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On The Town

Best of the City 2013

MOVIE THEATER SEATS: CINEMARK FLORENCE 14
At Florence 14, the best service you’ve ever had collides with the most comfortable chair to ever grace a movie theater balcony. With a fully loaded menu, service at the touch of a button, and a full bar that—unlike some movie theaters advertising them as such—is actually full, the VIP experience (only $5 extra on Wednesdays!) has redefined “dinner and a movie.” cinemark.com

DOG-FRIENDLY BAR: NEON’S
Throw the leash on your mutt and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail in Neon’s spacious Over-the-Rhine beer garden while grabbing a bite to eat or tossing a game of bocce ball, or head inside for the free pool tables and giant Jenga. Water bowls are available for proper canine hydration. facebook.com/neonsunplugged

NEW TAP ROOM: MADTREE BREWING
Once a Columbia Township warehouse, it’s now our fave down-home hangout. The craft beers at MadTree Brewing Company’s taproom, opened this April, couldn’t be fresher (they’re made in the same room). Special tappings usually double as nonprofit fund-raisers, and at Wednesday night Hop Up dinners, local chefs dole out plates made to be washed down by the brews. MadTree, or mad genius? madtreebrewing.com

COCKTAIL MENU: IGBY’S
It only takes a quick glance at Igby’s craft cocktail menu to get the taste buds watering. Yummy mixers like Gosling’s ginger beer, housemade tonic, and fresh cucumber juice play very nicely with artisanal spirits like Tito’s handmade vodka and Four Roses bourbon. Garnished with a fragrant rosemary sprig, the Austin Blossom (left) blends lime and pineapple juice with Tito’s vodka and looks every bit as good as it tastes. Don’t miss chef Lauren Brown’s small plates to accompany your libation. igbysbar.com

MUSIC VENUE: TAFT THEATRE BALLROOM
Since opening in March 2012, the renovated Taft Theatre Ballroom (capacity: 500) has continuously attracted top mid-level acts. No surprise, since Taft Marketing Director and booking guy Rick McCarty was the talent coordinator at the old Southgate House. tafttheatre.org