The Best Concert Venues in Cincinnati, OH

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Cincinnati, OH, is a major arts destination jam-packed with concert venues. Whether you’re looking for a dive bar where you can listen to a local band, a hotspot for indie headliners, or a major concert venue for visiting celebs, you’ll find your next night out in our guide to the best concert venues in Cincinnati.


Bogart’s is located on Cincinnati’s famous Vine Street. Built in 1890, the space was a vaudeville theater, a film venue, and a restaurant before becoming one of the most well-known concert venues in Cincinnati. The three-level concert space regularly hosts local, national, and international music acts. With 1,500 seats, six bars, and an elevated stage, Bogart’s is one of the area’s busiest venues.

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Live at the Ludlow Garage

Originally an auto shop, Live at the Ludlow Garage is the quintessential Cincinnati music venue and has had many lives as a pizzeria, garage, and mall before becoming the center of the city’s music scene in 1969. The Allman Brothers Band played at the space before it closed in 1971. In 2007, it was converted back to one of the region’s most well known settings to hear local, regional, and national acts. If you’re headed to a concert and want to make a night of it, you can also eat at the full-service Ludlow Garage Bistro before the show.

The Southgate House Revival

The Southgate House Revival, located in Newport, KY, is aptly named. Built in 1866, the space is an historic Episcopalian church, and the stained glass windows are its centerpiece. The Southgate House Revival is home to three rooms where musicians play live: The Revival Room, the Sanctuary, and The Lounge. The Sanctuary boasts a famous pipe organ and is the venue’s biggest space for live acts. The Lounge is smaller, focusing on more intimate performances and local open mic nights. The Revival Room is a mid-sized venue on the second floor.

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MOTR Pub, in Cincinnati’s famed Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, is a cozy, stylish venue established by the same producers and promoters who promoted Sudsy Malones and the Southgate House. The pub serves up killer burgers and features local and regional bands every night of the week. The bar also hosts poetry readings and writer’s nights.

The 86 Coffee Bar and Concert Venue

The 86 Coffee Bar and Concert Venue, in Clifton on Vine Street, is an eclectic coffee shop with a bustling outdoor patio and two live music stages. Smoothies and Italian sodas round out the menu, and games such as cornhole are available for you to play in between sets. Singer/songwriters play acoustic sets on Fridays and Saturdays, along with local bands.

Riverbend Music Center

Riverbend Music Center was one of America’s first 20 outdoor amphitheatres and was built next to the Ohio River in 1984. It’s hosted music festivals such as the Vans Warped Tour and Lollapalooza, and legendary musical acts including Sting and Ella Fitzgerald have performed here. Jimmy Buffett plays at Riverbend each year, as he has since 1988. The PNC Pavilion, within the Riverbend Music Center, seats over 4,000 audience members.