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Mt. Lookout

Mt. Lookout
Mt. Lookout

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Dating back to 1870, Mt. Lookout has as much historic importance as it does social. The numerous bars and restaurants sprinkled throughout Mt. Lookout Square, combined with the neighborhood's central location and its green spaces, are just a few of the reasons this Cincinnati neighborhood is so appealing.

What was once countryside and railway lines is now a booming community with endless entertainment options for both day and night. Mt. Lookout Square boasts local eats such as Zip's Café, where you can indulge in the famous "Zip's Burger," Asian cuisine at Ichiban, brunch at Annabel's, and fine dining at Nectar. For the bar goers looking to enjoy a bite before bed, there is Ramundo's Pizzeria, Lucy Blue pizza, and sushi bar Dancing Wasabi. Early morning pick-me-ups can be found at Lookout Joe via a cup of fair trade coffee, or one of their many other fresh brewed options. This locally owned coffee shop not only feeds the needs of locals, but also supports fair trade and the program Coffee Kids, Grounds for Hope. Your options expand as you travel to the neighboring communities of Hyde Park and Linwood, where you'll find many more independently owned eateries.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, the options are abundant. Ault Park, known for its infinite views, consists of 224 acres of green space, with miles of trails through wooded terrain and a small playground for kids. The park also features a pavilion, popular for weddings and events. Down the street is the Cincinnati Observatory, site of the oldest operating telescope in the USA, where visitors can enjoy astronomy nights and historical tours, or participate in the Observatory's educational outreach program. Not far away is another favorite outdoor patch for locals: Alms Park. Originally known as "Bald Hill," this park served as a lookout for Indians, providing an unobstructed view of early settlers through its treeless landscape. Sitting atop Mt. Tusculum, the Alms Park Pavilion provides views of the great Ohio River and the beautiful surrounding park. Crossing over the playground situated next to the Pavilion, you'll find an excellent view of Lunken Airport where you can watch planes take off and land. Both parks have picnic areas and can be reserved for private parties.

Night owls will find plenty to do in the Mt. Lookout community. Mt. Lookout Square delivers college kids and young professionals a variety of venues, including lounge-style The Stand (once a cigar bar and earlier a bank), nightclub vibe Million's Café, and the sports bar Mount Lookout Tavern (referred to as MLT's by the locals). Weekends are a great time to enjoy DJs at The Stand and Million's, or live music and Sunday afternoon Bengals games at MLT's. Also try Redmoor, the former Mt. Lookout Cinema, for live concerts and special events. On various weeknights these venues offer special promotions for those in need of a happy hour.

Location is ideal, with Mt. Lookout falling in the midst of Hyde Park, Linwood, and Oakley, and just a scenic drive away from downtown. Surrounding the busy square are tree-lined streets and the manicured lawns of local residents. The homes are charming, the atmosphere is friendly, and the affluent characteristic of Hyde Park has slowly infiltrated Mt. Lookout.

With so much packed into this area, you are able to experience it all without a lot of effort. The abundance of food and drink, quirky boutiques, outdoor areas, plus the bonus of a convenient location, Mt. Lookout is a favored spot for living and visiting.

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