From comedy clubs to bars to rooftop terraces to breweries and everything in between, Cincinnati has a variety of neat places to check out and things to do at night around the city.
Whether you’re looking for a place to go on a date, somewhere to hang out with a group of friends, or a place to go with the family in the evening, Cincinnati has something for everyone.
In this post we share our 20 favorite things to do at night in the Queen City.
Map of Things to Do
The map below shows the locations of every place mentioned in this post.
Fun Things to Do at Night in Cincinnati
Visit JACK Casino
One obvious place to check out at night in Cincy is JACK Casino, which is open 24 hours every day of the week. Whether you’re looking to play the slot machines, try your hand at poker, or check out a variety of restaurants, JACK Casino is the place to go.
One fun activity to do at night with friends, family, or the kids is go bowling. Check out our list of the 6 best bowling alleys in Cincinnati to find an alley near you.
Catch a show at Go Bananas Comedy Club
One particularly fun thing to do at night in Cincinnati is see a live comedy performance at Go Bananas, a comedy club known for attracting big-name comedians from all over the U.S. Whether you’re looking for something fun to do on a date night or a great place to go for a group outing, this is a great spot to check out.
The venue itself is well maintained, the comedians they bring in are always high quality, the prices are reasonable (typically under $15 per person), and you’re virtually guaranteed to have a great time during any visit. Check out their site to see who’s performing in the coming weeks and months.
Enjoy a drink and live music at MOTR
One of the best places to catch some live music in the Queen City is MOTR, a pub located in the heart of Over-The-Rhine featuring live bands, a menu with a variety of classic pub fare, an impressive menu of craft beers and cocktails, and plenty of local art hanging on the walls.
They’re also open until 2:30AM each night, so if you’re looking for a late night then this is the perfect place to go.
Check out 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
One of the most unique bars in the heart of Over-The-Rhine is 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. With over 50 classic arcade games and an extensive menu of cocktails and craft beers, this is a neat place to check out for the drinks, the games, and the overall atmosphere. They’re open until 2:30AM on Thursdays-Saturdays and until 1AM on every other night of the week.
Go dancing at Mr. Pitiful’s
If you’re looking to do some dancing, check out Mr. Pitiful’s, another bar located in Over-The-Rhine with a massive dance floor, a full bar, and a wide variety of local craft beers on tap. This is one of the few places in the city that has a live DJ nearly every night of the week. They’re also open until 2AM on weekends.
Enjoy a drink at Queen City Radio
One of the bars with the most inviting atmosphere in the city is Queen City Radio. Located in Over-The-Rhine near Washington Park, Queen City Radio has a spacious bar that features both indoor and outdoor seating, food-truck eats, live music, and delicious spiked slushies. They’re open until 2AM on weekends and 12AM through the week.
Sip on a cocktail at Sundry and Vice
If you’re looking for a laid back place to enjoy a cocktail then look no further than Sundry and Vice, one of the most popular cocktail bars in the city that features a cozy interior with a vintage feel and tin ceilings. They’re open until 2AM from Tuesday night through Saturday night.
Enjoy a drink in the outdoor patio at Rosedale
One of the most popular bars in the neighborhood known for their massive outdoor seating area, Rosedale offers an extensive menu of local craft beers along with plenty of seating both outdoors and indoors. They’re open until 2:30AM Tuesday through Saturday.
Hang out at The Pony
Another popular bar in Over-The-Rhine is The Pony, which is known for their extensive menu of craft beers and delicious chicken wings. Featuring a variety of booths, tables, and bar seating, The Pony is open until 2AM every night of the week.
Enjoy a Craft Beer at Madtree
One of the most well-known breweries in all of Cincinnati is Madtree Brewing, located in Oakley. MadTree offers an impressive selection of craft beers, an indoor wood-fired pizza bar, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. This is also one of the most popular places to bring your dog and enjoy a beer. On any given night, you’ll find a dozen or more dogs roaming around in the outdoor seating area, which is perfect if you’re looking to pet some good pups. They’re open until 11AM through the week and until 1AM on weekends.
Check out Rhinegeist Brewery
Another great brewery to check out at night in Cincinnati is Rhinegeist Brewery. The name Rhinegeist translates to “Ghost of the Rhine” and refers to the location of this brewery in the historic Over-the-Rhine Brewery District. With a massive interior, a rooftop bar, a space exclusively reserved for cornhole games, and a wide variety of local beers, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular places in the city to check out in the evenings. They’re open until 12AM through the week and until 2AM on the weekends.
Enjoy a Beer at Nine Giant Brewing
Another one of our favorite breweries to check out at night in the Queen City is Nine Giant. Located in the heart of Pleasant Ridge, Nine Giant is a craft brewery known for their high quality beer and family-friendly environment.
Open on Tuesday through Sunday, the brewery offers a wide selection of beers, mimosas and cocktails along with a variety of cheeseburgers, nachos, wings, and other delicious dishes. They’re open until 12AM on weekends.
Enjoy the views from AC Upper Deck
Located atop the AC Hotel at The Banks, AC Upper Deck is a rooftop bar that offers a spacious area to enjoy drinks and light snacks with plenty of seating and some great views of The Banks as well as the Ohio River.
What makes this spot truly unique is the fact that they add heated igloos to the seating areas during the winter, so you can still hang out on the rooftop and enjoy the views even during the colder months. They’re open until 12AM on weekends.
Check out O’Malley’s in the Alley / The Blind Pig
One of the cooler places to check out downtown at night is the bar O Mally’s in the Alley, which is connected to The Blind Pig pub that offers a rooftop terrace. The outdoor seating area offers some nice views of the Queen City and the Ohio River that you can enjoy with your food and drinks.
Enjoy drinks and food at The View at Shires’ Garden
The View at Shires’ Garden is an upscale restaurant with a rooftop bar that offers incredible views of the city along with a wide selection of craft beers, wines, and American-based dishes. They’re open until 2AM on the weekends.
Enjoy a special event or theme-night at Chameleon
One particularly fun bar to check out at night is Chameleon. Located in the hip Northside neighborhood, Chameleon is a bar with a variety of rotating craft beers, a patio, and a pool table. They’re known for hosting live events including karaoke, DJ dance parties, and stand-up comedy nights. Check out their online calendar to see what events they have coming up soon.
Enjoy cocktails and live music at Blind Lemon
One of the most unique places to check out at night in the Queen City is Blind Lemon, a bar located in Mt. Adams that has been around since 1963 that gives off the vibe of an old English pub.
Known for their live music, excellent selection of cocktails, and inviting atmosphere, this is one of the most highly regarded bars in the city. The interior of the bar offers an incredible collection of antique toys, pocket watches and iconic memorabilia and the patio bar practically begs you to sit down and stay for a while.
They’re open until 1AM through the week and until 2AM on weekends.
Unwind at Unwind Wine Bar
If you’re looking for a place to relax in a quiet atmosphere with some wine, we recommend checking out Unwind Wine Bar located in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
From the moment you walk in, without even tasting the wines, you’ll start to unwind. With a modern-yet-rustic vibe, Unwind offers a warm environment where you can enjoy wine, spirits, and small-plate snacks. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the wines as well, so feel free to ask them for recommendations.
They’re open until 1AM on the weekends.
Enjoy food, drinks, and music at Hofbrauhaus
Located just across the Ohio River in Newport, KY sits Hofbrauhaus, a wildly popular brewery and restaurant in the Cincinnati area. Known for their plentiful amount of seating, delicious food and beer, and live music, this is a great place to visit during any day of the week, but we recommend checking it out on the weekend when they’re known to stay open until 2AM.
You can find a complete menu of both drinks and food offered by Hofbrauhaus here.