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Arnold's Bar and Grill

210 E 8th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

Closed Now
Opens Thu 11a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“Cincinnati's oldest tavern - Est. 1861”

Arnold’s is a historical, legendary downtown Cincinnati destination with a reputation for good food served in friendly surroundings at moderate prices.

The two buildings that make up Arnold's Bar and Grill were built in the late 1830's. The bar room at 210 East 8th Street was originally a barbershop and the other building, 208, first housed a feed store with the adjacent courtyard used for a stable and carriage house. Simon Arnold opened his tavern in 1861 in the same room that continues as the oldest bar in the city of Cincinnati. Since that time the bartenders have changed, different rules allow women to enter through any door now, and the cost of a beer has increased slightly.

Over the years Arnold's has achieved and maintained a wonderful reputation for good food served in friendly surroundings at moderate prices. Throughout most of its history it served primarily as a daytime tavern and restaurant. In 1976 Mr. Tarbell added a dinner program and opened the now treasured courtyard (downtown's first outdoor dining in several decades). A stage was built and live music began on the weekends.

All of this continues today and with its wonderful sense of history and cultural diversity Arnold's has secured an important niche in this beautiful city.

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Reviewed by
Todd Mowbray

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  • 190 Reviews
  • 144 Helpful
May 9, 2014

I live very, very close to Arnolds which is awesome because their food is delicious. Equipped with a badass patio area where you can hear top notch local music such as the River City Roustabout and a very tasty beer selection. It's also the oldest bar in Cincy so it's got loads of history!

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Dana Newkirk

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  • 299 Reviews
  • 310 Helpful
September 16, 2014

Great food. Great live music. Great vibe. The patio is probably my favorite place to sit and grab dinner while hearing some awesome local music. The salads at Arnold's are amazing, as is the roasted garlic and fresh pretzels.

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Mitch Oliver

  • 221 Reviews
  • 93 Helpful
September 2, 2014

Arnold's is a sweet little bar/restaurant. There is so much history here, being the oldest bar in the city. The food is good, and the staff is great. They have a really sweet courtyard with what looks to be a giant tarp covering it. Its a great place to checkout some local bands and enjoy some unique cocktails.

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Ken Valuska

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  • 575 Reviews
  • 152 Helpful
July 6, 2014

Amazing seating (outside has hanging lights and typically a live band playing) and burgers are great, too. Good drink selection (draft beers) and given it's the oldest bar in Cincinnati, it's got a lot of character.

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Andrew Fickas

  • 30 Reviews
  • 22 Helpful
July 2, 2014

As many have mentioned, great patio, perhaps my favorite in the city and lots of history. Add to it some live local folk music and some local brews and you might just start to feel at home!

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Greg Newkirk

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  • 316 Reviews
  • 312 Helpful
July 1, 2014

Arnold's is the oldest bar in the city, and you call tell - it's full of rustic charm. The food here is great, as is the beer selection, but my favorite part about Arnold's is the patio area. You can walk in and not even realize you're technically outside thanks to the circus-tent style roofing. Lots of great local music playing here as well.

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Derek Neuland

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  • 297 Reviews
  • 123 Helpful
March 28, 2014

For fans of street art, JR has a piece in the back lounge on the wall and outside on the right of the building is a piece by Shepard Fairey.

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Reviewed by
Tim Balzer

  • 64 Reviews
  • 150 Helpful
March 26, 2014

Arnold's has a great patio and tasty burgers.

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Reviewed by
Michelle Felix

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  • 50 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
July 27, 2016

Good food, great drinks, good service, great place! And their outdoor patio is pretty awesome too!

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Anna Hider

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February 10, 2016

Love coming here during nice weather for beers and live music outside. They make a good salad that I like a lot too.

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Arnold's Bar and Grill

210 E 8th St
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202 USA


Closed Now
  • Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 2:30 am
  • Sat: 4:30 pm - 2:30 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Street Parking

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