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Covington Places Score "Best of Cincinnati" Honors

From the City of Covington (which used excerpts from CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue, a link to which is found at the bottom of the post):

Everyone loves reading Citybeat's annually published 'Best of Cincinnati' feature, where both Readers and Citybeat Staff reveal their favorite haunts, by category, across the region. A big congratulations to those who made the cut! This year, Covington venues were well-represented with the following mentions - and Thanks Citybeat for sharing the Love! 

Best of Arts & Nightlife - Reader's Picks


Beer Selection on Tap

Cock & Bull, 601 Main St.  Covington, KY 41011(859) 581-4253

Best Gallery for Local Artists

The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington (859)-491-2030  

Best Jukebox

Anchor Grill, 438 Pike St., Covington 41011(859) 431-9498

Best LGBT Bar

Rosie's Tavern,  643 Bakewell St., Covington (859) 291-9707

Best New Bar (Since March 2012)

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, 629 Main Street, Covington, (859) 581-1777

Pike Street Lounge, 266 Pike Street, Covington (859) 916-5430

Wiseguy Lounge, 603 Main Street, Covington (859)-916-5209

Best of Arts & Nightlife - Staff Picks


Best Way to Alienate Nerds and Old People

The 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in November at the Madison Theater in Covington featured great performances from nominated artists such as Bad Veins, Gold Shoes, Jess Lamb, Ricky Nye, 46 Long and Culture Queer. Local punk greats The Dopamines didn't disappoint either, though bassist Jon Weiner managed to insult the majority of the audience before playing a note. As the band launched into its short set, Weiner said, "What's up nerds?' Then, realizing there were people older than him in the crowd, he did his Punk Rock duty and added a hello to the "old f***s" in attendance. Ah, we remember when we had our first beer.

Best Rose Colored Nightlife

Welcome to the rainbow connection. Rosie's Tavern, located just off Mainstrasse, is the incredibly inviting LGBT dive bar for people of all persuasions - gay, straight or in between. Opened as a tavern in 1896, Rosie's has been serving patrons for more than two decades. A true neighborhood bar, Rosie's pairs a comfortable atmosphere and cost-effective drinks with a daily happy hour, darts, pool, pinball and a great jukebox, making for an excellent night - or afternoon- out. Ample seating and a friendly staff round out the Rosie's experience. 643 Bakewell St., Covington, 859-291-9707

Best Bar to Hopefully Find a Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy VanWinkle (aka Pappy VanWinkle's Family Reserve) is a big deal to bourbon drinkers. A very, very rare spirit, it's often considered one of the finest bourbons in the world. Distilled and bottled under the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery at Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, KY, the bourbon is ages for 15, 20 or 23 years in a charred oak barrel - much longer than most bourbons, which account for Pappy's short supply (only 7,000 cases are produced each year) and high demand. That means there are only 40,000 some-odd bottles to go around the country - and the world - which means a pour, much less a bottle, is extremely hard to find and very expensive ($250 a bottle or more). Good think we have Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. While Pappy is only released once or twice a year, the OKBB has worked incredibly hard to be one of the first bards allocated a supply in the state of Kentucky. So if you're going to find Pappy anywhere, your best shot is with them. As of mid-March, they still had some supply left. 629 Main Street, Covington, 859-581-1777.

Best of Eats - Reader's Picks


Best Korean

Riverside Korean , 512 Madison Ave  Covington (859)291-1484

Best Late-Night Eats

Anchor Grill 438 Pike St  Covington, KY 41011(859) 431-9498

Best Live Music While you Eat

Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Covington, KY 859.261.2365 

Best of Eats - Staff's Picks


Best Place to Pretend you're in Florence, Budapest or Anywhere but Here

Recently relocated from Mainstrasse to Covington's RiverCenter, Europa Bistro is a gem that is as close to continental as it gets. Chef Nicola always makes sure the menu never stays the same. The emphasis is on Italian and Mediterranean and it's always varied and delicious. Everything is fresh with plenty of options for vegetarians. Did I mention the amazing desserts? There's always a staggering array of tortes, pies and cakes to enjoy. Great for breakfast, lunch, brunch of dinner; we've often thought about coming to Europa for breakfast and staying all day. It could happen. 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

Best German Bar Taking Pub Grub to a New Level

Covington's Wunderbar has sent its roots deep. They stretch into the soil of artisanal quality inherent in German culture and, by extension, our Cincinnati heritage. The various platters of wholesome and house-made whatever-you-want-wursts (try currywurst), kraut and spuds burst with flavors sourced from local vendors at Findlay Market, placing the restaurant firmly in our business community. The sausages will fill all your meaty needs, and the delicious vegetarian options will satisfy the rest. If all that feel-good hominees doesn't get you all fuzzy inside, just quash your nerves with one of their 35 bottled or draft beers and call it a day. 1132 Lee Street, Covington, 859-815-8027

Best Gourmet Pizza From a Truck

In March 2012, Pizza Bomba joined the ranks of the ever-growing food truck population in the city with their array of eclectic, gourmet pizzas like crab Rangoon, beer mac and cheese and kimcheeza (kimchi, pork belly). They've popped up at Fountain Square, at music festivals and now have a brick and mortar locale in Covington. Cincinnati's flooded with pizzerias, but Bomba makes everything from scratch and tries to source locally, which automatically makes it a slice above corporatized pizza stores selling from a truck. We'd rather have something weird like a $3 slice of Brussels sprouts, bacon and ricotta cheese than a boring slice of pepperoni . Follow the truck:; or stop by the restaurant: 14 E. Fifth Street, Covington, 859-814-8892

Best Coffee Shop Tucked Away in a Tiny Bookstore

Either driving or walking toward the Roebling Bridge, you've probably passed one of the best-hidden treasures on the Ohio River and didn't even know it. On the exterior,Roebling Point Books and Coffee has a chalkboard with literary quotes written on the board; inside, there's a bookstore containing things like the latest Junot Diaz novel, local history books and a small barista station brewing up excellent coffee and tea drinks. Get a latte to go or ensconce in one of their quiet tables and sip away while immersing in the latest novel or internet meme. 306 Greenup Street, Covington 859-815-7206

Best of Shops & Services - Readers Picks

Best Arts & Crafts Classes

Baker Hunt Arts & Cultural Center 620 Greenup St.,  Covington, KY 41011 (859) 431-0020

Best Financial Planning Service

Fidelity Investments

Best Liquor Store & Best Wine Shop

DEPs Fine Wine and Spirits, 424 Russell St, Covington, KY 41011 (859) 261-1022

Best Piercing Studio & Best Tattoo Shop

Mothers Tattoo & Piercing, 617 Main St, Covington, KY 41011 (859) 261-8111

Best Wedding Reception Hall

Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Ln  Covington, KY 41011  (859) 431-2577

Best of Shops & Services - Staff Picks


Best Comprehensive Boutique for Men

It seems like men are seeking the boutique treatment more and more these days, and flow - a shop for men is a simple yet sophisticated answer for the local gentleman. Carrying clothing and accessories from independent designers such as commune, DAAP Kristy Nguyen and awesome sock brand Richard Poorer as well as select handpicked vintage items and quality consignment, flow is a complete outfitter for the modern man. And with an economically designed, rugged-ish storefront, men will feel comfortable going out for an afternoon of shopping. 621 Scott Blvd., Covington 859-291-3569

Please Be Seated

flow - a shop for men

Best of Urban Life - Readers Picks


Best Northern Kentucky Neighborhood


Best of Urban Life - Staff Picks



Best Close Encounter of the Covington Kind

In the 60's, the Jetsons demonstrated in the immediate future we'd all be living in spaceship-like houses. About 96 "Futuro" homes were marketed during that era, including one that landed in Covington. Made from reinforced plastic, the prefab elliptical home hovers above cork and bottle and symbolizes both the past and future. It's unclear if any actual aliens have lived there, but the home has had a few human residents over the decades. Random and bizarre, the Spaceship House seems perfectly apropos for a quirky community like Covington. Private Residence, 224 Wright Street, Covington.

Best of Jocks - Readers Picks


Best Golf Course

Devou Park, Covington

See the Entire Best of Cincinnati Feature here.


**Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this e-blast are those of Cincinnati Citybeat and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any City agency of Covington, Kentucky.

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