OTR Obsessed!

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A Tavola Pizza

I really love their pizza. All of their pizzas are wood fired, use local/seasonal ingredients and are hand made. I personally enjoy the sea salt after bake. I’m weird about pizza. I take the cheese off of mine since I’m lactose intolerant, so I really don’t value cheese as a quality. I’m all about sauce, crust and toppings. Their pizza is thin crust, so deep dish lovers beware, but I could honestly finish an entire pie on my own. Unlike most restaurants, A Tavola is less crowded because the pizzas don’t take all that long to make (Hence the wood fire oven). Granted, if it’s Saturday and it’s 8pm you’re going to run into a crowd.

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I haven’t eaten at MOTR but I have definitely had my fair share of alcohol at this joint. MOTR is a great bar if you’re into live music. Want to listen to some local or obscure band that has a great sound? Go here! I love MOTR because it’s a huge building. There’s a large main dance floor, an off to the side booth area (Great for music lovers who don’t like to be on top of a band but still like to hear them play), an outdoor patio (Great place to hang out at in the summer) and they have quite a roomy downstairs with some arcade games and a small bar as well. The only negative comment I have for this place (Mainly a disclaimer to the ladies) is that there’s only bathroom and it is really really small. Also, it’s a bit of a walk from the central bars, if it’s late at night you might wanna travel with a buddy. Use the buddy system. Don’t make fun of me, it’s essential sometimes!

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Taste of Belgium

I actually reviewed Taste of Belgium before but I had to brag about them again! If you’re into waffles, beer, pastries, fried chicken, small but delicious salads or tasty burgers-this is your new jam. If you’re looking for a new brunch spot, they have some delicious waffles, crepes and enough coffee to make this coffee drinker blissfully happy. This place is crowded! If you’d like to get a guaranteed table I suggest going after 6 on a weekday, it’s a little more manageable on those days. They basically have everything that would make a foodie happy. Taste of Belgium has three locations in Cincinnati so you can get your waffle on at Findlay Market, OTR and Clifton!

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Bakersfield OTR

I’m not an average foodie. I don’t usually it Mexican food. I like fajitas, chips and salsa can be yummy, but I’m lactose intolerant and I have a zero tolerance for spicy food. So why did I put Bakersfield on the list then? The margaritas. I definitely have an open door alcohol policy. This place tends to be packed on a daily basis, if you want a table, you need to plan ahead. I haven’t ordered anything off the menu, but I know my friends love this place. The atmosphere is welcoming and a bit old school. This bar reminds me of a smaller version Japps in a way because the TV screens often displays an old movie I can watch while sipping my drink. Did I mention they have boot shaped glasses and a weekly BAMF mention on their Facebook page? I like their style!

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The Eagle OTR

I love this place because I could drink their OTR ice teas all day! This “tea” (As pictured above) is the best long island I’ve ever had. I never really appreciated long islands until I tried one from here. If you’re not a liquor fan, their beer selection is to my liking since they have Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and Fat Head, but those are just my recommendations. Southern food lovers, this restaurant will make you feel at home. I personally enjoy their fries and chicken (It is a little on the spicy side) but I’ve heard their macaroni and cornbread are big crowd pleasers. I’ve never known The Eagle to not be crowded, so be prepared. It’s nice to visit during the summer because they have a small outdoor waiting area and they open all of their windows.

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The Famous Neons Unplugged

This bar is always packed, probably because is co-owned by the infamous and local, Molly Wellman. Neons is a unique bar that houses a lot of diverse people. If it’s summer, you will not find a place to sit and during the winter you will have plenty of standing room… as long as you don’t mind the cold (There are some fire pits which do help). The outdoor patio consists of a bar, grill and a human size Jenga (See photo above) and the inside provides a bar, an upstairs room for parties and a shuffleboard table. The upstairs is sometimes open to the public and sometimes closed for parties so be careful and tread lightly so as not to interrupt. However if you’re on a date and it’s open, definitely go in. It’s the only place you can talk semi coherently if they have the music turned down. Dogs are welcome, which is great for dog owners and dog lovers, so if you’re not a big animal fan this might not be the place for you. Their hot apple cider alcoholic drink is a must have on cold nights!

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Japps Since 1879

Japps, like Neons, is it’s own kind of bar. I’ve never been to a bar quite like it. Japps caters to a wide audience with its crafted cocktails, live music and large dance floor. If you’re looking to go dancing, MOTR and Japps and are the way to go. Did I mention that while you’re dancing you can be accompanied by leading actors like Judy Garland or Gene Kelly? Ok, so they’re actually on the ridiculously large projector screen behind the dance floor, but you can use your imagination. Japps has steered away recently from playing classic songs like “Twist and Shout” (A little to my dismay) but they do play a lot of 80’s, 90’s and top hits which are fun to dance too. Molly Wellman (Pictured above) is a co-owner of Japps as well, she sure knows how to make me love a bar!

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Lucy Blue Pizza 

Lucy Blue is a great place to go when you’re looking to wind down and get a quick/cheap bite to eat. Lucy Blue has a couple of different locations in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but the one in OTR is my favorite. It helps that they have my new favorite beer there, Fat Head’s Bumble Berry ale, so I’ve been a more frequent visitor as of late. The people there are cordial, they usually are playing sports (Not hockey though to my dismay) so you will never have to miss the game… I really only watch hockey so I’m not the most enthusiastic about this part. Another benefit is that it’s never overly crowded and the slices are huge.

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Coffee Emporium

Saving the best for last! I’ve already written a post about my love for this coffee house last year, but I didn’t want them to feel excluded because this is my favorite place to hang out in OTR. That is a huge declaration of love, but it’s true. I love bars but this place makes me feel at home. They have killer coffee, apple cider, cookies, smoothies and staff. I would go everyday if I could. They’re vegan and organic friendly, health conscious in all aspects and did I mention pumpkin pie lattes!

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Ok, this place is beyond packed. I’ve walked past this bar a million times but I’ve never really stopped in completely until last weekend. During the summer people actually sit on window ledges because they don’t have any room. I actually am not the biggest fan of the bar per say, because it is so crowded and it’s hard to get a drink, but it is a great place to meet people and the beer is cheap. If you want to meet new people however and you’re a twenty something, this is your bar peeps.

What are your favorite places to visit in OTR? Did I mention your favorite place? What should I try next?


About juliagoolia1920

I'm a twenty something wannabee writer, who is trying to figure out this whole adulthood thing. In my free time, when I'm not writing, I enjoy beer and Netflix. Preferably together. I gravitate towards Cincinnati at night and live in the burbs during the day. On my blog you will find reviews, anecdotes, stories and the occasional rant.

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