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should i spend 1 night in louisville or cincinnati?

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i have a choice - i want great food and good vibe and some bars to go out after.

what do you all think?

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  1. I'm guessing that the people in Cincinnati will tell you to go to Cincinnati, and the people in Louisville will tell you to go to Louisville. And, since this topic is in the Midwest forum, which includes Ohio but not Kentucky, you'll get more votes from Cincinnati people than Louisville people. ;)

    I don't live in either city. I've visited both, with more visits to Louisville than to Cincinnati. You can get great food in either city. But if I had to pick one, my vote is for Louisville, for which I've found the reviews and ratings in the website www.louisvillehotbytes.com to be quite helpful.

    Remember, if you're looking for specific recommendations for Louisville, you'll want to go to the South forum at http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/11

    1. Come to Louisville.. we have great food, great parties and great bars

      1. OK, somebody's got to stick up for Cincinnati, and this is not to knock Louisville, because I love Louisville. In Cincinnati spend an evening in either Northside or Mount Adams and you'll find both good food and good bars. In Northside, food at Honey or Slim's (weekends only, BYOB) or a quick sandwich at Melt, then drink at the Northside Tavern or the Comet (especially Sunday night, which is bluegrass night). I know less about Mount Adams, but I like Daveed's or Mount Adams Fish House for dinner, drink at Crowley's. And I'd try to have at least one drink at the Palm Court downtown, which is about the most beautiful room to have a drink I've seen. Main Strasse across the river in Covington also has a couple of good midrange restaurants (Dee Felice for cajun/creole and Chez Nora, which has a rooftop dining area) and many good bars. Dee Felice also has a kickass house band.

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        1. re: johnbycz

          A strong second for the Covington MainStrasse or Mt. Adams suggestions. Probably the best food I've ever had in the Cincy/N. Ky. area was at Daveed's. Chez Nora and Dee Felice Cafe are right across the street from each other in MainStrasse and Wertheim's is just a stone's throw from those (and a not-too-long walk away from several hotels on 3rd St in Covington, just in case you party hardy)

        2. I live in Cincy but I have to travel to L'Ville frequently for work. What type of food are you looking for? Are you in town for arts, leisure, sports, etc.?

          1. My son is a student at U/Cincinnati & it is 4hrs from home - Akron, OH. When we go down to visit him, we usually head for Newport on the Levee - it is a shopping, food & entertainment complex right on the Ohio River on the KY side. Some of the hotels have great river views. You can walk the Purple Pedestrian Bridge from Newport KY to Cincinnati, OH for fun & enjoy the night time views. I don't know about this time of the year but in the fall we love it. We have gone to the Hofbrau Haus which is the only one in the US after the one in Munich, Germany - that is fun in the fall/spring/summer. Newport on the Levee has a website that lists everything there.

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            1. re: CurryLover

              Yeah, I heartily endorse the Hofbrau Haus. The food is good and pretty cheap and the steins come in XXL.