Moving to Cincinnati area....what's there to do?

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    Apr 28, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    Hey folks,
    So I'll be moving to the Cincinnati area this summer for a job and I was wondering what there is to do? Gay or otherwise, I don't know anyone around and so I figured I'd try out the forums and see what I got. Thank you in advance to anyone!

    -Z
  • vindog

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    Apr 28, 2010 3:30 PM GMT


    Um....drive to Louisville, KY?


    haha...j/k....kind of.


    I grew up in Cincinnati and while there does seem to be a resurgence of music and nightlife, it is still not what it was pre-2000 (I don't live there anymore, but visit and just get this from my friends who still live there).

    Can't really help you with gay life, but for music check out the Southgate House (in Newport, KY), 20th Century Theater, Bogarts, Mad Frog. Seems to be the hippest area is an area called Northside, on the north side of downtown


  • NashRugger

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    Apr 28, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Watch Jordan Shipley's sexy ass run up and down the field next season.
  • vindog

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    Apr 28, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think the only Midwest city that I could tolerate is Chicago which is where I'm from.

    Perhaps focus on your job and bring some good books. Also increase your cellular phone minute usage to pass the time chatting with friends from back home. I think you will be bored.



    Louisville, KY is pretty awesome (for a midwestern city), and for me preferred to Chicago.


  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 28, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    What are you talking about, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the country if not the world. It is too bad that back2basic18 isn't moving to Chicago rather than Cincinnati. He would be far better off in Chicago. Cincinnati is a rundown, boring, ultra conservative city. Both Louisville and Lexington are pretty good cities but the best city in that region is definately Columbus, Ohio. It is just an easy straight shot up I-71 north.
  • vindog

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    Apr 29, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhat are you talking about, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the country if not the world. It is too bad that back2basic18 isn't moving to Chicago rather than Cincinnati. He would be far better off in Chicago. Cincinnati is a rundown, boring, ultra conservative city. Both Louisville and Lexington are pretty good cities but the best city in that region is definately Columbus, Ohio. It is just an easy straight shot up I-71 north.



    Weather in Chicago makes it automatically disqualified for one of best cities anywhere.


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  • davidnta

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    Apr 29, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Below Zero on Thursday nights is good if you're looking for a relaxed cocktail bar scene.

    Adonis on Saturdays or Dock on Fridays (gay bars).

    Those are the typical places one would go for gay life in Cincinnati.
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    Apr 29, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    My goodness you guys are negative. Chill for a second. The guy wants advice, not a reason to go get some Prozac.

    Cincinnati is not that awful. It's not Dallas, but it's not terrible. If you want to go to gay bars, Below Zero is a fun place to go pre-bar. Hamburger Mary's tried to make a comeback, but it sounds like that effort is failing.The Dock is on the riverfront. It seems to be the place to go on Fridays. Not the greatest location, but it can be fun. Saturday night is Adonis, which is near Riverbend and River Downs.

    There are a handful of places to go drinking. Mt. Adams is a fun location, although parking is horrendous. It does have a beautiful view of the the city and river. Hyde Park is a good area as well. Handful of bars around there. Downtown, unfortunately, has never responded to the pre-riot era. There are a few pretty straight bars north of the river, like Lodge bar, but it always seemed a nuisance to me. There are, though, a lot of cool places to eat downtown.

    Going to see a Reds' game is actually relatively cheap (and easy to get tickets since they're consistently below .500). Kings Island is up the road if you like theme parks. And if you do like to road trip, there are a ton of cities within driving distance.

    Don't get caught in the negativity - it's not a bad place. Email me if you need any more tips.


  • vindog

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    Apr 29, 2010 5:21 AM GMT


    Southeast Ohio...Athens County.


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    Apr 29, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    As vindog said, Athen County is really nice. I went to school in that area and the Hocking Hills can be very breathe taking.

    If you want a close but fun weekend; you can drive to Columbus or Cleveland which has a better nightlife and Columbus has OSU (all I need to sayicon_biggrin.gif.

  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 29, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    i've lived in a bunch of places in ohio, and cincinnati is the best by far, there is absolutely nothing in Athens County, Columbus has OSU, but that's it, and that place gets old quick, Cleveland only has a bunch of factories, while Cincinnati has pretty much anything you could ask for, but we definently have the most complainers, but its not bad, i'd go in greater detail, but its late, i'll explain myself tomorrow
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    Apr 29, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    futuresooner saidWatch Jordan Shipley's sexy ass run up and down the field next season.


    haha this right here!
  • mellowmuscle

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    Apr 29, 2010 7:26 AM GMT
    I'm not familiar with Cincinnati but I lived for several years in Columbus which should be an easy 2 hour drive away or so. It has a great gay scene, I'd say the second biggest/best in the midwest after Chicago, and great shopping, restaurants, etc. A lot of the neighborhoods are nice and the people are friendly too. It should be worth the occasional visit.
  • CarbGoggles

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    Apr 29, 2010 9:23 AM GMT
    I'm moving to Dayton this summer. I went on roommates.com to find a home owner looking for a housemate. Coming from Vegas I am accustomed to modern SW architecture. I guess stucco and and granite counter tops haven't really caught on yet in OH lol. What's impressive though is the kind of rent people are asking for in the Dayton/ Kittering/ Beaver Creek area. Looks to be much cheaper than here in Vegas.
  • SCgradStud

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    Apr 29, 2010 9:51 AM GMT
    back2basic18 saidHey folks,
    So I'll be moving to the Cincinnati area this summer for a job and I was wondering what there is to do? Gay or otherwise, I don't know anyone around and so I figured I'd try out the forums and see what I got. Thank you in advance to anyone!

    -Z


    Well the best thing about Cincinnati is that it's not too far from other major cities. Such as Columbus, Louisville, and Indianapolis. I would strongly suggest checking out Louisville this weekend for the KY derby if you're in the area. If not just make sure you head south to check out The Connection shortly after you settle in. I'm from Louisville originally and lived in Cincinnati for 3 years where I actually met my boyfriend of 10 years. We both hated it there. We both call it CincinNasty. The drive to Louisville is less than 2 hours and well worth the trip.



  • vindog

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    Apr 29, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidi've lived in a bunch of places in ohio, and cincinnati is the best by far, there is absolutely nothing in Athens County,



    If you consider breathtaking views, hiking, camping, the beautiful town of Athens, Old Man's Cave/Hocking Hills and a vibrant music and art scene nothing, I'd agree with you...lol.




    While I don't believe they did it last year, the KKK has put up a cross in the main square in downtown for years. I guess Cincinnati does have everything you could ask for


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  • rnch

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    Apr 29, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    vindog said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat are you talking about, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the country if not the world. It is too bad that back2basic18 isn't moving to Chicago rather than Cincinnati. He would be far better off in Chicago. Cincinnati is a rundown, boring, ultra conservative city. Both Louisville and Lexington are pretty good cities but the best city in that region is definately Columbus, Ohio. It is just an easy straight shot up I-71 north.



    Weather in Chicago makes it automatically disqualified for one of best cities anywhere.


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  • darkeyedresol...

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    Apr 29, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    Its too bad you can't be here in the fall, cause football is big in Cincinnati. I might be a Browns fan but its always nice to get into the spirit of things.God, I miss football. Anyway, I don't really care for Cincinnati, even though I went to UC and live in a crappier town called Middletown. I think it definitely has some nice spots but its also has a lot of nasty areas too. I would say explore and see what you find.

    The Museum is definitely worth going too, it has great exhibits. I really like the Art Museum too, haven't been in awhile and really should take some time to go there.

    Catch a Red's game, Eat at Sky Line, Get some Grater's ice cream, the tastes of Cincinnati culture.
  • vindog

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    Apr 29, 2010 7:09 PM GMT


    Montgomery Inn ribs!

    Cincinnati Zoo

    I have to say, in my heightened state, after coming out of the Phish shows last fall in Cincinnati I was in awe of the BRIDGES. There are like 6 bridges that span the Ohio River right there (a big river, esp compared to what we call a river here in Reno area). At night, with the city lit up, looking at those big bridges spanning a really powerful river was really amazing to me.

    I didn't really think about it in the 20 or so years I lived there, but going back and looking at it made me appreciate the engineering needed to build such structures.
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    May 01, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    Thank you all for the responses! I wasn't expecting this much to be honest, but it all seems really helpful. I will definitely be emailing some of you back, but that's going to have to wait until after finals for me icon_sad.gif . All the best fellas!
    -Z
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    May 02, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    back2basic18 saidThank you all for the responses! I wasn't expecting this much to be honest, but it all seems really helpful. I will definitely be emailing some of you back, but that's going to have to wait until after finals for me icon_sad.gif . All the best fellas!
    -Z


    Foodwise: Go to the Montgomery Inn, like has already been said. Best ribs you'll ever have. Try Skyline Chili if you haven't. It can be an acquired taste, but it's sooooo good. Graeter's ice cream is awesomosity. You'll thank me later.
  • vindog

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    May 03, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    turtlesarecool said
    back2basic18 saidThank you all for the responses! I wasn't expecting this much to be honest, but it all seems really helpful. I will definitely be emailing some of you back, but that's going to have to wait until after finals for me icon_sad.gif . All the best fellas!
    -Z


    Foodwise: Go to the Montgomery Inn, like has already been said. Best ribs you'll ever have. Try Skyline Chili if you haven't. It can be an acquired taste, but it's sooooo good. Graeter's ice cream is awesomosity. You'll thank me later.



    as is Aglamesis, from what I remember. I remember getting those pints of chocolate chip, and every once in awhile you'll get a chip that takes up 1/3 of the pint!


    I'll have to try Mont Inn ribs again. After Oakland style BBQ and southern BBQ, I'll have to see if they still stand up. I DO love their homemade potato chips they make there.


    I think Skyline is bunk. I like the flavor, but find the chili too watered down.

    Ambar Indian on Ludlow Ave is quite good.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 03, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    I have been through Cincinnati a couple of times and there was really nothing in that city. It also impressed me as a very homophobic and racist city. The only thing I remember about Cincinnati is its ubiquitous urban decay and rundown, slummy neighborhoods. It reminded me of both Toledo and Detroit.
  • ohioguy12

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    May 03, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    I've been in Cincinati now for about 6 years, and I love the place, there are a lot of different really good eateries like Montgomery Inn, Greaters, it's known for skyline chili, even though I don't like skyline that much, a lot of other people do, but there are a lot of other chili places that are great. There are also a ton of different ethnic eateries, especially in the inner city that are great. There are about five or six main areas for bars, and they usually all have a pretty different atmosphere, and different types of people. I don't go to gay bars much, but I know there are three main ones, that are pretty good, and there are several smaller ones too. Some of the main attractions are Kings Island, which is so much fun, and the Beach Waterpark, which is equally as fun. The Cincinnati Zoo is a good time. If you're into sports, going to Reds games and Bengals games are a ton of fun, no NBA team though, but having UC and Xavier around is always great. If you like outdoors stuff, most people go to Indiana, which is just like a 25 minute drive from downtown, where people do a lot of fishing, hunting, hiking, and a lot of other activities. There are also many events that take place at Fountain Square and Sawyer Point, that are a ton of fun. they have fixed up downtown actually the area Over the Rihne), so it's not as run down as Detroit like someone else has mentioned, but there are people who are ignorant and scared to go there, but it's not bad, it just has that reputation from people who don't know what they're talking about. Yes, there are people from suburbia, who are pretty ignorant, but you don't have to deal with those people all the time, really the city is pretty fun, and trust me, I know you'll have a great time!
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    May 04, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    Best thing about Cincinnati is that it is 2 hrs drive to COLUMBUS.....I lived in Cincinnati for about 7 years and have been in Columbus for about 14......Come to Columbus...start with PRIDE in June this year! IT is a BLAST!icon_biggrin.gif