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News from Downtown - 01.14.21

There may not be bagpipers, Celtic dancers or live music this year, but fans of the annual “Burns Night” can still find plenty to celebrate. For the past 22 years, Nicholson’s Pub has held this event in honor of Scottish poet and folk hero, Robert Burns, which brings large crowds to this lively and joyous celebration. This year, the “Burns Night”event continues without live entertainment but adds some new features. Nicholson’s has created a Robert Burns-themed food and drink menu, available from Thursday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 23. Attendees can also purchase a “Burns Night in a Box” experience for $25, including samples of Scotch, a cocktail kit including Scottish whiskey brands Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, haggis and crackers, a commemorative glass, links to live readings and music by local Celtic band FinTan, printed toasts, and a $10 Nicholson’s gift card. That’s a great deal for a lot of Scottish-themed swag! For dining reservations or to pre-order your “Burns Night in a Box,” call (513) 550-1869 or email

If you’re looking for an escape from reality, you can fall down the rabbit hole and enjoy an experience right out of a children’s book. Sample Space, an event space located at The Banks, is hosting a pop-up cocktail bar and “alternate reality experience” with an Alice in Wonderlandtheme. Now through March 31, you can purchase tickets to The Alice - An Immersive Cocktail Experience, which allows you to create two Alice in Wonderland-inspired cocktails, solve riddles and challenges, play croquet with a flamingo, and enjoy some of the famous “Eat Me” cake from the story. The event features both adult- and family-friendly versions of the experience, and tickets can be purchased here.

After temporarily closing, both the Taft Museum of Art as well as the Contemporary Arts Center will reopen for in-person visits. The Taft Museum of Art will reopen tomorrow, and the new hours will be Fridays from noon-4 p.m., Saturdays from noon-5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with special visiting hours for vulnerable people on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-noon. The Contemporary Arts Center will be reopening on Wednesday, January 20 with operating hours to be determined. Both museums will be requiring timed-entry tickets purchased in advance and touchless temperature checks for staff and visitors. 

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will be back with live, in-person performances at Music Hall, beginning on January 23 and continuing through May 15. The schedule will include 34 programs performed at Music Hall, as well as options to stream the concerts virtually. Due to health and safety restrictions for events, the audience for each program will be limited to 300 guests, and performances will be 60-80 minutes in length with no intermission. For more information, click here.

In case you missed it, Downtown Cincinnati has been featured in both the local and national news this week. To learn more about the new and exciting projects coming to Downtown, check out the Cincinnati Enquirer’s articleabout some great new developments. Travel + Leisurealso shared a guide to Downtown Cincinnati, featuring some of our favorite bakeries, breweries and restaurants.

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