Main Event Formerly: Subway

64% love it
Just remember it is free to get in and it is free to get out!
Reasonable drink prices, friendly people, and a pool table is the draw to this mixed-crowd show bar spot.


    • Perusual
      Perusual Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not a fan
      First of all let me say that I have never been a barfly.I am older too and would like a place that you can chat and is not so noisy,A guy tried to sell me pot there and I was really pissed off about it.I don't think I have been back since.The thing is,the bartender heard this,and didn't say a thing about it.I left and called a few minutes later and the bartender said he dealt with it. The only people that enjoy themselves here are the wonderful welfare crap that everybody has to humor. The only good time I ever had here was 1 Monday night when no one was there but Scott and I actually had a decent conversation with someone.Don't even approach ugly old guys.They don't know how to act in this town but they sure expect you to know how. If someone is friendly to you,you may as well expect that they want something (like buying them a drink) and I don't mean cute young guys.I have a real bad attitude about Cincinnati,period.

    • fedacct
      fedacct Over a year ago
      Hates it

      This isn't a gay bar
      This used to be a gay bar called Carol's, but it's no longer a gay bar. I checked it out twice after work and saw straight black people.

    • CubsFan007
      CubsFan007 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice place to Chill...
      So on my wandering adventure in downtown Cincy, I stopped in here for a drink. It was quiet and not too many people. The bartender, Scott, was cool and worth talking to. For a Tuesday night with no where to go, I had as good of time as possible. The place is big. Drinks are reasonably priced (pours well, too). Certainly worth stopping in if you are nearby. Tell Scott he has a good review!

    • cinciguy73
      cinciguy73 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great little dive bar
      yes, the subway is a bit of a dive. But you will not find friendlier bartenders anywhere in the city. It is just a little laid back dive bar where there is no attitude and you can go there and just have fun. Nobody there is putting on airs, and you don't have the little stand and model twinks looking down their nose being bitchy to everyone who isn't 22. The drinks are cheap and strong, and JR, who runs the place, is the nicest man you will ever meet. If you are looking for a high end club type of place, you will be disappointed. If you are just looking to go relax, catch a buzz and have a good time, then you will enjoy yourself.

    • Ohioblonde
      Ohioblonde Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The subway is one of the nastiest places i have ever been.. When i was there last the bartender would not even come and get my drink order and then when i did get it, it was watered down or was just the worst drink i have ever had. Jr he's a nice guy and a hell of a cook but he bar is dark and the bathrooms are scary and too many whores that are there wanting you to buy them drinks..

    • 1outta4
      1outta4 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      If you like a trashy dive...
      The Subway is scary at best, dangerous at worst. My friends and I went after work and barely made it through one drink before we had to escape. The clientele horrid, the bar was cramped, and the place had a bunch of video games, pinball machines, and even skee-ball, none of which worked. Among the highlights were the worst drag I'd ever seen (not performing, just sitting at the bar with an 80's purse) and the one "hot" guy in the place in the neck-brace.

    • Crystian
      Crystian Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Not bad
      Great bartenders, great drinks, fair prices. Customers can be friendly to psycho. The bathrooms are very bad. Please remodel the bathrooms they are nasty and unsafe. They need an alarm in those bathrooms before someone gets robbed or worse. Public safety is getting bad and I am afraid something will happen bad in there and something should be done before it does. I hope not but the bathrooms are a perfect place for a mugging.

    • Sumsully
      Sumsully Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Subway is an awsome bar with a super friendly staff and a Drag Show on Saturday nights featuring some BEAUTIFUL LADIES!!! I have made special trips to Cincinnati to go to The Subway, the place is GREAT! I love the atmosphere, it's so laid-back and comfortable. A SHOUT OUT TO the most awsome bartender in the world, JR! And to all the LOVELY Queens of The Subway - YOU ROCK! I'll come see you soon! Summer

    • Down and Out in downtown Cincinnati
      For a dive like that, the drinks are okay. Check out the Karaoke on Sunday. It truly is the worst. A place this big should have more self-respect. So, when you get to the point where you just don't care about yourself or life anymore, go to the Subway.

    • Thad4Phila
      Thad4Phila Over a year ago
      Loves it

      HOW early?!
      I can't believe there's a bar that opens early in the morning - at 5:30!!! With happy hour, to boot...until 9 in the evening. This place is unique...and not just for that. The staff is fun and friendly. Great pool table, tempramental pinball machine (I tilted and it REALLY wasn't my fault). I was there early...I wonder how it gets late?

    • hotman06
      hotman06 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      scary but friendly
      let's put it this way...Subway isn't for the faint of's dark, grungy, and old fashioned.However, the bartenders are very friendly and the clientele is not so bad as long as you can sift through the drunks and trolls there are a few good people frquenting this place. The saturday night drag shows are something out of A David Lynch or John Waters movie and the Suicide Kareoke is the WORST I have ever seen or heard! But for those who appreciate this type of decadent sickness you probably will enjoy it! least for a drink or two! Good happy hour until 9 pm!