You're all dolled up to grab dinner and then go out dancing later. Dont cart your crowd from one place to the next. Fulfill both your dining and dancing needs by checking out the area's newest and most popular trends in entertainment: the hybrid restaurant.
Hybrid restaurants are designed to combine all the elements of a fun night out. So, after dining hours, the dishes and silverware are put away and the DJ sets up his turntable. Thus, transforming the place from a typical restaurant into a hip and happening nightclub. There are many establishments in the area that offer live music with your dining experience, but the difference between a hybrid and those places, is that the venue actually turns into a dance/nightclub after dining hours. And vice versa. There are many bars, clubs and lounges in the area that provide dancing opportunities, but they aren't technically classified as restaurants.
And though there may not be many hybrid restaurants in this area, below is a list of the ones we discovered (use the comment feature below if you know of any we missed).
The Cadillac Ranch
Its Web site refers to it as the "all-American bar and grill open for lunch, dinner and late night fun offering the best rock, new country hits, 80s and everyone's party hits and the baddest mechanical bull in town." It is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Fridays is ladies night, where ladies don't have to pay the $5 cover.
Sully's Cincinnati Restaurant and Saloon
It boasts having the "longest bar in Cincy" and great Irish American food. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sully's is the place to be on a Thursday night for the Loco Bros Ladies Night.
Jeff Ruby's Tropicana
This swanky joint is probably the best example of the hybrid with its eclectic New York and eccentric South Beach fare, and its "see-and-be-seen" vibe.
Every Wednesday is "Legendary Ladies Night," with WKRQs DJ Mark McFadden spinning tunes and $1.50 well drinks and domestic beers for ladies only, starting from dinner until close, (3 p.m. until 2 a.m.); Thursday is Latin Night, with a live Latin DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and free salsa lessons from Cincy Latino at 10 p.m.; Friday is the infamous Ladies 80s, with McFadden churning out a fresh blend of 80's and modern day dance music, and drink specials on well drinks, appletinis and cosmos, from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday is "The Evolution," with guest DJs playing music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and new Millenium every Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a $5 cover. (Editor's note: the restaurant's Web site lists inaccurate information about hours, daily lineups and drink specials.)
Arnie's on the Levee
Even though it's technically not on the Levee, it's close proximity across the street from the Levee warrants its name. Food is served from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., while the nightclub gets rolling from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays: 70s-80s Ladies Night; Thursdays: College night with DJ R.I.P.; Saturdays: and if you stay after dinner to dance the night away, you don't have to pay the $5 cover.
Located just north of the Sharonville Convention Center in Sharonville, offers a creative and extensive menu, but the real draw is its state-of-the-art sound system manned by a DJ that cranks out the jams on Saturday nights for mostly a classy adult (30+) crowd. The two-storied entertainment venue has a huge dance floor and is open 4 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday – Saturday and 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday (hours may go later depending on crowd/event).
Jags Steak and Seafood
Right in the heart of West Chester, Jags boasts six dining rooms and delectable food. Its lounge area is another story. Grab a seat at Jags majestic marble and mahogany piano bar and listen to some of the Tri-States greatest musicians and dance the night away. The restaurant is always hopping, but the bar doesnt start to fill up until 6 p.m. on weekdays or 10 p.m. on weekends.