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The 11 Best Hangout Spots for Your Bromance

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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.

2. Get Your Hippy on at Cherokee Park

A great place to meet like-minded, laid back people. Bring a blanket to sit around and play guitar or have a picnic, grill out at the grills provided at the big tepee-like pavilion, play some kickball on the baseball diamond (because it’s so much cooler, am I right?), go for a game of basketball, bring your dog to come socialize with other dogs and run free at Dog Hill or just take a stroll and enjoy the great outdoors. The location of Cherokee Park in the Highlands means that the park isn’t only rife with the typical bicyclists and joggers but people of all kinds of interesting talents. Sometimes a trip to the park can result in a free show – be it fire performance, a jam session or an artist working on a painting. Louisville is no stranger to Southern hospitality and many of the people enjoying a day at the park are willing to stop and chat.

3. Unleash Your Inner Child at Skyzone

“Indoor Trampoline Park.” If you really need any more information to be sold, here you go: literally bounce off the walls at the trampoline court that is lined with, well, trampolines. Sky Zone offers open jump as well as 3-D dodgeball and fitness classes.

4. Go All Barney Stinson on some 6th graders at Lazer Blaze

Let’s be honest, you still think laser tag is fun. Guess what? There are also plenty of other people your age who think it is, too. Sure, there will be kids there, but if you bring enough of your friends with you, it’s not weird. It’s affordable, physical, competitive and air-conditioned. What more could you ask for? Be Legen – Wait For It – Dary.

5. A Pop-up Game of Flag Football at the Waterfront

The Great Lawn is the ultimate place for a game of Ultimate Frisbee or Flag Football. Take a stroll across the Big Four pedestrian bridge or just relax by the waterside. There are plenty of events that occur at the Waterfront from concerts to chow wagons. Chances are you’ll happen upon something interesting, but either way it’s an ideal destination to just get out and enjoy the river and the weather.

6. Drunken Karaoke at Akiko’s

Your neighborhood karaoke bar featuring karaoke 7 days a week. Bringing a group of friends to Akiko’s on a weeknight is the ideal way to do it. Friday and Saturday nights tend to be crowded and you may end up having to wait quite a while through off-key country songs and white girls singing Missy Elliott before it’s your turn to go on. However, Sunday through Thursday nights the crowd is relatively sparse, so you can show up with some friends and expect to completely dominate the karaoke selection.

7. Travel Back to 2002 at Kentucky Kingdom

After many years of lying dormant, Kentucky Kingdom will be open for business again this summer. Many of the old rides will remain in addition to some new roller coasters and attractions. The waterpark looks especially promising – the park now features a 12,000 square foot “Wave Lagoon” (presumably cooler than a standard wave pool) and an “Adventure River” (presumably cooler than a lazy river).  There are a number of intricate waterslides and “raft rides.” It’s worth checking out for nostalgia’s sake, if nothing else.

8. Get Pumped Up at Core Combat Sports

Learn mixed martial arts right here in Louisville, Kentucky! Core offers classes for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai kickingboxing and more. Core offers a st
ate-of-the-art fitness facility and personal fitness consultants in addition to combat classes. If this isn’t the ultimate bromantic date, I don’t know what is.

9. Go Deep Cavern Exploring at Louisville Mega Cavern

Seventeen miles of passageways lie beneath the City of Louisville – and they’re open for tours! Check out the Zip Line course, ropes course or hop on a tram to take a tour of what lies 100 feet beneath our city.

10. Indulge Your Inner Beer Snob at Sergio’s World Beers

Remember that episode of Always Sunny where they tried to make their bar more “hip” by becoming one of those bars that doesn’t have a sign out front?  Yeah, that’s Sergio’s. All joking aside, it is awesome. You’ll know it by the international flags hanging in the windows – pay attention, it’s easy to drive right past. It’s worth the hunt, though, because Sergio’s has the most eclectic beer selection with the most imports in the city. Sergio’s serves over 1,000 different beers and has an ever-changing selection of beers on tap. Their food is pretty good, as well. The menu features a warning that some beers are “stronger than usual” so don’t hesitate to take a cab if some foreign beer ends up kicking your ass.

11. Pizza, Pappy Van Winke and Ping Pong at Garage Bar

Yes, I said Pappy. You live in Louisville, splurge a little on some of the best bourbon in the world. Nothing quite makes a night out as great as dominating other bar patrons with your Forest Gump-esque ping pong skills. Think you’re good enough to run the table while holding a drink in the other hand?

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19 Things You Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners About Cincinnati

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You live in Cincinnati. You know what makes this city so great, but your out-of-town family and friends don’t. When they come to visit here’s how to answer their nagging questions.

1. The only city in the Midwest where a 2 hour wait is acceptable at restaurants.

Oh you want to make a reservation? That’s funny. Get there at 7pm and be prepared to drink the time away until 9pm. Our favorite long-wait restaurant?

2. We’re actually a giant small town.

It is extremely difficult to not run into at least one person you know anywhere you go. Anonymity doesn’t exist, so stay away from the drunken debauchery on Monday afternoons… Or do it here!

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Unleash Your Inner Kid: The Epic Adult Easter Egg Hunt

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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?

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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.

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Eat Your Heart Out: 10 Most Delicious Spots in Findlay Market

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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.

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Your New Thursday Happy Hour: 5 Reasons Oyster-Mania is Awesome

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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.

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Your Guide to Surviving Thunder: 10 Tips You Need to Know

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Welcome to the Kentucky Derby Festival – the two weeks out of the year in Louisville when horses and bourbon reign supreme – we’ve compiled the perfect guide to surviving the festival events, not least of all, Thunder. My name is Colleen and I’ll be your tour guide.

1. Go to a friend’s house in Old Louisville

Don’t have one? You have until Saturday to make one. The rooftop of an Old Louisville home is the place to be for all of us plebeians who can’t afford to spend Thunder swizzling martinis in a room at the Galt House.

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Win Her Over: Your Guide to Cincinnati’s 14 Best Date Spots

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Blowing it on a first date can be a real bummer, so we’ve lined up your guide to the most ideal date spots in the city. Our money says this list has most certainly been battle tested by the local Tinder community. So whether you’re using an app to find true love or the girl of your dreams spilled coffee all over your favorite denim, we’ve got you covered.

Share Small Plates at Abigail Street

Chef Wright of Abigail Street and Senate is whipping up tasteful bites at this romantic spot on Vine. A tapas restaurant offering a plethora of menu options is perfect for sharing. Standouts include their chorizo stuffed dates, wood grilled lamb sliders and gnocchi. If you’re a fan of Mediterranean style food, I recommend the almond baklava which is perfectly flakey and so sticky you’ll be licking your fingers.

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6 Reasons Why Rhinegeist is Your New Weekend Hangout

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If you’re a resident of Cincinnati and have yet to visit the treasured hangout Rhinegeist, shame on you. I’ll refrain from judgement and instead give you all the reasons why you and your friends need to immerse yourselves in all the Rhinegeist glory this weekend. This is much more than a place of drunken debauchery. Rhinegeist is an experience wrapped in history, character, and topped with beer.

1.  The Space is Awesome

Rhinegeist, which means “ghost of the Rhine,” isn’t housed in any old building. These guys constructed a masterpiece within the skeleton of the old-school Moerlein bottling plant. This means the space is massive with tons of space for activities. Everything from brewing beer, drinking beer, wiffleball games, yoga, and endless other creative events take place here. Let’s face it, most of the watering holes in Cincinnati will have you sweating on top of strangers but that problem is non-existent at Rhinegeist.

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Get Your Caffeine Fix: Best Coffee Spots in Cincinnati

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As a caffeine addict and former barista, I’ve visited just about every coffee place in Cincinnati. Some shops are loud and full of energy while others are laid back, quiet workspaces. Whether you are searching for a place to catch up with friends or your next business meeting, this coffee shop breakdown is essential in scouting your next hangout.

Coffee Emporium OTR

An urban hipster’s paradise, Coffee Emporium is a Cincinnati staple where baristas are brewing up some of the best coffee in the city. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax during the workweek. It’s easy to spend the entire day here, as it offers customers a ton of space and an upbeat atmosphere that creates an ideal environment for getting shit done.

My kick ass barista, Anna, always remembers my iced almond milk chai and really makes me feel welcomed. Coffee Emporium has become a melting pot where everyone is brushing elbows and getting along. You can’t really squeeze the clientele into one box; everyone young and old comes to Coffee Emporium to grab a great cup of coffee and engage with the community.

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Get Drunk this Weekend: The 10 Best Cocktails in OTR

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This is it, the 10 Best Cocktails in OTR. We figured it was appropriate to go all out and tackle something as tough as consuming nearly every ounce of alcohol on a bars menu, trust us it was hard work. Now, let’s get something straight, the term “best” is entirely relative. The following 10 cocktails are all excellent in their own right, but they might not be the “best” in your opinion.

Personally, I prefer bourbon over pretty much anything, so this list is full of bourbon-influenced cocktails. Get over it.

1. Golden HolzSalazar Restaurant & Bar

Simply put, the Golden Holz is my favorite drink on this list. It’s a sweeter cocktail, which I tend to enjoy before a meal. Made with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Mescal, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine and Xochitl mole bitters, it’s strong enough to give you a buzz, but doesn’t make you feel that you’re overdoing it.

Another bonus for this drink is that Salazar serves cocktails with a single ice block, something I really appreciate as it melts slower and preserves the full flavor & strength of your drink longer than regular cubes.

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