborne's Performance at Cincinnati's ICON Music Center
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25 New Greater Cincinnati Restaurants That Opened Over the Summer

The Queen City's dining scene was on fire this summer, dishing out delicious new concepts and opening additional locations of popular establishments…

By CityBeat Staff

Proud Hound Coffee
    6717 Montgomery Road, Silverton
    Located in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse, the new café officially opened on June 26 — a milestone the team has been chasing for years. Since launching in 2019, Proud Hound has been helping Cincinnatians get their caffeine fix via pop-ups with its coffee truck and cart, wholesale operations, events and collaborations. The flagship location, complete with a coffee bar and full-service kitchen, also houses its roasting facility, viewable by customers through large glass windows. Customers can expect all the usual espresso-based beverages — cortados, cappuccinos, americanos, lattes and mochas — alongside cold brews, pour overs and drip coffees. Not into coffee? The café also slings teas, hot chocolate and more. You can even order a picturesque blue matcha. The kitchen, run by executive chef Kierstin Dudley, serves up Southern-centric breakfast and brunch with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Findlay Market's The Columns Event Venue Has a Rooftop Patio and Mega Funky Bathrooms

A new business has joined the vibrant Findlay Market neighborhood, filling a void in the area's offerings and breathing life into a…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of The Columns
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Everyone We Saw at Cincinnati's Margarita Madness on the Purple People Bridge

CityBeat's eighth-annual Margarita Madness returned to the Purple People Bridge on Friday, Aug. 27, bringing boozy sips, bites and views to the…

By CityBeat Staff

Everyone We Saw at Cincinnati's Margarita Madness on the Purple People Bridge
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This Columbia Tusculum Midcentury Modern Beauty Boasts Scenic Views and a Private Pool

Designed by Cincinnati-based architect Thomas Wiggers, this Midcentury Modern beauty (1053 Catawba Valley Road) boasts plenty of natural light inside and a…

By CityBeat Staff

This Columbia Tusculum Midcentury Modern Beauty Boasts Scenic Views and a Private Pool
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Inside Downtown Cincinnati's Metropole Restaurant, With New Chef Vanessa Miller at the Helm

A Cincinnati native, Vanessa Miller came on board as executive chef at downtown's Metropole at the 21c Museum Hotel in the fall…

By CityBeat Staff

Metropole, with chef Vanessa Miller at the helm
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This Charming AF Log Cabin Located Near Downtown Cincinnati Just Hit the Market

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that your place of dwelling should evoke some sense of calm, and escaping to…

By CityBeat Staff

This Charming AF Log Cabin Located Near Downtown Cincinnati Just Hit the Market
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Tell Me You're From Cincinnati Without Telling Me You're From Cincinnati

If you're from the Queen City, you know many things to be true: Cincinnati-style chili is a delicacy, our bridges suck, our…

By CityBeat Staff


    You know Blake Maislin’s phone number by heart.
    444-4444
    Photo: Google Maps screengrab
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PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ Community, Allies Demonstrate in Response to Controversial Sermon at Crossroads Church

Shortly after a controversial sermon at Crossroads Church in Oakley, members of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ community and their allies held a demonstration outside…

By CityBeat Staff

PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ Community, Allies Demonstrate in Response to Controversial Sermon at Crossroads Church
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Inside Silverton's Colorful Proud Hound Coffee, a Local Roaster and Southern-Inspired Cafe

If you’re standing in the lobby of Proud Hound Coffee’s recently opened Silverton café and are reminded of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic, that’s…

By CityBeat Staff

Left dining space when walking through the front door
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20 Breezy Greater Cincinnati Riverfront Patios to Cool Off on This Summer

Summertime in the Queen City is best served with a cold drink and a riverfront view. These local bars and eateries have…

By CityBeat Staff

Cabana on the River
    7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
    Located right on the water, Cabana on the River is a no frills (paper plates!) Tiki bar tucked away on some prime riverfront real estate on the West Side. The large and varied menu has plenty of options for everyone, including items like a Black & Bleu California Steak Salad, gourmet grilled cheese and Caribbean fish tacos. Cabana on the River also has a full bar and plenty of bar seating. Drink specials are mostly rum-based with an island vibe, and they have a large selection of premium, local and craft beers. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Krohn Conservatory's Vibrant 'Butterflies of Bali' Show

Butterflies of Bali is now open at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory. The exhibit features 120,000 fluttering butterflies and is inspired by Bali's vibrant forests,…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Krohn Conservatory's Vibrant 'Butterflies of Bali' Show
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Inside Kings Island's New Luxury Outdoor Resort 'Camp Cedar'

Cincinnati's Kings Island amusement park has expanded its entertainment offerings with a new endeavor. The park welcomed its first guests to its…

By CityBeat Staff

Aerial rendering of Camp Cedar
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All the Greater Cincinnati Summer Food Festivals and Events You Should Taste This Summer

Looking to branch out of your food and beverage bubble? Here's a list of various food festivals happening this summer in the…

By CityBeat Staff

Glier's Goettafest
    This year's Glier's Goettafest will be spread over two weekends and two cities: Newport and Covington. Riverboats will be taking goetta fans from "Goettafest East" to "Goettafest West" throughout the celebration. Events include goetta-themed games, live entertainment, a goetta history booth, goetta toss and a crap-ton of goetta food. Inventive creations range from hand-dipped footlong goetta corn dogs and grilled goetta donuts to goetta mac and cheese and goetta brownies. 
     5-11 p.m. July 29 and 30; noon-11 p.m. July 31; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 1; 5-11 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 7; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 8. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Levee and Covington Plaza, Covington Riverfront.
    Photo: Holden Mathis
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Cincinnati is Now Home to a Hard Rock Cafe. Let's Take a Tour

Get ready to add to your T-shirt collection. The iconic Rock-memorabilia-infused tourist favorite Hard Rock Cafe is now open in Cincinnati's freshly…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati is Now Home to a Hard Rock Cafe. Let's Take a Tour
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Inside a Midcentury Modern Time Capsule Home For Sale in Anderson Township

Nestled on a private, wooded property in Anderson Township's Watch Hill, this Midcentury Modern time capsule maintains nearly all of its original…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside a Midcentury Modern Time Capsule Home For Sale in Anderson Township
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