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I feel like the easiest way to control who patrons your bar is to just play certain music. If one bar plays Toby Keith, one plays FIDLAR and the other Fetty Wap, those three places will automatically attract different types of people and that's OK. It's when it becomes a written down policy that it starts to feel weird.

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Bars and clubs can let whoever they want in, right? I've stood in line for bullshit clubs in Vegas and LA where the door attendant comes and selects people out of the line to let in. Presumably they pick people who are dressed the nicest, most attractive, etc. it sucks, but it's their right to be choosy, right?

 

I've been barred from entering bars in Cincy before because I had Rainbows (flip flops) on. No biggie...there are plenty of other places around who will take my money.

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There's nothing wrong with having a dress code, it seems to be a problem with how they handled this particular situation. Their press release had a "we are the victim of fake negative reviews on Yelp" feel, instead of an "our bouncer made a big mistake and has been fired" feel. When they came out with their new Facebook page, they added a bunch of photos with strategically placed diversity. People immediately pointed out, there were white guys in those photo wearing plain white t-shirts and oversized necklaces. So, if you're going to have a dress code that bans those things, you should be consistent in enforcing them. Or, they should just admit that they're one of those bars that hand picks its patrons...which I don't think would succeed in OTR.

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While I have no personal knowledge of the events, what I am hearing is that the dress code is only in effect starting at 9 p.m.  You can wear whatever you like before that time period and you will be admitted. But if you show up on the weekend at 9 p.m. or later and are not in line with the dress code, you will be denied entry. Regardless of your shade of melanin, you will be admitted and denied based on your dress and the time of your arrival. To my knowledge, this is what happened. However, the story quickly became that TPB was discriminating against African-Americans. An onslaught of FB posts ensued, and the person responding to the FB posts made some questionable responses which only made matters worse. The situation could have been handled better.

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OTR bar overhauls patio into 'oasis' for summer

 

An Over-the-Rhine bar that opened late last year has renovated its outdoor space into a tropical oasis for the summer.

 

Mecca at 1429 Walnut St. has opened a second bar in its patio and transformed the outdoor space into a lush green canopy, continuing the indoor theme of featuring the works of local artists. The bar will also soon introduce a food concept parked in the corner of the patio. Click through the photos below for a look at the overhauled space.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/08/otr-bar-overhauls-patio-into-oasis-for-summer.html


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Cincinnati soccer club owner opens bar

 

A new bar from the owner of a Cincinnati soccer club and a Covington steakhouse is now open.

 

House of Orange at 433 Johnson St. in Covington opened its doors for a soft opening on June 8 and is now fully open. It's a project of Hans and Johnny Philippo, owners of Lisse Steakhuis in Covington and the Cincinnati Dutch Lions soccer club.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/14/cincinnati-soccer-club-owner-opens-bar.html


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Look inside Walnut Hills' new coffee and craft beer bar

 

A new bar that specializes in craft coffee and beer is now open in Walnut Hills.

 

Andrew and Anne Decker moved to Cincinnati from Dayton to open Landlocked Social House at 648 E. McMillan St. The project combines their two passions: craft beer and high-end coffee and espresso beverages. The coffee side of the bar opened on June 7, and Landlocked plans to begin serving beer for its grand opening on July 1. Click through the photos below for a look inside.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/16/look-inside-walnut-hills-new-coffee-and-craft-beer.html


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Pleasant Ridge coffee shop expands, adding full bar

 

A Pleasant Ridge coffee shop partnered with a longtime bar and restaurant operator to expand its services.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/22/pleasant-ridge-coffee-shop-expands-adding-full-bar.html


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Look inside Walnut Hills' new coffee and craft beer bar

 

A new bar that specializes in craft coffee and beer is now open in Walnut Hills.

 

Andrew and Anne Decker moved to Cincinnati from Dayton to open Landlocked Social House at 648 E. McMillan St. The project combines their two passions: craft beer and high-end coffee and espresso beverages. The coffee side of the bar opened on June 7, and Landlocked plans to begin serving beer for its grand opening on July 1. Click through the photos below for a look inside.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/16/look-inside-walnut-hills-new-coffee-and-craft-beer.html

 

They missed out by not putting it in Lockland...

 

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Arcade/beercade owner opening third Greater Cincinnati location

 

The owner of a video game arcade in Forest Fair and beercade in Northside is opening a third location.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/06/23/arcade-beercade-owner-opening-third-greater.html


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Historic saloon reopens this week in downtown Cincinnati

 

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One of Cincinnati's oldest watering holes will be getting new life when it reopens this week.

 

The historic Bay Horse Cafe, which traces its roots to 1817 when the original location was on the riverfront at Water Street, will reopen 11 a.m. July 5 at 625 Main St., near the streetcar line.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/07/03/historic-saloon-reopens-this-week-in-downtown.html


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Historic saloon reopens this week in downtown Cincinnati

 

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One of Cincinnati's oldest watering holes will be getting new life when it reopens this week.

 

The historic Bay Horse Cafe, which traces its roots to 1817 when the original location was on the riverfront at Water Street, will reopen 11 a.m. July 5 at 625 Main St., near the streetcar line.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/07/03/historic-saloon-reopens-this-week-in-downtown.html

 

Quality establishment, $4 for a 25oz. Hudy (non-happy hour price).

 

 

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Beloved West End bar shuts its doors

 

A West End bar that became a haven for musicians, artists and Cincinnati's DIY scene has closed its doors.

 

Rake's End at 2141 Central Ave. hosted its last night in business on Aug. 30. The bar's Facebook page confirmed its closure:

 

YES very sad but true, if you love the Rake come say goodbye tonight, unless things are postponed last minute this is the End, please let Jerome know what the bar/venue meant to you, he needs community and friends during this terribly difficult time...

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/08/31/beloved-west-end-bar-shuts-its-doors.html


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I really like his other two bars so I'll be interested to see how this one ends up.  Certainly a niche that isn't filled downtown though I'm not sure how much of a demand there is for karaoke.  The 84.51 building has done a good job of filling their retail space. 

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Beloved West End bar shuts its doors

 

A West End bar that became a haven for musicians, artists and Cincinnati's DIY scene has closed its doors.

 

Rake's End at 2141 Central Ave. hosted its last night in business on Aug. 30. The bar's Facebook page confirmed its closure:

 

YES very sad but true, if you love the Rake come say goodbye tonight, unless things are postponed last minute this is the End, please let Jerome know what the bar/venue meant to you, he needs community and friends during this terribly difficult time...

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/08/31/beloved-west-end-bar-shuts-its-doors.html

 

 

I heard that the guy who owns Rake's End also owned a warehouse where someone ratted him out for letting people live in unpermitted spaces (like the Ghost Ship in Oakland).  The illegal rent was keeping Rake's open. 

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I think the private karaoke rooms will be really popular with groups from downtown businesses looking for a 'team building' event all the way to bachelorette parties. If the real bar creates half the atmosphere they are describing in that article it should be a really cool place. I personally don't like to sing karaoke, but that doesn't mean I won't drink glowing Japanese tiki cocktails and dance on a neon lit dancefloor...

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Over-the-Rhine's newest bar is now open

 

Over-the-Rhine's newest bar, the third project in the neighborhood from the owners of Liberty's Bar & Bottle, is now open.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/11/06/over-the-rhines-newest-bar-is-now-open.html


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Learn more about the West Side's upcoming video arcade

 

Cincinnati's West Side is getting in on the nostalgia trend with a new video arcade set to open at the beginning of next year.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/11/06/video-arcade-coming-to-cincinnatis-west-side.html


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4EG has tweeted a few photos from the inside of Rosedale (the bar moving in to the former Neon's space) with the caption "great things take time" (they originally said they'd open in Fall 2017). It looks like the second floor has been completely redone with another bar area replacing the lounge room. Also, the iconic fire hydrant wallpaper has been removed.

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I walked by the other day and it looks almost ready to go. Just need to stock the shelves and open. I'd say they open by at least Dec. 20 of this year, the last technical day of fall.


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OTR getting a bowling alley

 

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Over-the-Rhine is getting a new-to-market entertainment concept that includes a bowling alley, pinball machines and a full-size shuffleboard on a rooftop deck.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/03/29/exclusive-otr-getting-a-bowling-alley.html

 

Anyone hear any updates on this?  I was at Pins in Columbus a couple weeks ago and it's a really fun place that's super popular.  Hope they're still planning on opening here as it would do really well in OTR.  I remember 16 Bit took longer to open then they originally estimated so hoping it's the same story for Pins. 

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New Cincinnati bar wins design award

 

A Cincinnati bar that opened this summer is being recognized for its unique design.

 

The Hi-Mark at 3229 Riverside Drive in the East End – opened in August by Elias Leisring of Eli's BBQ and the Lang Thang Group, owners of Pho Lang Thang – is a 2017 winner of the Cincinnati Design Awards.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/11/08/new-cincinnati-bar-wins-design-award.html


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Rick and Morty's Rickmobile coming to Walnut Hills bar

 

A promotional tour for Adult Swim's cult hit show "Rick and Morty" is making a stop at a Walnut Hills bar as it swings through Cincinnati this weekend.

 

The Video Archive at 965 E. McMillan St. is hosting the Rickmobile 2-5 p.m. Nov. 18. The bar – the second by Gorilla Cinema Presents, a creative company known for pop culture and entertainment themed bars, pop-ups and events – was created as a video store/speakeasy themed after the works and career of director Quentin Tarantino. The front is a functioning video store and a hidden wall opens into the bar when you pull on a certain movie.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/11/13/exclusive-rick-and-mortys-rickmobile-coming-to.html


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Former general manager re-opening shuttered Newport bar

 

A Cincinnati bar owner is going back to where it all began, purchasing the shuttered bar where he made his bones as general manager and planning on re-opening it in time for the biggest bar night of the year.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/11/21/former-general-manager-re-opening-shuttered.html


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Mega bar with 200-plus craft beers expanding in Greater Cincinnati

 

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A bar concept aimed at craft beer enthusiasts is expanding with a new location in Greater Cincinnati that boasts more than 200 beer selections.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/07/exclusive-mega-bar-with-200-plus-craft-beers.html


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Here's when 4EG's new bar opens in the former Neons space and what to expect

 

The operator of some of the biggest bars and venues in Cincinnati is getting ready to open its latest project in an iconic Over-the-Rhine location.

 

Four Entertainment Group (4EG) – the operator of bars including Igby's, Lachey's, the Lackman, Low Spark, the Stretch and the Vestry – is opening Rosedale in the former Famous Neons Unplugged space at 208 E. 12th St. on Dec. 23.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/15/heres-when-4egs-new-bar-opens-in-the-former-neons.html


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Look inside Rosedale, Over-the-Rhine's newest bar

 

Rosedale, Over-the-Rhine's newest bar inside the former Famous Neons Unplugged space, opens Dec. 23.

 

Four Entertainment Group (4EG) – the operator of bars including Igby's, Lachey's, the Lackman, Low Spark, the Stretch and the Vestry – is opening Rosedale at 208 E. 12th St. Swipe through the attached photos for a look inside.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/22/look-inside-rosedale-over-the-rhines-newest-bar.html

 

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I was there for the media preview night last night and was pretty impressed. They kept what was cool about Neon's and added some higher end finishes. There seemed to be more bar seating at bar and there's an additional bar in the upstairs room now.

 

No disrespect intended to the folks who put together Neon's Unplugged. Can't wait to see where their "new Neon's" ends up.

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Last week Schwartz's Point had a homecoming show for the St. X jazz diaspora...well 3 of the active musicians that came out of there when I was there.  A few more are out there.  On vocals Miles Grier, piano Alex Smith, and drums Jeremy Cunningham. 

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I remember the guy on drums flipping out at camp in 1995 when word spread that Jerry Garcia died.  At some point over the next year he pivoted from jam bands to jazz.  He was a year younger than me but by the time I left he was starting to get it.  There is always a little bit of fear that creeps up in you as an upperclassman when someone you ignored as a freshman starts getting good. 

 

 

 

 

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Sleepy Bee opens downtown Cincinnati bar

 

While downtown Cincinnati diners are still waiting for the Sleepy Bee Cafe’s debut on Fourth Street, its creators have opened another entertainment and dining concept in the same building, the Enquirer reports.

 

Aster Social Sippery is now open on the third floor of the building at 8 E. Fourth St. The bar serves craft cocktails and a rotating selection of high-end bar fare with a balcony overlooking the street. It will eventually serve a chef-created brunch menu that differs from the offerings at Sleepy Bee.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/08/sleepy-bee-opens-downtown-cincinnati-bar.html


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Here's when Tokyo Kitty, the downtown karaoke bar inspired by 'Lost in Translation,' opens

 

A downtown karaoke bar inspired by the Bill Murray film "Lost in Translation" (2003) from the owners of the Overlook Lodge and Video Archive is opening early next month.

 

Tokyo Kitty at 575 Race St. in the 84.51 building is scheduled to open on Feb. 9. The bar is the latest project by Gorilla Cinema Presents, the creative entertainment company behind the Overlook Lodge – a Walnut Hills bar inspired by Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" – and Video Archive – a video store and speakeasy inspired by the works of Quentin Tarantino. Owner Jacob Trevino first announced the opening date on the Night of the Living Podcast's Jan. 14 episode.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/16/heres-when-tokyo-kitty-the-downtown-karaoke-bar.html

 

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Daniel Wright's proposed OTR bar faces turbulence

 

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A new bar/restaurant concept from Cincinnati chef Daniel Wright has hit a speed bump from neighbors who fear noise from proposed outdoor patio space and the city because of parking regulations.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/23/exclusive-daniel-wrights-proposed-otr-bar-faces.html


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Historic Newport pub getting new life

 

A popular O'Bryonville pub is giving new life to a historic Newport drinkery as it prepares to open a second location.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/23/historic-newport-pub-getting-new-life.html


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Need a drink? These are Cincinnati craft breweries' winter seasonals

 

The best part of winter, arguably, is all of the dark, rich seasonal beer local breweries come up with to keep us warm on the short, cold days. After all, there isn't much better to do when it's 16 degrees Fahrenheit outside.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/25/need-a-drinkthese-are-cincinnati-craft-breweries.html


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Here's when Fairfield's first brewery opens

 

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Fairfield's first craft brewery, founded by a longtime homebrewer, is set to open this weekend.

 

Swine City Brewing is hosting its grand opening on Jan. 27 at 4614 Industry Drive, followed by a ribbon cutting on Jan. 28.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/25/heres-when-fairfields-first-brewery-opens.html


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Greater Cincinnati liquor store opening speakeasy serving 100-year-old bourbon

 

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A Greater Cincinnati liquor store is opening an adjacent appointment-only speakeasy where customers can sample rare and vintage bourbons that will be hard – or impossible – to find anywhere else. The move is thanks to a new Kentucky law that allows for the sale of vintage bourbons that are no longer in production.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/01/31/greater-cincinnati-liquor-store-opening-speakeasy.html


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Look inside Tokyo Kitty, the sensory overload karaoke bar from Gorilla Cinema

 

Tokyo Kitty is the latest bar by Gorilla Cinema Presents, the creative company that brought Cincinnati bars inspired by Stephen King's "The Shining" and the films of Quentin Tarantino. Its grand opening is Feb. 9.

 

Tokyo Kitty, located in the 84.51 Building, is meant to be visual. It's meant to be a visual overload. Owner Jacob Trevino told me, perhaps half joking, that he never thought he'd have to put an epilepsy warning on one of his bars. Go look through the photos. It's a bar that's mean to be seen, not read about. Come back here if you still need words. I'll wait.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/02/08/look-inside-tokyo-kitty-the-sensory-overload.html

 

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Shaggy 2Dope of Insane Clown Posse played The Mad Frog last Sunday night:

 

$25 at the door.  The Mad Frog holds at most 200.  So looks like 2Dope has some bills to pay back in Michigan. 

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Urban cheese-making shop and bar opening in East Walnut Hills

 

An urban cheese-making shop and bar, which allows patrons to sample Cincinnati-made cheeses paired with beer, wine or spirits, is opening soon in East Walnut Hills.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/02/22/urban-cheese-making-shop-and-bar-opening-in-east.html


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The way that the Cincinnati restaurant/bar scene happens in waves is so funny to me. About 2 years ago we had a wave of new gourmet burger places open. In 2017-18 we're getting a wave of cheese shops.

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^Rooftop bar has supplanted taproom as the hot new concept in Columbus.

 

That's great to hear. When I went to OSU, I always thought that was the biggest thing missing from the bar scene. I really like rooftop bars.

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Historic Short Vine bar, music venue coming back

 

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A Short Vine hot spot that has housed bars and music venues near the University of Cincinnati campus since the 1920s is coming back to life under one of its best-known monikers.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/02/26/exclusive-historic-short-vine-bar-music-venue.html


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I played their twice in the 90s.  Top Cat's was always less cool to play than Sudsy's.  The space was a simple square with the stage in the corner whereas at Sudsy's the band played with its back to the front windows and the crows space was tiny. Like 20x20 feet.   

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