Aggravation de l'Espace

When it comes to public art Cincinnati has an embarrassment of riches. But the appreciation isn’t spread evenly.
My favorite unloved work of art is the Aggravation de l'Espace at Central and Plum.

Aggravation de l'Espace
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Standard Beer

Remember back in the day when you would see regular updates for months before a new business opened in OTR?
And now so many are opening they don't even bother anymore.
So imagine me riding the bike home from Findlay Market, doing a double-take and thinking "what the hell? where did that come from?"
I did a quick u-turn and went back for a look and the place looked cool enough that I wanted to go back and check it out, so that is just what we did.
I love that new places are opening on Pleasant. It still seems like people from outside the city think of OTR as two blocks of Vine St. plus Washington Park and we can usually roll right into a bar on Republic St. But once the weather warms we'll see if that holds true for Standard Beer as it is a block off Washington Park and I can see people pouring in there when programming ends in the park for the evening.
Standard Beer isn't a typical bar, it almost feels like a cafe. There is a picnic table, a little social area with chairs and a couch, three booths and a sleek bar. They have a pretty cool vibe going on and some interesting looking beers I've never seen before. And a selection of wine.

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Ghost Baby, a modern speakeasy

There are many modern bars that claim to be speakeasies, but Ghost Baby is about as close as you'll get in Cincinnati.
Wander down Republic, look for soft blue lights and you found it.
I was interested to see what they could do with a long-abandoned lagering tunnel. Would it be hard and cold and uncomfortable? Nope, I shouldn't have worried, it was warm, and cozy and inviting. Ghost Baby is split into two parts, a throwback bar, where we found new cocktails, a long list of wine and whisky, and a shortlist of beer.
The second half, or three quarters really, was a hall full of tables that can be reserved and a stage. There were a couple of cool bands playing while we were there. I'm not sure the genre, probably R&B, nice and relaxing.

Ghost Baby opens officially Tuesday, February 18th so head over to Open Table and reserve yourself a table. Or just show up. They will have bands performing Thursday through Saturday night.

Also, for all my friends who aren't mobile as I am or wear higher heels than I do, they have an elevator so you don't have to hike down and up four flights of steps.

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Garage Brewed Motorcycle Show

The 6th Edition of the custom motorcycle show held at Rhinegeist didn't disappoint. Garage built specials, money is no object customs, restorations and survivers there was something for everyone. Two things I love about this show, one is I'm still a gearhead at heart and two, lots of cool stuff that is photogenic.

Garage Brewed
Garage Brewed
One of only 200 Wankle engined motorcycls that still run. Weird but cool.
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