Cincinnati Journals

A Birthday Getaway to Cincinnati, Ohio

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An April 2009 trip to Cincinnati by jmariep

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Quote: We met up with friends in Cincinnati to celebrate a birthday and just get out of town.

US Bank Arena

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Attraction | "Life is Nice Watching the Ice"

US Bank Arena Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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We went to the last regular season game for the Cincinnati Cyclones. We opted to purchase our tickets online, which uses the Ticket Master option. We got front row seats which are listed at $22.50 per seat, but the grand total, when figuring in the convenience charge and taxes was $121.84 for 4 tickets. When I looked at the payment printout I was slightly skeptical, however when we arrived, the line to buy tickets was at least 30 people deep, times several lines. So ... being lazy, I was very happy with ordering our tickets online. We opted to spend a little extra to get front row tickets. This afforded us a little extra leg room, and an unobstructed view. Our seats in s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2009

US Bank Arena
100 Broadway
Cincinnati 45202
(513) 421-4111

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood

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Restaurant | "Great views, okay food "

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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We opted on McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant because it was attached to our hotel (Westin) and because originally planned restaurant was not open yet. We were greeted/sat within 5 minutes of entering the restaurant. We were seated at a booth that overlooked Fountain Square. The view was great, and we enjoyed both people watching and watching the horse carriages as they waited for patrons. We were sat in a booth in the bar area that was beautiful. There was a stained glass window that featured a Cincinnati River view, and the Tiffany lamps over the bar featured UC, Xavier, and Bengals logo. We were greeted by a server who took our drink orders, but we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
21 E 5th St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 721-9339

5th Street Gallery

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Attraction | "Local Artisans on Display "

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We stopped in this store mainly because our friend was interested in the blown glass pieces on display. Upon entering the store we were greeted by the man who was working there, who was very kind and showed us the current displays that were being featured. All of the pieces were done by citizens who are local to the area, with the exception of some pieces who were on display from the Indianapolis area. There were many different types of pieces, including hand blown glass pieces that were decorative in nature, framed artwork paintings, and jewelry pieces. The range of prices was significant. There were earrings that started at $25 and paintings that ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

5th Street Gallery
55 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 579-9333

Fountain Square

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Attraction | "Lucky enough to stay during Fountain Day 09!"

Fountain Square Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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I grew up about an hour from downtown Cincinnati. We rarely came into the city as a family. I could probably count how many times we came downtown on one of my hands. In my head, I grew up envisioning it to be dirty, nasty, and scary. From the time I got married until my husband was transferred, we went to Cincinnati on occasion, but it was typically for a Reds game. We never really made it to the Fountain.So when my husband decided we should go to Cincinnati for his birthday I smiled, said okay, but at the same time was wondering why in the world he would want to stay in downtown Cincinnati as opposed to staying across the river in Covington. As much as it pains me to sa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Fountain Square
Corner of 5th and Vine
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 352-6301

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery

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Restaurant | "Breakfast, Bagels, and Beverages "

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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We stopped at Bruegger's to grab a bite to eat to tide us over until 3 for a late lunch. We didn't plan on stopping here, but it was across the street from National City, so after getting money out of the ATM, we decided to spend some of it right away. There were not a lot of people there when we went -- a Saturday around 11:15 am, but I would suspect that it is very busy during weekdays. We were greeted right away by a person behind the counter, which was great, but we had no idea what we wanted. When we told him we were still deciding, he smiled and told us to just let him know when we knew what we'd like. The only complaint that I have is that they were out ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
2 E 4th St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-2320

Cock and Bull English Pub

Attraction | "Crock and Bull "

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We walked past this pub planning to go on our return leg of our journey. We were disappointed. The offerings at this pub were great, they had many different beer selections -- both domestic and imports. My party stuck with domestics, which were $3.00 a beer. We were served our first drinks fairly quickly. The guys in our group commented that the bartenders at Cock and Bull were the most attractive of the bars that we had been to, which I cannot deny. They servers there were very attractive, however, I do not think that this should compromise service. I asked a server to take a picture of my group -- after 1. watching the server take a picture of another coupl...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Cock and Bull English Pub
601 Main St.
Covington, Kentucky 41011
(859) 581-4253

Cosmos

Attraction | "A Stop Among the Hop "

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We stopped at this establishment on our Tour D' Main Strasse. Our intension was to simply have one beer and head out. We found it to be a fun bar for 1-2 beers. It was a little out of our age range, but still fun. I was with a group ranging in age from 29-46. The majority of people aside from us seemed to be 25 or under. (Note: as of April 2009 it was a smoker friendly bar.)Beers were $3.00 ... we were drinking Bud Lights, Miller Lights, and Coors Light. They were cold, and served quickly. While we got great, quick service, there were some drawbacks. The restroom area had two toilets. (For women, sorry I cannot comment on the men's rooms.) Instead of having...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Cosmos
606 Main Street
Covington, Kentucky 41011
(859) 261-1330

Strasse Haus

Restaurant | "Strasse Haus Fun"

Strasse Haus Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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We ended up at this bar from a recommendation from a local. She promised nice people who were friendly. We were served very quickly, and found the beer to be $3.00 for Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors Light. I'm not sure if the premium beers were more, or if the generic beers were less. The bartenders were friendly, polite and helpful. The music was pop music with the occasional circa 80s or 90s classic. I liked it. We found the regulars of this bar to be friendly, joking with us about a woman's "double back flip" (it's not dirty, nor is it gymnastics related). You are able to smoke at this bar (as of April 2009) this can be a plus or a minus fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Strasse Haus
630 Main St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 41011
(859) 261-1199

Mulligans

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Attraction | "Either They Are Getting Older or I Am"

Mulligans  Photo, Covington, Kentucky
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We visited this bar first, as it used to be my favorite Main Strasse restaurant when we livid in the Tri-State area. It is still a fun bar, with great Irish connections, but I with my smiles due to decorations were shrugs from service. The bar area is a large open space so that smoke rises, and somewhat helps the non smokers from dealing with the smoke. The walls have fun Irish sayings on them, and above one vent there are paper mache figures (see pics). There is a pool room in the back, which apparently had a stuck table at one point in the evening, because there was a big thud. We were relieved to know it was a pool table, not someone getting slammed down. W...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Mulligans
701 Main St.
Covington 41011
(859) 431-0142

The Westin Cincinnati

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Hotel | "Heavenly Bed Was Heavenly"

The Westin Cincinnati Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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We booked our room through Priceline.com and paid $75 each (plus taxes) for two rooms. This is about half of the listed price. When we checked in, I asked that the rooms be close together, and we ended up with adjacent rooms. We parked in the Westin parking garage, which is off Vine Street. We checked in around 5pm Friday, and checked out around 9:30 am on Sunday and the total parking bill was $9. I was very pleased with the cost of this. Valet parking is available also, at a much higher cost. The front desk was very kind and expedient upon checking in. We checked in in less than 5 minutes. Since we booked through Priceline, I did not anticipate a great ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

The Westin Cincinnati
21 East 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-621-7700