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#114 Arnold's Bar and Grill (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Cincinnati's oldest tavern has been welcoming locals and visitors for more than 150 years. Opened by Simon Arnold in 1861, Arnold's Bar and Grill is an institution. The comfy Ohio bar features old-school charm, antique fixtures, dark wood, walls covered with antique Cincinnati brewery memorabilia, and even a bathtub in one of the dining rooms rumored to have been used to make gin during Prohibition. The iconic bathtub has proven so popular that Cincinnati distillery Woodstone Creek has even named its new gin after it and Arnold's Prohibition-era owner Hugo Arnold. The bar sells the gin but promise that it was not actually made in the bathtub. There are 23 craft brews on tap, emphasizing beers crafted within 150 miles of Cincinnati. For non-beer drinkers, the signature cocktail is the DiebOld Fashioned (Old Overholt rye lightly infused with black cherries then briefly barrel-aged in-house, homemade bourbon vanilla sugar, and a giant blood orange- and Earl Grey-infused ice cube), named after Pam Diebold, one of Arnold's two head bartenders, who created the drink. The bar staff has done an excellent job preserving the bar’s decor and bohemian spirit while keeping up with the times by adding modern touches, like murals in the courtyard and exterior from world-famous street artists Shepard Fairey and JR and a brand new dinner program from one of Cincinnati's most highly regarded chefs, Kayla Robison. Definitely try the Greek spaghetti, made with Arnold's garlic sauce, olives, bacon, and linguini; it's been on the menu since 1957 for a reason.

 

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