Great Things Happening on Main St. in Cincinnati

Read about how Cincinnati is attempting to revitalize its entertainment district.

In the 1990s, the block of Cincinnati's Main Street, between the blocks of Central Parkway and Liberty was a hot bed of vibrant night life, bring all walks of life together. With the presences of such eclectic night clubs like Have A Nice Day Café, Bar Cincinnati and Cincinnati's own Jefferson Hall. On any given weekend night, the aforementioned stretch of Main Street morphed from the urban residential life-scape into a fun and exciting bar life. This was until Cincinnati experienced its Civil Unrest of 2001.

The killing of Timothy Thomas at the hands of a Cincinnati Police officer threw Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine district into the living room of the nation for all the wrong reasons. The aftermath of the week long unrest placed Cincinnati with a black eye and hit the city hardest in its pocketbooks. Celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Whoopi Goldberg called for a boycott of the city and Prince even cancelled a show which he was scheduled to have in the city. This effect trickled down to the city's economic development. People did not feel safe spending their hard earned money in the area any longer and the afore mentioned bars closed up and moved elsewhere, leaving Main Street silent on Friday and Saturday nights.

Until now.

Over the past few years, Main Street is in the process of seeing its economic renaissance which has yet to peak. The community of Over-the-Rhine has historically thrived on community togetherness and a way of fostering urban unity and its revival does not leave this aspect behind. Events like Grapevine, Second Sundays on Main and Final Fridays brings vendors onto the street and people to patron the many shops and galleries which brighten these blocks on Main. For more information about upcoming events, you can check out

In keeping with the historically holistic appeal of Main Street, eateries such as Iris Book Café ( and Shadeau Breads ( offer locally made and grown options. Great if you want to grab a coffee before your trek into the office or a quiet place to catch up on some work away from the office over a great salmon and avocado sandwich.

Though Main Street is re-incorporating is livable appeal to its day time patrons, its night time appeal has not been forgotten. Mixx Ultra Lounge ( offers upscale entertainment without the big city prices. In addition, with the coming to city's casino and street car, venues such as Neon's and Jack Pots have promised to re-open to offer additional entertainment options, not un-similar to the old days of Main Street.

Though the Main Street Entertainment District has been through some rough times, with the current resurgent of the economy coupled with Cincinnati's entry into the 21st century (i.e. subway system and the casino), it plans to the something that Cincinnati has been missing for the past decade.


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