Places in Cincinnati...

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    Jan 12, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    To those who live in or near Cincy, what are some good spots for a friendly, single gay guy in his 20s to go and hang out and meet other nice guys in their 20s? I'm not too familiar with the "gay scene" here but would like to make a little more of an effort to get out and meet people, especially since I don't really have any gay friends. Any suggestions fellas?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 12, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    The last time I passed through Cincinnati was 20 years ago and it was a very conservative, rundown looking city. It was definitely not gay friendly back then. I was saddened by that because Cincy appeared to be a very architecturally beautiful city with many intact old neighborhoods and little damage from the bad old urban renewal era. Hopefully now, things have greatly changed for the better in Cincinnati and its suburbs. It would make a great gay friendly place without a doubt.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 12, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    Can't be that bad!!! Don't Gmack and Runninthecity live there??icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 12, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidCan't be that bad!!! Don't Gmack and Runninthecity live there??icon_razz.gif
    It wasn't all that great 20 years ago. I am hopeful that a lot of positive changes occured in Cincinnati since I last visited there. It is a very beautiful, old city and it is one of the few cities that didn't let urban renewal run rampant during the 60s and 70s like most other cities did unfortunately. It still appeared to have mostly intact older neighborhoods back then but they needed reinvestment. Not like Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Buffalo which have large areas of empty land thanks to careless urban renewal projects and later absentee landlords.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 12, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    The gay scene isn't great, but the Dock, Hamburger Mary's, and Adonis are the main spots.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 12, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    HottJoe saidCan't be that bad!!! Don't Gmack and Runninthecity live there??icon_razz.gif
    It wasn't all that great 20 years ago. I am hopeful that a lot of positive changes occured in Cincinnati since I last visited there. It is a very beautiful, old city and it is one of the few cities that didn't let urban renewal run rampant during the 60s and 70s like most other cities did unfortunately. It still appeared to have mostly intact older neighborhoods back then but they needed reinvestment. Not like Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Buffalo which have large areas of empty land thanks to careless urban renewal projects and later absentee landlords.


    The downtown, Over-the Rhine, and Clifton areas has had some major reinvestments, and those areas are spectacular now. The Banks, which was just completed about a year ago is amazing, they are building a casino, which will open in a few months which will also revitalize the downtown area. Cincinnati will start to really thrive a few years from now.
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    Jan 12, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    I actually did check out Adonis once. There weren't that many people there the night that I went and I felt very awkward, mainly because I went alone. I suppose clubs and bars are never fun when you go alone.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 12, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    I love the Cincinnati downtown skyline. That is one feature along with that city's many hills that I always think of when I think of Cincinnati.
  • Import

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    Jan 12, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    which city to they call "the mistake on the lake" ?

    is it cleveland or cincy?
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    Jan 12, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    definitely cleveland, it's new lake erie. cincy is on the ohio river and is way cooler.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    tumbler86 saidI actually did check out Adonis once. There weren't that many people there the night that I went and I felt very awkward, mainly because I went alone. I suppose clubs and bars are never fun when you go alone.


    I think Adonis has only one main night. I forget which night that is. I didn't mind that place, except for the fact it was completely on the other side of town.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:32 PM GMT
    Adonis is closed now. There's some new bar downtown.
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:34 PM GMT
    huhwhat saidAdonis is closed now. There's some new bar downtown.


    do you know what it's called?
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    Jan 12, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    tumbler86 said
    huhwhat saidAdonis is closed now. There's some new bar downtown.


    do you know what it's called?

    I'd have to ask my buddy.

    Here's a link to the main gay bars. Below Zero is pretty popular. Straight people even go there.
    http://cincinnati.gaycities.com/bars/
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    Jan 12, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Import saidwhich city to they call "the mistake on the lake" ?

    is it cleveland or cincy?


    Cleveland...on Lake erie
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 12, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    tumbler86 saiddefinitely cleveland, it's new lake erie. cincy is on the ohio river and is way cooler.
    I might as well be Toledo since that city is getting more like Detroit. Cleveland has been improving slowly but steadily over the past couple decades despite the persistant serious problems.
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    Jan 12, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    tumbler86 said
    huhwhat saidAdonis is closed now. There's some new bar downtown.


    do you know what it's called?


    Diamond Palace. It's alright. There's also Below Zero, which is pretty cool. Shooters is a gay country western bar (I know, right?) that I like. It tends to draw more 30's and up though, which may not be the crowd you're looking for.

    In Covington, just across the river in Kentucky, is 401 Club and Rosie's (although that's more of a lesbian bar).
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 12, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    If Cincinnati doesn't have enough activity for you, there is Columbus just up I-71 which is considered by many to be a major gay mecca.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidIf Cincinnati doesn't have enough activity for you, there is Columbus just up I-71 which is considered by many to be a major gay mecca.

    OMG. Columbus is so gay. In a good way. Walk down short north, and there are a ton of beautiful gay guys of every variety. In Cincinnati, you're stuck to the bars, the annual pride parade (kinda lame), and online dating.

    But on the plus side, there are a TON of non-gay fun things to do. We have some of the best libraries, lots of great food, and we're within driving distance to a lot of other great cities like Chicago, Atlanta, etc.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    I'm well aware of the non-gay specific things that Cincy has to offer, which is why I love it here. I was just hoping to expand my horizons. I guess Columbus is the place to be.

    Well, I plan on maybe checking out the Banks or OTR tonight. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and randomly meet someone in one of those areas.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    But on the plus side, there are a TON of non-gay fun things to do. We have some of the best libraries, lots of great food, and we're within driving distance to a lot of other great cities like Chicago, Atlanta, etc.[/quote]

    Chicago and Atlanta are 7 hours away driving. Is Cincinati that bad?
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 12, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    Actually places were you can meet many closet cases are Mt. Adams and there is a casino with a 70s club over in IN that I've met several closet cases too
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    I'm not very good at sorting out the closeted guys, especially since I'm still mostly one myself. I'm working on it though.
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    JimiB saidBut on the plus side, there are a TON of non-gay fun things to do. We have some of the best libraries, lots of great food, and we're within driving distance to a lot of other great cities like Chicago, Atlanta, etc.


    Chicago and Atlanta are 7 hours away driving. Is Cincinati that bad?
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    Yea, I was thinking Chicago and ATL are a little too far, but Louisville, Nashville, Columbus, and Indianapolis are good getaways
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    Jan 12, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    JimiB saidBut on the plus side, there are a TON of non-gay fun things to do. We have some of the best libraries, lots of great food, and we're within driving distance to a lot of other great cities like Chicago, Atlanta, etc.


    Chicago and Atlanta are 7 hours away driving. Is Cincinati that bad?


    Yea, I was thinking Chicago and ATL are a little too far, but Louisville, Nashville, Columbus, and Indianapolis are good getaways[/quote]

    It's been awhile since I was in the Queen City. There was a lot going on down on Pete Rose Way. (2nd avenue). The Dock is one I remember.