Where to Drink Now: Sports Bars

The next best thing to being there.

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Three years ago, owners Billy and Betty Watson completed a massive $250,000 renovation that saw a dozen TVs installed—including a 120-inch projection screen above the old horseshoe bar. The nine taps feature local brews from the likes of MadTree and Rhinegeist, and Kitty’s offers $4 Bloody Marys and $15 mimosa pitchers on the weekends. When To Go: Pre, post, or during football games. Pro Tip: Don’t miss the leather couch and loveseat at the entrance. Who’s There: Bengals lifers still clinging to hope, rowdy groups that couldn’t get tickets. 218 W. Third St., downtown, (513) 421-8900, kittyssportsgrill.net


If you ask to watch football, you’ll likely be treated to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, or any number of European soccer teams. Practically every sect of Cincinnati soccer supporters claims the friendly Covington bar as its regional home for downing a pint of Guinness during a Saturday morning fixture. Sláinte! When To Go: Early weekend mornings. Pro Tip: Fiddles take the stage on Tuesday nights. Who’s There: Soccer supporters young and old from across the globe. 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, (859) 491-6659, covington.mollymalonesirishpub.com

Bruh, it’s not the number of TVs in a sports bar that matters; it’s how you use them. The Oak Tavern makes a conscious effort to feature the best games on five indoor TVs (plus two on the outdoor patio), regardless of sport. But come Saturdays in the fall, the space turns into Alpha Sigma Oakley, with Ohio State fans ordering buckets of beer like they’re at homecoming again. When To Go: Saturday afternoons when you’re hit with college nostalgia. Pro Tip: The smoked wings are worth the mess. Who’s There: Ex-jocks rocking that J. Crew gingham shirt uniform, popped collar optional. 3089 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 321-6258, oaktavernoakley.com


Located 100 yards from GABP’s home plate, you can practically feel a Joey Votto walk or Brandon Phillips double play from the patio. Outfitted with 31 TVs, the bar attracts a college-aged crowd ready to chug Bud Lights and is usually the last spot to shut down on the Banks. Just remember: Uber is your friend. When To Go: After the seventh inning stretch. Pro Tip: Post-work happy hour has a more laid back vibe. Who’s There: Baseball-capped men and women in various states of drunken stupor. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, (513) 621-2222, holygrailcincy.com

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