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Now open: New restaurants, bars offer options for games, food and drinks

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Jul 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 10:28:42-04

There are a lot of great places to eat, drink and be entertained constantly opening in the Tri-State. Some openings fly under the radar. Others are just worth reminding you about as the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches and you start looking for things to do.

Here's a list of new places to visit across the Tri-State.

Just Q’in: The mouthwatering barbecue offerings of Just Q'in are now available in Walnut Hills. Just Q'in, which launched with catering services and a food truck, opened its second location at 975 E. McMillian St. to long lines in early June.

Nine Giant Brewing: This new Pleasant Ridge brewery at 6095 Montgomery Road functions both as a gastropub and a place to grab a pint. Co-owner Brandon Hughes said the food side of the business operates as a “snackery,” offering a rotating menu of eats. Rotation is also the name of the game for the ever-changing beers from the brewery's 10 taps.  

Casual Pint Oakley Station: The small craft beer chain opened its second Greater Cincinnati location in early June at 3200 Vandecar Way. The Oakley market boasts a rotating 36-tap wall for growler and pint sales, dedicated bar area for on-site tastings and patio that seats about 50 people.

Maplewood Kitchen & Bar: Maplewood is a 150-seat restaurant with white-washed woodwork and expansive windows. It offers West Coast-style cuisine with an emphasis on healthier food using local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant opened in early June at 525 Race St. inside the 84.51º Building. 

We Olive & Wine Bar Cincinnati: The bar and boutique grocer opened June 25 at 33 E. Sixth St., Downtown. It serves artisan foods and olive oils, hosts wine tastings and offers specialty classes like “Meet the Grower," according to owners Cody and Leah Jones.

Pleasantry OTR: Pleasantry, located at the corner of 15th and Pleasant streets, quietly opened its doors for breakfast and lunch on May 1. The Over-the-Rhine restaurant offers “a harmonious coupling” of local foods (like biscuits made from scratch) and natural wines made simply from fermented grapes and nothing else.

Somm Wine Bar: This is the brainchild of Tony and Dominic Cafeo, the brothers who brought Cincinnati the Incline Public House. The Cafeos opened their latest entertainment venue in East Price Hill in May. The wine bar, located at 3105 Price Ave., offers 80 wines, craft cocktails, 16 craft beers and a fairly large food menu.

Dave & Buster's: The national chain that mixes food, a sports bar and arcade opened its first Kentucky location on June 27 at 781 Heights Blvd. in Florence. Dave & Buster's offers more than 150 games, craft beers, cocktails and giant flat-screen televisions to keep everyone happy.

Main Event: For those who live north of Cincinnati, this 49,000-square-foot facility features 22 bowling alleys, a gravity rope course, multi-level laser tag arena, interactive games, dining options and a full bar. Main Event opened at 9477 Oxford Way in West Chester Township in late May.