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Cincymusic for local info.  City Beat is the local alternative paper with Best of Cincinnati listings.

North of downtown Cincinnati, the neighborhood of Northside is becoming the hip place with a lot of local pubs and some unique restaurants. A great indie music store, Shake It Records nearby.

A recommended bar is the Comet with a great Jukebox and
occasional live music such as local garage rock band The Greenhornes.  No Cover, cheap drinks, football sized San Francisco style burritos.  4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH; 513-541-8900

Ollies Trolley-1607 Central Avenue.  I dont know if this is open still, but if it is, its big news.  Ollies makes amazing burgers if it is indeed the same place.  A spice encrusted burger with a spicy sauce.  One in a million. Caution: in a sketchy neighborhood
Hathaways Coffee Shop-441 Vine St. in the Carew Tower Arcade, Cincinnati, 513-621-1332
Putzs Cream whip-Putz Place & West Fork, Exit 17 off I-74
Cincinnati, 513-681-8668-Ice Cream stand only open in summer.
Montgomery Inn-9440 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, OH (513) 791-3482- Famous Ribs.
Blue Ash Chili Restaurant-9565 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio - (513) 984-6107-of all the chili joints, this one makes a Six way topped with jalapenos that are fried!

Record Stores-
Everybody’s, 6106 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213
Shake It Records-4156 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 591-0123.  They also have some links to local happenings.

Live Music-
Bogarts-2621 Vine Street-Cincinnati OH-Recent shows include the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the Dandy Warhols.
Cup and Saucer cafe-rip
Blue Rock Tavern-Blue Rock Tavern & Speakeasy 4114 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati OH 45222  513-542-6644
Mad Hatter-620 Scott Street, in Covington, KY, Bar with great punk bands.  They also have burgers with Goetta, a very regional specialty of mixed beef and pork with oatmeal in it. 
Gypsy Hut-now known as Mayday-Bar and Pizza Parlor with punk and other events-4231 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223, (513)541-0999
Dirty Jacks-5912 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 513-242-2800-punk club.
In Newport, Kentucky you will find the
Southgate House -24 East Third Street -Newport, KY 859-431-2201-It is a most unique venue!
THE COMET-4579 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, OH-Hard to find info on the shows here but they have shows

Amusement Park-
Paramounts Kings Island-Huge great amusement park.  Worth a special trip.

Must see-
Jungle Jim's International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway (Route 4)
Fairfield, OH 45014, 513.674.6000-a huge food market with interactive displays and more.  We bought these "Amish Recipe Whoopie Pies" in the bakery that were the best Whoopie pies we ever had.

Pricey but amazing
Cincinnatian hotel-601 Vine St.  Rooms from 160 per night. Contains the Classy Palace Restaurant

Traders world
-huge indoor flea market operating Saturday and Sunday-601 Union Road, Monroe, Ohio 45050, Between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio
Exit 29 on East Side of I-75 ~ Take Exit 29,  513-424-5708

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The Local Alternative weekly is the
Cleveland Scene.  They also have the Cleveland Free Times.

Felt-2261 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. Good bands Sun-Tuesday.
The Grog Shop-1765 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588. The coolest shows and best bands are here.
The Mercury Lounge-1392 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, 216-566-8840
Beachland Ballroom-15711 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland-tel: 216/383-1124
Blind Lemon Concert Club-11729 Detroit Ave. Cleveland-216-521-8878.
Happy Dog-5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
(216) 651-9474

Record Stores
Bent Crayon, 11600 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

The Big Egg-5107 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 216-961-8000-Diner for breakfast and lunch.  Good Burgers.
Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe-4674 State Road, Cleveland, OH  (216)749-7077 -MMmm Ice cream spot with multiple locations. 
Ferris Steak House- 8700 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH  (216) 281-1437- Old fashioned no frills steakhouse.
Presti Bakery and Cafe-12101 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH  (216) 421-8181-Get your Cleveland only sourcream donuts at this little italy spot.
Sokolowski's  University Inn-1201 university rd-Cleveland, OH 44113.  Old timey polish buffet.  Pierogies!
Steve's Lunch-tiny hot dog counter thats been around for years and serves chili dogs covered with cheese aand polish boys 24 hours a day. 5004 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102
west side market in the ohio city neighborhood has tons of food from Brats to Middle eastern.

Sandusky, OH
Amusement Park-
About an hour from Cleveland, Cedar Point is the KING of coasters...and crowds.

Akron, OH
Birthplace of Devo, Akron and Cleveland host the yearly DEVOtional party.  Find details at
Booji Boys Basement.  Find the latest on Devo and Mark Mothersbaugh Art shows at CLUB DEVO
Live Music-
The Lime Spider is located at 207 S.http://www.belgradegardens.com Main Street in Downtown Akron, between Church and University Streets
Each year in July, Akron Holds a
Hamburger festival.  A local place claims to be one of the originators of the hamburger.

Akron is the home of a local chain in the surrounding communties of Green, Fairlawn and Medina called the
Skyway Drive In.  Super Awesome onion rings, coney dogs, Chipped Ham and more.  There is also another regional mini chain called Swensons, not to be confused with the southern ice cream parlor chain.  Both places make double cheeseburgers with special sauce as signatures.  Swensons uses two sauces on their burgers, a bbq sauce and a tartar sauce.


Directly outside of Akron is the town of Barbeton, with their own version of fried chicken that was featured on Food Feuds.  Both are fried chickens that are served with hot sauces that are unique to each.  Whitehouse Chicken, 180 Wooster Road N., and Belgrade Gardens, 401 E. State St.

Columbus, OH

The "short north" area is the hip place to be in this city and the first saturday of each month, the galleries on High Street stay open late to showcase local art.  It includes the
Victorian Village historic district.   Another community is Clintonville which is just north of the Short North. They don't have many bars, but tons of bookstores, ecclectic shopping, diners, holistic foods and community market, including the Studio 35 Cinema and Draft house.

SCHMIDT'S SAUSAGE HAUS, 240 E. Kossuth Street, Columbus OH (German Village), (614) 444-6808-South of downtown Columbus is an area known as german village.  Old world feel.  You have not eaten there until you have the gigantic Half pound cream puffs.  Really.
K2U Bar and Grill-641 North High St.- Tasty food and people watching.  Friday the Greek population comes out to party.
Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza-1369 Grandview Avenue-The name says it all.
Graeters Ice Cream-2282 East Main Street-Dense, rich store made ice cream
Betty's Fine Food & Spirits?, 680 N High St , Columbus, OH (614) 228-6191-comfort food with "an extra side of Sass".  Reader recommended.

Clubs and Venues-
The Basement-391 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 , Phone: 614.461.LIVE, smaller venue for touring acts along with its big brother, the Newport Music Hall.  Both venues shows can be found at this site, www.promowestlive.com
Skullys Music Diner-Music venue and restaurant and they have scene friendly events like alternative craft fairs.  Recommended as cool by a tipster (added 7/7/08)
Cafe Bourbon Street-2216 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43201 Great Dive venue with an awesome hot dog joint, extreme wieners inside.
Little Brothers-1100 North High Street-Local and national acts
Wexner Center-1871 North High Street-Local film, music and art center.
The Distillery-1896 N. HIGH ST. / COLUMBUS, OHIO 43201 / (614) 291-3448
The Great Southern Theater-21 East Main Street-19th century opera house.  Check it out if you can!
The Treehouse-887 Chambers Rd., Columbus, OH, 43212  (614) 294-2264-a bit like hanging out in your parents basement, the reviews say

High Five Bar & Grill-1227 N High St, Columbus, OH (614) 421-2998-local bands and rock and roll karaoke.
Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215. Directions on their
myspace say  just south of the sex shops and one block north of the Bodega, so you know its cool.  And they have a gallery upstairs.
Saint James Tavern- (614) 294-0064, 1057 N. 4th St, Columbus, OH-one of the best hipster dive bars around.

Record Store-
Lost Weekend Records -2960 N. High St. in Columbus Ohio. (Right on the corner of Crestview & High.) Free parking in front! Lost Weekend specializes in vinyl records of all genres
Used Kids, 1992B N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Misc. Stores-
Avalon Clothing and Shoe Salon-1434-1443 North High Street.  One side of the street shoes, across the street, clothes.

Aurora, OH
Amusement Park-
Geauga Lake 1060 North Aurora Road, Aurora, OH  (330) 562-7131-Geauga Lake was a beautiful old fashioned regional amusement park.  On the other side of the lake was a Sea World park.   Sometime later, Six Flags bought both parks, and merged them into one.  Then when Six Flags started having difficulties, they sold the Park to Cedar Fair, who operates Cedar Point.  Last Year, Cedar Fair decided to close the park, auction off the rides, including an antique coaster and just operate it as a water park called Wildwater Kingdom. Very Sad.

Bowling Green, OH

Nyabinghi Dance Hall-odd named odd club with good bands

Record Store-
Madhatter Music Co., 143 E Wooster, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Dayton, OH
in the town of Fairborn on Main street, the Foy family has an empire of odd old fashioned stores.  Theres Foys Five and Ten with an old fashioned lunch counter, a costume shop and more. 


Dover, OH
Odd Museum-
The Warther Museum-327 Karl Avenue, Dover, OH‎ - (330) 343-7513‎-A large collection of button artwork and hand carved Train models.  Said to be awesome.

Oberlin, OH

Record Store-
Co-op Bookstore, 37 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074

Oxford, OH

Record Store-
Wizards, 114 High St., Oxford, OH 45056

Powell, OH
Amusement Park-
Wyandot Lake 10101 Riverside Drive, Powell, OH  (800) 328-9283-A small 6 flags coaster park.

Toledo, OH

The Local Alternative paper for Toledo is the
Toledo City Paper.
Sunday Blues has a decent club listing for the area.

Tony Packo's Cafe- Various locations.  Original Location at 1902 Front Street, Toledo.  Amazing chili and amazing chili dogs.  Wonderful Struedel.  At the original location, they have buns signed buy celebrities.

Live Music-
The Bait Shop-2543 SOUTH REYNOLDS ROAD, TOLEDO OH (419) 380-BAIT-voted best live music club in Toledo.
Mickey Finns Pub-Vistula Historic District, 602 Lagrange Street at North Huron, Toledo, Ohio 419-246-3466 or 419-246-FINN

Urbana, IL (35 miles west of Columbus, 20 miles from Dayton)

Eats-Crabill's-727 Miami Street, Urbana, Ohio- 513-653-5133
Sliders-Mini burgers a la White Castle, but that actually taste like meat.

Westerville, OH

Record Store-
Sour Records, ,Westerville, OH have recently closed their physical store to only exist online