Tara & Aaron's Cincinnati Guidebook

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Tara & Aaron's Cincinnati Guidebook

Food scene
Italian restaurant featuring housemade pastas and carefully curated wines.
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Pepp & Dolores
1501 Vine Street
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Italian restaurant featuring housemade pastas and carefully curated wines.
Delicious handmade steamed Chinese (baozi) buns.
Boom Box Buns
1324 Main Street
Delicious handmade steamed Chinese (baozi) buns.
Great charcuterie and wine!
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The Rhined
1737 Elm St
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Great charcuterie and wine!
Delicious pizza just minutes from the house in Oddfellow, an eclectic bar.
Mikey's Late Night Slice
2014 Elm Street
Delicious pizza just minutes from the house in Oddfellow, an eclectic bar.
Delicious pizza - comes XL! Make sure you go upstairs to their cocktail lounge, Wiseguy Lounge. They have a great outdoor space! https://www.goodfellaspizzeria.com
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Goodfellas Over-The-Rhine
1211 Main Street
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Delicious pizza - comes XL! Make sure you go upstairs to their cocktail lounge, Wiseguy Lounge. They have a great outdoor space! https://www.goodfellaspizzeria.com
A historic restored church turned brewery where you can get delicious food and beers brewed in-house.
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Taft's Ale House
1429 Race Street
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A historic restored church turned brewery where you can get delicious food and beers brewed in-house.
A great bar with a huge outdoor space. Allows pups! They serve German eats Thur-Sat.
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Queen City Radio
222 W 12th St
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A great bar with a huge outdoor space. Allows pups! They serve German eats Thur-Sat.
Good for brunch, lunch and dinner! Patio seating available.
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Salazar Cincinnati | OTR Restaurant & Bar | Chef Jose Salazar
1401 Republic Street
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Good for brunch, lunch and dinner! Patio seating available.
LouVino OTR Restaurant and Wine Bar
1142 Main St
Great views of the city, right by the Reds Stadium downtown. Enjoy some tapas and a beverage on this rooftop bar on top of the AC Hotel.
AC Upper Deck
135 Joe Nuxhall Way
Great views of the city, right by the Reds Stadium downtown. Enjoy some tapas and a beverage on this rooftop bar on top of the AC Hotel.
Transportation
Cincinnati Bell Connector Trolley Service
Neighborhoods
Well-preserved 19th-century Italianate architecture pepper historic Over-the-Rhine, a onetime working-class German neighborhood but now it’s Cincinnati’s premiere entertainment district overflowing with fabulous restaurants, craft breweries, hip gastropubs, trendy bars, theaters, and a gorgeous park. Dating from the 1850s, Findlay Market bustles with indoor specialty grocers and a weekend farmers’ market. OTR is also home to a National Historic Landmark, Cincinnati Music Hall, where the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet perform. Just outside of Music Hall is Washington Park, popular for its fountains, events, and festivals. For you history buffs out there: Back in the early 1800s, German immigrants settled in this area and nicknamed the Miami and Erie Canal that ran through it the “Rhine,” so when they would cross from the downtown area over the canal, they would say, “I’m going over the Rhine.” When you explore OTR, you feel like you have one foot in the past and one in the present.
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Over-The-Rhine
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Well-preserved 19th-century Italianate architecture pepper historic Over-the-Rhine, a onetime working-class German neighborhood but now it’s Cincinnati’s premiere entertainment district overflowing with fabulous restaurants, craft breweries, hip gastropubs, trendy bars, theaters, and a gorgeous park. Dating from the 1850s, Findlay Market bustles with indoor specialty grocers and a weekend farmers’ market. OTR is also home to a National Historic Landmark, Cincinnati Music Hall, where the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet perform. Just outside of Music Hall is Washington Park, popular for its fountains, events, and festivals. For you history buffs out there: Back in the early 1800s, German immigrants settled in this area and nicknamed the Miami and Erie Canal that ran through it the “Rhine,” so when they would cross from the downtown area over the canal, they would say, “I’m going over the Rhine.” When you explore OTR, you feel like you have one foot in the past and one in the present.
Grab some drinks
A list of some of our favorite places to grab a drink - including wine and cocktail lovers and beer drinkers.
One of the best rooftops in the city just a block from the house!
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Rhinegeist Brewery
1910 Elm Street
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One of the best rooftops in the city just a block from the house!
Modern, chic brewery/distillery right behind the house with a delicious food menu. Sometimes have live music too!
Northern Row Brewery & Distillery
111 W McMicken Ave
Modern, chic brewery/distillery right behind the house with a delicious food menu. Sometimes have live music too!
Our favorite place for sipping on cocktails outside (try the Spruce Goose!). Also great menu for lunch!
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Longfellow
1233 Clay St
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Our favorite place for sipping on cocktails outside (try the Spruce Goose!). Also great menu for lunch!
A really fun, eclectic bar with a huge outdoor space behind (some igloos too).
Homemakers Bar
39 East 13th Street
A really fun, eclectic bar with a huge outdoor space behind (some igloos too).
** Must make a reservation. More than 150 years ago, before refrigeration, brewing companies used underground lagering tunnels for cooling and aging the beer they produced. Ghost Baby is located in the tunnels formerly used by a Cincinnati brewing company; four stories under Vine street. The company discontinued beer production in the 1850's and these tunnels have remained vacant since. In the last few years, Union Hall has occupied the ground level spaces in the building, which spans the block between Vine and Republic streets. In an effort to revitalize the underground area, workmen were sent in to set-up lighting fixtures. The only way to enter into the tunnels was to descend via a long ladder. After installation of the first bare bulb, the contractor made his way back up the ladder to retrieve a second bulb. When he returned, he found the first bulb shattered. The attached wire was swinging, as if it had been hit by someone or something. He shone his flashlight into the dark tunnel, but saw nothing. Since that day, other people in the space have reported hearing strange noises from time to time. Some have even said you can hear a baby crying.
Ghost Baby
1314 Republic Street
** Must make a reservation. More than 150 years ago, before refrigeration, brewing companies used underground lagering tunnels for cooling and aging the beer they produced. Ghost Baby is located in the tunnels formerly used by a Cincinnati brewing company; four stories under Vine street. The company discontinued beer production in the 1850's and these tunnels have remained vacant since. In the last few years, Union Hall has occupied the ground level spaces in the building, which spans the block between Vine and Republic streets. In an effort to revitalize the underground area, workmen were sent in to set-up lighting fixtures. The only way to enter into the tunnels was to descend via a long ladder. After installation of the first bare bulb, the contractor made his way back up the ladder to retrieve a second bulb. When he returned, he found the first bulb shattered. The attached wire was swinging, as if it had been hit by someone or something. He shone his flashlight into the dark tunnel, but saw nothing. Since that day, other people in the space have reported hearing strange noises from time to time. Some have even said you can hear a baby crying.
A very eclectic bar with an outdoor space and attached to Mikey's Late Night slice pizza.
Oddfellows Liquor Bar
2014 Elm Street
A very eclectic bar with an outdoor space and attached to Mikey's Late Night slice pizza.
Play skeeball or pool and grab a drink and a bite to eat.
Holiday Spirits
1536 Race St
Play skeeball or pool and grab a drink and a bite to eat.
Easily our most favorite place for cocktails. This is an upscale, trendy, intimate, small, cozy neighborhood bar. There's a lovely outdoor space in the back serving delicious tacos out of a taco truck. Highly recommend!
Bar Saeso
1208 Sycamore Street
Easily our most favorite place for cocktails. This is an upscale, trendy, intimate, small, cozy neighborhood bar. There's a lovely outdoor space in the back serving delicious tacos out of a taco truck. Highly recommend!
Great for cocktails and to eat the pizza you picked up from Goodfellow's! It's somewhat of a speak easy, hidden gem above a pizza shop.
Wiseguy Lounge
1211 Main St
Great for cocktails and to eat the pizza you picked up from Goodfellow's! It's somewhat of a speak easy, hidden gem above a pizza shop.
A new tequila bar just a block from the home. A small indoor space and open relaxing outdoor space. The bar has over 130 different tequila, mezcal and sotol options and they also serve tacos!
La Ofrenda
30 Findlay Street
A new tequila bar just a block from the home. A small indoor space and open relaxing outdoor space. The bar has over 130 different tequila, mezcal and sotol options and they also serve tacos!
Sightseeing
Take a trip to the top of the Carew Tower for the best views of the city!
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Carew Tower
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Take a trip to the top of the Carew Tower for the best views of the city!
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Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
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Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
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There are fountains, a playground, and a porch with daily beverage service.
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Washington Park
1230 Elm Street
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There are fountains, a playground, and a porch with daily beverage service.
If you’re interested in astronomy and science education, visit the public astronomical observatory in Mt. Lookout - just a 15 minute drive from W. Clifton! Check their website for events and business hours.
CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY
3489 Observatory Pl
If you’re interested in astronomy and science education, visit the public astronomical observatory in Mt. Lookout - just a 15 minute drive from W. Clifton! Check their website for events and business hours.
Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center's major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. https://www.cincymuseum.org
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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Avenue
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Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center's major offerings at Union Terminal include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. https://www.cincymuseum.org
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum based on the history of the Underground Railroad. Opened in 2004, the Center also pays tribute to all efforts to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum based on the history of the Underground Railroad. Opened in 2004, the Center also pays tribute to all efforts to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people.
Cincinnati is the birthplace of Professional firefighting. The Cincinnati Fire Museum is both educational and entertaining. Learn about the history of firefighting, see antique equipment and climb into the cab of a real fire engine complete with lights and sirens. Sliding down the fire pole is a highlight of the museum for kids!
Cincinnati Fire Museum
315 West Court Street
Cincinnati is the birthplace of Professional firefighting. The Cincinnati Fire Museum is both educational and entertaining. Learn about the history of firefighting, see antique equipment and climb into the cab of a real fire engine complete with lights and sirens. Sliding down the fire pole is a highlight of the museum for kids!
Activities
Urban Axes Cincinnati
2010 Elm Street
Catch a Bengals game on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
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The Cincinnati Bengals
1 Paul Brown Stadium
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Catch a Bengals game on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Go duck bowling and enjoy some drinks!
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Pins Mechanical Co.
1124 Main St
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Go duck bowling and enjoy some drinks!
If you have kiddos or love animals, I’d recommend the Zoo (and seeing Fiona!)
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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine Street
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If you have kiddos or love animals, I’d recommend the Zoo (and seeing Fiona!)
If you’re staying during baseball season, catch a Reds game!
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Great American Ball Park
100 100 Joe Nuxhall Way
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If you’re staying during baseball season, catch a Reds game!
Catch a show in our theatre downtown. Drive, Uber, walk or take the streetcar.
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Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street
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Catch a show in our theatre downtown. Drive, Uber, walk or take the streetcar.
Wonder what stadium you’re seeing from the house? It’s our pro soccer stadium! Catch an FC Cincinnati Soccer (Futbol) game at the brand new West End stadium about 5 mins from the house!
West End Stadium
420 Derrick Turnbow Avenue
Wonder what stadium you’re seeing from the house? It’s our pro soccer stadium! Catch an FC Cincinnati Soccer (Futbol) game at the brand new West End stadium about 5 mins from the house!
One of our favorite things to do is kayak, canoe or tube down the Little Miami! Only costs ~$35 per person, including boat rental! On the river, you can make a pitstop at the Little Miami Brewing Company to get a beer and delicious pizza 🍕, then get back on your kayak
Scenic River Canoe Excursions
One of our favorite things to do is kayak, canoe or tube down the Little Miami! Only costs ~$35 per person, including boat rental! On the river, you can make a pitstop at the Little Miami Brewing Company to get a beer and delicious pizza 🍕, then get back on your kayak
Ziegler Park has a big playground and a pool. You just need to make a reservation and the cost per person is $4. https://zieglerpark.org/feature/pool/information/
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Ziegler Park
1322 Sycamore St
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Ziegler Park has a big playground and a pool. You just need to make a reservation and the cost per person is $4. https://zieglerpark.org/feature/pool/information/
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Acquario di Newport
1 Dave Cowens Drive
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Right on the water with plenty for kids to play on/run around.
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Smale Riverfront Park
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Right on the water with plenty for kids to play on/run around.
Tours
Go on some OTR Museum Tours! Different options include Tenement Life, Women’s History, Labor History, and African American History. http://www.otrmuseum.org/walking-the-stories
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Over-The-Rhine
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Go on some OTR Museum Tours! Different options include Tenement Life, Women’s History, Labor History, and African American History. http://www.otrmuseum.org/walking-the-stories
Tours include Underground, Historic, and Food/Drink tours in Cincinnati and Newport, KY.
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American Legacy Tours
1332 Vine Street
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Tours include Underground, Historic, and Food/Drink tours in Cincinnati and Newport, KY.
Fun, educational tours of Cincinnati​ ​and Northern Kentucky's​ ​best craft breweries​ ​and distilleries​. ​Private or public tours available. Tour includes tastings at each brewery and a cooler on the bus the BYOB.
Craft Connection - Cincinnati Brewery Tours
1200 Broadway Street
Fun, educational tours of Cincinnati​ ​and Northern Kentucky's​ ​best craft breweries​ ​and distilleries​. ​Private or public tours available. Tour includes tastings at each brewery and a cooler on the bus the BYOB.