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Good Causes: Queen City Underground

Remember the guys who do that Gangster tour in Newport I love so much? Well, they’re back. Not only are they offering the Gangster tour, but now they’re offering Queen City Underground. (Full Photo Set)

Once upon a time, Cincinnati was the third-largest beer producing region in the nation, and the #1 beer consuming location. The late 1800’s were a time of bier gartens, breweries, and theatre. You can still see it. Over the Rhine, the recently rehabbed and lively Gateway Quarter, and the Brewery District are part of the largest intact historical district in the United States. You can get a chance to tour the tunnels of the old Kaufmann brewery, see some of the original internal architecture of the bier gartens, and learn some cool trivia to amaze your friends.

Did you know we have an actual Friary in Over the Rhine? The brothers still wear robes like Friar Tuck, have a gorgeous church, house the Head of the Franciscan Order in the US, and have been helping people in Over-the-Rhine for over a century.

Remember tales of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody? They performed in the Gateway Quarter. What is now a pizzeria is where Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There’s all sorts of trivia and knowledge jam-packed into this tour.

It’s worth a few hours of your time. Right now, this weekend is your only chance to experience the fun tour, although they’re debating on continuing through the summer, as they do with the Gangster Tour. Go show your support – it’s a short walk to and from the Gateway Quarter from Taste of Cincinnati and the tour lasts ~90 minutes.

The tour costs $15 and the proceeds benefit a great local charity where our kids are sent to teach for a week at schools in the Caribbean. The guys that are running the tour are local teachers, and they want to help these schools in Jamaica acquire things like an occasional computer.

If the tour is a success, you’ll find it all summer long. But right now, it’s just being offered Memorial Day weekend. It’s a great way to augment your Taste of Cincinnati day. Take a break from the crowds down on 5th and wander up to the Gateway Quarter (Lavomatic, Senate, and a lot of great shopping) to enjoy the Queen City Underground tour.

Saturday, May 29: 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, & 4:30PM
Sunday, May 30: 12:30PM, 2:30PM, & 4:30PM
Monday, May 31: 12:30PM & 2:30PM

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 per person – tours start at the awesome MiCa 12V at the corner of 12th and Vine.
Cash Only Please
Each tour is capped at 100 people (1 guide per 50 guests)
Please arrive at least 15 mins before the tour begins.

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