Nightlife in Cincinnati

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

Esquire, Mariemont & Kenwood Theatres

Multiple Locations

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

$12 $6

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Growler Packages with Glasses and Snacks at Growler Stop (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Growler Stop

Newtown

Fill up a 64 oz. or 32 oz. growler with your favorite beer from brewers such as Fifty West and MadTree; root-beer growlers also available

$17 $10

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"Louis Conducts Mozart's Jupiter" at Music Hall on November 21 or 22 (Up to 66% Off)

Louis Conducts Mozart's Jupiter

Music Hall

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Famed conductor Louis Langrée leads the renowned duo of Laredo and Robinson in a program featuring a Previn premier and Mozart symphonies

$49 $20

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Relient K at Bogart's on Friday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Relient K

Bogart's

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Christian pop-punk ensemble celebrates the 10th anniversary of their seminal album Mmhmm

$26.77 $13

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Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at Duke Energy Convention Center on October 17–19 (48% Off)

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival

Duke Energy Convention Center

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LEGO-lovers gather to participate in interactive building activities, exercising their creativity and witnessing huge creations

$42 $22

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The Fray at The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati on September 11 at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

The Fray

The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

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Grammy-nominated rockers behind “How to Save a Life” treat audiences to piano-driven hits and songs from their newest album

$53.70 $25

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Pre-Sale for Rodney Carrington at Taft Theatre on Friday, January 16, at 7 p.m.

Rodney Carrington

Taft Theatre

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Raunchy and irreverent musical comedian, actor, and writer mixes standup with silly, lascivious songs

$44.75

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Founded in 1895, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra?under the direction of Louis Langr?e?has matured into one of the nation's melodic heavyweights. Not only was the ensemble the first American orchestra to tour the world, backed by the US Department of State, it also hit the road stateside, playing Carnegie Hall 47 times since 1917. With such an enormous history, it's no surprise that some of classical music's biggest names are associated with the institution. It has housed famous conductors such as Leopold Stokowski and Max Rudolf, and has premiered the works of Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, and Bart?k. It's not only responsible for introducing Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait to audiences, it also commissioned his Fanfare for the Common Man into existence. Attracting only the finest players from Ohio and around the world to its stable of musicians, the orchestra continues its second century as an ambassador of symphonic culture.

1241 Elm St
Cincinnati,
OH
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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
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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
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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 Street
Cincinnati,
OH
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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
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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
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