Cincinnati, OH
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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Sometimes parties can get out of hand, but they're usually fun. There are also alot of clubs downtown that the shuttles will take us to or close to there.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's alway a party going on in Clifton but they are also always getting busted by police officers.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm typically a home-body and do not go out a lot (saves money). When I do bars are typically my preference, and I haven't found one I don't like.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: So much to do downtown and in close proximity to the college

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Being under 21, I keep my partying to house parties. Therefore I do not have any comment or knowledge of bars/other nightlife.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 107th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 141st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1233rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Cincinnati, Ohio
Journalism/Spanish minor
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It's not hard to find a bar or club in Cincinnati because of the sheer number and variety the city has to offer. There always plenty to do, particularly for the over-21 crowd, especially with Mount Adams and Newport on the Levee just a few miles away. These spots are ideal for barhopping because there are so many different types of bars close together.

For students who aren't into bars or aren't old enough, there are other nightlife options. Cincinnati has a lot of art, culture, and sporting events that students can get involved with. Try going to a Cincinnati Reds game. The baseball stadium overlooks the river, and it's beautiful at night. Even if you don't like baseball, go to experience the beautiful lights of the city. You can also check out one of downtown Cincinnati's restaurants—whether you're looking for five-star eats or fast food, there's something for everyone downtown. Visit an art exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center or go see an opera at the Aronoff Center. Students who are open-minded and want to try new things will love Cincinnati. It's a thriving city at night, and you don't have to be into bars and clubs to have a good time.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Clifton, near campus
  • Covington, Ky.
  • Downtown Cincinnati
  • Mount Adams
  • Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky.
Student Favorites
  • The Mad Frog
  • Martino's on Vine
  • Uncle Woody's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Arlin's Bar & Restaurant
  • The Comet
  • Hofbrauhaus-Newport
  • Northside Tavern
Local Specialties
German beer: Cincinnati has a strong German background, so it's easy to track down an authentic German beer in local bars.
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Kings
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
CINWeekly (, a weekly newspaper
Closing Time
2:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Catskeller, Martino's on Vine, Murphy's Pub, or Uncle Woody's
Organization Parties
Fraternities and sororities tend to have a lot of parties, but, as far as student organizations go, they are the only party-throwers of the bunch. Parties can get really crowded, especially during the warm weather when the activities spill outside into the yard and streets. It isn't for everyone, but for those who are interested in it, it's there.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Mad Frog

The Mad Frog is a popular hangout for college students, particularly those who go to UC because it's just a block from campus. Mad Frog has different theme nights, so there's something for everyone throughout the week. There are two different rooms at Mad Frog, giving you a choice of what music you want to dance to. And, there's a bar in each room to alleviate the hassle of waiting in line to be served at the bar. It's a good atmosphere to catch a live show, but get there early. It's a relatively small place and can fill up fast, especially when the band is popular. Tuesday is a popular night to hit up Mad Frog, but this happenin' spot is 21 and up only.

1 E. McMillan St.


(513) 784-9119

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Blind Lemon

This romantic bar is a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine with someone special and take in the unique atmosphere and view.

938 Hatch St.

Mount Adams

(513) 241-3885

Blue Wisp Jazz Club

You'll feel like you're back in the 1920s at this quaint jazz club. Some consider this joint one of Cincinnati's best-kept secrets, and others will tell you it's a must-see place during your time in Cincinnati. It's wise to reserve a table in advance. The Wisp is open seven days a week, and live shows generally start at 9 p.m.

700 Race St.


(513) 241-9477


A historical building and feel but with a modern twist. The patio and garden are perfect for a warm night.

1108 St. Gregory St.

Mount Adams

(513) 651-2253

Martino's on Vine

Martino's is sports-bar-meets-dance-club. Gather with friends downstairs to drink, be merry, and watch sports, or head upstairs to dance the night away to some of the latest dance hits. This spot gets pretty crowded, though, so get there early to beat waiting in line.

2618 Vine St.


(513) 221-8487

Mt. Adams Pavilion

This is a smaller bar has four outdoor patios and is known for its incredible view of Downtown. DJs keep the energy alive inside with the latest dance hits, or you can take your drink outside to listen to live music.

949 Pavilion St.

Mount Adams

(513) 744-9200

Murphy's Pub

Murphy's is a nice hangout bar. The pub has three rooms, complete with TVs, dart boards, and pool tables, as well as different genres of music in each room. There's also a beer garden/patio where smokers can retreat.

2329 W Clifton Ave.


(513) 721-6148

Uncle Woody's

Grab a bite to eat by day, but stop in at night for some drinks. With a lounge on one end and a bar on the other, this place is laid-back and a good place for a nightcap drink.

339 Calhoun St.


(513) 751-2518

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?


If you're looking for a good live show, this is the place to be. A lot of big-name acts come through here, and it's only a few blocks from campus. Tickets range in price depending on the show, and most shows are all ages or 18 and up.

2621 Vine St.


(513) 281-8400

Newport on the Levee

Although the Levee is a great place for 21-and-up students to bar hop, there is still plenty to do for underage students. The Levee is home to shops, restaurants, and a movie theater that caters to the under-21 crowd. Gameworks is also a popular spot for those who want to grab a bite to eat and play some video games. If you're under 21, you can stay and play all the games you want until 10 p.m. After that, it's reserved for the older crowd. Or, once you get worn out from venturing around the Levee, stop and take a look at the Cincinnati skyline from the Kentucky side of the river.

1 Levee Way

Newport, Ky.

(859) 291-0550

Sitwells Coffee House

Right next to Esquire Theater, this little coffee shop is a nice, quiet place to meet a friend or study. It has a variety of coffee drinks, and patrons range from students to local residents. Occasionally, the coffee shop holds events, as well.

324 Ludlow Ave.


(513) 281-7487

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 20 responses

  • 22% House Parties
  • 20% Anywhere, plenty of bars, Mt Adams is the best
  • 17% Fraternities
  • 15% Downtown is also close and has tons of fun bars
  • 12% Over the Rhine Bars
  • 12% Bars near/in Clifton
  • 2% I'm too old to party.

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 101 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 21% Use a designated driver.
  • 20% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 50% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 100 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 13% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 37% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 38% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 18 responses

  • 61% UC/Lousville games
  • 22% PAC Spring Concert
  • 17% Barstool Blackout at Bogarts & the Spring Concert
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