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Exploring Cincy's Revamped Bar Scene

Exploring Cincy's Revamped Bar Scene
The city's bar scene is under a massive transformation. Say "Cheers!" to some fresh ingredients in the mix that are bound to stir up your social taste buds.

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In the past year, Cincinnati has seen a surge of new bars, and the trend only continues. So this week, Cincy Chic creates a menu of new and improved items on the Cincinnati bar scene.

 

Put out the Old and Bring in the New

 

Some of the more major changes come with the closing of one bar to bring in a new take on the place. One standout transition is with Jefferson Hall and Jack Potts Tavern. After residing in Over the Rhine for 10 years, Jefferson Hall made the move to Newport back in 2006. Now, Jack Potts Tavern is filling its Main Street shoes with it Over the Rhine firefighter/Co-owner Paul Fries. And Jack Potts is living up to Jefferson Hall's entertainment acclaim with their live music line-up.

 

Another Over the Rhine revitalization came with Neons' replacing itself. After sitting vacant the past couple years, Neons experienced a second grand opening back in April. Now, The Famous Neons Unplugged doesn't have quite as many neon signs as before, but the chill atmosphere and friendly staff make for a worthwhile choice for your entertainment selection.

 

Havana Martini Club's closing in June brings another opportunity for a revamped bar. The Gangster's Dueling Piano Bar just opened back in November, and now the Ohio side of the river joins in with its own take of the battle of the ivories. The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar will fill the space in Carew Tower. With establishments in Lexington and Columbia, Mo., this piano bar brings some expertise in the field that is bound to entertain. 0110Fence_INSTORY.gif

 

Start from Scratch

 

With the closing of Havana Martini Club, Cincinnatians lost their weekly Wednesday salsa dance nights. Don't throw out your dancing shoes, though, because Bartini's just opened its doors. Salsa Night Wednesdays made their event list with every other night offering a different special. And as the name suggests, they brought the martinis with them, so check them out on Martini Mondays for $5 signature martinis.

 

And with its unique logo and doors, it's no secret that Passage has come to the Queen City. The secret comes in trying to find all of the nooks and crannies in this ornately designed lounge/night club. With inspirations from India and Imperial Britain, this new entertainment venue serves up more than just tapas and cocktails. They serve up an architectural feast for the eyes.

 

So whether you want to enjoy some live music or just sip a cocktail with some friends, Cincinnati continues to offer a bigger and better selection. So drink up the night life, and cheers to the revitalized Queen!

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS
Photogapher: Linda Palacios
Location: Bartini's

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