Hey guys, this will be a short post but I thought I would show off one of my favorite places to go in Ohio.
A week or so ago one of my good friends had a birthday and she chose to celebrate at two bars called The Littlefield and the Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition. The Littlefield has a beautiful outdoor area. Despite the rain it was a wonderful day. They have an extensive bourbon collection and they make signature cocktails as well.
Legacy also offers an outdoor patio (Outdoor bar life can be hard to come by in Ohio and Kentucky). They also offered a variety of food options, mainly hot dogs. Legacy did remind me of the bar, 16 Bit Bar, which is located in Over the Rhine. However, Legacy really dedicated their bar leaning more towards a late 80’s/early 90’s feel. They even have old commercials playing continuously by the bar. It’s definitely a place to invoke some childhood nostalgia.
Tell me what bar or restaurant in Ohio I should check out next!
Yesterday I wined and dined myself through Over The Rhine. I had a spectacular time feasting at The Anchor for lunch and later in the day I came back to have dinner at Senate. Lastly I went to the new bar I was dying to check out on Vine, The Rook. I was lucky enough to stop by The Anchor for lunch because it was my boss’s birthday. I had The Sunset Spritzer, and it was fantastic and I also had the flounder over some asparagus, mushrooms and carrots as an entree. While lunch was tasty, the dessert was probably my favorite part. We had the rye brownies and salted caramel pudding and they were absolutely delightful! While I had been there for dinner before, I found it to be a bit on the expensive side. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the prices for lunch.
I came back later that night to have dinner at Senate. Despite the fact that Senate is actually known for their gourmet hot dogs, I couldn’t deny myself from getting the Lobster BLT (Which I stupidly forgot to take a picture of because it looked so delightful). I purchased a kitten fizz as my cocktail, and while it was definitely beautiful, it wasn’t exactly my taste. While I think the bartender did a good job, I just didn’t like the soda with the vodka mixture as much as I thought I would. I also had the duck fries, which were divine.
The Rook (Sorry that the last picture is so grainy) was glamorous. The Rook is a new bar that offers a variety of board games while you drink (Basically two of my most favorite things) I didn’t have the chance to play a game because my friend and I were just stopping in but it was definitely as cute as I hoped it would be. I got a “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Margarita”, but next time I’m excited to try the Pretty Pretty Princess drink that comes with a candy necklace and contains cotton candy. At first I thought it only had one floor so I thought it was very small, but then a friend pointed out that they do have an upstairs…. yeah I didn’t figure that out. I was probably too distracted because everything was completely adorable and looked like fun. I almost expected The Legend of Zelda theme song to start playing throughout the bar. They even had a game concierge that offered to get us a game if we’d like. It was a wonderful end to a fun day!
I talk about adulthood a lot on this blog, but I feel like your twenties are the time you discover who you are and where your life is going to go… well hopefully. Anyways, this top ten Tuesday will tell you the ten ways I knew I was growing up!
1. I used to complain about adults treating me like I was a child in high school. I know why now. Because high schoolers are babies. Hear me out! When you’re in high school there are plenty of people, possibly yourself, who will want you to grow up quickly and figure your WHOLE life out by 18. Don’t. You will not have your life figured out that quickly, it’s impossible. Accept that you’re a kid for a little while longer and treasure it. The less responsibility you have, the more carefree you are. Adulthood is all about the responsibility.
2. I hate noisy bars and bars with limited seating. I like to sit. I have two jobs and while I do primarily sit a lot at one of them, I’m still tired. When I want to relax with friends I like to hear them talk. I like to sit down and interact with them. Sure, dancing is great and all, but so is being comfortable. I feel like Tina Fey in 30 Rock, most nights. Also, when looking around the bar I realize that most of the population is younger me. Especially when a 21-year-old guy hits on me…. you’re a baby, and that’s cute and flattering, but no.
3. I can’t remember how to use my imagination. My four-year old niece said that I can’t “play good”. While I can create stories in my head, write songs and poems and imagine my life if Joseph Gordon Levitt or Sean O’Pry was my boyfriend. I can also envision Zooey Deschanel asking me to star in New Girl with her and join her and M. Ward in She and Him. However, I kind of forget how to play Barbies or with action figures. My action figures would be talking to each other about working 60 hours a week and how I need to start doing my own taxes.
4. I don’t have a Blackberry or a day planner, but I plan my entire day through my phone. I have check my schedule now if I want to hang out with friends. It’s weird. It’s really weird. It may sound adult like, but I would much rather have a lazy lackadaisical college summer. I’m an organization freak now.
5. You have bills that you have to pay or else that repo man from Sims comes to get your stuff. Ok, so the repo man doesn’t exactly show up, but if you don’t want debt, you have to pay bills. This usually starts when you move out. It’s a great feeling, being independent, but it does come with responsibility.
6. I can’t stay out late anymore. On occasion I do have those days where I stay up until 5 in the morning or I watch Netflix until 2 am but most of the time I am ready to go home at midnight, especially if it’s a Friday. I’m so drained by the week that by Friday all I want to do is be cozy and be in bed by midnight. Saturdays are a different story usually because I can sleep in.
7. I want to have dinner parties. I don’t understand it. It sounds lame as I type this out, but it’s true. I really want to have people over for dinner once a month.
8. I like talk radio. Granted, it’s usually trashy talk like entertainment updates or gossip but I enjoy it more than songs in the mornings.
9. I tell it like it is. The older I get, the less crap I put up with. I’m still a little wary on this, but with age I think will care less and learn to say no more. If I like someone, I tell them. I don’t hide it for weeks on end. I stand up for myself now, more than I ever have, and it feels good.
10. I realize how much I want to stay and spend time with my family. Yeah sure, we fight, but at the end of the day they’re there for me and I’m there for them…. Corny? Yes, I know.
This is a great list that inspired this post. I agree with most of it, except the whole returning library books. I still don’t turn them in on time and I was a librarian for seven years. Ooops.
How do you know you’re growing up or not growing up? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your opinion!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
Ok, so this is turning into a top Tuesday blog, I promise I will write another post this week! All of us have a dream job or a career that we would love to have, but I have multiple dream professions. While, I do have one particular dream profession in mind-it’s fun to think about the other possibilities.
1. I would love to be an employee at SourceFed (As pictured above) and a member on SourceFedNerd’s TableTalk. SourceFed is an amazing YouTube channel that employees a fun and quirky cast that is there for laughs and advice. From telling the news, to giving free counsel to over 1 million subscribers-this YouTube channel is my favorite!
2. Being a librarian at New York Public Library is a dream job of mine. I worked at a library for seven years, and while I would like to turn back to libraries the only way I would is if I moved to New York and became their director. No, I don’t have a MLS (Master in Library Sciences) and I’m likely to never move to New York because my family and friends are here, but it’s a nice idea.
3. Becoming an actress is most likely an impossible feat, because I don’t have the experience and I’m not all that talented at it. While I hate to admit it, I live for drama. I’m a passionate person and I love acting, cinematography and theatre. Singing goes along with this in a way. I love to sing and while again, I’m not the best at it, I enjoy singing and writing songs. I’m the happiest when I’m singing in the shower, or the car, or somewhat tipsy at a bar.
4. This is a combination of many ideas put into one. I want to start a bar that serves beer and alcoholic coffee drinks, like my beloved Highland Coffee House in Cincinnati, but it will also be a bookstore and it will host an open mic night and live band karaoke night. Not to mention, I would love to serve pastries, breakfast and lunch items.
5. The last one should be obvious I hope. I want to be a writer. I want to write books, screenplays, songs and all sorts of things. I love writing and that’s the real reason I have this blog. It makes me happy.
What’s your dream job?