Off work and ready to rock?  For a bite to eat, a stunning cocktail, a sophisticated night out or a spot to enjoy fantastic river views, the Tristate is the place.  This is just a sampling, the tip of the iceberg.

641 Walnut St., downtown.
(513) 381-4408 or

Drink up! The Righteous Room makes some of the best cocktails in the city. From Manhattans to Cosmos and tasty originals including the Paris to Moscow (Stoli Raspberry and champagne with fresh strawberries), you can't go wrong with anything shaken up here. When it's cold, lounge on the comfortable leather benches inside, snacking on high-quality bar food including wasabi peas and stuffed olives. When it gets warmer, enjoy the near-hidden patio "” just keep walking straight back, you can't miss it. It's a date spot, place for friends, and a must-have in your list of excellent Cincy bars. 
411 Madison Ave, Covington, Ky.
(859) 261-6120 or
The Avenue's come a long way, baby. Formerly The Pad, an adult club, this mood-lit lounge has made a complete 180°.
It's a comfortable spot for a drink any night of the week. Just sit back on one of the many leather couches. Some nights there is a DJ spinning, some nights it's jukebox heaven, but whatever's going on, it's a trip and a treat. Watch for themed movie nights. Past movies include "The Big Lebowski" paired with white Russians and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," where patrons took home grail replicas.
1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine.
(513) 381-6687 or

MOTR, or Music in Over-the-Rhine, is Cincinnati's new music bar and it lives up to its reputation as a hard-rocking, hard-drinking, and still easygoing spot on Main Street. With a stellar drink selection, delicious home-cooked menu (I suggest the BLT) and, of course, different bands almost every night of the week, this is the spot to hit when you want to get your feet tapping and ears ringing. Best of all: No cover!  Don't miss the hidden spots "” the beautiful outdoor patio with comfortable seats or the near-dungeon basement with stone walls decorated with swords.
435 Elm St., downtown.
(513) 381-2573 or

This club is one small step for Cincinnati, one giant leap for Cincinnati's nightlife. Launch/Lunar is a place that feels as at home on the streets of NYC as it does right here in the Queen City. Whether it's the amazing enhanced lighting that changes with the music, the multiple VIP rooms, the soundproof cellphone booths (complete with chargers, so you can both power your phone and make calls right in the middle of the club!) or the Go-Go Galaxy girls dancing on platforms, this is a far out spot for a YP night.
What makes Launch (the lower level bar) really interesting is its dual nature as a sports bar. Earlier in the day, when the club isn't thumping, take friends or clients to grab a happy-hour drink and watch the game on one of the many TVs downstairs.  
110 E Central Pkwy., Over-the-Rhine.

Who doesn't love the smell of freshly brewing coffee? This beautiful urban coffee shop on the bottom floor of the Emery Building is a one-stop shop for all your daily rejuvenation needs. Freshly ground in-store coffee beans? Check. Delicious sandwiches with fresh ingredients? Check. Treats from great local makers like Chocolats Latour and Sweet Peace Bakery? Double check. We guarantee that if you hang around this shop long enough, you'll see someone you know "” even Mayor Mark Mallory frequently stops in to get a cup of Joe. As an added bonus, in the last year, Coffee Emporium added $5,000 worth of sound dampeners on the ceiling to turn the once uber-noisy shop into a quiet, but still bustling place for an afternoon snack, sandwich or sip of coffee. All together now: "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" 
953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams.
(513) 639-2995 or

The Art Museum, with its fabulous free admission, hosts a collection of art including Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Cézanne. Collections include Art of Africa, European Painting and Sculpture and Far Eastern Art. The building itself is stunning. It started as an art school in the 1800's. There's even a full Cincinnati wing of the museum, featuring the works of those born or trained in the Queen City. A café overlooking the courtyard offers wonderful salads and soups. A day with other art-curious YPs will be time well spent.
1501 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams.
(513) 421-4086 or

Picnic or not, as long as you are at the museum, why not enjoy all that Eden Park has to offer? Beautiful views of the Ohio River, picnic tables with grills nearby, plenty of parking, ducks to feed, lakes, and statues. Don't miss the statue showing the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, as babies being suckled by a giant wolf. The work was a gift to Cincinnati from the Italian government. Right down the hill is the beautiful flora and fauna-filled Krohn Conservatory, which is free (except for the butterfly show, but that's totally worth paying for). This is one of the best spots for a romantic afternoon in Cincinnati.  
1018 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout.
(513) 533-9218 or

Half-price sushi after 5 p.m. Need we say more? Okay, we will, but that's the high point. This tiny eatery in Mount Lookout is a great place late night (open until 4 a.m. on the weekend). It would be hard to fit a large group here, but call ahead and they'll make it happen.
The sushi is fresh and the service is prompt. Go at the peak of meal time and it will take a while to get a seat "” but the food is worth the wait.
3162 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout.
(513) 871-7687 or

Let's start with the food, which is, without exaggeration, amazing. Hot and fresh, delicious and spicy. Ruthai's Thai food is to die for, and the sushi makes you want to rock and roll. Try the spring rolls. Try the curry. Try the lunch buffet in the summer to sample everything. Close your eyes and randomly point at something on the menu "” it'll be fantastic. What really sets Ruthai's apart, though, is the atmosphere. This clean, simple restaurant is a haven for a relaxed good time. And the absolute best part: It's BYOB. Take along a case or bottle and make a night out of it. The whole experience will make you all hungry for more. 
938 Hatch St., Mount Adams.
(513) 621-3666 or

This cozy spot for regulars and newcomers alike is as filled with history as it is pub fare. Originally opened by a bootlegger during the height of Prohibition, Mount Adams Bar was the first drinking establishment in Ohio to obtain a liquor license after Prohibition was repealed. It still stands, a testament to the enduring pleasures of alcohol and good times. The menu is extensive with plenty of tasty selections. The burger is semi-famous but the real recommendation is the Reuben, which may be the most delicious sandwich in the city. You'll find swarms of young professionals who call this place home "” at least for a little while "” drinking, laughing, living it up. It can get a little wild as the night goes on, and parking in the neighborhood is challenging, but this is still one of the best spots for a YP to get a drink and a bite.  
600 Walnut St., Downtown.
(513) 721-6232 or

Nada's name may be misleading, since this place actually has something for everyone. Let's start with the food "” lunch Monday to Friday and dinner all week. Possibly the best chips and salsa in town. Pork belly tacos that will make you weep with joy. Soups and salads, chilis and pork chops. All delicious. And the drinks are excellent. Cocktails, beers, wines "” you can't go wrong. This is the spot to stop when downtown. The atmosphere is hip yet elegant, and warm with colorful lights. Indoor and outdoor seating is offered. This sleek, cool spot is trendy enough that everyone comes, but large enough that it's not hard to get a seat. They've had live bands, DJs, salsa lessons, special meals and more.  
128 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine.
(513) 744-9888 or

Three words to take any weekend up a notch: Saturday Wine Tasting. You won't find a better crowd of happy, classy people than those wandering through Market Wines on a Saturday afternoon. The tastings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. cost only $5 and you get to try four different glasses of wines from all over the world. You'll never have the same experience twice.  Market Wines is also one of the best shops for buying that great bottle of wine for your dinner host. The staff will take the time to help you choose the right wine that fits your price range. Their selection is great, their service is great, their events are great. This shop? Pretty darn great.
Alex Shebar is Cincinnati Community Manager for Yelp is a website that connects locals to the best businesses and happenings in their neighborhood "” from bars to burgers, doctors to clothing. Of course, there's an app for that.