In need of a new watering hole, or simply looking to expand your bar crawl routine? In CityBeat‘s Drinking Issue, out on newsstands now, CityBeat staffers and Queen City bar owners disclose their favorite bars in Greater Cincinnati. You don’t need to consume alcohol to have fun — that’s not what CityBeat‘s Drinking Issue is about. Instead, this list recognizes those third places, separate from work or home, where people come together to socialize, celebrate and commiserate, all while enjoying the atmosphere and, yes, the libations. Keep reading to discover all of the stories you can find in our latest print issue.
The Drinking Issue: 25 Greater Cincinnati Bars We’re Loving Right Now and What to Order There
By CityBeat Staff
CityBeat staffers have compiled 25 places they’re drinking right now, from hot spots to favorite dives, and what to order there. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out which Greater Cincinnati bars made the cut. And if you need more recommendations, we also asked some of our favorite local bar owners where they drink if they aren’t drinking at their own establishments. Read CityBeat‘s to see what they said.
The Carnegie Brings Cincinnati Bootlegger George Remus’ Story to Life in Covington
By CityBeat Theatre Critic, Rick Pender
The outrageous life of bootlegger George Remus will be recounted onstage in August at The Carnegie in Covington. When Prohibition was imposed in 1920, Remus began a career producing and distributing alcohol under the guise of medicinal purposes. He moved to Cincinnati to be closer to whiskey manufacturers and built up a business with more than 3,000 employees. Remus became a multi-millionaire with a reputation as “The King of the Bootleggers.” Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about The Carnegie’s George Remus: A New Musical.
Milford’s PAUSE OFF Artist Collective Wants to Bring People Together to Experience and Create Art
By Katie Griffith
Behind the colorful sliding doors of a historic barn on Wooster Pike in Milford, an explosion of contemporary art is thriving. The collective’s name refers to hitting “play,” as in lifting a pause. As three friends from high school, PAUSE OFF’s owners materialized their dream of creating space for artists and for people to experience and make art. Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about the founders’ mission and the special art exhibit soon to be on display at the collective.
Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik Festival is Bringing Award-Winning Compositions to the Queen City
By Anne Arenstein
After a canceled 2020 season and abbreviated season performed outdoors in 2021, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Summermusik festival is back to liven August’s dog days with a packed schedule of events. Beyond classic works by Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, attendees can expect to hear music by women, Asian, Latino and Black composers, extending over four weekends. With just one exception, every piece is a CCO premiere. Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about the internationally-lauded artists set to perform during CCO’s Summermusik festival.
Review: Madison Road Dining Destinations Feature Inventive Meals, Desserts and Drinks
By CityBeat Dining Critic, Pama Mitchell
Madison Road – a major artery in Cincinnati – runs from Victory Parkway in Avondale out to Madisonville, passing through many neighborhoods along the way. And on a particular one-mile section between East Walnut Hills and O’Bryonville, locals can find some of the best eats and drinks in town. Here, there are a couple of wine bars, a cocktail lounge, sweet treats, creative burgers, excellent coffee, authentic Asian and South American food and a young chef producing inventive pasta dishes for every season. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out which Madison Road establishments are worth a visit.
Cincinnati Restaurateurs Share How They Reluctantly Weave Inflation into Ordering, Pricing
By Sean M. Peters
Prices are up just about everywhere these days and, as a result, the effects range from mildly irritating to downright untenable. Yes, gasoline prices have increased nearly 60% over a 12-months period, but American spending also has been hit hard at the grocery store, where overall food costs have risen by 10.4%, the most significant annual rise since 1981. Read CityBeat‘s story to learn how three notable Queen City culinary tastemakers — Jose Salazar, Hideki “Kiki” Harada and Ryan Morgan — navigate steep inflation in the daily operations of their establishments.
Annata Wine Bar in O’Bryonville is a Haven for Wine Lovers
By Brian Cross
Cincinnati is not as well known for its wine production as it is its beer, but thirsty locals are cultivating a maturing wine scene that has seen some great additions recently. In May, a local wine veteran popped the cork on his new venture, Annata Wine Bar and Cellar in O’Bryonville. Annata’s bar currently features about 25 wines by the glass plus a few craft beers and bottled domestic beers. Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about the Queen City’s latest addition for oenophiles.
Cincinnati Native Arlo McKinley’s New Album Ends His Streak of Bad Luck
By Brian Baker
Cincinnati-born musician Arlo McKinley has been guided by one rule, a subset of Murphy’s Law that could be dubbed McKinley’s Codicil: If something good happens, expect a swift kick in the teeth to follow. McKinley’s 2022 album This Mess We’re In seems to turn the bad luck around, but the musician had a hard run once he landed at the record label of his dreams. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out more about McKinley’s streak of bad luck — and how that bad luck helped inspire his latest album.
Sound Advice: Willie Nelson’s Joins ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule and Larkin Poe for ‘Outlaw Music Festival’ at Riverbend Music Center
By Jason Gargano
Willie Nelson’s tour, dubbed “Outlaw Fest,” features an impressive, revolving crew of supporting artists, from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Steve Earle & the Dukes to The Avett Brothers and Chris Stapleton. The Cincinnati stop features fellow Texans ZZ Top — curiously one of the few artists on the tour that, like Willie, has been kicking around for 50-plus years — as well as Gov’t Mule and Larkin Poe. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out which tunes might make an appearance at Nelson’s music festival.
Sound Advice: Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ Upcoming Show at Rose Music Center to Feature Nostalgic Setlist
By Allison Babka
If you missed the legendary Elvis Costello’s show in Cincinnati last fall, you’d best take this current opportunity for a short road trip to see him. Costello and his longtime band the Imposters will kick off a month-long tour celebrating 2022 album The Boy Named If at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, about an hour north of Cincinnati. The album — Costello’s 32nd in the studio — includes songs that were first performed during the fall theatre tour and has received near-universal acclaim from critics. Read CityBeat‘s story to find out why this tour will be especially sweet for diehard Costello fans.
Sound Advice: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine Form Folk Indie Dream Team at Upcoming Cincinnati Show
By Jason Gargano
If the tour’s recent stop at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is any indication, expect a full set from each guy, punctuated by a collaborative section during which Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam joins Andrew Bird’s band for a series of songs that is likely to include at least one cover (Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us” was the choice at Red Rocks). Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about the interesting story behind the indie folk heavyweights’ collaboration.
Sound Advice: Sonic Adventure Awaits at Wilco’s Upcoming Cincinnati Show
By Brian Baker
It’s not likely that Jeff Tweedy’s consciously stated goal after the implosion of Uncle Tupelo was to cobble together one of the most influential and experimental bands in the history of rock and roll. Tweedy had already been down the dusty road of influence-without-reward; UT had been heralded as the architect of alternative country (a mantle they refused to accept) but were commercially ignored until their catalog was reissued after the subsequent successes of Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn. It is clearly Tweedy’s triumph with Wilco that has resonated the loudest. Read CityBeat‘s story to learn more about Tweedy’s journey with Wilco ahead of the band’s Cincinnati performance.
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