The Best LGBTQ+ Bars 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

Best LGBTQ+ Bar No. 7: Old Street Saloon
13 Old St., # B, Monroe
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21 Greater Cincinnati BBQ Joints You Need to Try Before You Die

Cincinnati's barbecue is a delicious, well-kept secret from the rest of the world, but Queen City residents know the deal, and that…

By CityBeat Staff

Velvet Smoke BBQ
5626 Cheviot Road, White Oak
Velvet Smoke BBQ has been serving the Cincinnati community with award-winning, championship barbecue since 2012 after a competition barbecue team decided to follow their passion and cater to a larger audience of barbecue lovers. You can get that championship-quality barbecue on a sandwich, as part of a classic barbecue plate (served with a piece of garlic bread) or as meat by the pound. All their sides are scratch-made and you can order their barbecue sauces (ranging from the mild Sweet & Tangy to the hot PitFire) as half-pints, pints and quarts.
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These Are the Best Local Wineries in the Cincinnati Area, 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

Best Local Winery No. 8: StoneBrook Winery
6570 Vineyard Lane, Melbourne
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Here's Everything We Saw at Margarita Madness on the Purple People Bridge [Photos]

On Friday, May 19, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were united by not only bridges, but by their love of margaritas at the…

By Katherine Barrier

Margarita Madness | May 19, 2023
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34 Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati That Have Been Open for More Than 50 Years

It takes a lot to keep a restaurant running, especially for 50-plus years, but these Cincinnati establishments can proudly claim they've been…

By CityBeat Staff

Sugar N’ Spice
4381 Reading Road, Paddock Hills (temporarily closed); 1203 Sycamore St., Pendleton; 10275 Summit Parkway, Blue Ash
Huge, fluffy omelets and “wispy-thin” pancakes have made Sugar n’ Spice a bona fide breakfast institution since 1941. One of the city’s most popular places for people of all ages and backgrounds to dine and socialize, the original Paddock Hills location got a sister spot in Over-the-Rhine when the owners renovated an old diner with their signature colorful and vintage flair. The breakfast diner also opened its first suburban location in Blue Ash this past January at the Approach at Summit Park. They are famous for giving patrons little rubber ducks as a souvenir – a charming tradition that keeps people coming back.
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The Best Pizza Joints 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

Best Overall Pizza No. 1: Taglio
56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine; 3531 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum; 9321 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
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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…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1 Best Rooftop Bar: Rhinegeist
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
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Themed Bars and Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati Everyone Needs to Try

We all need to cosplay a little bit to keep life interesting, even if that doesn't necessarily look like dressing up in…

By CityBeat Staff

Galactic Cantina/Cosmic Gorilla
1834 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Cosmic Gorilla is a comic book shop with a menu of comic-book drinks, like the Deadpool (Tito’s vodka, spicy bloody Mary mix, dill pickle brine and celery bitters) and the Dark Knight (espresso vodka, cold-brew coffee, almond milk, peanut butter fluff and Cocoa Puffs). Behind the shop, you’ll find their pop-up bar, which is now sporting a Star Wars theme as Galactic Cantina.
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The 10 Best Greater Cincinnati Restaurants to Take a Foodie, 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. 1 Best Restaurant to Take a Foodie: Sotto
118 E. Sixth St., Downtown
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Photos: Inside The Acres' Restaurant and Bar

Before it was recently overhauled and rebranded as The Acres, Etter’s Golf Center had offered a basic driving range and a small…

By Brian Cross

The Acres, 9941 Reading Road, Evendale
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Unwind After a Long Work Day With These Greater Cincinnati Happy Hours

It's 5 p.m. on a Wednesday and you're already tired from a work week that's stretching on for another two whole days.…

By CityBeat Staff

The Righteous Room
641 Walnut St., Downtown
Unwind from a stressful work day by sipping on a happy hour special and enjoying artwork from local artists Shawna Guip and Pall Coors and New York’s David Ellis at the Righteous Room. The bar is in the heart of Downtown’s arts and entertainment district, making it an excellent pre-Aronoff show destination for their happy hour’s half-price drafts and wells and $5 6-ounce pours of Proverb Rosé (4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday). The Righteous Room also has a reverse happy hour on Sundays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. where you can get half-price drinks, as well as specials offered throughout the week.
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The Best Breweries and Taprooms 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. 1 Best Brewery: Rhinegeist
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
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Photos: Inside Middletown's New Italian Steakhouse, Primo

Anchoring the prominent corner of Walnut and Sixth streets Downtown, Prime Cincinnati has become a mainstay restaurant on a block known for…

By Brian Cross

Primo in Middletown
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All the Delicious Meal Deals You Can Get During Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is nearly here, and you can enjoy a ton of specially-priced meals for a good cause from some…

By Katherine Barrier

deSha’s American Tavern
11320 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township

$36 Lunch & Dinner
FIRST COURSE (Choice of one): Tomato Basil Bisque // Chipotle Wedge Salad

SECOND COURSE (Choice of one): Wild Mushroom Meatloaf // Buttermilk Fried Chicken // Apricot Glazed Salmon

THIRD COURSE (Choice of one): Carrot Cake // Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice cream and Pomegranate Sauce
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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 Best Overall (Non-Chain) Burger (TIE): Sammy’s Craft Burgers and Beers
4767 Creek Road, Blue Ash
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These are the Best Brunch Spots 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. 1 Best Brunch: Sleepy Bee
8 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 5920 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
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32 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars Where You Can Dine and Drink Outside

The weather is slowly starting to get warmer and that means more Cincinnati folks are moving outdoors, especially when it comes to…

By CityBeat Staff

Top of the Park
506 E. Fourth St., Downtown
For a stunning, nearly-360-degree view of downtown Cincinnati and its riverfront, plus some amazing craft cocktails, snag the elevator in the lobby of The Phelps hotel and take it to the very top where you’ll find one of the best rooftop bars in the city. Top of the Park is intimate, with plenty of comfy seating, including a glass bar top where you sit with your drink and enjoy the bird’s-eye view. Grab a Rooftop Lemonade (Ketel One Citroen, muddled strawberries, fresh lemon juice and wild berry simple syrup) and toast to an amazing summer ahead.
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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. 1 Best New Bar: Alice
1432 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
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These Are 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…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1 Best New Restaurant: Mama’s on Main
621 Main St., Covington
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All the Amazing Eats You'll Find at CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati® Celebration

At CityBeat, we know a thing or two about the best of what Cincinnati has to offer. And for the 27th anniversary…

By CityBeat Staff

Dope! Asian Street Fare
Dope Wings with cilantro, mint, fried garlic and lime
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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. 1 Best Overall Bar: Good Judy’s
4169 Hamilton Ave., Northside
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Cincinnati's Best Hidden Gem Restaurants as Ranked by 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. 1 Best Hidden Gem Restaurant: Mazunte
    611 Main St., Downtown
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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…

By CityBeat Staff

Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)
Winner: Sotto
Runners-up: Pepp & Dolores & The Eagle (TIE), Pho Lang Thang
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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 Business Lunch
Winner: Skyline Chili
Runners-up: Montgomery Inn, Coppin's at Hotel Covington
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Get a Sneak Peek of the Sugary Wonderland That is Hard Rock Casino's Candy Shop Pop-Up

Cincinnati, do you have your Golden Ticket ready for Hard Rock Casino's candy wonderland? Awash in hazy purples and pinks, soft clouds…

By Katherine Barrier

Hard Rock Casino's Candy Shop Pop-Up | March 27, 2023
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Photos: Cincinnati Reds Add Glier's Goetta, Fifty West Burgers to Great American Ball Park for 2023

Hungry baseball fans won't have anything to worry about during the Cincinnati Reds' 2023 season. The club is introducing a number of…

By Allison Babka

Mr. Red introduces new food options at Great American Ball Park on March 23, 2023, ahead of the Cincinnati Reds' 2023 season.
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Check Out Somerset's Colorful New Springtime Cocktail Menu

Monday is the first day of spring, meaning more hours of daylight, warmer weather, flowers and a new cocktail menu at Somerset…

By Katherine Barrier

Sakura Spritz
What's in it: Butterfly pea tea-infused vodka, sake, sakura + blue spirulina syrup, lemon and electrolytes
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27 Greater Cincinnati Creamy Whips to Get Your Ice Cream Fix

Spring is kicking into high gear, and that means creamy whips across the Cincinnati area are opening their walk-up windows and switching…

By CityBeat Staff

Zip Dip
4050 Drew Ave., Green Township
Zip Dip literally shines like a beacon of light through the dark — the iconic neon lightning bolt adorning the roof is unmistakable. It was added to the building in 1951 and has been guiding customers through summer heat waves to ice cream salvation ever since. Everyone loves a classic. The top-seller here is a basic small cone with a twist, but scrap the whole chocolate and vanilla idea. Zip Dip serves an orange and vanilla twist that will make you forget you ever wanted anything else. If you’re looking for more, Zip Dip has a whole heap of ice cream selections, from chipwiches to sundaes. Those who prefer to drink their ice cream should skip the shakes and opt for a malt instead.
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The 25 Best Restaurants in Northern Kentucky Right Now, According to Yelp

At CityBeat, we know a thing or two about picking the best restaurants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but Yelpers have some…

By Katherine Barrier

19. Walt’s Hitching Post
3300 Madison Pike, Ft. Wright
“Our dinner was absolutely perfect from start to finish. We kicked things off with a 1/2 dozen oysters, some escargot, and the bourbon burnt ends. We'd had the first two appetizers in the past - and they lived up to how much we loved them on our last visit. The bourbon burnt ends were phenomenal - crispy, smokey, and coated with Walt's famous BBQ sauce. What more could you ask for?

We decided to order one of their nightly specials - the 10 oz. Bison Steak - along with one of their classics - the Braised, Bone-In Pork. The bison was tasty and tender - but our favorite bite of the night was definitely the pork. Every morsel melted in our mouths, and when paired with their creamy orzo, it was truly show-stopping. For dessert, we ate as much as we could of their Bananas Foster, which is a huge portion, even for two people.” -Bailey D.
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Photos: Here's All the Debauchery We Saw During Cincinnati's Bockfest

Bockfest, Cincinnati's favorite debaucherous celebration of dark beer, springtime and goats, stumbled into the city for its 31st year March 3-5. The…

By CityBeat Staff

31st Annual Bockfest | March 4
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