Pregame or Watch The Bengals Game At These Lively Venues In Cincinnati

March 13, 2020
jason wolfe
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Whether you need a place to pregame, or a place to watch the game, these places are perfect for Bengal game days


It’s time to support the home team by hitting up a bar and watching the Bengals game! Or maybe you need a place to fuel up before heading to the game. Either way, scroll down to see the best locations in Cincinnati to watch the Bengals game or to do some pregaming. The city of Cincinnati is full of great bars and restaurants, and also full of great fans of the Bengals! So it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the perfect spot to support your home team. 

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Smoke Justis

A sport bar perfect for watching the game

No matter where you sit at Smoke Justis, you’ll have the best view of the Bengals’ game! That’s the perk of going to a sports bar. Image courtesy of Smoke Justis’ Facebook.


302 Court Street

While Smoke Justis isn’t technically in Cincinnati, it’s actually only just over the bridge from Downtown. And it’s worth going a bit out of the city to hit up this sports bar. Smoke Justis is the perfect spot to bring your friends along for some drinks, some smoked wings, and a good view of the game. They have many TVs throughout the bar so that no matter where you sit, you have front row seats to The Bengals’ next game. They also have an arcade, in case the game gets you and your friends into a competitive mood. 

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“Enjoyed our visit to Smoke Justis. Good size portions and prices. Monday-Friday appetizer specials too. Try the brisket and potato box. It was excellent. Friendly staff and quick service. I will be back. ” - Yelp Review

Molly Malone’s

When it comes to watching the game, there’s no such thing as too many TVs

Lots of space for you to kick back with some food and drink, and when deciding which screen to turn to, you have many TVs to choose from! Image courtesy of Molly Malone’s Facebook

Pleasant Ridge 

6111 Montgomery Road

Molly Malone’s is playing every sports event worth seeing, including Bengals games! And if you’re a super fan, hop aboard Molly’s Bengals shuttle. For every at home Bengals game, Molly Malone’s is offering a free bus shuttle to customers! Or if you’d rather stay and have a drink, the NFL games are always playing live in the comfort of this pub and restaurant.  

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“So happy to have a low key neighborhood bar with a big enough beer selection. Staff is always friendly and make sure my wife and I are taken care of…” - Yelp Review

Kitty’s Sports Grill

Close to the stadium, and a great place itself to watch the game

There’s no way you can miss the Bengals game when you’re at Kitty’s Sports Grill. Stay and watch on their screens, or cross the street to the stadium! Image courtesy of Kitty’s Sports Grill’s Facebook


218 W 3rd Street

Whether you need a place to watch the game and join other Bengals fans or stop somewhere quick to eat before heading for the stadium, Kitty’s Sports Grill is perfect! It’s located just across the street from Paul Brown Stadium, which means you’re only about a seven minute walk away from the game! Or you can stay and watch the game at Kitty’s, while enjoying their burgers, sandwiches, beers, and liquors. 

“We've been to Kitty's a number of times for both Bengals pre game and/or to watch the game. The place is always packed which makes it fun however if you're going with a group you must get there early to get a seat!…” - Yelp Review

Keystone Bar and Grill

Pregaming never tasted so good thanks to this bar’s mac and cheese

Keystone Bar and Grill has a large seating area and a variety of portions to fit your appetite as you watch or prepare for the game! Image courtesy of Keystone Bar and Grill’s Facebook.
249 Calhoun Street

If you get hungry while watching the game, you should take your viewing to Keystone Bar and Grill. Here they have a full menu of appetizers, brunch, happy hour bites, and drinks of course! When you’re here, you have to try the mac and cheese! And if it’s a nice night out, why not take the pregaming celebration outside on their outdoor patios? Stop by during happy hours to cheer on the Bengals with a half priced drink in hand! 

“This is a great restaurant to go to. Especially when the patio is open. The food here is very good. I have to recommend the Mac and cheese.” - Yelp Review

Nation Kitchen and Bar

Celebrate with some of the best burgers in the city

Stop by Nation Kitchen and Bar for all your pregaming needs! Here you’ll find amazing burgers and fulfilling drinks. Image courtesy of Nation Kitchen and Bar’s Facebook
1200 Broadway Street

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Get your strength up before the Bengals game by feasting on Nation Kitchen and Bar’s finest burgers and cocktails. And you have to try all the ways they serve their potatoes! If you’re looking for an early-in-the-day celebration of the game, Nation Kitchen and Bar is the best spot for brunches! They have a menu just for it, including items such as breakfast burritos and french toast. 

“Nation is always one of my top choices for going out! The burgers are delicious and … they always have a pretty solid draft list and the tots are A+.” - Yelp Review

Pies & Pints

A delicious pit stop before heading to the game

Pizza and beer seem like the perfect combination for a pregame. Especially since that pizza and beer is just a few minutes walk away from the stadium! Image courtesy of Pies & Pints’ Facebook.
56 West Freedom Way

Pies & Pints is only a five minute walk to Paul Brown Stadium, which means you just found the perfect spot to grab a delicious bite to eat before heading to Bengals game. They have a selection of pizzas and beers that cater to everyone’s taste buds! Enjoy their happy hours that will get you 1 or 2 dollars off your favorite drink. Sounds like the perfect place to bring your fellow Bengals fans so no one goes hungry during the game! 

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“OK we thought the pizzas were amazing and loved the large assortment of beers on tap, as well as bottles and cans. We tried the potato skin pizza, which was so good. And then we had just a plain old cheese pizza, and it was so tasty and so filling…” - Yelp Review


Get ready to shout and applaud at the screens in this sports bar

Get into the sporting spirit at Rhinehaus, where everyone is cheering on the Bengals! And while you’re at it, grab a drink or two. Image courtesy of Rhinehaus’ Facebook.
Over The Rhine
119 East 12th Street

When you’re looking for a place to watch the Bengals game, you can never go wrong with a Cincinnati sports bar. Rhinehaus specializes in everything from shots, wines, and beers. This sports bar will get you pumped for the game and give you an amazing view with their multiple screens at and around the bar. That’s right, they have 14 55in 4k TVs and a projector so you don’t miss anything! Join your fellow Bengals fans at this bar and cheer them on with a drink in hand! 

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“Good beer, good people, good prices. Their shot menu is a fun twist on popular shot options, and they always keep a bomb craft beer selection. They'll turn on pretty much any sport you'd like to watch, and the trivia is always a good time.” - Yelp Review

Cincinnati loves their Bengals team, which is why it’s no difficult feat to find a bar or restaurant that supports them on game night! Come out and join the celebration of the Bengals in these sports bars, where delicious food and drink are plentiful. Or if you’re a lucky owner of some game tickets, fill up on food and drink before the game in nearby venues! The city of Cincinnati is ready to cheer on their home team with good food, good drink, and good company, so make sure you’re ready to join too at one of these lively venues!