Queen City's 2014 Saloon Tour Series On Sale Now!
Why Choose Our Tours
The Saloon Tour Series offered by Queen City History and Education enter places that you will not see and tell stories that you will not hear on any other tour in town. We also work in partnership with nothing but the best Cincinnati saloons.
More importantly, our tours have been designed by and most tours are given by Michael Morgan, a founding father of heritage tourism in Cincinnati, voted “Best Local Author” by CityBeat readers in 2011 and named one of “Cincinnati’s Most Interesting People” by Cincy Magazine in 2013. If you are going to entrust your time to a tour guide, go with the one that other tours cite as a primary source of their information.
To ensure a quality tour experience, space on our tours is limited, so advanced registration is highly recommended.
Other details: All tours are rain or shine. Due to restrictions on tour space, all ticket sales are final. Tours are designed to last approximately 90 minutes. These are walking tours, and entering the Gerke brewery cellars involves approximately two flights of underground steps. While we are happy to make reasonable accommodations for all people, tours are not recommended for very young children or people for whom walking is difficult.
|Dates: Every Saturday from May 10th through September 27th, 2014
Start Time: 1pm
Start Location: Arnold's Bar & Grill - 210 East 8th St, Downtown Cincinnati
Price: $20 per person
Tour starts at Washington Platform, opened as a beer hall and saloon in 1875 on the south bank of “the Rhine,” the canal that separated the original, Anglo Cincinnati from its “German Quarter.” In the 1800’s, the area north of Washington Platform was, per capita, the most German neighborhood in America. The residents of this enclave brought a healthy thirst with them from their Germanic homelands, supporting the operation of almost 300 neighborhood saloons. All of that changed – the neighborhood’s identity, social life, and economy – with the double-blow of WWI and Prohibition. Guests begin the tour with the insider’s history of Washington Platform, travel “over the Rhine” and take a vivid trip through OTR’s immigrant origins, ethnic conflicts, industrial triumphs, and notorious intoxication. The tour features some of Cincinnati’s most spectacular and iconic architecture, and ends with a trip into the a lagering cellar of the Gerke Brewery -- over two stories below ground – and ends where it began. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and ticket price is $20.
|Dates: Every Thursday
Start Time: 6:30PM
Start Location: Washington Platform - 1000 Elm Street, Downtown Cincinnati
Price: $20 per person
Brewery District CURC
In 2006, I sat at the bar of the Dunlap Cafe drinking Hudies and mapping out a route for the first Prohibition Resistance Tour. Although ’06 is not that long ago, Over-the-Rhine was a different world back then. It still had the highest crime rate of any neighborhood in the city – ranking among the worst in the United States, actually. That made the tours that I was planning on behalf of the Brewery District a pretty radical plan.
The Brewery District was a group of people who met once a month to drink beer and spew delusional gibberish about how Over-the-Rhine could become the city’s most celebrated neighborhood; and we were about to give tours of crumbling old buildings that used to be breweries. We were planning this foray into the uncharted waters of OTR tourism for two reasons. First, I was gambling every meager penny that the organization had on the untested theory that people would pay to take tours of Over-the-Rhine. Secondly, we wanted to share our vision for the Brewery District with the world outside of our grass-roots urban redevelopment drinking club.
Since then, Over-the-Rhine has changed dramatically. The Brewery District CURC has grown into a much more organized non-profit with a serious mission, and its early pioneers no longer look so delusional. But I the purpose of the Brewery District’s Prohibition Resistance Tours – now plural – remains the same: to share Cincinnati’s brewing heritage with the world, and to raise money for the important work of the organization. I hope that your introduction to Cincinnati heritage tourism starts with something in the Queen City History Saloon Tour offerings (because I have to eat), but I also hope that it continues with one of the seasonal or weekly tours offered by the Brewery District CURC – including during Bockfest and Oktoberfest weekends.
-Michael D. Morgan
Learn more about the Brewery District CURC and buy Prohibition Resistance Tour tickets Here.
Private Tours: Queen City History & Education Ltd. will give private or custom tours. To discuss possibilities and terms, use our Contact page to contact Michael Morgan.