Nightlife in Cincinnati

Frankie Ballard on December 18 or David Nail on October 26 at Bogart’s (Up to 30% Off)

Frankie Ballard and David Nail

Bogart's

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Country stars on the rise take the stage on the heels of hot new albums

$29.27 $20.49

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Cincinnati Film Festival on September 18–21 (Up to 52% Off)

Cincinnati Film Festival

Multiple Locations

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More than 100 short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films from around the world are showcased on multiple screens

$10 $5

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Trace Adkins at The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati on August 28 at 8 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Trace Adkins

The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

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Award-winning country star behind hits such as "Chrome" and "Hot Mama" unleashes his signature baritone and some gospel-tinged new material

$43.67 $20

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Jackie Kashian at The Redmoor on August 7 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 29% Off)

Jackie Kashian

The Redmoor

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The Dork Forest podcast host goes on tour, fresh off release of new comedy special and album, This Would Make an Excellent Horcrux

$17 $12

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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's Broadway Sing-Along at Riverbend Music Center On Saturday, July 19 (Up to 58% Off )

Broadway Sing-Along

Riverbend Music Center

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The Cincinnati Pops invite the audience to sing along with showtunes from musicals as diverse as "The Sound of Music" and "Jersey Boys"

$43 $18

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Movie Tickets and Snacks at Esquire, Mariemont & Kenwood Theatres (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Esquire, Mariemont & Kenwood Theatres

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See new releases and independent films at one of three movie theaters, including the century-old Esquire

$12 $6

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The independently-owned Mayday offers a variety of unique burgers, made from turkey, black bean, or beef patties with toppings such as Korea-style kimchi and cilantro chili sauce. Patrons pair the burgers with oven-baked fries and draft beer at this hub of the Northside neighborhood, along with trivia, comedy, and live rock and roll, and a two-tiered patio provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family.

The boldness of burgers isn't all Mayday specializes in, however. The subtle flavors of fine whiskey and charcuterie reward more ambitious palates, while a full array of hotdogs?served on homemade pretzel buns?add an upscale spin to comfort food. To top it off, customers can add a fried egg to anything on the menu, just like when we were kids, frying eggs on the sidewalk to top off our summer ice cream cones.

4227 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Founded in 1963 at a local YMCA, the Cincinnati Ballet grew into a major regional company by adhering to its mission to express the human experience through dance. Today, it continues upholding that vision by housing resident artists who entertain audiences with dance performances of both classic and original work. Beyond supporting local audiences and their right to clap, the Cincinnati Ballet also seeks to nurture artists through the Otto M. Budig Academy. There, a professional faculty trains aspiring performers at all skill levels. These training opportunities are supplemented by outreach programs such as CincyDance!, which provides free training and dance attire to children.

1555 Central Pkwy
Cincinnati,
OH
US

From behind a pair of baby grand pianos, two pianists take audience requests each Friday and Saturday night at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar, urging the crowd to sing along in a display of musical showmanship. The ivory ticklers hail from all over the country and belt out popular tunes from the past 50 years that they’ve memorized by heart or tattooed on the inside of their eyelids. Onlookers seated at tables around the stage or nestled into plush couches in the lounge sip cocktails, quaff brews, and dive into salty snacks. Although the show runs on Fridays and Saturdays, drinks specials pop up each night and salsa-night Wednesdays promise copious amounts of hip shaking.

441 Vine St
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Within Anand Indian Restaurant's bustling kitchen, a team of culinary alchemists carefully blends herbs and spices for its diverse range of Indian dishes. The chefs call upon North Indian traditions to craft tandoori plates, where a special clay oven locks seasoned juices inside cuts of meat better than a mime gives directions to the highway. Meanwhile, South Indian recipes forge Uttappam, Indian-style pancakes crowned with chilis and vegetables, and dosa, thin rice crêpes bundled with savory fillings. Meanwhile, more than 20 meatless dishes offer mouthfuls of creamed lentils, house-made cheese cubes, and sweet baby carrots imbued with light spices.

10890 Reading Rd
Cincinnati,
OH
US

The Cincinnati Film Festival showcases moving pictures from all over the globe from October 8 to October 16. Your all-day pass (a $20 value) gets you access to a full day of screenings and workshops. Start your cineday with the Shorts Block 9, a collection of short films playing at the Esquire Theater, and then hop over to Main St. Cinema to catch "Runaways: Producing In Ohio," as a panel of local industry insiders discuss the past, present, and future of Ohio film production. Locavores can cheer on hometown heroes at the Esquire during 48 Hour Film Project: Take 2, a mash-up of mini-movies produced by Cincinnati filmmakers, before indulging in behind-the-scenes voyeurism with a screening of Saturday Night, a 90-minute Saturday Night Live documentary directed by actor James Franco. The weeklong film fest's Awards Gala will be held on Friday, October 15 at Memorial Hall, where a special award will be presented to musician/TV personality/producer Nick Lachey for his contributions to the local production community. A ticket to the gala (a $25 value) gives formal-loving filmophiles an excuse to break out tuxes and ball gowns, as this gala is black-tie optional with a required tweed-based business-dress minimum. Check the program guide for a complete list of screenings. Organizers recommend you arrive at all events 30 minutes ahead of time to procure the best seats in the house, away from the permanent front-row installations of 10-gallon hats and actual honey-filled beehives.

320 Resor Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Creating a custom-made wine is a lot more rewarding than producing questionable homemade toothpaste. At Tino Vino Vintners, the 6- to 10-week process begins with you “researching” (tasting) wine varietals to determine what you want yours to taste like. Five tastings will introduce your palate to its options in a round of speed dating for the taste buds. Next, the desired grapes are crushed, pressed, concentrated, and mixed with reverse-osmosis-filtered water, yeast, and other ingredients under the supervision of a winemaker. The winemaker will watch over your mixture’s progress during its two to three weeks of fermentation before stabilizing the wine with an optional clarifying agent and racking (removing sediment). Once your wine has been bottled, you may either pop it open and have a party or stash it away to let it age as gracefully as Burton Gilliam.

3665 Erie Ave. #3
Cincinnati,
OH
US