A Single Woman’s Guide to Greater Cincinnati

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    There was a huge buzz about “Sex and the City” during its impressive six-year stint on HBO. You know why? Because women relate to it.

    At some point in time, women either have been or wanted to be the successful yet free-spirited Carrie who is perpetually torn between two men and can’t fully commit to either, Miranda who struggles to keep a work-life balance with her successful career, new baby and friend-turned-husband-because-of-baby, Charlotte who longs for a good husband but can’t seem to find one and Samantha who is the unattached, self-proclaimed “try-sexual” – she’ll try anything once – of the group.

    So, we created the “Sex and the Cincy” guide for you local ladies, based on our four beloved characters of “Sex and the City.”

    The high-fashion, high-dollar, who’s-who places for YPs at play


    Bang Nightclub
    Dress to the nines, spend a couple hours perfecting your makeup and hair, because this is THE place for a special occasion or celebration. But be prepared to part with quite a pretty penny. 314 W 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 651-2264.

    Beluga Sushi
    Part sushi bar, part nightclub, Beluga is high-fashion from its clientele to posh atmosphere. 3520 Edwards Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208. (513) 533-4444.


    Contemporary and sleek atmosphere and a menu that goes well beyond the standard offering of steaks/chops/seafood. The bar/lounge draws an even younger, hipster crowd. 2724 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208. (513) 871-3200.


    Pigall’s Twist Lounge & Bar (a.k.a. Twist)
    Twist is Jean-Robert de Cavel’s newest venue and “Fourth Street’s answer to big-city style with wine and nibbles in a setting worthy of ‘Sex and the City,'” according to City Beat. (See, we weren’t lying about this whole “Sex and the City” bit.) 129 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 721-1345.

    Carrie Groups/Organizations/Events

    Posh V.I.P. Ltd
    Providing entertainment and event options for a diverse group of local, young professionals.

    The Carnegie YP Group

    Get involved with an up-and-coming YP group that supports and promotes a staple in Northern Kentucky’s art community. 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41011. (859) 491-2030.

    The new leadership development program for young professionals developed by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

    ZipScene Raving Fan

    Get invited to the newest places, tickets to the latest shows and lots of free stuff as a member of the ZipScene Raving Fan Club.

    A Finger on the City’s Fashion Pulse
    Click here to view UC’s DAAP calendar, where you can get the heads up on free lectures and cutting-edge fashion shows.

    Where the outgoing, but slightly-more-reserved, like to reserve a spot when going out

    Mokka Bistro
    This breakfast bistro looks cozy and chic enough to be decorated by Charlotte herself. It’s the perfect place to meet girlfriends or treat yourself to brunch on a Sunday morning. 527 York St., Newport, KY 41071. (859) 581-3700.

    Koka Coffee
    (or any independent coffeehouse, really) 1101 St. Gregory St. in Mt. Adams -or- 2726 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 321-4200.

    Hyde Park Kroger
    No we’re not joking. This place is a hot-bed of hotties. 3760 Paxton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209. (513) 871-4142.

    Contemporary Art Center
    We recommend their TGIF parties and art exhibit openings. 44 E 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 345-8400.

    Cincinnati Art Museum
    Their popular One World Wednesdays offer a diverse group. And by group, we mean a standing-room only crowd. Come with friends or by yourself… no one will know the difference! 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 721-2787.


    Charlotte Groups/Organizations/Events

    Spring Fling
    This pre-Flower Show gala in Ault Park is the royal matriarch of all singles events in Cincinnati. It features drinks, food, spring air and a gorgeous setting.

    Parties in the Park
    Make your summer hump days happy and join 8,000 of your best friends down by the Serpentine Wall. These Sawyer Point events are prime time for employed singles to mingle.

    Dog Parks
    Your furry friend is the perfect conversation starter! Click here for a list of on- and off-leash dog parks in Greater Cincinnati.

    Habitat for Humanity
    A great way to get involved and a booked social calendar with all the new friends you meet. If you have the time, it’s worthwhile and rewarding to lend a hand to this or any other non-profit group.

    EQ Cooking Classes/Tasting Events
    A tasty way to enjoy good food, cooking tips, spirits and new company.


    Book Clubs
    You never know, intellectual stimulation may lead to other types of stimulation. Get your mind out of the gutter… we were talking about economic stimulation of the Tri-State’s library systems! But since you mentioned it, your idea might be better for snagging a bookworm buddy. Click here for a book club in Northern Cincinnati, click here
    for a calendar of book club events at the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public Libraries and click here to learn more about the “Really Good Book Club” that meets in Northern Kentucky through the Boone County Public Library System.


    The places that can make the busiest of business professionals actually forget about their Blackberry *gasp!*

    The Reserve
    The new piano lounge bar on the Levee, in the old home of Southview Restaurant. 1 Levee Way, Suite 1116, Newport on the Levee, Newport, KY 41071.

    Omni Netherland Lounge
    Its high ceilings, wooden banisters and an art-deco style attracts a higher-brow crowd, and the gorgeous bar is the perfect place to meet someone new or chill with a co-worker after a long day. 35 W 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

    McCormick & Schmick’s
    Good professional crowd between 5-6 and unbeatable $1.95 appetizers for happy hour. 21 E 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 721-9339.

    Miranda Groups/Organizations/Events

    Parents without Partners
    This group is a non profit support and social group devoted to the welfare and interest of single parents and their children.

    Cincinnati Sport and Social Club
    The CSSC hosts a bevy of happy hours and special event parties throughout the year, such as Halloween, New Year’s, Fall bashes and Reds games. Their co-ed sports leagues are perfect for the busy professional needing to get in her work-out, socializing, networking, girlfriend bonding and man-hunting done in one “foul” swoop (We hope you enjoy our sports humor).

    Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Social Events
    Beef up your business network and your little black book.


    A gathering place for sophisticated women ready to paint the town red


    A sophisticated place for the mature crowd to eat, drink, dance and mingle. 5980 West Chester Road, West Chester, OH 45069. (513) 860-5353.

    The Wine C.A.R.T.
    Fun events, top-notch atmosphere and outgoing crowd. 6206 Muhlhauser Rd., West Chester, OH. (513) 860-WINE.

    Sturkey’s Restaurant
    A divine menu, but if you’re looking to meet people, call to learn about their wine tasting events. 400 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215. (513) 821-9200.

    Wine Cellar
    High-class crowd, coupled with live music, wide selection of wine and convenient location to nearby shops, restaurants and city views. 1101 Saint Gregory St #2, Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 241-9009.

    Samantha Groups/Organizations/Events

    Wine Events
    Click here for a list of upcoming events to satisfy anyone with a palate for fun, mingling and – oh yeah – wine!

    Browse the Tri-State’s finest art and jewelry vendors as you glow under the summer sun.

    AdClub Cincinnati
    Get involved in an edgy organization like the AdClub that hosts unique events like its upcoming “Party in Our Pants: ADDY Awards Show” on Feb. 9 at Paul Brown Stadium.

    Wednesday Salsa Nights at Havana Martini Club
    It’s like speed dating without the pressure! The salsa dance floor gets you up close and personal with many new people, as the culture of salsa dancing is to switch partners with each song. This gives you the opportunity to check out the chemistry and dance moves of mucho Salsaros throughout the night. Caliente! 441 Vine St. Carew Tower 5th & Race, Cincinnati, OH 45202. (513) 651-2800.

    Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
    Location: Fischer Homes Granite Spring Model Home
    Models: (left to right) Jen Swendiman, Shannon Johns and Amy Storer.