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Anybody up for a meetup in the Cincinnati area?

I've long wanted to have a few drinks with my fellow local MeFites so I decided to finally make the meetup request! I know some of you guys and gals live somewhat nearby. Here's what I'm thinking:

- Maybe spend some time at the Khron Conservatory
- Go somewhere for drinks/food
- Hope we remember the next day

If anybody is up for some drinks or food and have any suggestions for where to meetup around Cincinnati let's hear 'em! Nowhere too upscale please, I am a college student surviving week by week.
posted by deacon_blues to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:14 PM (63 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Well, we could go the the Krohn for a bit and then slide down to Zip's on Mt. Lookout Square, and get ourselves around some tasty Zipburgers and beers.

Oh, wait. I live in Florida.

please drink a beer for me and say hi to the cacao tree at the Krohn.
posted by toodleydoodley at 3:42 PM on April 29, 2010

I'm in Dayton, but I would be willing to go down to a meetup in Cinci if there's enough demand! We have a lot going on this summer, but I could probably hack a weekend night in mid-May or June.

I'll keep an eye on this thread and contribute ideas if I get any. :) [Planning brain is mush, just now, but I did want to raise my hand!]
posted by dryad at 3:43 PM on April 29, 2010

Sure - sounds great. The Krohn is nice, but eats nearby in Mt. Adams tend to be pricey. There's a nice place on Eastern Avenue, Maribelle's Tavern, that has a semi-private room in the second floor front.

But if you don't like that idea, I've got plenty more!
posted by tizzie at 6:40 PM on April 29, 2010

I'll promise to show up, but probably won't. It's how I roll.
posted by Mick at 7:18 PM on April 29, 2010

Count me in!
posted by aheckler at 3:21 AM on April 30, 2010

Depending on the date--weekends will be better--I might be willing to road trip down from Fort Wayne.
posted by valkyryn at 3:30 AM on April 30, 2010

Depending on the week, I'll try to be in town. I love Zips, love love love Zips, but it's a little cramped, space-wise, and unless we're meeting in late afternoon on a Sunday, (after the Reds game is over) then we'll not be able to hang out and chit-chat because of the constant flow of people.

I suggest for meet-up purposes, we go to Milton's or Arnold's. I lean a little more towards Arnold's since they have (delicious) food and tables and a courtyard that allows for some talking.
posted by banannafish at 6:26 AM on April 30, 2010

Arnold's is a good choice - lots of room, tasty food, good atmosphere.
Deacon_blues, did you have a date in mind?
posted by tizzie at 7:39 AM on April 30, 2010

I'll be coming back to Cincinnati (from Boston!) for the Summer in about another week. So, I'd definitely be down for a meetup.

Also, I'd agree that Arnold's sounds like a good suggestion.
posted by LittleKnitting at 11:15 AM on April 30, 2010

I could be convinced to go to either Maribelle's or Arnold's (or Milton's for that matter), depending on the sitter situation and travel schedule. Somebody thrown down dates so I can be more specific.
posted by dpx.mfx at 11:41 AM on April 30, 2010

It's a terrifying prospect (socially speaking) but I'd do my best to come meet all of you. deacon blues, I think this is your baby since you suggested it...dates?
posted by cooker girl at 12:42 PM on April 30, 2010

Cooker girl, I hope you do come! I have always wanted to meet you since I followed your askme questions about your kitchen.
posted by tizzie at 1:54 PM on April 30, 2010

Really, tizzie?! How lovely! And I see you're one of my favorite food writers! We have much to discuss.

MetaFilter rocks.
posted by cooker girl at 4:25 PM on April 30, 2010

I was thinking the end of May, perhaps the 28 or 29 (Friday and Saturday)?
I should be free both of those evenings, and really as far as places go I haven't been to most of the suggestions thus far - totally open to whatever you guys would like to decide on.

The Conservatory is open until 5 P.M. on both days, and the Butterfly Show is currently ongoing - I've been before and aside from the conservatory being beautiful on it own the butterflies are really fantastic.
posted by deacon_blues at 5:05 PM on April 30, 2010

Well, if you guys are going to Arnold's, it is probably best that I cannot go. We are sure to run into my dad there, and he will ask me who are all those assholes with me who are making all that noise, and it will only go downhill from there.
posted by toodleydoodley at 7:08 PM on April 30, 2010

Aw, shucks! Thanks, cooker girl.

And toodleydoodley, if your dad is cool enough to hang out at Arnold's, then he's probably already on Metafilter.
posted by tizzie at 11:27 AM on May 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

*looks around fearfully* - You think somebody mighta gave my dad a computer?!

No, my dad's the scary, old (really old) guy drinking quietly by himself by the front door, gently haranguing Laura (the bartender) and scaring the crap out of drunk hipsters by "accidentally" letting them see the enormous Marine Corps tattoo he had put on circa 1950-51 when he participated in the landing at Inchon and the Chanjin Reservoir campaign.
Please do not feed or tease him or offer to buy him drinks. He will gravely decline them while giving you a funny look, and you will be left looking nervously over your shoulder the rest of the night.

Aaah, Arnolds and its wonderfully varying clientele.
posted by toodleydoodley at 1:24 PM on May 1, 2010

I'm down with Arnold's, but the prior description just gave me a pang of paranoia. Last thing a slightly tipsy young gay man needs is toodleydoodley's father watching him out of the corner of his eye.

One small caveat - I am a poor college student, so nobody be too surprised when I order one appetizer and spend the rest on drinks. Theoretically we could have a little picnic-type deal on the conservatory grounds on a budget but that is of course theoretical.

I'm a poor planner it seems :( I want to do this though guys and gals, I'd really like to get to meet you in person. How does the 28th sound? And again, I'm totally open to suggestions on where to eat/drink but happy hours and cheap bar food are always a plus.
posted by deacon_blues at 3:57 PM on May 1, 2010

28th sounds good to me. I'm not too familiar with Cincy proper however, so I can't really suggest any locations.
posted by aheckler at 4:46 PM on May 1, 2010

toodleydoodley, we'll just slap a fake mustache on you and you'll be good to go! The 28th works best for me, so I'll cross my fingers that's the day that's decided upon.
posted by cooker girl at 4:54 PM on May 1, 2010

The 28th is a weekend I'll be out of town -- so raise a glass for me!

Maybe if this meetup goes well, we can plan another? I've been dying for a MetaFilter meetup!
posted by dryad at 6:32 PM on May 1, 2010

I'm down with Arnold's, but the prior description just gave me a pang of paranoia. Last thing a slightly tipsy young gay man needs is toodleydoodley's father watching him out of the corner of his eye.

Oh, sorry deacon - he is not that kind of menace at all. First of all he's 80. It's really just that, as an 80-year-old ex-Marine, he has the kind of finely-developed hairy eyeball that makes people nervous, particularly people who are fucking with him. He will not start anything with you, ever.

I have been with him when drunks tried to cut the fool around him, and he just fixes them with a hawk-like stare, and then they fall over trying to get away from this little old man with a cane and a fishing cap.
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:49 PM on May 1, 2010

you weren't planning on offering him a drink, were you?
posted by toodleydoodley at 9:22 PM on May 1, 2010

Friday the 28th works for me, and I can be pretty flexible time-wise - afternoon or evening or both.
posted by tizzie at 7:18 AM on May 2, 2010

Alrighty -

Friday the 28th, at Arnold's (no offering toodleydoodley's father drinks!) - what times are people working with? I don't even know if the conservatory is an option considering its a Friday and I imagine most people are going to be busy during the day. What time works well for those planning to attend?

Is Arnold's the kind of place we might want to make reservations for on a Friday evening in Cincinnati?
posted by deacon_blues at 12:17 PM on May 2, 2010

deacon, you are a gentleman and a scholar ;-)

If I'm lucky enough to be in town that week, I'll see you guys there - and I'll keep the old man off our backs!
posted by toodleydoodley at 2:57 PM on May 2, 2010

What time works well for those planning to attend?

8pm or so? I can't stay out too late, I have a wedding the next day in Columbus.
posted by aheckler at 3:20 PM on May 2, 2010

PS- What should I shout as I come in the door to ensure I find my fellow MeFites in short order? Vote your preference:

1- "Who here likes pancakes?!"
2- "Barkeep, one plate of beans please!"
posted by aheckler at 3:28 PM on May 2, 2010

PS- What should I shout as I come in the door to ensure I find my fellow MeFites in short order? Vote your preference:

Ask my dad, "Hey, did you see where all those noisy pinkos went?"
posted by toodleydoodley at 4:44 PM on May 2, 2010

I just bought a plane ticket to return to Cincinnati on the 26th, in honor of this meet-up.*

Also, it's a Firework Friday after the Reds/Astros game, so if we're at Arnold's, we should plan on getting there after first pitch is thrown out and staying until after the game is over to enjoy the fireworks!

*Not entirely true.
posted by banannafish at 8:14 PM on May 2, 2010

Mick's my ride. If he flakes, so do I.
posted by keli at 11:07 PM on May 2, 2010

How does 7 PM at Arnold's on the 28th work for everyone? I'll make it official if all is well.
posted by deacon_blues at 11:43 AM on May 3, 2010

sounds good to me! i'm in!
posted by LittleKnitting at 2:00 PM on May 3, 2010

That'll do!
posted by aheckler at 2:24 PM on May 3, 2010

It's a plan!
posted by tizzie at 5:59 PM on May 3, 2010

Count me in!

This could double as my going away party (well, my third going away party; the more the better) as I will be an expat MeFite soon: I am moving to London (start my next four years of college there in the Fall) and leave in June (read: this means all of you will always have an air-mattress to crash on should you visit the UK)...

Where is Arnold's?

Tizzie - it will be so nice to see you again!
posted by caveat empress at 5:38 PM on May 6, 2010

Where is Arnold's?

eighth street between main and sycamore.
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:05 PM on May 6, 2010

thanks toodley, not a native!
posted by caveat empress at 8:16 AM on May 7, 2010

Thanks, caveat empress - back at ya!
posted by tizzie at 1:02 PM on May 7, 2010

I think I can do this. Arnold's is fine by me.
posted by Rykey at 1:50 PM on May 9, 2010

What's the parking situation like near there? Metered on the street, or maybe there's a garage nearby?
posted by aheckler at 3:20 AM on May 10, 2010

Usually plenty of metered spots nearby.
posted by tizzie at 8:06 PM on May 12, 2010

don't think they police the meters after 5-6 pm, IIRC. I have never had to walk more than a block or two, even on friday night
posted by toodleydoodley at 9:22 AM on May 14, 2010

Next Friday! Yay!
posted by tizzie at 7:22 PM on May 21, 2010

Yay indeed. I got scheduled from 3:30 - 12 on Friday so I might not be able to make it. MAJOR fucking BUMMER. I'm going to try my best to get the day off. I must see my MeFites in person! I must have a visual record of all your faces! I MUST drink!
posted by deacon_blues at 8:15 AM on May 23, 2010

Count me out... have to go out of town. Have a great time all!
posted by caveat empress at 1:22 PM on May 24, 2010

It's looking like I'm stuck working. Fucking shame, that is.

I'll miss ya guys. Have a drink for me and caveat empress.
posted by deacon_blues at 6:23 PM on May 24, 2010

Well shoot, how many does that leave that can make it? I'm one...
posted by aheckler at 2:35 AM on May 25, 2010

I'm still in, but I've got to leave earlier than previously. Can we move things up any, time-wise?
posted by tizzie at 9:55 AM on May 25, 2010

I am still able to attend... still May 28 right?
posted by Rykey at 11:13 AM on May 25, 2010

I can be there at 6 or 6:30 if that's good with everyone else. (Still the 28th, yes.)
posted by aheckler at 2:59 PM on May 25, 2010

6 is fine for me, but let's make sure we've still got people coming. Bueller? Bueller?
posted by tizzie at 10:22 AM on May 26, 2010

EEP! It's already this week! Count me in, even though the thought of it makes me hyperventilate just a tiny bit.

Where shall we meet? The patio? The bar?
posted by cooker girl at 12:32 PM on May 26, 2010

Hrmm... 6PM is pretty early, but count me in - I was thinking about heading to the baseball game later, anyone else interested in going down to GAB after dinner and drinks?
posted by banannafish at 1:17 PM on May 26, 2010

anyone else interested in going down to GAB after dinner and drinks?

I have a wedding to attent the next day, but I could be convinced.
posted by aheckler at 2:11 PM on May 26, 2010

ahem... attend
posted by aheckler at 2:12 PM on May 26, 2010

Consider yourself partially convinced already. I figure if we do $5 tickets by the time the whole Arnold's thing is over we could effectively walk into the stadium in the 3rd and you can sit anywhere.
posted by banannafish at 3:02 PM on May 26, 2010

Crashing this thread: if anyone's interested, we're doing a Columbus meetup on June 11th!
posted by lohmannn at 9:33 AM on May 27, 2010

hooray and I are flying into CVG at 1130 tomorrow night from NYC. I'm heading in for a family reunion (any other Heekins out there?), she has reluctantly decided to come with.

We're driving up to Madeira(?), but might not mind meeting up with you all if you're out at midnight-ish.

Zip's! Holy shit! LOVE Zip's, what up Mt. Lookout!
posted by tip120 at 7:06 PM on May 27, 2010

Cookergirl, Rykey, and aheckler, I am mefi mailing you my cell # so you can find me when you arrive. Banannafish - I know we'll find each other. See you soon!
posted by tizzie at 7:11 AM on May 28, 2010

Good times, good times. Too bad it had to end early for us all.
posted by cooker girl at 6:39 PM on May 28, 2010

Hey. we're in a flyover state. but We Have Cameras! And as soon as I can download 'em - we haz pictures!
posted by tizzie at 7:43 PM on May 28, 2010

well? Was it fun?
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:37 AM on June 2, 2010

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