Across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati lies Newport, Ky., and Newport on the Levee.
Newport on the Levee has attractions for all ages, including the Newport Aquarium. We haven’t been there yet, but I definitely want to go.
We’ve visited a few places on the levee — we really like Star Lanes and Toro. Star Lanes is a bowling alley, but for the over-21 crowd (it’s 21+ after 9 p.m.) There are big screen TVs at the end of the lanes and two bars stocked with booze with drink specials on nights the Reds are playing. Star Lanes has food too, and it’s good. We really like the wings and sweet potato fries. Toro is your typical nightclub, but with a twist — there’s a mechanical bull for you to ride. Very entertaining.
Star Lanes/Toro, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky.
A block off the levee is Hofbrauhaus, the first authentic German beer house in America. They only serve their own beer — Light, Dunkel, Weizen and Premium Lager, plus a monthly feature — brewed in the traditional German style that contains just three ingredients: hops, barley-malt and water. And the beers are huge, especially if you get a stein (one liter), which contains the equivalent of three standard beers. I had to hold it with both hands!
Hofbrauhaus also has a traditional German menu with pretzels and bier cheese, wurst, schnitzel and spatzle. Yum!
Hofbrauhaus, 200 E. Third Street, Newport, Ky.
Open daily at 11 a.m.
Here are a few other places that are on our list in Newport:
- Bar Louie: nightclub
- GameWorks: grown-up Chuck E. Cheese
- Naked Tchopstix: Asian-fusion restaurant
- Funny Bone Comedy Club: national comedy acts on stage
- Jefferson Hall: live music