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Arnold’s has been located at 210 east 8th Street in downtown Cincinnati for 150 years. The bar is open Monday through Saturday, and they began serving up freshly cooked food alongside full menu of spirits during Prohibition.
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To preface, we initially wanted to get behind the scenes at Arnold’s to capture Rhonda stoking up the fire during her preparation of their infamous mussels as you’ll see in the video. It’s safe to say we were probably already there drinking PBRs until an ace of spades turned up under the cap though…

The bar opened in 1861, occupying two buildings – a converted barbershop and an adjacent feed supply shop with its own stable and courtyard. Arnold’s began cooking and serving food during prohibition. This new business was supplemented (allegedly) by the distilling of bathtub gin on the second floor. The notorious tub remains as a symbol of Arnold’s history.

A family business if there ever was one, Arnold’s was run for 98 years by the Arnold family, and is now operated by Ronda and Bret Androski –  with Ronda’s son, Chris, acting as general manager. The old feed supply courtyard has become a heated outdoor oasis that stays open year round and features live music on its stage 5 nights a week.

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