Top 10 Cincinnati Reds Sports Bars

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Cincinnati Red vs. Cleveland Indians. Photo Credit: Erik Drost.

Major League Baseball

Best place to watch the Reds is Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. But what if the Reds are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? Check out the best Cincinnati Reds bars to watch the game with other Reds fans.

Reds Team History

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1869 Cincinnati Red Slockings. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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1919 Cincinnati Reds. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Cincinnati Reds are a professional baseball team in United States. And the Reds compete in the Central division of the National League (NL) of Major League Baseball (MLB).

But the team has an illustrious and somewhat confusing history.

Firstly, the Cincinnati Red Stockings were a forerunner of the Cincinnati Reds. In fact, they were the first openly all-professional baseball team.

Moreover, they competed in the National Association of Base Ball players from 1867 to 1880.

However, the current Cincinnati Reds were established in 1881, and they initially called themselves the Cincinnati Red Stockings. But in 1889, they changed their name to the Cincinnati Reds.

However, in 1954, the team changed its name to the Cincinnati Redlegs.

Finally, the team reverted to the simpler appellation of Reds in 1959. And they have called themselves the Cincinnati Reds ever since.

Big Red Machine

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Cincinnati Reds National League pennants. Photo Credit: Fritzmann2002.

In addition, sometimes the team is called the Big Red Machine. This nickname became popular during the 1970s, when the Reds dominated the National League.

To sum up, the Reds have won 10 division titles, including six in the 1970s.

Moreover, the Reds have won nine NL pennants. And four of them were in the 1970s

Most importantly, the Reds have won five World Series titles. And two of them were in the 1970s. Firstly, they won the World Series in 1975. And they won it the following year in 1976.

Great American Ball Park

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Great American Ball Park. Photo Credit: David Wilson.

The Cincinnati Reds play home games at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. In fact, it is the legendary team’s seventh stadium.

Built in 2003, the park replaced Riverfront Stadium. In addition to hosting the Reds, the stadium is also the occasional site of concerts and other large-scale events

Interestingly, the Cincinnati Reds are the only team in MLB starting each season playing at home. Apparently, this is for historical reasons as it was the first professional baseball team.

Best Reds Sports Bars in Ohio

Here are some of the best sports bars and restaurants in Cincinnati where you can root for the Reds with like-minded fans.

However, you should call ahead to make sure they will show the game and that the sound will be turned on.

Because of COVID-19, some of the establishments on this list might be temporarily or permanently closed. Either that, or they might not be able to show games or serve alcohol. Therefore, make sure to call first before going!

  1. Fishbowl at the Banks – 141 East Freeddom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 436-6689. Facebook
  2. Jefferson Social – 101 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 381-2623. Facebook.
  3. The Holy Grail Tavern and Grille -161 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 621-2222. Facebook.
  4. The Stretch – 191 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 246-0458. Facebook.
  5. Cinci Tin Roof – 160 Freedom Way Suite 150, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 381-2176. Facebook.
  6. Kitty’s Sports Grill – 218 West 3rd Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 421-8900. Facebook.
  7. Rhinehaus – 119 East 12th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 381-2277. Facebook.
  8. The Blind Pig Cincinnati – 24 West 3rd Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 381-3114. Facebook.
  9. Buffalo Wings & Rings – 4615 Factory Colony Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 531-9464. Facebook.
  10. MVP Sports Bar & Grill – 6923 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Telephone: (513) 794-1400. Facebook.

Best Cincinnati Reds Bars in Kentucky

The following sports bars and restaurants in Northern Kentucky are popular with Cincinnati Reds fans.

However, you should always call ahead to make sure they will show the game. Also, ask if the sound will be turned on.

Because of COVID-19, some of the establishments on this list might be temporarily or permanently closed. Either that, or they might not be able to show games or serve alcohol. Therefore, make sure to call first before going!

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A Word to the Wise

While most of these venues tend to attract Cincinnati Reds fans on game day, there are no guarantees.

First of all, not all baseball games are broadcast. And even when they are, sometimes bars or restaurants won’t turn on the sound. Other times they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special events.

Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.

Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.

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Your Input on Cincinnati Reds Bars Wanted

If you have patronized any of these Cincinnati Reds sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.

You can mention the ambiance for fans Cincinnati Reds. For example, is there team memorability on display?

And what about the visibility of TV screens, the resolution, and the quality of the sound?

Finally, how is the food? And what about the service?

Also, please let me know if any of these Cincinnati Reds watch bars have closed – or if Cinci fans are no longer watching Reds games at them.

Your own recommendations on where to watch the Cincinnati Reds play will also be greatly appreciated! Especially welcome would be Reds-friendly sports bars in other cities!

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This list of the best Cincinnati Reds sports bars is part of a series of posts on sports bars for fans of Major League Baseball

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