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435 Elm St.Cincinnati, OH 45202
Launch is the downstairs sports bar of what used to be Lunar Lounge. Launch remains open while the upstairs is now closed to reopen with a new name and direction in the future.
307 Ludlow Ave.Cincinnati, OH 45220
Neighborhood: Clifton (gaslight district)
Imagine it, stepping out of a film at the Esquire on a Saturday evening and hearing some sounds that are pretty partyriffic. Look across the street and you’ll see the source of the bustle and chatter: Arlin’s is absolutely hopping. It could be any number of things that makes Arlin’s appealing: the fine selection of import and draft beers, the Tex Mex menu, or the superb patio that is perfect for socializing and carousing. Either way, Arlin’s is the place to be for the standard (and good!) American bar experience.
1120 Walnut St.Cincinnati, OH 45202
Neighborhood: Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton
One word encompasses Below Zero Lounge on Walnut Street fabulous. Grab a spot on one of the cozy couches towards the back of the bar, or shimmy up to the dimly-lit bar where select liquor drinks and martinis are served from freezer kept at six degrees Fahrenheit. The Over-the-Rhine hotspot commonly sees liquor aficionados sipping candy-colored martinis at candle-lit tables. The lounge features cabaret music on Sunday nights. Engage in chit-chat in one of the quiet corners while attentive servers are on hand for those curious to try the Metro martini, a secret recipe concocted with raspberry puree and a splash of champagne.
2900 Wasson RoadCincinnati, OH 45209
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Hyde Parkers love "The E" for its laid-back, casual atmosphere, and they pack the large patio out back on nice nights. You'll find a menu full of tasty pub grub here, as well as an Internet-connected jukebox playing all genres of music, foosball, trivia and video game favorites including Golden Tee and virtual golf.
126 W. Sixth St.Cincinnati, OH 45202
This downtown cocktail lounge with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme is decked out in eclectic old-style furniture, mirrors, chess boards and local art. FB’s caters to an upscale, young professional crowd who enjoys cocktails and bottle service. Dress to impress to get in the door. The focus here is on specialty drinks with fresh ingredients and trippy, local artwork. FB's now offers a menu of quality bar grub small plates 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
205 W. McMillan St.Cincinnati, OH 45219
Neighborhood: Corryville/Clifton Heights
This eatery is a lively but laid-back college hangout. Often times, students eat, drink, study or watch sports on 18 TV screens (including a massive plasma screen) There's karaoke Tuesday and live music most weekends. Challenge your friends to a game of darts or shuffleboard. The restaurant recently had a power charging station installed so patrons could "top off" their hybrid and electric vehicles while dining in.
28 Fountain SquareCincinnati, OH 45202
Just like the name, Mynt is a fresh new martini bar located right on Fountain Square. This chic venue has mint-colored walls and windows opening up right onto the spacious patio: Imagine sharing drinks while watching Reds games on the Square’s jumbo screen. Inside, there are three bars serving signature martinis and a huge stage set for live music. Dress to impress at night or stop by after work for their happy hour from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, with $5 martinis and $5 appetizers. Also, no greasy apps here; instead, think “green” for healthy menu items, like salads, hummus and yogurt. Happy hour parties for large and small groups are also available.
700 West Pete Rose WayCincinnati, OH 45203
Open since early 2011, this mega dance club in Longworth Hall will cater to the hard-partying crowd of Cincinnati. Featuring state-of-the-art sound, two levels of dancing, video and lighting, including lasers(!), Pulse will have your senses racing all night long. Open three nights a week--Thursday, Friday and Saturday--the doors open at 9 PM each day. Cover prices each night, generally $5 for those 21 and up. It's also a good spot for those under 21, but you'll have to pay a higher cover charge.