Simon Says (Closed Permanently)

80% love it
GayCities Members report that Simon Says has closed
One of the oldest gay bars in Cincinnati.
Simon Says is a gay men's "family" bar, where everybody knows your name.
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    • Perusual
      Perusual Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not a fan
      Been there a few times.A friend of mine told me once at Spurs that there is nothing more unfriendly and scarier that a gay bar.Never been much of a bar fan and I really hate the way a certain crowd always hangs out in front of Simon says. I agree with the review that there is a certain criminal element feeling to this bar.So here's the deal.I will keep my money.

    • Kevly
      Kevly Over a year ago
      Loves it

      While Others Come & Go, This Place is a Mainstay...
      Haven't been there in a (long) while -- haven't been anywhere in a (long) while, actually -- but this place used to be the coolest place to hang out w/your besties (male and female) and P-A-R-T-A-Y!. And, Yep, everyone DID know your name. Ah, the memories I have of Simon's in the 80s. It's a wonder I HAVE any memories from that place. I see from the site banner that the crowd has skewered somewhat older over the years or maybe it's just that the people in their 40s and 50s who go there now are the the 20-somethings who went there in the 80s and 90s (like me)...

    • Mochaman09
      Mochaman09 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome Time!
      I have to admit, I wasn't planning on staying at this bar while I was in Cincinnati. I was small and not a huge selection of hot guys but once I started catching the eye of a few of the guys there and smiles were exchanged and drinks started pouring...the laughs and conversations never stopped! I had a great time! The bar and bartender were great and fun! A little sorry I didn't make it to any other bar but at least I'm glad I made it to this one!

    • RJBob
      RJBob Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Remember Simon Says when it was called "Under Construction" in 1969
      Looking forward to Octoberfest, cuz it's one of the only places where people can go in and get a real drink or pack of smokes, until they look around and realize it's a gay bar! For such a small little bar, it's a great place to meet someone, clean, and seems the str8's never seem to catch on that it's gay. Great!

    • fedacct
      fedacct Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Kind of a creepy place
      Not trying to be mean, but it just didn't feeel like a comfortable and safe place.

    • CubsFan007
      CubsFan007 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Good for quick drinks
      Stopped in here after the Reds kicked my Cubs ass.. had a drink. The pour was nice and strong. Bartender friendly enough. Mix of people. I did not get the stay and chill vibe, so I went else where. I would not mind trying to give them another chance though.

    • easyontheeye
      easyontheeye Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice drinks, nice bartender, crowd can get kind of segregated sometimes, meet two nice guys though, only went with coworkers which are all straight and they feel the same. Real true good old fashion bar.

    • cinciguy73
      cinciguy73 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I wouldn't if I were you
      This used to be a fun little bar. To be very honest, I used to drink too much when I went to bars, and the drinks here like all gay bars are very strong. The point is that several times that I have had a little too much to drink at this bar, I end up a little bit lighter of my things. I have had my wallet stolen, my cell phone stolen, and my house broken into and robbed after a night at this place. There are people that lurk here waiting for someone to have too much to drink and loosen up a little bit and then rob them..This is the only gay bar in Cincinnati that I know of where there is a real danger of getting rolled after a visit there. A few nice guys.

    • Ohioblonde
      Ohioblonde Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The last time i went to simons i couldnt even have fun because the bear was full of hustlers, and the bar is so little you can't even move in it.. I really think they need to buy the place next door and make it bigger so some people can get in..

    • WorleyBird5470
      WorleyBird5470 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place, Great Prices, Very Long Happy Hours.
      Out of all the gay bars in Cincinnati this one gets my top vote. It's one of the cleanest, inexpensive places to hang out, listen to a great tune, have a great drink, and not walk out feeling like you spent your weeks earnings. Simons has been around and is noted the " Friendly Neighborhood bar. It may be small, but I do like it very much. Anyone traveling and staying downtown should not miss this bar. Day or Night you will have fun. Evening seems to be the time to meet a guy if that's what your looking for. Hat's off to the crew and management. You've done a great job on this one.

    • SnopI
      SnopI Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not uncomforatable at all
      So, I'm from out-of-town, in town for a game with the Reds; staying at a downtown hotel; walking by the bar; whichis betwenthe hotel and the stadium; knowing before hand the bar is supposed to be a gay bar; go in; and,...I am not uncomforatable at all even though I am clearly the odd man out. So, cudoos to them!

    • DonaldJackson
      DonaldJackson Over a year ago
      Loves it

      i met a wonderful man there. he took me home afterwards and we are currently married. it was hardly legal he is great too. so i owe it to simon says for my wonderful life. GAY PRIDE!

    • JeramiahThomas
      JeramiahThomas Over a year ago
      Loves it

      After a hard days work there is nothing like walking into the Simon Says to the warm smile of the afternoon bartender, Brian who already has your drink sitting down for you. You can gamble, relax, relate and release. Great community bar! Jukebox great!

    • HT
      HT Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Another Cincy Hustler Bar
      Like the Subway down the street, this is another one of Cincy's wonderful Hustler bars. The only exception would be it has more black patrons and more black hustler's. LOL

    • Cozy Bar
      The jukebox is pretty interesting. The drinks are strong. I like the bartenders. If you like a place where everyone in the bar can hear your conversation and they play one channel of sports in low definition on three flat screens, this is the place for you.