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Ghost Baby, Over-the-Rhine's newest nightspot, tapping into city's deep brewing heritage

Posted at 11:55 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 20:07:24-05

CINCINNATI — The folks behind one of the Queen City’s newest nightspots are tapping into the city’s deep brewing roots in order to craft an entertainment experience like no other in the city.

Owner Josh Heuser is currently overseeing the transformation of former lager tunnels located five stories below Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine into “Ghost Baby,” which he plans to open sometime this winter. Those tunnels once belonged to a small brewery in the 1850s.

“My partners and I imagined an intimate and inviting space founded on the principles of consideration, respect and comradery,” Heuser stated in a press release. “Our goal is to acknowledge each and every guest's expectation as well as individual and collective experience.”

Heuser, a founding partner at local marketing firm AGAR, is working with The Academy, an organization described as “a society of scholars, artists, socializers, observers and the like, intent on establishing a space focused on inclusion and belonging,” to design Ghost Baby’s unique space.

That space will be able to host 160 guests, who in turn will be surrounded by plush cushions, art, drink and a changing multi-sensory experience. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will craft part of that experience by curating an exclusive music program for Ghost Baby.

“We’re excited to partner with Josh and the Academy to curate intimate, alternative musical experiences just for Ghost Baby,” said CSO President Jonathan Martin. “CSO musicians and our visiting guest artists often love to get outside of Music Hall, and the CSO and Ghost Baby have a shared goal of bringing brilliant talent to new audiences in unexpected spaces. We’re excited to be part of a community of amazing artists, and partnerships like this help make our city a vibrant, thriving incubator for great art.”

Visitors will enter Ghost Baby through an alleyway entrance in Over-the-Rhine. For more information and updates concerning Ghost Baby, visit www.ghost-baby.com.