Pittsburgh… If I didn’t despise you enough already, I just have to run into your big mouth, drunken fans talking smack on my beloved Reds. Well you know what?! Your city is a bore. We can all agree that Cincinnati is better than Pittsburgh, but have you ever been asked to explain why?
1. We’ve got the Reds
As the oldest team in baseball, we started America’s past time, and have earned five World Series titles. Not to mention our opening day celebrations out rank that of any other city. We don’t always win, but we try to kick ass, as seen during the last series against the Pirates. The game combined 10 homers, a GABP record in a 7-7 game that was suspended by rain.
Bengals vs. Steelers is a classic NFL rivalry. So they have the rings, but right now we have the edge. The Steelers roster is old; the Bengals have better, younger impact players for the coming season. Not to mention our fans are a lot nicer and we don’t have those stupid towels.
It’s time for your lady friends to drop the guys, leave the kids at home, and ditch the drama. Let your girl day turns into ladies night out.
1. Grab Your Workout Buddy and Try A New Fitness Class
Working out is always better with friends. Modo Hot Yoga offers hot yoga, pilates, and barre to get you bikini body ready. With three locations (Cincinnati, Clifton, and NKY) and tons of class options, there aren’t any excuses to not show up. They offer $5 charity classes and $8 community classes! Sign up with your girlfriends and keep each other accountable.
Listen up all you fitness fanatics, history buffs and adventure seekers, the next big fun run has arrived to Cincinnati. Yes, I know you love the Color Run, the Electric Run and all those other races that travel to every city, but Quest for the Queen is the event you should pay attention to.
Local residents decided enough was enough and took matters into their own hands, creating an epic race specifically designed for Cincinnati.
1. It’s not just a boring foot race
Running is below my list of favorite physical activities to partake in. In fact, the only time you’ll catch me voluntarily running is if I’m being chased… or if I’m dreaming that I’m running. Luckily, Queen for the Quest shakes up the average race with some riddles and brain teasers to solve.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks! I don’t care if I never get back! Baseball is awesome and gets infinitely better when you’re watching our beloved Cincinnati Reds play.
1. Cheap Seats Are the Way to Go
Find a cheap pair of tickets on StubHub and then snag better seats from no-shows. (Don’t say we told you)
2. Indulge in the Brewery District
Featuring 60 taps, with 32 craft beers, and of courseAnheuser-Busch products. They’re serving local brew from Christian Moerlein, MadTree, Blank Slate, 50 West, Rhinegeist, Mt. Carmel and Rivertown, with new selections rotating throughout the season.
We love you. Brunch, the welcomed relative of breakfast and lunch, is the only way to ward off remnants from last night’s shenanigans. It’s the pinnacle of weekend activities: curing hangovers, inducing food comas and catching up with friends. Ideal brunch spots have bottomless mimosas, a patio and bountiful, tasty menu options.
Situated in Covington’s Mainstrasse, squeeze into their windowsill booth or sit outside under a patio umbrella. Bring the sunglasses just in case the weather decides to cooperate.
Enjoy this café with it’s bustling bar and delicious brunch options. Die and go to heaven eating their strawberry filled French Toast or get the Otto’s Benedict with a side of goetta. This spot is extremely brunchy and will make your Sunday so much more delightful!
1. Life Jackets & Beer Koozies at Southside Quarry
Remember the quarry in La Grange? Yeah, the police shut that down like an underground poker tournament. Fear not, my friends, there is a new quarry at which to have fun in the sun this summer. Plan to grill out and bring a cooler. The Southside Quarry is 21+ so, that’s good news for most of us and circumvents the issue of 18-year-old kids with braces bonging beers out of pool noodles that were causing problems for the quarry in La Grange in the first place.
Don’t we all miss the joys of a traditional egg hunt? Egg hunts aren’t just for kids any more. It’s time to destroy your opponents and greedily steal all the eggs without worrying about the tears of a devastated child. In other words… Hell. Yes.
1. You can get drunk beforehand.
Who doesn’t love doing activities drunk?
2. Engage in some friendly competition.
Perfect opportunity to bring out your competitive edge. Let that starting line get your heart racing. Knocking over your opponents however, is frowned upon.
Findlay Market comes alive with it’s eclectic charms and delectable eateries. Whether you’ve stuffed your face at Pho Lang Thang 34.7 times or have never ventured this far north of Liberty, here’s your guide to doing Findlay right.
Indulge a Sugar-High at Taste of Belgium
After starting their reign of waffles in Findlay Market, Taste has been so popular they’ve expanded with full-scale restaurants in OTR and Clifton. Known for their waffles, which are probably the most delicious in the city, these babies are dense, caramelized to perfection and have the sweetest, most doughy core. Seconds anyone? If you want to take it up a notch ask for some nutella and whipped cream.
In addition to waffles, they also offer crepes and pastries. Taste of Belgium is your go-to for breakfast while at the market and you can also buy their desserts to bring home for an after dinner treat. Nothing makes me as happy as gluttonously consuming all the macarons I can afford. You won’t regret it.
Happy Hour is a gift sent from above and essentially is the reason we barely make it to the end of a long work day. Discounted drinks and food is almost enough to erase the frustrations that happened before 5pm. Well, forget about everything because starting at 5pm the Anchor-otr will be there to wipe your tears. There are many Happy Hours but Thursday Oyster Mania at Anchor-otr is the shit.
1. Quality Oysters
Considering we live in the middle of America, far away from the home of Oysters, the quality of oysters we have access to could be questionable. No worries here because Anchor-otr has their oysters flown in from the East & West coasts. So, that oyster you’re slurping is, in fact, from a reliable source and not the Ohio River.