If you’re a tennis buff then you know you’re in for some exciting match-ups when you visit Cincinnati for the Western & Southern Open. Between juicy steaks, kids tennis events and non-stop music, it is no wonder this event is one of the most well attended across the tennis roster. The Cincinnati Open, as it’s popularly called, is currently the oldest tournament in America to still play in its city of origin. It is one of the nine elite masters 1000 tournament of the ATP World tour and is one of the 5 premier events of the women’s tour.
The eight-day event is jam packed with special events including a kid’s day, which is perfect if your child is a budding Williams or Murray. On court activities include drills, face painting, and of course autograph signing. This is when you use your tyke as an excuse to get that signature. Then there’s the food and the live music, where you have over twenty artists performing. Twenty-eight to be exact, so much great talent it’s a bonafide music festival. But if you still need a break from the event, then here’s a quick eat, see and do for Cincy city.
As food and drink goes, we’d start our evening with a pint at Arnold’s Bar & Grill. Try their Androski’s famous Blueberry Chicken, a tender breaded fried chicken topped with blueberries, basil and Brie. Cheese lovers should opt for Kentucky beer cheese made with bourbon and served with a soft pretzel from Servatii, a local bakery institution. Where there’s beef, there’s chilli and the best to be had is at Skyline Chilli at located in the heart of a 19th-century enclave known for its Victorian-era houses, an indie film–focused Esquire Theatre, called the Clifton Gaslight District. Not a fast food chain person? Then be Gatsby for a night, get your nifty bowtie on, and head to Orchids at Palm Court for one night of fine dining. But if you want to channel your inner beer monster, then head to Taft’s ale house. Ethnic German’s were one of the area’s earliest settlers, and Cincinnati was once home to over hundreds of beer halls. While this is no Oktoberfest, the Ale house is a worthy sister across the oceans and any ale disciple should make the pilgrimage at least once.
See & Do:
Known as one of the most beautiful inland cities in America nestled between hills and the gorgeous Ohio river- one of Mississippi’s’ most important tributaries, it’s not surprising Cincinnati has become that little secret no one wants to give away lest it become as crowded as San Francisco. If you have a morning free we recommend heading around the city. Animal lovers should check out the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, famous for gorillas and one of the largest insectariums in the world. Lovers of architecture should head to the music hall, renovated recently and home to the Cincinnati Orchestra, Ballet, and Opera, as well as other performing arts groups, with seating for over 3500 people. My personal favorite would be the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory housing over 3500 species of plants from all over the globe. While the city is a glorious ode to parks, this particular one will help you travel to tropical rainforests and the desert.