Music Venues in Cincinnati

where to catch a great concert in Cincinnati

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Cincinnati is a city of the arts. When it comes to music, Cincinnati outpaces most cities with its variety of fun live music venues and local talent. Here are some of the best music venues in Cincinnati to check out!
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor

Music Hall

If you’re an appreciator of classical music, you have to visit the historic landmark, Music Hall, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati and home to the nationally recognized Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Allow yourself to be swept away by the stunning architecture of the building and the beautiful pieces of classical music. Attend a performance by Cincinnati POPs, a Grammy award-winning orchestra that loves to play well-known songs from movie soundtracks.

Riverbend Music Center

The largest outdoor amphitheater in Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center is a Cincinnati favorite in the summertime. Located right next to Coney Island water park, on the banks of the Ohio River, this music venue has hosted countless famous artists and bands including Ella Fitzgerald, the Dave Matthews Band, Sting, and Jimmy Buffet, who has consistently played at Riverbend every year since 1988. If you’re a fan of large outdoor performances, Riverbend is the perfect place.

Bogart's

Bogart’s has been everything from a vaudeville theater to a restaurant to a movie theater. In 1980, Bogart’s underwent renovation and became a music venue for local, national, and international performers. With a capacity of 1,500 people, several stories, a balcony, and 6 bars, Bogart’s is a Cincinnati staple and well-known in the music circle. If you are looking for a welcoming and energetic venue for a fun night out, Bogart’s is a great choice.

 

The Ludlow Garage

The Ludlow Garage is a great place to catch a live show, plus it’s also Cincinnati’s go-to gastropub serving delicious burgers and cocktails. Originally an automobile shop, it was transformed into a music venue that seats 500 with shows several nights a week. Since its start in the 1970s, The Ludlow Garage has been hosting prominent artists and bands, including The Allman Brothers Band’s live album Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970.

The Blind Lemon

Located in Mt. Adams, The Blind Lemon has been a Cincinnati icon for over 60 years. At the front entrance is a neon sign reading “The Garden is Open.” To enter, you must follow a narrow brick alleyway that leads to a courtyard filled with greenery, firepits, and an indoor bar area. Offering live music 7 nights a week, the Blind Lemon is a quaint and charming place to relax.

Southgate House Revival

Located in a renovated historic church, Southgate House Revival is known for its fantastic acoustics and huge stained glass window. The venue includes a fully stocked bar, tables and chairs to relax, an open space for dancing, and 3 separate rooms for shows: The Sanctuary, The Lounge, and The Revival Room. Each week you’re sure to catch an open mic night, a small act, or a mix of fun bands and artists, all for an affordable price. Catch dinner at Newport on the Levee, just a few blocks away before heading to the show.