20 Fun Things to Do at Night in Cincinnati

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

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Fun Things to Do at Night in Cincinnati

Do An Escape Room

One of the most fun things that you can do at night with a group of friends or family is complete an escape room!

Our personal pick for the best escape room in all of Cincinnati is The Escape Game. Located in The Banks, The Escape Game offers five unique rooms that you can choose from and allows group sizes up to 8 for most of the rooms.

With themes ranging from breaking out of a prison to solving an art museum heist and more, The Escape Game offers a unique and fun experience that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Refer to their online schedule to book a game.

Play Archery Dodgeball

One of the most unique activities that you can do in the Cincinnati area during any time of year is archery dodgeball.

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s dodgeball but with bows and foam-tipped arrows!

Boasting a 3,500 square foot playing field, Archery Arena offers an awesome competitive environment where people of all ages can have a blast playing a game unlike any other.

With several different game types including Team Deathmatch, Paladin, Zombies, Jailbreak and many others, the arena offers a variety of different game modes to explore and enjoy.

This is the perfect activity to do with a group of family and friends during any time of year.

Check out their site for more information and book a game today!

Visit Hard Rock Casino

One obvious place to check out at night in Cincy is Hard Rock 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, Hard Rock Casino is the place to go.

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 Live Music at Washington Park

Located in the heart of the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, Washington Park is one of the city’s premier urban parks featuring plenty of green space, an outdoor patio area and walking paths. The park frequently hosts live music including DJ’s and various bands, which is a fun evening activity for people of all ages.

Check out their online calendar to see a list of upcoming events.

Catch a Show at Aronoff Center

If you’re looking to catch a live performance or show, check out the Aronoff Center. Located in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati, the Aronoff Center is known for hosting some of the best live shows and most entertaining events in the city. Check out their website for a list of upcoming shows.

Go Bowling

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.

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 Cocktails 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.

Sip on Drinks at Frosthaus

Known for their frozen drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), Frosthaus in Covington is one of the best places to enjoy a frozen drink, beer, or German-themed food.

Feel free to check out their menu online for a complete list of their drinks and cocktails.

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

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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

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Another one of our favorite breweries to check out at night in the Queen City is Nine Giant. Located in the heart of Pleasant RidgeNine 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 BanksAC 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 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.

Listen to Live music at Blind Lemon

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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

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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.

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