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: 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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PHOTOS: Protesters Gather to Push for Removal of “Big Indian” Sign in Carthage on MLK Day

A small group of protesters and counter-protesters gathered outside of MotorTime Auto Sales on Jan. 15 to voice their opinions about the…

By Aidan Mahoney

Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard (pictured holding the sign) is an Indigenous member of the Urban Native Collective. "I’m just one representative of almost 100,000 Indigenous people in this region, and our organization has a history of advocating for the removal of mascots because they are degrading and they aren’t representative of current day, modern Indigeneity – nor is it a helpful representation of historic Indigeneity either," she told CityBeat.
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Project Censored 2023: Corporate Abuse and Environmental Harm Dominate Top 10 Stories

This story is featured in CityBeat's Jan. 10 print edition. “We have made the planet inhospitable to human life.” That’s what the…

By Paul Rosenberg, Random Lengths News

Project Censored 2023: Corporate Abuse and Environmental Harm Dominate Top 10 Stories
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What's In and Out for Cincinnati in 2024

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to decide what you want your life to look like for the…

By CityBeat Staff

OUT: Joe Burrow getting injured
On Nov. 16, 2023, the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow injured his wrist during a game against the Baltimore Ravens. The team went on to lose the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates the following week before rallying to win three straight games, which kept playoff hopes alive. However, those hopes were officially dashed after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on New Year’s Eve. And while games can’t be won by a single player, in 2024, we need to protect Burrow at all costs.
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These 17 Photos from CityBeat Photographers are Our 2023 Scrapbook

CityBeat is lucky to work with some of the best photographers in Cincinnati, and they really showed out in 2023. From Aidan…

By CityBeat Staff

Taylor Swift flexes on Cincinnati during her "Eras Tour" stop at Paycor Stadium on June 30, 2023. Swift completely transformed the city into "Swiftinnati" during her visit.
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These 10 Weird News Stories from 2023 Make Cincinnati Look Cool, Awful and Strange

Fasten your seatbelts for a wild ride through corn and the quirkier side of 2023, Cincinnati! From a stolen wolf statue making…

By Madeline Fening

Cocaine Cat!
A big cat with a small cocaine problem became a “cat ambassador,” one of Cincinnati’s more unexpected outcomes of the year.

News broke on March 9 that Cincinnati Animal CARE (CAC), the non-profit that operates Hamilton County’s dog warden, received a call on Jan. 28 about a “leopard” stuck in a tree in Oakley. Turns out, after an encounter with Cincinnati Police, an illegal serval escaped from an apartment and ran up a tree. Crews retrieved the “grumpy” 35-pound cat, named Amiry, bringing him back to CAC’s Northside shelter. CAC told CityBeat a big cat expert confirmed Amiry was in fact a 100% pure-bred serval, adding he’d “rather deal with a tiger.”

Servals are native to savannas in more than 35 African countries. They’re illegal to own in Ohio but legal in Indiana with a special permit. In addition to a DNA test, the team also ran a drug test on the cat, which CAC said is standard protocol for strange or exotic cases. The test came back positive for cocaine, making the ”cocaine cat” nickname a viral hit after Elizabeth Banks’ horror/comedy Cocaine Bear was released in February. 

After receiving treatment for a broken leg at CAC for a couple of days, Amiry was transferred to the Cincinnati Zoo for continued treatment.

On March 10, the zoo announced that Amiry was on the mend and transitioning into a new role as a “cat ambassador.” The zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program started in 1980 with the goal of raising awareness about helping cheetahs, but expanded in 2021 to include servals, ocelots, domestic cats and dogs, a crested porcupine and a red river hog. 

It’s still unclear if charges will be filed against Amiry’s former owner, but the serval is thriving at the zoo among new drug-free friends.
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CityBeat’s Top 10 Greater Cincinnati News Stories of 2023

At CityBeat, national and local headlines seemed to be one and the same this year. Between Damar Hamlin’s astonishing moment at Paycor…

By Madeline Fening

The East Palestine Train Derailment’s Unexpected Impact on Cincinnati
The disastrous Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train in East Palestine, Ohio, was one of the nation’s biggest stories of 2023. Fear and insecurity continue to permeate in the small Eastern Ohio village near the Pennsylvania border as residents push for financial restitution from the rail giant. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the East Palestine disaster sent a political shockwave straight to Cincinnati in 2023.

Cincinnati voters started 2023 knowing that, come November, they would need to decide whether to sell the Cincinnati Southern Railway (CSR) – the nation’s only multi-state railway to be owned by a city – to Norfolk Southern for $1.6 billion. But the East Palestine disaster sent corporate resentment (and trace hazardous chemicals) down the Ohio River where advocacy groups quickly organized a “Vote NO” campaign against the sale.

Speaking to CityBeat in a sit-down interview, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval assured voters that transferring ownership of the 336-mile commercial rail line would release the city of derailment liability and fill the gap in Cincinnati’s growing capital deficit. Vocal opponents from “Derail the Sale” and “Save our Rails” weren’t buying it, saying the rail line was undervalued at $1.6 billion and that public ownership of the CSR would be safer for residents.

The once-in-a-lifetime nature of the ballot issue, coupled with mixed opinions from city leaders and labor unions, made it difficult to predict an outcome for Issue 22 with any certainty. Ultimately, Cincinnati voters passed Issue 22 with a narrow victory of 51.68%. Come January, the mayor-appointed board that oversees the CSR will select a money manager for the new $1.6 billion trust fund.
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Ohio Religious Leaders Gather in Cincinnati to Call for Ceasefire in Gaza [PHOTOS]

More than 100 people gathered in Washington Park for what became an emotional event to "call for peace and express solidarity with…

By CityBeat Staff

Attendees of the Peace Vigil for Gaza event at Washington Park on Dec. 17 hold a large scroll with the names of the Palestinians killed in Gaza since Oct. 7.
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Republicans Vow to Continue Abortion Fight after Ohioans Pass Issue 1

After more than 3.8 million Ohioans cast a vote on abortion access in Ohio, Issue 1 passed with 56.62% of the vote.…

By Madeline Fening

Andy Kluesener campaigns against Issue 1 outside the polling location in Christ the King Church in Mt. Lookout on Nov. 7.
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Photos: Cincinnati Protesters Advocate for Israel-Hamas War Ceasefire

The Cincinnati Socialists, "an independent Marxist organization fighting for workers’ rights and the liberation of all oppressed people," hosted the National March…

By CityBeat Staff

The Cincinnati Socialists host the National March to Free Palestine on Nov. 4 at Ziegler Park
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Photos: LGBTQ+ Advocates Head to Celina to Protest Ohio's Potential Drag Ban

Supporters of drag performers gathered on Sept. 2 at the Mercer County Courthouse in Celina, Ohio to protest a bill that would ban…

By Madeline Fening

“Protest the Ohio Drag Ban” was held on Sept. 2 at the Mercer County Courthouse in Celina, Ohio.
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Issue 1 Reactions Show Republicans Searching for Someone to Blame

Ohio voters have rejected Issue 1, a ballot measure that sought to make it harder for citizens to amend the Ohio Constitution…

By Madeline Fening

Issue 1 Reactions Show Republicans Searching for Someone to Blame
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Remembering the Three Boys Killed in Clermont County

Before three young boys, ages 3, 4 and 7, were allegedly killed by their father on June 15 in Clermont County, they…

By Madeline Fening

The three boys killed in Clermont County
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The Best Cincinnati Restaurants for Waterfront Dining, 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. 2 Best Restaurant for Waterfront Dining: Cabana on the River
7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
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Detroit and Ohio Are Beefing Over A Billboard [PHOTOS]

If your 2023 bingo card did not include a second Michigan-Ohio war, you’re not alone. A billboard in downtown Detroit promoting travel…

By Jenna Jones

A billboard in Detroit promoting travel to Ohio.
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Twitter Reacts to Bob Huggins' Homophobic Slur Toward Xavier University

Twitter has a lot to say after a former University of Cincinnati coach said a homophobic slur twice during an interview on…

By Madeline Fening

Bob Huggins
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Twitter Posts Iconic Moments From Jerry Springer Show and More After His Death

You could hear Heaven chanting "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!" if you listened hard enough today. Jerry Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati and iconic…

By Jenna Jones

Twitter Posts Iconic Moments From Jerry Springer Show and More After His Death
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The Best Tacos 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. 10 Best Tacos: Frida 602
602 Main St, Covington
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Photos: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Greater Cincinnati Water Works' Testing and Treatment Facilities

Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) is a giant in the water treatment world, and it has to be. The Ohio River, recently…

By Madeline Fening

Some of the largest steam pumps ever built are housed in the pumping station at GCWW. While some of the pumps are no longer active, GCWW said they were kept in place for a different reason than pumping water. The colossal weight of the iron pumps keeps groundwater from pushing on the floor of the station and forcing it up out of the ground.
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Photos: All the Great Plays from the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day

Opening day for the Cincinnati Reds always is magical for fans and players alike. The Pittsburgh Pirates eked out a 5-4 win over…

By Allison Babka

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds collide at the plate during the season opener at Great American Ball Park on March 30, 2023.
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Insults That Only Make Sense in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a world unto itself, and with that world comes a language only Cincinnnatians can speak — and insults that only a…

By CityBeat Staff

"Parking at Kenwood Mall on a Saturday is more enjoyable than being around you."
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Photos: Everything We Saw During the Bigger Than Roe Women's March in Downtown Cincinnati

On Jan. 21, demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Cincinnati to protest their right to an abortion. The event, Bigger Than…

By Ashley Moor

Bigger Than Roe: Women's March Cincinnati | Jan. 21
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Project Censored's Top Underreported Stories from 2022

Since its founding in 1976, Project Censored has focused on stories — like Watergate before the 1972 election — that aren’t censored…

By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor, Project Censored

Project Censored's Top Underreported Stories from 2022
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Players, Fans Support Damar Hamlin After Cardiac Arrest During Cincinnati Bengals/Buffalo Bills Game

Members of the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills are still in shock after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during the Jan. 2…

By Allison Babka, Madeline Fening

Players and fans in Cincinnati and Buffalo are supporting Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2, 2023.
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12 Weird Stories from 2022 That Were ‘So Cincinnati'

Plenty of important things happened in Cincinnati this year, but do you remember the goofy stuff? Really strange shit went down that…

By Madeline Fening

 West Chester Rep. Jennifer Gross Asks Pastor to Banish 'Witchcraft' at Ohio Statehouse


House Rep. Jennifer Gross from West Chester, who previously had a lot of weird takes on COVID-19 and magnets, has shifted her focus to casting “witchcraft” out of the Ohio Statehouse. During a December chamber session, Gross introduced Curtis Hill, an associate pastor at LifeChurch, who proceeded to rally House members against the "dark forces." He then shared a long list of things he wanted to cast out, including "witchcraft" and "perversion." Read CityBeat's story about Hill's fire-and-brimstone "prayer" before a public government session.
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14 Cincinnati News Stories from 2022 That We Won’t Forget Anytime Soon

During this weird “Are we or are we not still in a pandemic?” era, evaluating a year’s worth of news items feels a little strange. Are…

By Allison Babka

14 Cincinnati News Stories from 2022 That We Won’t Forget Anytime Soon
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12 Deep-Dive Cover Stories from 2022 That CityBeat Is Damn Proud Of

CityBeat reports on and feels the heartbeat of Cincinnati every day. From Cincinnati City Council proposals to the latest entertainment news to…

By Madeline Fening

“Hood Century Modern”
By Jude Noel and Mackenzie Manley, Jan. 26 issue 

Jerald Cooper is best known for running the popular Instagram account Hood Century (@HoodMidCenturyModern), which reveals the architectural history and importance behind otherwise-unassuming locations. From the now-destroyed Crosley Field where the Cincinnati Reds once played to abandoned swimming pools in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Mexico, Paris and beyond, Cooper talked to CityBeat about how his posts are portals into deeper research. Read CityBeat's cover story to learn how you can get your hands on helpful flash cards designed by Cooper to make you a pro at spotting architectural design styles.
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Before and After Photos Show How Greater Cincinnati Has Changed in 15 Years

Over the last 15 years, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have experienced amazing revitalizations in many of their neighborhoods. Crumbling, vacant buildings in…

By CityBeat Staff

Fountain Square then and now
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'There Go My Rights': Twitter Reacts to Ohio, Kentucky 2022 Midterm Election Results

Midterm elections in the United States are vital to shaping the city, region, state and country, but they typically don’t involve tons…

By CityBeat Staff

DRAFT: election reax
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Photos: Ohio's Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend with 'Finding Bigfoot' Star Matt Moneymaker

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), Ohio has the fourth-highest number of credible Bigfoot sightings. That's exactly why Pleasant Hill…

By Allison Babka

A person in a Bigfoot costume and their dog, Trevor, hitch a ride on a golf cart during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
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Twitter Roasts Middletown Native J.D. Vance after Debate with Tim Ryan for Ohio's U.S. Senate Seat

Twitter is reacting to the acrimonious Oct. 10 debate between Ohio’s U.S. Senate candidates Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan. During…

By Madeline Fening

Twitter Roasts Middletown Native J.D. Vance after Debate with Tim Ryan for Ohio's U.S. Senate Seat
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