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4 minutes ago, JYP said:

 

Why can’t there be two jazz clubs in OTR?

 

Walnut Hills has two...

 

Because shwartz was on the verge of shutting this past summer but had a GoFundMe that raised enough money to stay open. 

 

Shwartz is great, don't get me wrong. They have been a staple in the otr community for so long now...that said it's surrounded by such a sketchy area and this truly hurts their business. A new jazz club in a safe corridor of otr would probably be the nail coffin for shwartz. 

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, troeros said:

 

Because shwartz was on the verge of shutting this past summer but had a GoFundMe that raised enough money to stay open. 

 

Shwartz is great, don't get me wrong. They have been a staple in the otr community for so long now...that said it's surrounded by such a sketchy area and this truly hurts their business. A new jazz club in a safe corridor of otr would probably be the nail coffin for shwartz. 

 

 

 

Schwartz's Point's biggest problem is that they're not a real business. 

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1 hour ago, thomasbw said:

Schwartz's Point's biggest problem is that they're not a real business. 

 

Might be a problem. Or might be a strength. They certainly operate differently than most places. But they have a different model, with different cost structure. I hope they continue to do their thing. 

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Molly Wellmann has completely redone Japp's; take a look inside

 

Cincinnati bar maven Molly Wellmann took over her flagship bar, Japp's since 1879, last summer, and over the past few months she has completely overhauled the interior to more reflect her personality. Now, that's fully on display.

 

Japp's, at 1136 Main St., is nearly unrecognizable from what it was for years, since the former Wellmann's Brands took over in 2011. Gone are the pale greens and browns, and the pergola that dominated the entire entryway adjacent to the bar has been removed and replaced with a custom banquette. The old hair paraphernalia is gone from the streetside windows, which have been cleared out and now look in on the bar.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/11/13/molly-wellmann-has-completely-redone-japps-take-a.html


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Old-school video arcade coming to the West Side

 

The West Side of Cincinnati is getting a little more retro with the upcoming addition of an old-school video game arcade.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/11/14/exclusive-old-school-video-arcade-coming-to-the.html

 

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OTR lagering tunnels to become nightclub, music venue

 

Subterranean tunnels that were dug into the bedrock of Over-the-Rhine to keep beer cold while it fermented are getting new life as an experimental and experiential space for music, drink and gathering.

 

Lagering tunnels dating back to the 1850s beneath Union Hall at 1311 Vine St. are being transformed into Ghost Baby, a nightclub and music venue created by Agar co-founder and Transept partner Josh Heuser. The goal is for the space to open around the end of the year.

 

"There's something about giving old buildings and spaces new energy and life," Heuser told me. "I've always had this mantra that it was here long before me and it'll be here long after me, so if you can put good bones and energy into it, it'll pay you back tenfold."

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/11/19/exclusive-historic-over-the-rhine-lagering-tunnels.html

 

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You can now pour your own at the East Side's newest wine bar

 

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The East Side's newest wine bar uses technology to allow patrons to control their own pours of everything from a $7 glass to a $97 Grand Cru from France.

 

Emma: Wine with Friends opens Dec. 17 at 3227 Riverside Drive in the East End, just next door to Hi-Mark and down the street from Eli's BBQ.

 

Emma is a project by four partners: Jeff Pater, Mike Doenges, Tom Giltner and Kevin Bullinger. They were inspired by a trip to Kiawah Island, S.C., where they visited a bar that used four-bottle wine taps to allow patrons to pour their own glasses.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/17/you-can-now-pour-your-own-at-the-east-sides-newest.html


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Jungle Jim's opening bourbon bar

 

Jungle Jim's is opening a new event center next month in Butler County serviced by its monorail, but when it's not booked out for private soirees, the space will serve up bourbon to the public.

 

Jungle Jim's is augmenting its Oscar Event Center with a new bourbon bar, the Oscar Station, which is hosting its grand opening behind the Fairfield location at 8871 Gilmore Road on Jan. 11.

 

The Oscar Station is connected to Jungle Jim's existing Oscar Event Center by the internationally themed grocery store's monorail, which was purchased from King's Island and operates during special events. The Oscar Station is made up of both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a designated smoking lounge and a bourbon bar hand-built from reclaimed wood.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/30/jungle-jims-opening-bourbon-bar.html

 

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Look inside La Ofrenda, Gorilla Cinema's newest bar

 

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Gorilla Cinema's newest bar offers to take Cincinnati back to an era celebrated not only in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, but also in the past of its founder, Jacob Trevino.

 

La Ofrenda, the sixth venue by Gorilla Cinema, opens 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at 30 Findlay St. in Over-the-Rhine. Flip through the photos above for a look inside.

 

La Ofrenda is a mezcaleria, a celebration of agave spirits. Tequila is probably the best-known, but the bar stocks 130 different bottles all made from distillate produced from the agave plant, including mezcals, sotols and even pechuga, an agave spirit made by cooking the plant underneath raw chicken, the steam from which cooks the chicken, and the drippings from which flavor the liquor.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/12/31/look-inside-la-ofrenda-gorilla-cinemas-newest-bar.html


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Stopped by La Ofrenda on opening night. The interior space is great and there is a nice outdoor area with a fire pit that will be great on warmer days. The selection of beer is extremely limited (they are really sticking to the tequila/mezcal/sotol theme) so I don't see it being a place I spend a lot of time, but a great place to stop by for a nice cocktail or two.

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Cocktail bar opens in East Walnut Hills

 

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A new cocktail bar meant to evoke the "Roaring Twenties" of the 20th century is opening in East Walnut Hills as 2020 ushers in the new decade.

 

Twenties is a cocktail bar in the former Myrtle's Punch House space at 2733 Woodburn Ave.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/03/cocktail-bar-opens-in-east-walnut-hills.html


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Growing hospitality group opening craft shooters bar in Oakley 

 

A craft shooters bar named for Oakley's perhaps most famous resident is coming to the neighborhood from a growing hospitality group.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/08/growing-hospitality-group-opening-craft-shooters.html

 

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Jungle Jim's preparing grand opening of bourbon bar

 

Jungle Jim's International Market, the grocer with locations in Fairfield and Eastgate, is preparing to open a new event center complete with a stocked bourbon bar this weekend.

 

Jungle Jim's new Oscar Station event center, with a bourbon bar that's open to the public when not being used for private events, is hosting its grand opening 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at 8871 Gilmore Road, behind the Fairfield grocery location.

 

The Oscar Station is connected to Jungle Jim's existing Oscar Event Center by the internationally themed grocery store's monorail, which was purchased from King's Island and operates during special events. The Oscar Station is made up of both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a designated smoking lounge and a bourbon bar hand-built from reclaimed wood.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/10/jungle-jims-preparing-grand-opening-of-bourbon-bar.html


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Northside craft beer bar with 400+ offerings adds second location

 

A Northside craft beer bar that boasts more than 400 different brews is expanding into a second location expected to open this summer.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/01/23/exclusive-northside-craft-beer-bar-with-400.html

 

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On 1/2/2020 at 1:24 PM, taestell said:

Stopped by La Ofrenda on opening night. The interior space is great and there is a nice outdoor area with a fire pit that will be great on warmer days. The selection of beer is extremely limited (they are really sticking to the tequila/mezcal/sotol theme) so I don't see it being a place I spend a lot of time, but a great place to stop by for a nice cocktail or two.

I feel like @jmecklenborg... but I really wish La Ofrenda had a sign. I go by there all the time and it isn’t at all clear that it’s open, especially since you have to go through a metal security gate. 

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9 minutes ago, jwulsin said:

I feel like @jmecklenborg... but I really wish La Ofrenda had a sign. I go by there all the time and it isn’t at all clear that it’s open, especially since you have to go through a metal security gate. 

 

Look at how much they spent on that ADA concrete work.  That was likely $25,000 or more.  

 

I think people underestimate how much simple neon beer signs in windows announce to all and sundry that "this is a bar" and "we're open".  

 

 

 

 

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Real estate pro breathes new life into Mount Adams bar

 

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A real estate professional who grew up in Austria and traveled the world wants to bring his experiences to a new bar he's opening in Mount Adams.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/12/exclusive-real-estate-pro-breathes-new-life-into.html


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Discotheque will open across the street from Rhinegeist

 

A discotheque featuring high-caliber dance music and an emphasis on live DJs is opening across the street from Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine, created by the organizer of Cincinnati's tea dances.

 

E|19 Lounge Bar & Discotheque is opening this summer.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/13/exclusive-discotheque-will-open-across-the-street.html

 

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1 hour ago, jmecklenborg said:

Frankly I think they're doing this to break even and hold the property for another 10 years before selling out.  


I agree. This is an easy use for a property that requires very few big ticket changes. Lights are low, finishes can look like crap, and it can still be a good dance space. I think it's a placeholder until they can get a development plan worked out to demo the existing building and build new. Maybe under 10 years, but probably at least 5 years from now. And I think this is perfectly fine. It's a good use for a building like. Much better than leaving it vacant.

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Over-the-Rhine's underground nightclub opens

 

An underground – literally – nightclub inside subterranean lagering tunnels in Over-the-Rhine is now open to the public.

Ghost Baby, in underground tunnels beneath Union Hall at 1311 Vine St., announced Tuesday that it's open today starting at 4 p.m.

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/18/over-the-rhines-underground-nightclub-opens.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline

 

Impromptu UO Meetup? 

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Heuser described Ghost Baby as the marriage of pre-Prohibition flapper style and the electric '80s.

 

Who is impressed by sentences like this?  

 

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Northside gets its first comedy club

 

A bar in the middle of Northside's entertainment district wants to become a destination for traveling comedians and Cincinnati's up-and-comers.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2020/02/21/northside-gets-its-first-comedy-club.html

 

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