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BBQ 'n' Bands at The Famous Neons Unplugged

The Famous Neons Unplugged is a hidden gem right in your backyard! Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Neons provides an amazing patio with festive lighting, fire pits for chilly nights, plenty of seating, life-sized jenga and bocce ball. 

Jenga at Neons Unplugged  Patio at Neons Unplugged

Not only is it a great place to venture with your family and friends, but it's also a dog-friendly destination!

Dogs welcome at Neons Unplugged  Neons Unplugged

Neons offers a full bar both inside and outside. Seasonal micro-brews are always on tap and the staff are very knowledgeable about the beer choices. It is also on the future route of the Cincinnati Streetcar between downtown, Findlay Market, and Uptown!

  Neons Unplugged

As of July 3, Eli's BBQ is now being served on the patio! Eli's has been named to Travel + Leisure's list of "America's Best New BBQ." The menu changes daily but rest assured that everything is amazing. Pulled pork, all-beef hot dogs, hickory-smoked ribs and hickory-smoked turkey sandwiches accompanied with cheese macaroni, mashed potatoes, creamy southern cole slaw, jalapeño cheddar grits or jalapeño corn bread. Seriously ... Best. BBQ. Ever.

Eli's BBQ at Neons Unplugged  Ei's BBQ at Neons Unplugged

While relaxing with your beverage and BBQ, Neons also has the best bands in Cincinnati USA rocking out on most nights. It's a great place to watch Tracy Walker, DAAP Girls, 500 Miles to Memphis and many other amazing bands.

We sat down with Jeremy, the General Manager at Neons, to get a grasp on how he has turned his bar into the most happening place in town.

What type of bands do you look to book at Neons?
Neons has music every day but Monday. We look to book all types, mostly locals. Rock, bluegrass and some funky jazz, mostly.

Tell us a little about the recent merge of Neons and Eli's.
It was an easy fit. We had an opening at our grill spot, and Eli's was looking to expand downtown.

What makes Neons an amazing bar and dining experience?
It's just a laid back atmosphere, a place for everyone. We have 131 different craft beers, 175 types of whiskey, and entertaining taps. But it's really the people that hang out here that make it great.

Neons Unplugged  Neons Unplugged

Come judge the new Neons experience for yourself. “Try it, Like It and Share it” folks. Cross that bridge, go to a new neck of the city. You never know, your new favorite place could be right around the corner.

The Famous Neons Unplugged
208 East 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 |

Courtney Phenicie is a writer and Editor in Chief and Kelly Painter is a photographer and Photo Editor of, a local music resource dedicated to improving Cincinnati's vibrant music scene.

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