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May 13, 2011 02:33 PM

Preshow dinner/drinks near Taft Theatre in Cincinnati?

So a bunch of friends and I are going to Cincinnati on Monday night to see Elvis Costello at the Taft. I've been put in charge of the preshow dinner plans.

Eight adults or so, relatively adventurous eaters. Probably shouldn't be painfully expensive. We'd prefer something we could walk to the show from, but if you have a great suggestion that's not too far away we could make it work.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Almost nothing within a block of the Taft. The Skyline at Fourth and Sycamore is open till 7, I think. Fountain Square is roughly two-three blocks away, and you can walk in under 10 minutes. We ate at Via Vite before a Ray LaMontagne show at the Taft a couple of summers ago. The Bistro is three blocks away on Vine, likewise for Nada (at Sixth and Walnut) and the new Walnut Street Grill (on Walnut between Sixth and Seventh). All have good food. Nada and Via Vite may have the best drinks. The Bistro usually has good beers on tap. There's also Trattoria Roma on Sixth between Walnut and Main, but I haven't eaten there since they moved to their new location.

    Enjoy Elvis.

    Via Vite
    520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Trattoria Roma
    1447 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

    1. I'll add Nicholson's Pub (Walnut north of 7th), one of my fave spots downtown. They serve Scottish fare, but don't be scared. It's really good. Taqueria Mercado (on 7th) is a great, casual Mexican restaurant. Both serve beer.