90-Minute “Saloons, Cellars & Sin” Walking Tour for Two or Four from Queen City History & Education Ltd. (Half Off)

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Walk a path that imparts what life was like in 19th-century Cincinnati, with stops such as the city’s oldest continually operating saloon

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Walking tours explore intriguing surroundings at a leisurely pace, much like a photography class held in a thick bog of quicksand. Let it all sink in with this Groupon.

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On this 90-minute walking tour, guides lead groups of up to 60 people on a path that imparts an impression of the city as it was in the 1800s. Beginning at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, the city’s oldest continually operating saloon where barkeeps have poured drinks since 1861—including through the Prohibition, according to legend—the tour meanders through such landmarks as the Gerke Brewery cellars. Along the way, guides narrate important historical moments, such as the Courthouse Riot of 1884.

Queen City History & Education Ltd.

Imagine standing on the courthouse steps where dozens of Cincinnatians were slain during a riot in 1884. Or looking down an unlit tunnel burrowed to sustain the black-market trade of alcohol during the Prohibition. The guides behind Queen City History & Education Ltd. illuminate both the highs and lows of Over-the-Rhine’s and downtown’s history through walking tours designed by local attorney and real-estate agent Michael Morgan, author of Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King. They also host lectures and educational seminars that promote the preservation of Cincinnati’s historical structures. To further strengthen that goal, the company donates a percentage of it proceeds to the Brewery District CURC, a nonprofit that supports the redevelopment of Over-the-Rhine. Additionally, the foundation works to preserve the area’s architectural and cultural brewing heritage by placing a bubbling cauldron on every corner.

Customer Reviews

A great time! The tour guide (Mike Morgan) was amazing-- knowledgeable, entertaining, and really funny. I will be recommending this tour (as terrifying as the stair climb to the old beer cave was, ha) to everyone I know.
Elizabeth N. · August 20, 2012
We really enjoyed our tour, we had a great speaker who was well informed about the city.
Robin B. · August 19, 2012
Mike was a great storyteller. Thanks!
Carrie L. · August 19, 2012

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