FB's: User Reviews
Two weeks ago I traveled to Cincinnati to visit an old friend from college. She showed me around the city and we hit up several different nightlife destinations on a Friday night. Being a Chicago native, I didn't expect much from the Cincinnati nightlife scene. To my surprise, we stopped in FB's a very unique bar/lounge. Reminded me of a lounge or bar you could find in a larger city like Chicago or New York. The bar design reminded me of Alice in Wonderland- miss matched furniture & cool wallpaper. There was a live DJ who played a lot of Biggie Jams. (Later, we found out there was a Biggie themed party that night).
We went into the basement which resembled the basement of "That 70's Show." A Hipster Haven with vintage furniture from the 70's along with a great jukebox too.. There is definitely a more laid back vibe in the basement.
Bartenders were fast & friendly. Good crowd. Overall, we had a great experience. A bar like FB's would be a hit in Chicago for sure!Report This Review
I stopped down to FB's last weekend and was surprised to see they redid the basement. It used to be a dark dance area and now is bright and retro with vintage couches and a jukebox - the casual vibe reminds you of hanging out in someone's living room (albeit you have to take a time machine to the 70s to get there). I enjoyed a huge mug of Rivertown draft and the bartender was overly accommodating. The free Miss Pacman arcade game was also a nice touch. FB's continues to be on of the few bars downtown that still keeps things interesting.Report This Review
FB's is a very cool space that obviously thrives on creativity. From the decor to the unique bar nights like Tuesday's Animal Hour - it's a step ahead of the processed, chain bars that Cincy is known for.
If you're the type of person who likes to think outside the box and isn't afraid to step outside of the conservative Cincinnati social scene box, this place is definitely for you.
The staff is super nice and has bent over backwards for me everytime I've been there. For those who said it was a flash in the pan, it's well over a year old and continues to be a staple bar. The only only place in its category bar-wise is Righteous Room, really. Let's hope it stays that way or risk the downtown scene falling back into an unoriginal "main-stream-safe" social scene.
FB now has a new "manager" who clearly does not have the capacity to successfully entertain a high end clientele, or even a not so high end clientele. However, FB's seems to think that high priced drinks and an ignorant bar staff/ management equates to being " high end." I recently heard management make a comment to an individual who is quite successful that they would not be allowed in "his"(the manager doesn't own the bar) bar due to the fact that they didn't have on proper footwear??? I mean, come on. The last time I was there the only people in attendance were those resembling the cast or Jersey shore and those wearing affliction T-Shirts who seemed to be avid fans of Ultimate Fighting. I would be welcoming all patrons at this point if I were them. Stop the "high class, better than you act" and perhaps more success will come to you.Report This Review
I have loved FB's since it opened and I don't think I'll ever get tired of going there. There is nothing like this place in Cincinnati! It is a great spot to go to have fun with friends. Cool atmosphere, top notch service, and good people. The only other great place downtown is Lunar!Report This Review
I went to FB's Saturday night with my friend, we are both 25 and female.. I think we were the oldest women there. Our drinks were fine (a margarita and a vodka tonic) and the bartender was fast and helped us right away so that was good. My impression was the bar was a younger crowd maybe college-age and lots of very short dresses and high heels. The downstairs part of the bar reminded me of a college house party complete with some sketchy looking couches :)Report This Review
man this place smells like butt. with in fifteen minutes of arriving and sitting on the patio i had to watch ultra yupps hop out of ferraris and f -350's (which is pretty baller n all but...) the dudes in them were way lame. there was maybe like four decent lookin hos there, which is not a good enough ratio for me to wanna kick it longer then lets say an hour. the 9$ wine was cool but it didnt make up for the interior decoration which was hideous and so wanting to be hip it hurt, and the music blew balls. it was a bunch of acoustic emos dudes with really bad style. over all i give it a 1.9 out of 5. sorry.Report This Review
I recently visited a few downtown hot spots and I have to say FB's by far was my best experience. I usually don't go out much in the winter but I would have to say all this snow has maded me feel a little cooped up. I was put on the new comers list at FB's (thanks to Toney) and I had no problem walking rite in through the heavily secured entrance. I was greeted with a smile and a hand shake. I was escorted in to an amazing decor and layout. As I looked around I noticed what every guy notices as they look around, all the women here dressed and looking fine. I feel like I have finally found a home in downtown nightlife. I walked rite up to the bar and was greeted by Krissy (I think that was her name) and she promptly took my order and had my drink to me within seconds. There was a few birthday parties going on I think and both the owners greeted me with a thank you and a hand shake. One of them bought me a drink I think his name was Bill. I had a great experience and I know FB's will be frequented by me often. I highly recommend FB's to anyone who hasn't experienced this cozy lounge.Report This Review
This place is over priced for what it is and will not last long at the rate it is going. The supposed bottle service we got recently to try going a different route here was awful. Most of the bartenders and staff are rude or don't know how to make drinks. The basement smells and is not properly ventilated. They need to work on the overall functionality of the bar focusing on the steep prices, the service and tend to the smell downstairs. One visit is enough to know you are wasting your time, but some would tell it is "hip" for Cincinnati.Report This Review
I recently visited FB's for a friends birthday party. I arrived with 4 female friends and another male friend and entered through the main upstairs door. The females checked their coats and we headed down to the rabbit hole to meet up with the birthday girl. The design downstairs is smaller than expected and the main bar downstairs was a bit on the trashy side. I could see paper towels hanging out and I could also see employees belongings (purses, coats, clothes, etc.) in the cubby holes above the bar. Don't get me wrong I know they have to be stored in a safe area but i thought I was visiting a premiere downtown nightspot? The house DJ was good and the couches/tables were placed in a great area. After a few overpriced drinks we decided that the music was insanely too loud and that we were going to leave in fear of losing our hearing. When we traveled upstairs to retrieve our coats we were told we were not allowed to go into the main area of the bar to get our coats because it was over capacity and that we could either leave or go back downstairs. We looked at him with a blank stare and he explained to us that a Bengals players was DJing that night and that’s why we couldn't go in. Are you kidding me? We explained to the gentleman at the door that we just needed to get our coats as we planned to leave. Finally after arguing and refusing to go back downstairs he told us to stand in the corner of the area between the rabbit hole and main bar and he would have someone retrieve our coats. As we were shoved in the corner we watched countless skimpy dressed females pass through without problem. After waiting 10 minutes the ladies coats were finally returned to them. (im 100% confident that the ladies could have retrieved their coats in under five minutes if he would have allowed them to go in themselves. Before we left the gentleman who would not let us retrieve our coats offered us a business card that gave us free entrance next time we came.... which would have made sense if we paid cover to get in, but we didnt (it was a saturday night and still no cover)! nice way to compensate! They need to get things straight if they expect to continue charging the prices that they do and intend on staying in business long.Report This Review
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