Overview of Cincinnati
Proximity to the Central Business District
Energetic young employees who put in long hours at their jobs will appreciate the ease of access to the Central Business District that living in Downtown Cincinnati offers. The offices of major companies like Fifth Third Bancorp and Kroger, as well as Procter and Gamble, are easy to walk to for those who live along Elm Street or any of the roads that intersect it. Furthermore, the bulk of Cincinnati's bus stops are concentrated in the Downtown area, so it's easy to catch a ride to work if you're running too late to walk.
Of course, a high concentration of businesses means plenty of options for happy hour, too. On the streets of Downtown Cincinnati, you'll find a wealth of bars that offer great after-work specials, and there's a spot for every taste: sports bars like Head First Sports Cafe, Irish pubs like O'Malleys in the Alley and gastropubs like FB's.
Sports and recreation
Avid fans of Cincinnati's sports teams will love living in the city's Downtown district. The stadiums that the Bengals and the Reds call home - Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ballpark, respectively - are located just beyond the Central Business District, on the far side of Interstate 71, overlooking the Ohio River. It's a quick walk or bus ride to either of these stadiums right from work or one of the many Cincinnati apartment rentals available in the neighborhood, so you can easily catch a weekday night game.
Downtown also offers a number of resources for Cincinnati residents who prefer participating in sports and outdoor activities over watching them. Smale Riverfront Park lies between the city's two major stadiums, on the banks of the Ohio River. You can enjoy a run, long walk or pickup game in the park - and head over to Moerlein Lager House, located on the park's border, for a pint and some sustenance afterward.
To the northeast of the Great American Ballpark is Yeatsman Cove Park, which also overlooks the Ohio River and features much-loved biking and running trails.
A range of smaller parks located throughout the Downtown area - including Lytle Park, Piatt Park and Washington Park - make it easy for residents to get away from the busy atmosphere of the city and take in some greenery.
Arts, music and culture
Cincinnati has a rich performing arts culture, and Downtown is the center of much of the city's cultural activity.
Tucked into the busy streets of the Central Business District, you'll find a number of art houses, like the Fifth Street Gallery and the Contemporary Arts Center, which features work by local artists and holds small-scale musical performances. Just to the east lies the Taft Museum of Art, a national historic landmark with a collection of Chinese porcelains and paintings by the Old Masters.
The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located between 6th Street and 7th Street and is a great spot to take in a play or musical, as well as more unusual genres like Japanese theater. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Music Hall features classical performances as well as contemporary acts - Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Prince and many other major names have all graced its stage. And, of course, there are a number of great restaurants in and around Downtown, so you can enjoy a meal and a cocktail before or after the show.