Hi VTs, I work for GE in Mexico and will be spending one week in mid april (19-27) in Cincinnati, visiting GE's plant in Evendale with two other workmates. This will be our first time in OH, and I wanted to ask for a couple of things:
- What are some cool pubs/bars to get an after-work drink?
- Do you know of any salsa club in the Cinci area?
- What malls would you recommend for a visit (looking for A&F, AE, GAP, kind of stores)?
- Is there any amusement park within driving distance?
- What other tips could you give to 3 late-20s mexican engineers to have a good time while in Cincinnati?
thanks a lot.
You're in luck as I used to work in Evendale at Formica Corporation that abuts onto the GE property.
First off, my favorite mall in the city is the Kenwood Towne Center which is maybe a 15-minute drive from GE to Kenwood,depending upon traffic.
Not that this will matter to you (since you're a guy - LOL!), but they have some of my favorite girly things pretty much in one area in that mall:
L'Occitane (bath & beauty products from Provence)
Crabtree & Evelyn (bath & beauty products from England)
Sephora (French makeup including the Sephora brand as well as Bourjois, the inexpensive Chanel line)
J. Jill (women's clothing)
At the other end of the mall is Macy's where you can find one of my FAVORITE places, Lush (bath and body works line from London).
But they also have a Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, BCBG Maxazria, crewcuts by J. Crew, those types of shops. This is one of the more upscale malls in town and I'm sure you'll find tons of cool, fun places to browse! Here's a listing of all the stores at this mall; just click "SELECT STORE DIRECTORY", choose "ALPHABETICAL STORE LISTING" or "STORE LISTING BY CATEGORY" and scroll down:
Directions from GE Aviation to Kenwood Towne Center:
Drive north on Reading Rd
Turn right (east) on Glendale-Milford Rd
After about 4 miles, the name changes to Pfeiffer Rd (so don't freak out)
At this point you can either choose to turn right onto Kenwood Rd and drive until you almost reach Montgomery Rd (the mall sits at the crossroads of these 2 streets)
Take I-71 south until you reach the #12/Montgomery Rd exit (you'll see the mall from the highway)
Some things I like in this area:
Trio (great bar for drinks; right across from the mall)
Trio: "Trio" - Cincinnati Restaurant Tip by BeatChick
Barresi's Italian Restaurant: "How to Impress your Date!" - Cincinnati Restaurant Tip by BeatChick
UDF - United Dairy Farmer's (for ice cream)
Trader Joe's (go west on Montgomery)
Everybody's Records (THE best music shop - even further southwest on Montgomery)
Everybody's Records: "Coolest Record Shop in Cincy" - Cincinnati Shopping Tip by BeatChick
El Rancho Grande (Mexican food - best place in Cincy)
El Rancho Grande: "Most Authentic Mexican food in Cincy" - Cincinnati Restaurant Tip by BeatChick
La Petite France (French)
La Petite France: "Exemplary French Food in Evendale!" - Cincinnati Restaurant Tip by BeatChick
Root Beer Stand (diner/drive-in type food)
The Root Beer Stand: "The Root Beer Stand" - Cincinnati Restaurant Tip by BeatChick
Through the Garden (one of my absolute favorites in the city)
White Swan (Chinese)
"City Parks" - Cincinnati Things to Do Tip by BeatChick
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Had to break this into 2 parts as I wasn't sure if it'd all fit into one reply.
As for the salsa club, there's a great one downtown called The Havana Martini Club:
You can check out their calendar to see what's playing on what nights:
This is one of the few places that stays open late, 'til 1am at least (that's when they stop serving appetizers), so when I took the Megabus from Cincinnati to Chicago 2 weeks ago, this was one of my options for hanging out downtown until the bus showed up at 1:30am!
Happy hour is from 4-7pm Tues-Fri, making this one of the most popular places downtown; here's the drinks (very expensive but excellent!) menu:
I particularly enjoy the Katherine Hepburn and the Sidney Poitier. They also do kir royale (champagne & chambord instead of creme de cassis)!
As this sits inside Carew Tower I thought I'd also mention that the Carew Tower Mall is my 2nd-favorite mall in the city, although not quite as fun in tone as Kenwood Towne Center. This is also the tallest building in the city so if you time it right, you can take the elevator to the top for views of the city:
"Best Views of the City" - Carew Tower Tip by BeatChick
Here's an index of the Tower Place Mall's stores:
Carew Tower overlooks Fountain Square, the heart of downtown:
"Fountain Square" - Fountain Square Tip by BeatChick
Enjoy your time in Cincinnati!
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