From Cincinnati to Columbus, Ohio is home to a lively bar scene. But if you’re really looking to shake things up for an evening out with friends, one of the state’s vibrant themed bars makes for an excellent option. From vintage arcade bars to carnival-themed spaces, there’s something for everyone. Here are the 10 best themed bars in Ohio.
If you feel like celebrating Halloween all year-round, then head to The Dark Room, a horror-themed bar located near downtown Cleveland. From skeletons and eery music to classic horror movie posters and horror-inspired drinks, The Dark Room is the perfect place for a fun and frightful night out.
From Donkey Kong to Street Fighter, the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade has it all. Grab some friends and drinks at the bar and then relive your childhood playing one of the more than 50 vintage arcade games. Find locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland.
The Overlook Lodge in Cincinnati is a rustic watering hold inspired by the mysterious hotel in Stephen King’s “The Shining.” This old school bar serves up delicious themed cocktails, rotating taps, beers, and much more.
The Funhouse in Cleveland is a carnival-themed bar that serves tasty slushy and fresh squeezed lemonade drinks—with or without alcohol—as well as corn dogs, hot pretzels, and popcorn. Grab a drink and enjoy some skeeball or WhacAMole—there are even league nights for the true arcade-game professionals.
Speakeasy in Cleveland is a Prohibition-era themed lounge that serves classic cocktails with a side of haute-rustic decor. Take a step back in time in this cozy, wood-covered bar.
Located in the heart of Tremont, the Treehouse is one of Cleveland’s top Irish-themed pubs. Enjoy a glass of Guinness, some upbeat Irish folk music, and tasty items from the Irish menu.
Geeks unite at the Side Quest in Lakewood! For all things TV, movies, games, and more, Side Quest is your spot. The bar also hosts a number of game, movie, trivia, and cosplay nights.
TableTop Board Game Cafe is the first of its kind in Cleveland and features almost 1,000 different games to choose from. Stop in for happy hour and for $5 you’ll get unlimited access to the entire library of games. Frequent visitors can also get an annual membership at a reduced rate.
The Thirsty Dog Brewing Company is an Akron staple that has been brewing delicious beer since 1997. They recently opened their own tasting room, where you can enjoy a number of their freshly brewed canine-themed beers, such as the Whippet Wheat, 12 Dogs of Christmas, or the Irish Setter Red.
The Grass Skirt Tiki Room in Columbus features lavish decor, an exotic menu, and a tropical cocktail menu that will make you feel like you’re taking a mini-vacation while at home. Hawaiian shirts and coconut bras not required.