Although most people do not credit the city of Cincinnati with having a unique and thriving
nightlife, it certainly does. Unlike most big cities that are riddled with bars that are no more than carbon copies
of one another, Cincinnati has an eclectic blend. In addition, Cincinnati offers a number of
unique nightlife options throughout the course of the year. From parties on a bridge to live music being
played in historic venues to gatherings and tasting within some of the oldest
saloons in the area, Cincinnati literally has something for everyone. Whether you like reality TV, jazz, comedy, spoken word or more, there is a part of Cincinnati nightlife that seems to be tailored just for you.
such as Music Hall, Washington Park and Fountain Square have also been known to
host an abundant amount of events. These
events range from live concerts to wine tastings to dance lessons and
more. The riverfront plays host to Paul
Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, which also plays host to an
annual three day music festival.
The following is a list of the very best, must not miss venues that are integral to Cincinnati
Schwartz Point Jazz Club
This is a location that literally sits on a corner.
It is unassuming from the exterior, but once you cross its threshold,
you are welcome by eclectic décor and true to its roots jazz. Most notably, there are no right corners
within this location and the acoustics of the venue are enhanced by the area rugs adorning each window. The most
unique aspect of Schwartz Corner is the fact that patrons are able to hear the prolific musical stylings of owner Ed Moss every Saturday night as he and his trio take center stage.
Tuesday ($10 cover) – complimentary dinner buffet
at 7:30pm before the Society Jazz Orchestra performs
Friday and Saturday ($5 cover) – the New Ed Moss
Trio and special guests performs
The Southgate House Revival
This venue opened in an abandoned Episcopal Church in 2012 not long after the original Southgate House closed its doors. The church that currently houses the iconic venue dates back to 1866 and has become the home of live music within the area. This is a venue that seemed to be made for Cincinnati nightlife with its multiple rooms that play host to a variety of acts that are internationally, regionally as well as locally known. Guests of the Southgate House Revival are able to take in stained glass windows, the church’s original pipe organ as well as a green room.
This venue also plays host to an award-winning and free open mic night that features acts that include: storytellers, marimba players, musicians, comedians, songwriters, spoken word artists and more.
Go Bananas has been a Cincinnati nightlife staple since the middle of the 1980’s. This popular comedy club has gained notoriety for presenting region as well as national comedic acts. Reservations are a requirement for all shows
and most nights are 18+, but there are nights that are exclusive to the over 21 crowd.
Pro-Am night requires a minimum reservation for
FREE parking is available
Cover is $3 per person
Limited appetizer menu: fried pickles, jalapeno
poppers, chicken fingers
Affordable drink prices
If you are a fan of the television show “Oddities”, then Rake’s End is for you. This is a portion of Cincinnati nightlife that is brimming with all things creepy. Odd artifacts such as a taxidermy bird with a human head, antiques an evil face peering out of an Easter Island painting, an eggplant with a hair pick inside of it and more. There is absolutely nothing within this venue that makes sense except the fat that creativity reigns supreme here. The entertainment within this venue tends to be unusual, such as a gentle horribly playing a trumpet while reading a poem paying homage to a schizophrenic love affair.
This speakeasy style venue has transformed itself into a Mexican restaurant. It features live music, a rocking jukebox has an abundant amount of beer. This bar proudly boasts a number of specialty coffees as well as more than 150 imported beers. The Comet is adorned with art
that has been created by artists that are local to the area.
Tasty appetizers and desserts
The kitchen stays open until 1am
Happy Hour Deals: $2 featured beers; $1.50 tacos
For more information on Cincinnati nightlife visit: http://cincinnatiusa.com/bars-and-nightlife/all