Arnold’s Bar and Grill, the oldest of Cincinnati’s bars, is where history meets the excitement of a baseball game, an extensive beer list and live music. On Reds game days, sports fans gather for camaraderie. On the weekends, live music—a mix of Western Swing and R&B—draws a crowd of all ages. Before Simon Arnold opened his bar in 1861, the building was a barbershop. During prohibition, it was turned into a café. The second floor still has the bathtub said to be used for making gin. These days Arnold’s is bigger than it used to be after the addition of a former feed store that’s connected by the courtyard where bands play. Also a restaurant, Arnold’s serves American and Italian fare, but the history, the music and the beer are the biggest draws.
- Type: Sports Bars