Cincinnati

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Gay-friendly it ain't, a bucket-list destination it ain't, but Cincinnati is my hometown and I'll soon be visiting for a week. For a change I'll have some time on my hands to enjoy the tornado watches and muggy temperatures of August. icon_rolleyes.gif

    As a native who returns several times a year I pretty much know the deal with Gay life there, such as it is. Northside's the place to hang for hipsters and creative-cocktail sippers. Golden Lions aka Golden Loins is probably still the joint for daddies and tourists that it's always been behind its sketchy windowless facade. ("We just dropped our daughter off at UC to start her first year, and we've never been in a Gay bar before!") Now there's also supposed to be a drag-show type of club - more tourists, and fruit flies - way out on the east side. Good times!!! Yeah, right.
    I also know that Cincy still keeps a "vice squad" in the police department to do the ol' entrap-and-embarrass thing in certain parks while the homicide rate is one of the worst in the country. Some things never change, and when change does come to the Queen(less) City it's late. This is why I bailed a long time ago.
    One thing I'm definitely looking forward to is seeing the American Sign Museum. icon_cool.gif And there will be some time for catching up with local friends in person. But it'd be great to know what people who live there now would in terms of where the good places to relax in air-conditioned comfort are. Not that I'm not hip to a lot of spots for good grub or for a few cold ones. It's just that "our kind" never seems to be around when I am! icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    The Queen City is the only place to get Skiline.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    ...and Graeter's, baby!
  • ohioguy12

    Posts: 2024

    Jul 10, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    I love Cincinnati, I really do. Although the gay scene does leave a lot to be desired.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    From reading your post I cannot tell what you are looking for. Tourist stuff? Gay stuff? There is lots to do but it all depends on your interests. If you're looking to hook up, the Internet is the best place to go in most cities. btw, "gay" villages and establishments are sort of disappearing, or being absorbed by the mainstream throughout north america. Desegregation is on the march.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    My goodness, this is the most depressing post I've ever seen.

    I was raised in Cincinnati. Moved back in 2008, stayed for year, then left again. You're right about the gay scene being a bit dim, but everything isn't as awfully dramatic as you say. All police departments patrol the parks and arrest people there - I doubt there's a whole "vice squad" dedicated to it, but officers will do this in concert with local tv stations to get some coverage every once in a while.

    The homicide rate in Cincinnati isn't that much different than other bigger cities. Perhaps its the biggest in the state. So be it - there's only three big cities in Ohio.

    Cincinnati ain't fantastic, but it's not the most depressing place on earth. That, of course, would be Cleveland icon_biggrin.gif

    KIDDING!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Nivek saidFrom reading your post I cannot tell what you are looking for. Tourist stuff? Gay stuff? There is lots to do but it all depends on your interests. If you're looking to hook up, the Internet is the best place to go in most cities. btw, "gay" villages and establishments are sort of disappearing, or being absorbed by the mainstream throughout north america. Desegregation is on the march.


    Nah, I'm not into the whole CL, A4A, etc business all that much. Ditto for "outdoor recreation," where it's not only sketchy to begin with but there really is still a "vice squad" in da Nati. They're a lot more overzealous than in most places.
    Cincinnati stays very familiar because of my friendships and blood ties, but both are only hetero connections. Having several days to completely cut loose while I'm there is extremely unusual. So...I thought I'd cast a line and find out where some decent - not necessarily gay-exclusive - places were that guys who live there might know about. It could be a gym that allows guest memberships as well as an eating/drinking spot. P-Ridge gets a lot of cool points lately, and I heard Mainstrasse has become dangerous. Beyond that (and Clifton + Northside) I'm clueless and all ears. icon_smile.gif The idea is to have the same kind of good time I normally would, but where the possibility of at least socializing with bi/gay dude(s) exists.
    Cincinnati has some awesome neighborhoods and places to visit, but it does depress. It's gotten more racist instead of less, downtown is way off what it used to be, etc. Still it's where my roots and many of my "peeps" are. And I'm stoked about making this trip, actually.
  • UnluckyTitan

    Posts: 106

    Jul 11, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    Personally, I'm against Ohio and all of its cities. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 11, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    "Northside's the place to hang for hipsters..."

    This is a positive? Hipsters suck. They love to steal.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 11, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    UnluckyTitan saidPersonally, I'm against Ohio and all of its cities. icon_biggrin.gif
    We didn't ask for our birthplaces. icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 11, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ said"Northside's the place to hang for hipsters..."

    This is a positive? Hipsters suck. They love to steal.


    Reading comprehension is your friend. If I liked associating with people who wear glasses resembling those of '50s nerds while eating sustainably-grown salad greens and sipping the martini of the week I would've just set sail for Hamilton Ave and not put out a call for info. LOL I have that crap all around me where I live now. But I'll still probably put in some time over there to check out the big record store and see the Shepard Fairey wall mural. icon_cool.gif
  • GOODFITGUY1

    Posts: 24

    Jul 11, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Maybe an afternoon at the creationism museum.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 11, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    Take a Break from Cincinnati, Come to COLUMBUS!......the only place in Ohio that is OPENLY FRIENDLY to GAYS! icon_rolleyes.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 11, 2011 12:37 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said"Northside's the place to hang for hipsters..."

    This is a positive? Hipsters suck. They love to steal.


    Jeezzz, is that supremely stupid.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 12, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    GOODFITGUY1 saidMaybe an afternoon at the creationism museum.

    LOL
    Then a trip north on I-75 to see how that megachurch is doing with their "Touchdown Jesus" replacement. Reading about the original one getting zapped to ashes by lightning was probably the best news story from da Nati in all 2010.
    Then on Saturday and/or Sunday, fight for a parking space at Home Depot - I mean Crossroads Church - in Oakley to scam free Cokes and sway to plugged-in "praise music." You don't have to know the words 'cause they're projected, how cool is that. And, no worries if you're Gay. Just as long as you recognize that you're second-class in the eyes of gawd and shouldn't be allowed to marry you can sign on to a feel-good mission.
    If Crossroads is full for every service I can cure my jones for overamped vacuous praise music by going to a Vineyard Church or any of a number of others. Of course all this depends on my being saved within the month. icon_razz.gif

    One thing's for sure, I'll be stuffing my face at Amma's Kitchen at least once. NO place can turn out a vegetarian buffet like they do, all South Indian and made from scratch. Good eats won't be an issue in Cincy, nor will good people. As long as I can stay in the shade or in buildings with AC everything will be copacetic.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 20, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    Cincinnati is the best city in Ohio. Far better than the industrial ghetto shithole to the North...Cleveland. Yuck.