So I'm in Cincinnati for the week and other than the Reds games, what else is there to do in this town? I'm here until next Wednesday and just looking for stuff to do. Thanks.Edit: thank you everyone for your help... I'm decked out in MICHIGAN gear like my "Lebron hates ohio" shirt. Love the sarcaism too. GO BLUE!!!!
OT: Cincy, What to do?
I will tell you the same as I tell every man. Bars. Strip clubs.
Gotta cross the river into KY for the strip clubs. And that's where the Bengals get in trouble. Logistics, man.
No greater advice has ever been spoken....(other than "hey you should get that scab checked out")
Bar town, fun as shit. I recommend Alive One (great bar) it plays all live albums on the top floor and usually classic hip hop in the basement bar, Crowley's (Irish Pub) and Pavilion Bar (club, huge decks/patios), the wine bar and Blind Lemon are cool too.
If you get a few hours drive back to Michigan. Even if it's only for 10 minutes you can get the Ohio off of you before you have to go back.
I will choose my adjectives more carefully next time. Maybe I assumed they would be driving very very fast? Haha
Not having deep roots in either state, how does anyone in Michigan dump on Cinci without remembering Detroit and Flint.
I have been to Cinci a bunch of times over the last few years, but always with someone from there and I can't remember restaurant names. There are many really fun neighborhoods with lots of good restaurants. Just ask some of the locals. The city also has some very good museums, if that is your thing, a good aquarium, etc.
If your hotel room has cable I suggest ESPN, HBO, and Lifetime Meredith Baxter movies between the 5-6 Reds games you go to.
Other than that, I guess Applebees' bar or Olive Garden.
Seriously, I'm not joking. Dusmesh is the best Indian Restaurant in the states, and the best indian food I've ever had outside of India or the UK.
I also love Northside there too, a very diverse small town vibe with a lot of really cool shops and places to go.
Hold on I'm going to let you finish, but Denard is smiling at your comment. Continue...
There are a few really nice museums if you are into that, particularly the underground railroad one. Cincinnati has a very nice downtown for a couple blocks, but has many bad areas around it. Honestly not a whole lot to do if you aren't into historically significant things. If you happen to be Jewish, particularly reform, there are many historic landmarks. Also you should enjoy the reds' game. Sensational stadium with the most terrific view past the outfield I have ever seen.
Skyline. Not Gold Star.
...5-way chili is spaghetti noodles topped with Cincinatti chili, beans, chopped onions and cheese.
It's one of the few good things down in Ohio.
I live in Cincinnati and that shit is awful. Chili should not be runnier than hot dog sauce.
As far as the OP's question...
Cincinnati has some good things to do. Someone mentioned the Aquarium, the Museum Center, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. I concur. Those are cool. Our zoo is nice. University of Cincinnati is a really great campus. Cool architecture and interesting greenspaces right smack in the middle of a terrible part of town. If you're going to be downtown, one of my favorite bookstores (the Ohio Bookstore) is at 7th and main. It's five floors of books, with lots of rare and out of print stuff.
Its a great way to get acquainted with Ohio fans.
Which shirt will piss them off the most... "Lebron Hates Ohio" "Tre$$el's Tattoo & Pawn Shop" or "Pryor has Swine Flu"? I got all three to wear.
the Tatoo and Pawn Shop shirt. I am living in Columbus for a co-op this summer and I wear this shirt all the time. I get some very evil looks and sometimes I think I see steam coming out of people's ears...
Btw, if for some reason you get bored in Cincy and want to venture up to C-bus to make fun of the buckeye fans, or defecate in the Olentangy River, directions are very simple. Just go north until you smell it, then east until you step in it. You'll be here in no time!
it's dust where their brains should be.
Most people here don't care about LeBron and the Cavs. Plus there are way more fans of Kentucky and Cincinnati than OSU, although you do still have a good share of Buckeye lovers so you might get a reaction to the Tressel shirt. If you had a worst state ever shirt, as I do, you can really turn some heads.
Very nice and old zoo. Many of the buildings are on the Historic Register.
"Fuckins' Zoos closed Bouje"
The Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY (on the other side of the river) is a great time, I visit there regularly. It's a big German restaurant/bar, where dancing on the seats is encouraged.
In downtown Cincy, there is a tiny Irish bar called O'Malley's in the Alley, it is a few blocks north of the baseball stadium, but I'm unsure of which alley it is between.
Mongtomery Inn is a great BBQ restaurant, and in one of the locations there is a huge Michigan flag in the entrance signed by Bo himself.
I would also recommend all 3 choices above...make sure to get Skyline as well.
If you are college aged go to Mt. Adams Pavillion tonight or Mynt Martini downtown
Go to Northside Tavern. It's a cool bar - there are some pool tables. It's right by Shake It! Records on Hamilton Avenue - Shake It! is AWESOME.
Definitely go to Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream - I recommend the ones on Ludlow in Clifton (Hamilton Avenue turns into Ludlow in Clifton). See if there are any shows at Southgate House in Newport, also. Check out Turfway Park if you like horse racing - and the Cincinnati Zoo is pretty good.
If you like shopping, Kenwood Mall isn't bad...
LaRosa's Pizza! It is absolutely amazing.
I was never a fan. Their sauce is too sweet for me.
right across the river is excellent.
Newport on the Levy. Plenty bars and restaurants.
Eat at Skyline Chili and LaRosa's pizza every chance you get. If by some odd reason you get sick of that then go to Montgomery Inn Pizza. Kings Island is one of the greatest Amusement parks in the Midwest, so if you are into roller coasters I highly recommend it.
Kings Island being like an hour and a half away from ceder point is completely not worth it. If you are going to spend an outrageous price for one day, just make a drive up to ceder point.
Diamondback, the Beast, and Firehawk are grade A coasters. Especially good during Haunt, and it's worth saving the extra $40 or $50 or whatever it is for CP.
Check a map there Magellan. Cedar Point is on the opposite end of the state. 4 hours away.
Not only is Kings Island much further away from CP than one and a half hours... it's also an awesome park with some of the best rides in the country (including the best wooden rollercoaster in the country.)
Not to mention, I've been to cedar point probably 5000 times in my life... it's old.
I'd get a cab into Hyde Park and go get pizza at Dewey's on Madison Rd. On Wednesday night, a bar named R.P. McMurphy's has a very popular "mug club" (also in Hyde Park). This is more for the 21-35 year old crowd. Downtown, I'd also make use of the purple pedestrian bridge across the Ohio River and go check out The Levee (in Newport, Kentucky). There's a bunch of bars and shops, including a Hofbrauhaus (German Biergarten). As someone already mentioned, the aquarium is also located right by The Levee in Newport.
You can generally find live music in Fountain Square (middle of downtown Cinci), esp. on weekends. If you're on the trendy side, a lot of people like to go to Mt. Adams (very short cab ride, on the hills to the east of downtown, overlooking the city). Have fun!
I recommend checking out Fountain Square too. They have something going on most weekdays during lunch and events at night. I did a lot of announcing and MC-ing for a wide array of funny and bizarre events. Check out "Just Crepes" for lunch downtown.
Check out some horse races, don't get chili, for bars I would say college aged head up to Mt Adams and for older head across the river to Newport or Mt. Lookout.
...zoo, which is one of the nicest in the country, wear your 'Worst State Ever' T-Shirt, recruit Adolphus Washington, Reds game and the museum and check out Peter Frampton's pad.
I'm wearing my "Lebron Hates Ohio" shirt and my "Tre$$el's tattoo and pawn shop" one too. For some odd reason I don't have a Worst State Ever shirt.
The Cincinnati Zoo is the nicest thing in Cincinnati. It's one of the better zoos in the country and maybe even the world. You can see polar bears swimming under water, white tigers, a white lion, bonobos, and any number of other animals, most of which are in relatively big and nice enclosures.
Go to hofbrauhaus in newport,ky its right across the river fro some great german beer and atmosphere. There is an aquarium and a imax theater in newport as well. There is also a dueling piano bar downtown which is aweome. If you want younger bars go to mount adams and go to the three story bar there I forget the name but Mt Adams is where the younger crowed goes...
1) Check out Newport on the Levee in KY (not too far away)...huge shopping/eating district
2) Find the nearest Montgomery Inn (baby back ribs...that is all)
3) Enjoy some Skyline chili (avoid Gold Star at ALL COSTS), or Pleasant Ridge Chili on Montgomery Road (Gravy cheese fries...sounds terrible but is brilliant)
4) Buy some Graeter's Ice Cream
5) Go to a Reds game, even if they suck. Great American is a great ballpark.
I'm still trying to get more acquainted with the city, but those are a few of my favorite spots.
Duck Fayton, lol. Must've stunk to see us make 3 sweet 16s in a row!
I bet you could count the beers you drank those four years on one hand too!
Currently going into my Junior year at Dayton, I love it there. If you are looking to go partying, DO NOT GO TO XAVIER. Common saying at UD, "Finish your beer, there are sober kids at Xavier!"
Xavier is such a dry campus. I usually just drink with buddies (never a bad thing) and very occasionally go out. That's why many of us flock to UD or UC.
Hofbrauhaus in Newport is my favorite bar/restaurant in town. If you like german beer and girls in lederhosen this place is for you. I head there before or after reds games as you can walk across the bridge to the stadium.
If so I'd definitely see if they do tours.
You could always find out what Johnny Fever is doing nowadays.....
Oldest bar in Cincy, dating back to 1861. Get the hot brown and make sure to ask for jalapenos with your nachos if you get them. They are raw and extremely hot. Nice little courtyard you can sit in, or you can be in either the old bar downstairs or the seating upstairs, which is in an old apartment. Pretty cool place.
If you're there on Sunday, go to the Taft House Art Museum. It's free on Sundays and worth a couple of hours.
I've been to the Hofbrauhaus and the beer garden out back is nice. Beer is good but the food is fantastic. Weinerschnitzel!
Also, go to Fountain Square on Saturday night for a movie. You can sit in lawn chairs (If you have them) or on benches. I saw King Kong (original) there last year and it was fun. Looks like this Saturday is Scott Pilgrim.
If you're really bored and have a few hours to spare. Head over to Jungle Jims, about a 30/45 minute drive from Cinnci, the most amazing Grocery store you'll ever go to in your life. They import food from all over the world and simply have an amazing selection. A very very cool place.
1. Gas up your car.
2. Head to Ann Arbor.
Theres nothing to do here.
But if you must. Avoid montgomery inn, over priced and over-rated. Walts on colerain or the bbq review on oakley are better. If you've never had skyline get a three-way. best chinese is grand china on glenway ave, best fried chicken is ron's roost on race and the best wings are at wild mikes on harrison. All 3 of those places are close to each other.
If you are downtown the blue wisp is a good jazz club, carew tower has a cheap observation deck, and the river walk/sawyer point area is good for exercise.
I second the Graeter's ice cream suggestion- their black raspberry chip may be one of the few good things in Ohio
but I'd go with the Coconut chocolate chip.
Cincy: The Lodge, Black Finn, Cadillac Ranch
Newport across the River: Bar Louie, Beer Sellar
If you have time, head up to Dayton to the National Musuem of the United States Air Force. They have just about every plane that the Air Force has flown, and a few that they haven't really flown yet and some that they flew against.
Bourbon country is just a short drive away. There's this brand that has a red wax top on it...
Maker's Mark is in Loretto I believe. It is a little bit of a back road trek to get to. I prefer the Woodford Reserve tour in Versailles. quick drive from lLexington through beautiful horse country
I strongly suggest going to Kings Island (amusement park). It has some amazing roller coasters and it is a really good time. The Beast is the longest wooden roller coaster and it is great. It seriously feels like you are on it for like 10 minutes. Also the Son of Beast is a wooden roller coaster with a loop so that kind of speaks for itself. I used to live in the area and that place is great.
Also Frische's Big Boy. I love their burgers and strongly recommend them.
Montgomery Inn BBQ... great food, some of the best service I've ever had, and beyond a plethora of sports memorabilia to check out while you're there.
Carew Tower: used to be the tallest building in Cincy, now it's 2nd by a few feet. It costs like 5 bucks to go up to the top, but you get such a spectacular view of Cincy, the sports stadiums, Ohio River, the foothilled countryside, Kentucky, and you might be able to see Indiana from there if I'm not mistaken. Cool experience!
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica (in covington, just across the bridge): this is the best stained glass I've ever seen, and right up there with St. Louis Cathedral and Cathedral Puebla as the coolest churches I've ever been to!
Take your pick: Gold Star VS Skyline... it's like Lafayette vs American coneys, but they're all over Ohio. I suggest not getting the chili dogs, because their not even close to the two Detroit favorites, but go with the chili w/ spaghetti choices.
ALSO, if you have time and would like to "give back". there are TONS of volunteer opportunities in Cincy and in Covington, more than anywhere I've ever been. (513) 761-9040 x 110-- Ask for Chris. [email protected] Chris can hook you up with any of the dozens of organizations that she works with.
The Queen City Blues Fest is going on this weekend friday and saturday on the ohio side of the river east of the stadiums. Worth checking out if you dig.
If you are looking for a fun night out on the town, I definitely recommend Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine. Grab a bite at Senate, then for bars I highly recommend Neon's (a couple blocks east of Vine, on Main) or Lachman's. If you're downtown, Nada is a good spot for food, drinks, and pretty much just people watching. Righteous Room and Scene are the trendy hang out bars, Bartini is the popular club. Other restaurant recommendations would be Via Vite on the square or Table. Madonna's downtown or Pilot/Edge in Norwood for a dive bar. Blind Lemon in Mt. Adams for a low key place is also highly recommended. If you're up in Mt. Adams, definitely swing through City View and ask about the Charlie Manson story. And don't order tequila.
For activities, the old standbys like Union Terminal, the zoo, Taft museum, and the conservatory are always popular, but I would also check out what concerts are in town. The city has a pretty vibrant music scene (surprisingly), and Madison Theater and 20th Century usually get pretty decent acts. Might want to check out the Comet in northside, too. If you're in Northside, swing through Shake It, it's worth it. There's a good brewery tour that goes through the old brewery district up in OTR that's interesting. Someone above mentioned Jungle Jim's up in Fairfield, that's pretty entertaining for sure, if you're up for the hike. If you go up that way I think the new Gordo's might be open right next to JJ's (not sure on this). Great burger. Oh, and if you like burgers, try Terry's Turf Club on eastern ave.
Hope this helps.
Go up to Mt Adams for dinner/drinks. Great view of the city and the river.
1) National Museum of the USAF at Wright-Patterson AFB... about a 45 min drive up I-75 to I-675 just south of downtown Dayton. Awesome museum if you're a aerospace junkie and make sure you take the tour of the Presidential and Test hangar which is actually inside the base perimeter (Museum is outside the base and can be visited without a problem. they have buses that take you to the presidential wing from the main museum lot.
2) Golf. Dayton and Cincy area have some pretty amazing golf courses. For one closer to Cincy, try Shaker Run between Exit 29 & Exit 32 on I-75. US Open qualifier course. Three different 9-hole layouts (a forest layout, a lakeside layout, and a meadows / links layout). Very fun and challenging.
3) Casinos. if you take the loop highway around Cincy (I-275) toward the Indiana border, you can hit the Hollywood Casino.. not a bad gambling hall and they have a decent golf course there as well.
4) Pick-up broomball... at a couple rinks in the Cincy area, they have regular drop in broomball nights where all you need is a helmet.. they'll lend you a stick. broomball is probably the second unofficial sport of Cincinnati as Cincy has a lot of Michigan and Miami grads who still play in multiple broomball leagues.
Totally agree with Wolverine in Exile about the USAF museum. I went there eight or nine years ago and they've just got tons of great old WWII planes and also a lot of the more recent planes (F-22, some of the Cold War bombers) etc. I'm in DC for another week and while I love going to the Air and Space Museum out here, the USAF museum definitely beats Air and Space (except for the Space part). My dad and I spent probably four or five hours in the museum, it's one good thing in Ohio. The Presidential section has a few of the old Air Force Ones there that you can look around.
I was there a few weeks back for Indians/Reds and to cross another ballpark of the bucket list. We hit up Hofbrahaus which was pretty fun. Just across the river into Newport, KY. Tons of beer, and it's packed when the weather is nice.
Side note - If you rock your Michigan gear, prepare for verbal attacks. I soaked them in all night with pride. Actually got a few Go Blue! along the way near Fountain Square.
Oh I'm taking the abuse but I've gotten more Go Blues than bucks.
Paul McCartney rocking Great American Ballpark TONIGHT!
I've roamed this site for about a year now on almost a daily basis, but this is my first post. Let me introduce myself a little. I've lived in the Cincinnati area for 27 of my 28 years (spent 1 year in Indianapolis) and have been a Michigan fan since I was real young, but I never got the opportunity to attend the University of Michigan as I wanted to. Almost everyone around me is an OSU or ND fan (family and close friends included) and it is sickening.
Some things to do while in the 'nati (many have been mentioned but here's what I've experienced and would recommend):
Sports: Reds game.
Outdoor Activities: Kings Island, Loveland Bike Trail (bring a bike or rent one, or rollerblade it), canoeing on the Little Miami River (Morgan's Canoe rental), Golfing (Shaker Run as mentioned is nice),
Outdoor Relaxing: Picnic in Ault Park (if you've got a special friend), Eden Park (combine with the Art Museum or Conservatory), Sharon Woods or Winton woods for a nice park with trails and a lake for paddle boats, BB Riverboat tours.
Museums/Zoo: Cincinnati Art Museum, Union Terminal, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Zoo, Newport Aquarium (I haven't been, but have been planning to).
Food: Chili (Skyline or Blue Ash are my favorites), Montgomery Inn (not my favorite, but a Cincinnati staple), Larosas (see Montgomery Inn), any Jeff Ruby Steakhouse ($$$$ but worth it. The Precinct is the most popular), Graeters Ice Cream, Terry's Turf Club (good burgers, but plan on a wait as there is limited seating).
Bars: Mount Adams has many to choose from, Arnolds, Hoffbrauhaus, Bar Louie (Newport).
Random: Funnybone Comedy club (Newport), Fountain Square, Riverbend Music Center (A Perfect Circle plays Monday night).