Back to school at the University of Cincinnati brings thousands of students to campus beginning in late summer as classes start on August 26. While studying is on their minds, there is always a relaxing time with food and music available at several popular bars and clubs located on Calhoun St., which lines the university border.
A walk down Calhoun St. takes a visitor to Uncle Woody’s, a bar and restaurant open since 1974. Located at 339 Calhoun St., it is across from the Law School and attracts both students and professors. Owners Lori and John Levy work together to create a special ambiance for kids. “We watch out for the kids,” she says. “We have fun here.” She has seen students attend school, grow up and come back to Woody’s for its famous hamburger. Their Ragin’ Cajun hamburger even made it to the Regis and Kathy television show. Rock music plays in the background.
Not only does Woody’s provide a collegiate atmosphere for students, it offers free brownies, trivia and karaoke. For the regulars, Lori created “Woody Warhols,” where pictures (named after artist Andy Warhol) are posted above the bar.
A few blocks away is The Keystone Grill located at 249 Calhoun St. Open in July 2013, the upscale restaurant and bar has already begun to attract 3,500 to 4,000 people per week. When the students return, the attendance will increase. General manager Zach Heckman manages a staff of 70 and emphasizes excellent customer service.
The Grill’s ambiance is attractive, with dark wood tables, comfortable booths and high tops. Squares of stained glass in neutral colors frame the doors while black and white photos of movie stars line the walls. One of three in Cincinnati, the Grill specializes in craft beer as well as macaroni and cheese.
A third legendary stop is Myra’s Dionysus located at 121 Calhoun St. since 1977. Owner Myra Griffin specializes in Mediterranean foods and offers eight different soups as well as vegetarian fare daily in an intimate room with flower decorated tables for 25. Available for sale, unusual art covers the walls. In the warm weather, a patio is open. University people, students and hospital staff frequent the restaurant, which is open every day of the week. Classical music from WGUC fills the air waves.
Several choices are available for University of Cincinnati students’ gustatory and musical delight on Calhoun St.