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Now and then, Black adults deserve a break to unwind and celebrate. While Cincinnati is known for its 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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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.
1517 Vine Street, 45202 (OTR)
Cinema OTR is not just a Black bar and lounge; it’s a journey through time. Dedicated to celebrating the best of 90’s R&B, Hip-Hop, and classic Black films, this 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.
1133 Sycamore Street, 45202 (Pendleton)
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.
120 East 3rd Street, 41071 (Newport)
Newport Ultra Lounge, located right off the river, is a hidden gem in the nightlife scene in Cincinnati for those who appreciate fantastic hookah and drinks with a view.
1432 Vine Street, 45202 (OTR)
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.
209 East 12th Street, 45202 (OTR)
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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Do not miss African American-owned bars in central Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Clifton, Avondale, Hartwell, and North College Hill with delicious food, hookah, or sports on the television.
4040 Reading Road, 45229 (Avondale)
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.
2332 W Clifton Avenue, 45219 (Clifton)
Clifton’s Fantasy Drink Lounge is a haven for those who love fruity slushie drinks and a variety of hookah flavors 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.
8087 Vine Street, 45216 (Hartwell)
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.
6700 Savannah Avenue, 45239 (North College Hill)
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.
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Head north to neighborhoods like Springdale, Sharonville, and West Chester to discover Black-owned nightlife venues with dining options, delicious cocktails, and great vibes.
340 Glensprings Drive, 45246 (Springdale)
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.
11473 Chester Road, 45246 (Sharonville)
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.
12183 Springfield Pike, 45246 (Springdale)
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.
4880 Union Centre Pavilion, 45069 (West Chester)
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.
Written by: Crystal Kendrick
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