Arnoldís Bar and Grill

4.15/5.0 11 reviews
bar
210 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio United States 45202

513 421 6234
  arnoldsbarandgrill.com
Bar: Monday - Friday, 11am - 2:30am; Saturday, 4pm - 2:30am

Mayor: phaleslu (6) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer  (143) Louisville, Kentucky | March 5, 2016
Overview: Arnoldís is Cincinnatiís oldest bar, and you wonder if anything has changed upon entering. Wading through the Bockfest crowd, I couldnít stop gawking at all the seemingly original fixtures and other Cincy beer/city memorabilia filling this place in the least Applebees way possible. A landmark sort of place that I could really imagine would be my local if I were in fact a local. You enter into the bar area, which has some tables opposite on slower days (tables and chairs had been removed at my visit, due to the festival) and the adjoining room offers a limited amount of booths and tables for diners. The outside courtyard through the dining room seems to be a pretty chill spot; on my visit some crafts were on offer as part of the festival. The bathroom is small enough to touch your elbows to opposite walls... service was very friendly, even through the crowd. At least three staffers asked how I was doing, and if I needed anything, even though I was one of a large crowd standing around and drinking bockbier.

Selection today was of 20+ bocks from several local and regional brewers, with a few guest tap non-bocks for those wishing to try something else. I didnít eat, but I will try to grab a meal upon my next visit (whenever that happens). There were some cheaper options beer-wise, but I canít say if there were any small pour options. Still surprised at the cost of some of the local beer in this town...

PROS: Oozes charm and has a genuine historic feel; friendly service despite the crowds; good variety of breweries available. CONS: Nothing glaring from this visit, except that everything seemed to be poured in a similar measure and serving size. OVERALL: Not a "must visit" beer-wise (from what I can tell), but a really cool spot, especially for those who appreciate the more historic spots to drink. Downtown, so lots of paid parking all around.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (822) Columbus, Ohio | March 16, 2015
(Visited 02/2015 during Cincinnati Beer Week): Arnoldís is located on East 8th Street in downtown Cincinnati not far from the river and pro sports venues. Street parking is available in the nearby area.

The brick building that houses the tavern was built in the 1830ís. The inside is cozy with a lived-in feel complete with creaky wooden floors, old fixtures and knicknacks. One element they retained is a "separate" bar that used to be for women only in order to keep the genders separated back in the day. There is additional seating (and restrooms) upstairs.

There are around 8 beers on tap, including local options from MadTree, Fifty West and Listermann. Several bottles are available too.

Service for a Saturday evening dinner was good, and frankly the server was very patient with us (as was our DD for the day) considering we had done a pretty robust CBW tour to that point. He knew the beer options and made good food recommendations.

As for the food, my Blueberry Chicken was very enjoyable.

Overall this is a spot that you visit primarily for the atmosphere, and the fact that there are solid beer options is the icing on the cake.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
kassner  (88) Wexford, Pennsylvania | December 13, 2014
I love this place. It is ;like a time warp or Outer Limits show with an old neighborhood bar showing up in the middle of a modern city, but the crew and food and beers are right with the times
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (537) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 1, 2014
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick  (168) Cincyucky, Kentucky | May 3, 2014
Apparently I was here for a show when jake speed and the Freddieís played here for BockFest a few years back. No recollection other than a tree blocking the way. Only one here on a Saturday after the flying piglet. A nice refuge from the wind and sun. Lots of bottles with handwritten labels. 12 beer taps. No food until 4:00 pm. 35+ bottle available. Downtown is a ghostown on Saturdays at 3:00 pm. Service is very friendly (not a TG reference).
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JCW  (136) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 8, 2014
Neat looking place inside. More than a few beers from local brewers, live music and good food. I made the mistake of going on the first night of bock fest, and the place was too loud and crowded so I didnít enjoy it as much as I could have, but the potential was there.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto  (169) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | September 2, 2013
The ambiance is everything. Food is very good, selection is somewhat limited (although when I was last there, a substantial change was being made in the number of taps). Cool place to eat, share a beer with friends, and listen to subdued live music. Good place!
74
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Drewsky  (12) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 15, 2012
Cincinnatiís oldest and one of the coolest bars. Always have a great time when we go to Arnoldís. Headed there soon for Bockfest!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
OTRihtnsgbt  (12) Ohio | April 2, 2011
Cincinnatiís oldest saloon, in continuous operation since 1861. Incredible ambience, great music. Food is decent to poor. Beer selection is dreadful. If it werenít for the 750ml selections on the "reserve" list thereíd be no beer worth drinking. Despite all that, one of the coolest places to have a pint in the city.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie  (697) Denver, Colorado | June 16, 2010
Went here for lunch on a Tuesday. They were steady, not super slammed. The ambiance is warm and cozy with old wooden furnishings and old-timey decor. The wooden bar with a service window behind it is classic. Beer list was serviceable. They had a good 2 or 3 local OH offerings. Nearly the entire lunch menu is only $5.99 and the muffaleta and hot brown sandwich were both pretty good. The carrot cake with cayenne and beer icing, however, is the best dessert Iíve had in a long, long while. Iím not one to usually get dessert, either. This is a cool little bar with an inviting personality.

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