Dive Bars in Monroe


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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

Among the city's best bars and nightclubs according to CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati poll, The Comet draws crowds with live music, a menu of classic Mexican favorites, and a massive selection of suds. Start a salutatory mouth soiree with a plate of nachos crowned by cheese, sour cream, black beans, and jalapeños ($7.50), or begin with a salsa sampler featuring a quartet of house-made salsas, one for each of your taste buds ($5). Like savory, soft piñatas, chicken, beef, or tofu burritos come stuffed with black and/or pinto beans, rice, cheese, and salsa ($6), and chile con queso gives tortilla chips a refreshing dairy bath in white-cheese dip ($4). A Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m. helps give the weekend a flavorful hybrid-meal finish.

4579 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati,
OH
US

A Cincinnati-staple since the early 70's, Uncle Woody's Pub has built a dedicated crew of regulars with its old fashioned bar feel, classic American pub fare, and entertainment-focused atmosphere. The menu tempts guests with half-pound specialty burgers like the BBQ Bearcat or the Ragin' Cajun and guilty-pleasure appetizers such as loaded fries with cheese and bacon, and the full bar boasts daily and weekly specials. Seven flat-screen TVs and a 92-inch projection screen thrill patrons with basketball and football games, and darts and karaoke keep patrons busy on various nights throughout the week while their outside deck accommodates fair-weather revelry.

339 Calhoun St
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Grilled, seasoned, and served to perfection, City View Tavern is a prime burger joint everyone can enjoy. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from City View Tavern's full bar. Dine under the sun (or stars) at City View Tavern with their charming outdoor seating.

City View Tavern can get packed on weekends with its no-reservation policy.

Guests of City View Tavern's Oregon St location can park their vehicles on the street.

Thrifty eaters will also love City View Tavern's prices, which are generally below $15.

403 Oregon St
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Bars are great spots for declaring preemptive thumb war on unsuspecting foes, so you’ll need to stockpile rations for a lengthy campaign. Sidebar’s menu offers plenty of options, including appetizers such as onion straws ($5.95), quesadilla rolls ($5.95), Juan Parnello’s queso dip ($5.95), and Sidebar wings (6 for $4.95, 12 for $8.95). Dig your mouth-shovels into a tasty burger that’s hand-pattied daily with 80/20 Black Angus beef. Burger options include the Soprano (pizza sauce, onion, and two cheese sticks, $7.50), the Devil’s Advocate (spicy ranch sauce, sliced jalapeno, and provolone, $7.25), and the Double Jeopardy (two patties with your choice of cheese, $8.50). Sandwiches such as the Roebling Reuben ($7.95) are also available, as well as 12” pizzas such as buffalo chicken ($9.95) and The Big Bill with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and double cheese ($12.95).

322 Greenup St
Covington,
KY
US

Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Zeno's, home of American comfort food. Put the diet on pause when you visit Zeno's — there are no low-fat menu items. Toast your evening out at Zeno's with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Got the whole gang with you? Zeno's is a great pick for large parties. Get down with a live DJ while dining and have some fun on the restaurant dance floor. The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.

It doesn't get much more laid-back than Zeno's, so dress for comfort when you come. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Zeno's' tasty dishes at your next party. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Zeno's.

Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.

Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Zeno's, too — meals there usually cost less than $15. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

384 W 3rd Ave
Columbus,
OH
US