Every girl loves a good night out and while many of us often meet friends for Happy Hour or Brunch on Sundays, we rarely really hit the nightlife unless we are on vacation somewhere else. We are too busy, too tired or everyone else is too married with children. Believe it or not, Cincinnati has some incredible choices for nightlife. Sometimes, it’s just time to don those heels and that slinky dress cut loose. Then you just have to choose your poison.
Live music abounds in the city with places like Arnolds carrying jazz, blues or acoustic almost every night. Other places like Bogart’s, Madison Theatre and the Northside Tavern are almost as frequent, with everything from Jazz ensembles to more modern shows like BoyMeetsWorld or The Clifftones, who played in early December. New Year’s Eve brings the British Invasion Bash at the Southgate House Rivival featuring Just Strange Brothers, The Billy Rock Band and more. Live music arenas that have the addition of dancing definitely call for skinny jeans and boots to command the floor.
If you think you have to go all the way to Las Vegas to throw the dice in a crowded room or put on your poker face, think again. There are almost a dozen casinos in the state of Ohio and the very best one is downtown Cincinnati. Jack Cincinnati Casino was formerly the Horseshoe Casino. Completed and opened in 2013, the 100,000 sq. ft. two-story casino has 2000 slot machines, 85 table games and a 31-table World Series of Poker Room. While slots are a no-brainer, poker requires a little more strategy and if you don’t know the rules, you can easily learn online. That way you can look like a real card shark in your red dress and heels.
Sports Bars & Taverns
Cincinnati has a beer-brewing heritage brought by 19th century German immigrant. That combined with the nearby Kentucky Bourbon influence make for some interesting cocktails and original brews at all the local bars & sports bars. The Famous Neons Unplugged is a very popular joint with millennials as well as the Cocktail Terrace at 21c, which also features an outdoor terrace. The Holy Grail is one of the most popular sports bars and is located down at The Banks. Cincinnati enthusiastically supports its local sporting organizations, so attire is usually team colors all around. And if a game is on and you’re not in team colors, you better speak with a foreign accent.
If you are going to the trouble of having a girls’ night out, a girl’s got to dance! Mt. Adams Pavilion, Scene Ultra Lounge and The Venue Cincinnati all ranked in the top 5 best dance clubs by Cincinnati CityVoter. Mt Adams Pavilion is also doing a New Years Eve Ball, complete with DJs on two floors, champagne toast and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. While the house was built in 1848, the music is definitely from tomorrow. The Venue is having The Great Gatsby Party on the 31st, so if you want to get your flapper on, this is the place to be.
Anyone can go home after work, and as my father used to say, “You can sleep when you’re dead.” So call your best girlfriend up and get out on the town. I’ll see you there.