2621 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH | Directions 4521939.129911 -84.509540
Great Venue – I loved Bogarts! I was nervous while reading reviews, but after reading mixed reviews I decided to go anyway. All of those negative reviews are written by people who are way too uptight. We traveled from Central Indiana to go see Porcupine Tree, and it was a great show. We got $1 all day parking right down the street from the venue. There are some weirdos walking around, but the area isn't dangerous. There are panhandlers, but there are panhandlers at every concert. You have to get ride of your loose change anyway, so just give it to them. Security was fair: no cameras, no markers, no loose change, girls patted down girls and guys patted down guys. The venue was neat and dark and had plenty of room. However, it isn't very well ventilated and heats up after awhile, so wear an undershirt. The only con about this place was the bathrooms: THAT review was correct, they are gross.
They have fair rules that are easy to follow. They WARN you that there is no smoking allowed, it's not like it comes as a surprise at the door. Of course they will throw you out, they told you it's against the rules, as well as with any other rule. The rules change because different bands want different things, and Bogarts tries to accommodate the band as well as their customers.
I'm a very shy, picky person and I would gladly take the trip back to Bogarts again.
Gotta love Bogarts... – Bogarts has some pretty hellacious security but for a damned good reason. Alot of crazy stuff happens there.And honestly, their rules are simple and easy to follow. If you break them, thats your problem, not theirs and they have every right to kick you out..
Yes, they will take your smokes. Wtf do you expect? They're located in Ohio, its illegal for you to smoke in there,not to mention (having been there myself before the ban) its pretty much impossible to breathe in there if everybodys got a cigarette lit. I smoke myself and I'm disappointed that you cant smoke in there at all anymore,but I understand the reason why, especially for this type of venue that is older and has bad ventilation.
The bathrooms *are* nasty but, the building is very old and people do stupid stuff like put out their cigarettes, which they're not supposed to have, on the toilet seat.
In short, this venue is for for adults and people who are there for the show.Its how rock concerts are meant to be. Grungy, crazy and awesome. If you want spotless bathrooms and security that kisses your butt, go to Riverbend or something and pay three times as much for that cushy seat up in the nosebleed section.I'm sure you'll have SO much more fun. lol
Also: Don't be stingy. You dont have to give the panhandlers money but I bet they also wouldnt turn down a free meal.Buy a brother a cheeseburger or something. That way he *can't* spend it on crack and atleast you'll have done something helpful instead of whining about it.
I thought it was great – I love this place! I went there to see All Time Low We the Kings Hey Monday And The Friday Night Boys. It was just fun!!! It a club a you get that whole felling.It was hot like other people said and I did just about pass out but whatever.We the Kings blow some of the insalation out of the roof which was CRAZY!!! People said it was in a bad part of town.It isnt in the best but it wasnt that bad there. The security was good and there were a few beggers(One had a sign that said give me money or ill kick you.which was funny in a sick way because he has no legs) but every concert I have been to there were people like that. I think it is a great place and would love to go there again!!!
Worst Venue Ever – Bogart's unfortunately gets some good acts. This is unfortunate because Bogarts is the worst venue ive been too and ive been to hundreds of shows. The guy who said they are like nazis are spot on. No lighters or cigarettes allowed in the building. Will violently toss you out if caught smoking. Its crowded. You will be propsitioned by crackheads waiting outside before and after the show. There is nothing redeemable about this venue and I have actually attempted my own boycott and have succeded in convincing some fairly big name bands to never return there. Avoid Bogarts at all costs.
Bogarts & Live Nation Cincinnati – Over the last 30 years I have attended various shows at Bogart's in Cincinnati.
I am DONE! I love music and really like to support bands, local venues and live music in general. But I decided at the Toadies show last Saturday that I will never spend another dime at Bogart's.
The rules are always different although I don't know if they will change much from where they are unless they are gonna restrict the clothing you can wear! They act like Nazis, it wouldn't surprise me if when ya got in there they just gassed us and filled the place up again!
Long lines, very little staff doing anything other than being rude.They allow rude beggars and ticket sharks to butt in line and harass you for money while you wait for the chick who is talking on the phone to someone to SLOWLY sell tickets. Pre-paying for will-call tickets with this Live-Nation entity is of no advantage just get in line and wait to be hassled!
One drink per person at a time after waiting in line for 10 minutes (this only seems to apply to folks that are not friends with the bartenders)! No lighters, no anything like a ball point pen in your checkbook. No ventilation, disgusting restrooms no seating. The threat of ejection for a laundry list of stuff.
I will take my business somewhere that they appreciate it and I will urge everyone to do the same!
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE BOGARTS! – Bogarts has a great atmosphere, it is unlike anywhere else. Since it's opening in 1974 acts such as Prince, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc have played there.
I don't know what the first 2 people were talking about (one couldn't even spell conCert correctly...)--I absolutely love Bogarts! I think Bogarts is a great place to see a concert! It is much more intimate than other venues and even though there may be a bit of a grunge factor, it makes it all the more loveable.
Overall, I think Bogarts is a great place to see up-and-comers and established artists....it's a great place to get away and just rock out.
***Tickets prices are incredibly reasonably (READ: totally affordable)...
***They have a balcon which is great if you don't want to be too close to the craziness near the stage
***Several bars--and yes you may have to wait to get a beer, but is there any bar or concert venue where you wouldn't?
Bogarts has a great atmosphere, it is unlike anywhere else.
I feel sorry for the 'all age' kids that are forced to go there for shows – This was the worst venue that I've ever seen a concert at! The beer is in an overpriced dixie cup that you have to wait in line for, and they are sold one per person per trip to the "bar." The place is packed way past capacity and tickets are overpriced. Once you enter, you can't leave unless you pay for another ticket, so don't expect to actually see anything on stage unless you come at opening time. Don't expect to hear the band either because of bad acoustics. The bathrooms are filthy. I will never go back to Bogarts.
Worst place for a consert! – Saw "Regina Spektor" there, she was great! The best singer-songwriter in todays world. Worst place for a concert that I have been to in 45yrs. What the world are ya thinking, standing at a concert? Might be okay for junk rock groups for kids, not for a classical song writer like Regina Spektor. But I wouldn't see any concert there. Sound system was bad, people were talking, didn't care who was on stage. Not a good place. Bring lots a change for the street people, they will drive you nuts. Never go THERE again. Workers were nice though.
The Best Place To See A Live Show – Bogart's is not only one of Cincinnati's Crown Jewels, this legendary club is known and respected worldwide. Concerts there are the best. Now that I no longer live in Cincinnati, it is one of the things that I miss. Cincinnati is lucky to have this place, and hopefully it will be around to bring live music to the area for 30 more years and beyond. I mean everyone has played there. I saw U2, Prince, The Police, Dave Matthews and so many more shows there. I suggest if you haven't been to a show there you're missing alot.
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