Top 5 Things To Do After Dark: Aug 29–Sept 4

The venerable P&G Riverfest (Sept 4 at Sawyer Point) may be the biggest game in town this week, but it isn’t the only one. We rustled up a few reliable after-dark alternatives that don’t involve fireworks.

1. Northside Tavern’s Live Band Karaoke
You haven’t really karaoked until you’ve karaoked in front of a four-piece band without a teleprompter. Tuesday nights, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 542-3603,

2. Star Lanes on the Levee
Star Lanes at Newport on the Levee has officially classed up the bowling alley—or at least jazzed it up (the mechanical bull is sending mixed messages). In addition to bowling, you’ll find billiards, a full bar, lounge, patio, and a DJ booth in this unconventional alley. $4.95-5.95 per game; ladies bowl for free every Thursday starting at 9 pm. Newport on the Levee, (859) 652-7250,

3. Trivia Night
Pick a bar, any bar, and Last Call Productions probably hosts a trivia night there. With more than 60 events throughout the week all across the city, you’re never too far away from a chance to test your random knowledge. Start brainstorming team names now. Check schedules and locations at

4. Classic Film Series at Omnimax
Most everyone who’s been in Cincinnati for a few years has a favorite Omnimax film (mine happens to be “the rainforest one,” circa 1992). So whether you missed Hubble while it was in rotation, or just want more Tornado Alley, check out the Classic Film Series at Omnimax for a chance to catch repeat showings. Fri and Sat, 8 pm. $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 3-12. 1301 Western Ave., downtown, 1-800-733-2077, 

5. Live music at Rohs St. Café
This easygoing coffee house flies under the local venue radar, but ask around and you’ll find they consistently host top-quality live, local, and national acts performing everything from jazz to bluegrass. Even better: They’re committed to Fair Trade practices. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. 245 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, (513) 381-7647,

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