210 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH | Directions 4520239.105174 -84.510123
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Central Business District
Had some good grub here... tryin' to remember what it was (it was late).. great band Ladyslippers playing bluegrass in the courtyard.. very very cool atmosphere.. GOOD DEAL RHONDA!
That was actually Jamaican Clam Chowder and was very different. I explained to you It wasn't New England Clam Chowder, offered to refund your money and give you another soup when you called. I deeply am sorry you didn't like your soup and did everything in my power to make thing right with you.
Can't chew the chowder – I will never order the soup again. I had a carryout of New England Clam Chowder - obviously the cook has never had it before because his/her version doesn't even resemble it. Anyone can put milk and butter in a pan with a can of clams. Chowder should be thick and chunky, not the consistency of water from a fawcet.
Make sure you have ALL the ingredients on hand before you put it on the menu.
This historic establishment has been one of Cincinnati's finest saloons since the days before prohibition.
– In Short
Since opening in 1861, three generations of the Arnold family have lived upstairs and operated the bar. Legend has it that the second-floor bathtub was used to make gin. Since the 1960s, various owners have helped to further establish its spirited atmosphere by adding a dinner menu and nightly jazz and piano acts. Walls are covered with signs and portraits from the '40s and '50s, including historic team photos of the Cincinnati Reds. The fare includes delicious salads, entrees and drinks from an eclectic menu.
Cincinnati's best bar. Period. – There are very few great historical bars left in America. They've either vanished or, worse, become some cheese-ball parody of themselves. Having traveled all over this country and drank my way across most American cities, there are four bars that I put above all others: The Green Parrot in Key West, Vesuvio in San Francisco, Miller's in Chicago, and Arnold's in Cincinnati. I discovered Arnold's in 1999 and have rarely left. Part of what makes Arnold's so amazing is that not everybody gets it. If you think that Applebee's is a great place, stay out of Arnold's. The junk on Arnold's walls and shelves was not placed there carefully by a corporate policy. It has been accumulated during a storied history as the longest operating bar in the City of Cincinnati. In continuous operation since 1861 -- including through prohibiiton -- Arnold's is timeless. It is also a fantastic restaurant. The $4.25 lunch is under-mentioned by local food critics. Through extraordinary creativity, Arnold's weekly changing lunch menu is one of the overall best in downtown and without rival in value. The dinner menu stays the same, but the specials change and are usually excellent. Arnold's also has one of the best cold Muffalettas I've had north of the Central Grocery. Music is always free and some of the city's most beloved acts are regulars. This is all part of what makes the bar a haven for political leaders, celebrities, local theatre troops, poets, lawyers, and drunks like me. Arnold's is like a Coen Brothers movie. If you're cool, you'll enjoy it the first time, but it keeps getting better the more you go back.
Great for lunch – Can't beat the $3.95 lunch menu - several items to choose from & all great - from burgers to salads. Nice outdoor patio. Attentive & friendly staff too.
Great Music, Great Food, Great Dining! – 09 NOV 2002
I discovered Arnold's in June and since then I've been there at least six or seven times. The menu is ecclectic, and offers a wide varity. The daily specials are expensive, so my advice is, stick to the menu! Weather permitting, sit outdoors, especially for live music!
Had fun – My husband went here thinking we would have dinner but were seated in what is (in the summer) the outside patio. We didn't like sitting in there as the tables were too close together and the tables were wobbly. We felt forced to make conversation with the table next to us. We gave up on eating and just drank cocktails and listened to the good band. Overall, we had a good time. Next time, we'll try to eat there.
Just okay food! – This is a good outside choice and nice to meet the friends after work, but I wasn't impressed with the food. Average at best.
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