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Main Street Brewery
Cincinnati's original brewpub with decor celebrating the city's brewing history. Good food and award-winning, hand-crafted suds. Check out Swing Lounge upstairs. 1203 Main St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210; 513/665-4677.

BarrelHouse Brewing Company
Micro-brewed selections rivaling Main Street, BarrelHouse offers a good menu and some great live bands. Try out the pool table in the back - after the beer kicks in and your skills are enhanced, of course. 22 East 12th St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210; 513/421-2337.

Aptly named. Neon's is one of the originals in the Main Street district with a huge outdoor patio where you can check out the hotties. Attracts a bit of an older crowd. If you're lucky you'll meet a nice, recently divorced lady that you can bring home to Mom. 208 E. 12th St. Cincinnati, OH; 513/721-2919.

Japps Cigar & Martini Bar
A bar that gives you your money's worth when it comes to the drinks - the bartenders aren't shy when they're pouring the liquor. You'll catch the occasional local celebrity here and, if you're looking to meet some beautiful women, this is one place you'll need to check out. A great atmosphere and unique setting make this a prime spot to hang out with your friends. 1134 Main St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210; 513/684-0007.

More of a coffeehouse than a bar but they do serve up beer & drinks as well. Kaldi's is an oasis from the cheese of Main Street. This is a great place to bring a date and show her your "alternative" side. Live Jazz, & plenty of caffeine to keep you and your girlie awake, plus some great chow. 1204 Main St. Cincinnai, OH; 513/241-3070.

Blind Lemon
This place will take you back in time. Blind Lemon claims to be one of the oldest ongoing bar establishments in the country, often voted into "Top 100 bars" lists. It was an old speakeasy and it's great for meeting up with friends or getting to know that special girl. Blind Lemon has an outdoor courtyard that is awesome in the warmer months; a fire pit is introduced in the middle of the outdoor patio in the cooler months. Winter or summer, inside is cozy, unique and romantic. Usually solo (maybe duet) acts playing six-string guitars is the norm, requests are usually welcome. Located in Mount Adams, where a number of quaint pubs, restaurants, etc. exist - it is well worth the stop. 936 Hatch St., Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513/241-3885.

Mt. Adams Pavilion
Great views from several outdoor decks high atop Mt. Adams. Good live entertainment four nights a week. They also make a killer pizza. 949 Pavilion St., Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513/744-9200.

Mt. Lookout Tavern
Great little neighborhood bar in a great little neighborhood. Located in a young, lively area, the Tavern is one of the better spots outside of downtown, featuring live bands nightly and a decent jukebox when the bands aren't playing. Pool table upstairs and a large deck off the second floor make it a great hang out bar, and there's a fire pit outside on the deck for those chillier Ohio nights. Check out Tuesday nights (even though it is karaoke night). For some reason, karaoke night at the Tavern attracts an unusual amount of young hotties, and that's what it's all about anyway, right? 3209 Linwood Ave. Cincinnati, OH 513/871-9633.

Millions Cafe
Directly across the street from the Tavern and featuring a similar format, Millions could be the Tavern's trashier sister. With pool tables and live bands, Millions is a good place to hang out during the week. The kitchen was recently reopened and now serves lunch and dinner. Several TVs make Millions a good place to catch the game too. 3212 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45226; 513/871-1148.

Havana Martini Club
Havana is Cincinnati's premier upscale cigar and martini venue, featuring 70 martinis, the city's most extensive bar selection and 350 different styles of premium cigars, all in a plush, comfortable venue. Havana Martini Club also features live Sinatra and Lounge Act music. 580 Bldg, Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513/651-2800.

As authentic of an Irish bar as you'll find in Ohio. Not the typical shamrock, leprechaun, green beer type place. Guzzle a Guiness or Harp on tap, sip a Jameson, and catch the satellite broadcast soccer matches with those who actually give a shit (see Mike Barckas' article). The female representation can be sparse at times (do you know many women with a taste for Jameson?), but you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised at times. The impromptu Irish music jam sessions on the back deck are entertaining if you're lucky enough to catch one. This place is a must for St. Patrick's Day. 3510 Erie Ave Cincinnati, OH 513/871-6477.

RP McMurphy's
Another Irish Bar, only not as authentic as Hap's but more popular with the younger set. Lots of wood, high ceilings, exposed overhead beams and fireplaces give this place a comfortable ski lodge feel. Decent bands and decent crowds depending on the night. The only bar in Cincinnati we've seen a girl show her rack (not that you should expect to see this if you go there). 2910 Wasson Rd Cincinnai, OH 513/531-3300.

Jack Quinn's Irish Ale House
A top-notch Irish bar, spearheading the recent "Irish Renaissance" in Cincinnati. Three floors, great woodwork imported from Ireland. A huge selection of beer, good Irish food and music. A friend mentioned that it has a "TGI Friday's feel," but she's British so who cares? 112 E. 4th St., Covington, KY, 41011; 606/491-6699.

Uncle Woody's
A University of Cincinnati tradition for almost 30 years, Uncle Woody's features great beer specials, UC hotties, decent pub food, plus "the pit". This is <I>the</I> place to be to watch the 'Cats on TV. 339 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH, 45219; 513/751-2518.

Huge megaplex. Two restaurants, nine bars, interactive video games, pool tables, black-light bowling, live music and two dance clubs. Worth a look, but the female talent in the dance clubs is better on Main Street and Mount Adams. 522 W. 12th St., Covington, KY, 41011; 859/491-5388.

Dance Clubs

No, it's not affiliated with the bar of the same name in Cleveland. Yes, it is a complete rip-off of the bar with the same name in Cleveland. Sort of like Austin Powers meets Count Dracula. Spy has a creepy/cozy feel. Techno/house music, artsy babes, plus regular appearances by local media celebs who can't dance. 301 W. 5th St., Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513/684-0123.

Banana Joe's
Looks like Florida crash-landed on Main Street. Check out the big dance floor and bar on the ground floor spinning the standard top 40 or head upstairs for a darker, edgier dance floor experience. A big selection of pool tables and TVs await downstairs. Watch the drunk girls dance on the main bar; watch closer if they chose a skirt that night. 1120 Main St., Cincinnati, OH, 45210-1936; 513/665-9200.

Have A Nice Day Cafe
Shake your groove thing where it's all '70s all the time. All that disco could turn any guy's stomach after a while, but the chicks dig it, so suck it up cowboy. There's a DJ every night and Thursday is Ladies' Night. 1130 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45210; 513/381-4210.

Mt. Adams establishment that's tough to categorize. Casual restaurant by day, bar/nightclub by night with great food and outdoor dining. At night the band cranks up downstairs while the DJ spins the tunes upstairs. One of the only dance clubs in Mt. Adams. 1108 Saint Gregory St. Cincinnati, OH; 513/579-0900..

Jacob's on the Avenue
When the Ordinary just won't do, Jacob's relaxing Deco bar setting can shake up your night. A good dance club, Jacob's also has some pool tables for you wallflowers. 4029 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45223; 513/591-2100..

Live Music

Bogart's is more known for its live music than for its bar. National bands are often playing here but also some great local bands get their shots on Bogart's stage. Capacity here is only 1,400 so you get an up-close look at the group on stage, whoever it is. The crowd here tends to be on the young side though, so be prepared. 2621 Vine St., Corryville, OH, 45219; 513/281-8400.

Sudsy Malone's
Sudsy Malone's doesn't have live music anymore because of fire code violations, but the new owners are working diligently and should have the renovations complete by 2001. A real hole-in-the-wall laundromat/bar, Sudsy Malone's has hosted the best of local live music (and the worst as well) over the past 10 years. Located across the street from Bogart's, top up-and-coming national acts have regularly made stops at here (such as Beck and the Afghan Whigs). This place was featured on MTV a few years ago when the Cincy music scene was at its "peak." 2626 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH, 45219; 513/751-2300.

The Blue Wisp Jazz Club
Considered by many to be the city's best Jazz club, The Blue Wisp features some promising local acts as well as the occasional celeb. Also check out the Blue Wisp house band on Wednesday nights. 19 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, OH, 45202; 513/721-9801.

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