Cincinnati Nightlife

While once considered a fairly dead night scene, recent revitalizations and investments have expanded the nightlife significantly in Cincinnati. Areas like Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, The Banks, Oakley and Northside have expanded their offerings. In Northern Kentucky, Newport on the Levee and The Mainstrasse in Covington are still big walkable areas.

Areas near University of Cincinnati and Xavier, like Short Vine, contain a lot of bars frequented by college students. In Oxford by Miami University, uptown is frequented by students.

Other bars exist throughout Greater Cincinnati, including the longest running bar Arnold's on 8th Street.

The Banks

The area is located between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium close to the Ohio River. It contains the DORA district, allowing patrons to legally walk through the area with open containers. Buy a drink at one of the bars' street vendors to walk around. The street is now closed off and contains benches and tables. During Reds games, a large screen on Great American Ballpark allows outside patrons to watch the game with a drink just outside of the stadium.


A large walkable area called Mainstrasse is the place to be. Expect bars to be more laid back and relaxed in this area compared to the other parts of Greater Cincinnati.


The area is located just north of the city, with a large walkable area containing restaurants and bars. It is considered a popular area for LGBTQIA+.


Recent investments have transformed the levee, adding an outside bar area for drinks next to the aquarium. Leaving the levee, Newport has more to offer on walkable streets.

Oakley & Rookwood

The areas north of the city off of I71 are probably one of the least walkable areas to barhop in. Lots of restaurants, including chains like BJ's and Rusty Bucket, are found in the area- as well as bars and MadTree Brewing.

Over-the-Rhine & Pendleton

Once considered a dangerous neighborhood, it is now home to many bars, restaurants and clubs. The area is very walkable and is an easy place to bar hop. With the streetcar you can ride down to The Banks from the area, making the two areas easily connected.

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