It only took one look out the picture window at the end of the bar for me to turn to the bartender and say, "How much are the tickets?" He immediately replied, "you'll have to call Debbie tomorrow." I was kidding, he wasn't. On Sunday night of Labor Day Weekend, WEBN, a local rock-n-roll radio station, sponsors what has become over the last 30 years an extravaganza of Rozzi's Famous Fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast over WEBN. The celebration itself draws a half million people to the Ohio and Kentucky riverfront for this event. Anyone who has a residence overlooking the river where the firework are shot off suddenly has an immense number of friends coming out of the woodwork wanting to be invited over that Sunday night.
The City View Tavern, with its marvelous view of the river(see pictures below) and the fireworks site has solved this problem by hosting a private, tickets only, party during the fireworks. Limited to 28 people, the max, I suspect, the fire department permits on the deck, this year the tix are $75 a head which includes watching the fireworks from their deck, use of the barrel of beer provided, and the eats provided by the CVT. After the fireworks is over around 10 P.M., the place opens to the general public.
With a couple of days off and gas costing what it does, my wife and I decided to visit spots in Cincy we've never visited or haven't visited recently, even though we both were born and raised here, instead of going out of town. Since this day was the butterfly exhibit at Krohn Conservatory, one of the six must see gems of Cincinnati, I hit the T/A list of restaurants to pick someplace different for lunch after KC. CVT jumped right out - it's got a history with my family - and is just around the corner from KC.
Don't expect the Ritz - this is just a friendly, neighborhood kind of place, although a little hard to find( in Mt. Adams, take Monastery St., turn on Oregon St.) with a gangbuster view of the city. A little tree trimming would make it even better. With the exception of a salesman making calls on his cell after lunch, we were the only people in the place at 2 P.M. on a Monday.
Food is typical bar fare, tastey, and reasonably priced, which with Cincy's cost of living is considerably less than most major urban areas. We selected burgers and got a large juicey burger(properly cooked) on a bun through the garden with a bag of Husman's potato chips. This surprized me, I expected loose chips.
The bartender was working by himself doing the cooking and serving, and you couldn't ask for better, more friendly service - a true professional.
Sunsets must be magnificent from this place - got to go back and find out!!!
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