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Yelp’s Over-the-Rhine Blowout Bash!



It was almost a no-brainer to bring Yelp and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood together – they just have so much in common! Both are up-and-coming in Cincinnati, both are fun and exciting and both are filled with fantastic people! Having them join forces, why it made for quite the blowout bash!

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It was almost a no-brainer to bring Yelp and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood together – they just have so much in common! Both are up-and-coming in Cincinnati, both are fun and exciting and both are filled with fantastic people! Having them join forces, why it made for quite the blowout bash!

On Thursday night, over 70 yelpers adventured their way into OtR for a night of food, tunes and brews at Coffee Emporium. The roomy coffee bar was the perfect place for yelpers to come together and start the weekend off right … What? Thursday’s part of the weekend! Look it up!

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The host space was kept busy throughout the night, making anything from their wonderful drink-filled menu – from cappuccinos to Orange Julius to hot chocolates. People sipped in delight, driving away the cold night with warm drinks. As Jessica K put it, “Once I had my first cup, I was ready for more. We were sitting right next to the coffee bar so I was always up getting more. Three beverages in and I was feeling awake, warm and absolutely satisfied.”

Of course, drinking that much builds up an appetite, and Taste of Belgium was there to give a world-class dining experience. Armed and ready in the back of the room with a waffle and crepe station, the eatery made free, delicious treats for anyone asking – and people were asking! They also laid out an incredible spread of desserts, including possibly the best macarons ever created or tasted by man.

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For those not into coffee who needed something to wash down those tasty treats, Christian Moerlein was constantly filling up bright-red buckets with five different types of ice-cold beer for guests’ drinking pleasure.

The evening was taken up a few folksy notches by an unbelievable performance by Jake Speed (and his right-hand man, Kentucky Graham). Part bluegrass, part rock, part Cincinnati historian, Jake riled up the crowd with his tunes, his hat, his banjo, his washboard, his harmonica and his spontaneous performances off the stage and in the middle of the room – and let us not forget Graham’s mustache! It was enough to make you give out a giant, “Huzzah!”

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At the end of the night, yelper Robert M said it best: “How can you not love an event with free Moerlein beer, free waffles/crepes/cookies and great drinks from Coffee Emporium? Plus you had Jake Speed, who looked to be having as much fun or more fun then anyone else there. If you missed this event, you should be sad.”

But don’t just take our word for it, you can read all the reviews right here. You can also check out the other awesome pics by photographer extraordinaire Angie Livesay on the Official Yelp Flickr page.  

See you on Yelp and in OtR!

Alex S
Cincinnati Community Manager

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