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Explore the Best Black-Owned Nightclubs and Bars in Cincinnati

The Ultimate Guide to Black-Owned Nightlife Venues in Cincinnati

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Now and then, Black adults deserve a break to unwind and celebrate. While Cincinnati is known for bustling festivals and events, the city’s nightlife is equally vibrant and inviting, especially when exploring the local Black-owned nightclubs and bars.

Whether someone is planning a night out with friends, a date, or a solo adventure, Cincinnati’s Black-owned nightlife scene offers a unique blend of culture, music, and unforgettable experiences. In this guide, readers will be introduced to some of the city’s best Black-owned bars and clubs, where every sip and beat celebrates culture and resilience. Cheers to vibrant nights in empowering spaces!

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South

Enjoy live music, nostalgic throwbacks, club vibes, and more as African American adults check out the best Black hangout spots that southern neighborhoods, including Downtown, OTR, Pendleton, and Newport, KY, have to offer.

Cinema OTR

1517 Vine Street, 45202 (OTR)
513-818-5058
Cinema OTR is a journey through time. Dedicated to celebrating the best of 90’s R&B, Hip-Hop, and classic Black films, the Black social venue sets the stage for an unforgettable Friday and Saturday night experience. Step in, relax, and enjoy the nostalgia while exploring Cincinnati’s nightlife.

  • a group having fun at Cinema OTR
  • a group having fun at Cinema OTR
  • a group having fun at Cinema OTR
  • a group having fun at Cinema OTR
  • a group having fun at Cinema OTR

Copa Lounge

1133 Sycamore Street, 45202 (Pendleton)
513-289-6264
Cincinnati’s premier Black lounge, Copa, is just two minutes from the OTR casino. With a Friday night scene that oozes sexiness and a brunch that’s a taste sensation, it’s a must-visit for those looking for the ultimate nightlife experience.

  • Crowd enjoying COPA Lounge
  • Crowd enjoying COPA Lounge
  • Crowd enjoying COPA Lounge
  • Crowd enjoying COPA Lounge
  • Crowd enjoying COPA Lounge

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

1432 Vine Street, 45202 (OTR)
513-381-1300
In the heart of OTR, Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge offers an intimate setting with live jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and soul music. Catch the right vibes during Thursday nights or R&B Happy Hour and unwind during the week.

  • Group enjoying Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
  • Live music Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
  • Group enjoying Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
  • Basket of Wine Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
  • Group enjoying Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

OTR Live

209 East 12th Street, 45202 (OTR)
513-421-5483
Independently owned and operated, OTR Live is a Black live music venue where Cincinnatians can catch the biggest stars and follow the next up-and-coming artists under one roof.

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Central

Do not miss African American-owned bars in central Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Clifton, Avondale, Hartwell, and North College Hill, which have delicious food, hookah, or sports on television.

Bar 29

4040 Reading Road, 45229 (Avondale)
513-429-4044
Located in North Avondale, Bar 29 is a full-service bar and grille where guests can savor delicious items from the menu until the kitchen closes at 1 a.m.

  • Bar 29

Fantasy Drink Lounge

2332 W Clifton Avenue, 45219 (Clifton)
513-341-8692
Clifton’s Fantasy Drink Lounge is a haven for those who love fruity slushie drinks and a variety of hookah flavors, which are included in their Cincinnati after-dark activities. Don’t forget to swing by during the happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Fantasy Drink Lounge
  • Fantasy Drink Lounge
  • Fantasy Drink Lounge
  • Fantasy Drink Lounge

KickbacksCincy

8087 Vine Street, 45216 (Hartwell)
513-832-2365
Kickbacks Cincy is a versatile Black hangout spot. During the day, it’s a family-friendly restaurant, and at night, it transforms into a chill Black-owned sports bar for those 25 and up.

Good Brothas Bar and Grill

6700 Savannah Avenue, 45239 (North College Hill)
513-521-0919
In the North College Hill neighborhood, Good Brothas Bar and Grill is an African American-owned bar serving fantastic happy hour deals from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Good Brothas Bar and Grill
  • Good Brothas Bar and Grill

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North

Head north to neighborhoods like Springdale, Sharonville, and West Chester to discover Black-owned nightlife venues with dining options, delicious cocktails, and great vibes.

Bugatti’s Ultra Lounge

340 Glensprings Drive, 45246 (Springdale)
513-407-3859
Bugatti’s Ultra Lounge is the go-to Black nightlife venue for good eats, an extensive cocktail menu, and great vibes. It’s a fantastic choice for a night out in North Cincinnati.

  • Bugatti's Ultra Lounge
  • Bugatti's Ultra Lounge

Cove 51

11473 Chester Road, 45246 (Sharonville)
513-283-0643
Cove 51 is a hot, New York-style upscale nightclub and dining venue with an international music vibe on the weekends. This Black nightclub is the perfect destination for African American adults looking for luxury.

Mango’s Tropical Oasis

12183 Springfield Pike, 45246 (Springdale)
513-973-0010
Mango’s Tropical Oasis offers a tropical getaway right in Cincinnati. Whether guests want a restaurant, bar, or tropical escape, this African American gathering place caters to all tastes.

  • Mango's Tropical Oasis
  • Mango's Tropical Oasis
  • Mango's Tropical Oasis

Out the Way Bar & Grill

4880 Union Centre Pavilion, 45069 (West Chester)
513-889-4538
Located north of Cincinnati in West Chester, Out The Way Bar and Grill hosts music artist showcases on Sundays. The Black-owned bar is perfect for music lovers and budding artists to connect and enjoy fantastic performances.


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Exploring Cincinnati’s Black-owned nightclubs and bars is more than just a night out; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of the city’s vibrant culture. Something is out there for everyone, from the rhythmic beats at the hip nightclubs to the cozy ambiance of local lounges.

Remember to check these venues’ latest events and offerings and join us in celebrating Cincinnati’s nightlife’s rich diversity and spirit. If you know of any other noteworthy Black-owned nightclubs or bars in Cincinnati that we might have missed, please get in touch with us at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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Celebrate special moments at Cincinnati’s best Black-Owned nightlife spots!

Written by: Crystal Kendrick

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Cincinnati Black-owned nightclubs photos provided by © [LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS] /Adobe Stock, Bar 29 Facebook, Bugatti’s Ultra Lounge, Cinema OTR Facebook, Copa Lounge Facebook, Cove 51 Website, Fantasy Drink Lounge Facebook, Good Brotha’s Bar and Grill Facebook, Mango’s Tropical Oasis, Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge Facebook, Out the Way Bar and Grill Facebook, OTR Live Facebook

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Crystal Kendrick is the publisher of The Voice of Black Cincinnati. With a vision to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region, Crystal oversees all content creation and publication, ensuring each piece aligns with the outlet's mission to inform, engage, and inspire. A lifelong advocate for community engagement and empowerment, Crystal's leadership steers The Voice of Black Cincinnati toward being a pivotal platform to find community resources, local Black-owned businesses, culturally relevant events, jobs with equal opportunity employers and scholarship for higher education. Connect with Crystal on LinkedIn to explore her experiences and contributions to Cincinnati's media landscape.