Below Zero has always been one of the most interesting bars in town because of its space, the diversity of the clientele, and the relaxed, multimedia vibe. We’ve usually dropped by during the Fringe Fest in June and the Mid-Point Music Festival in September (yes, it’s going to be here soon—September 22 to 24—and it is not to be missed) and have always been impressed. Well, lemme tell ya, they’ve stepped it up another notch by hosting The Cabaret upstairs and it’s the best drag show this region has ever seen.
|M.C. Penny Tration|
compassionate, she stirs up a tornado of laughs. She’s performed around the U.S. and is most recently from New York, but she feels like a Cincinnati mainstay already. Fingers crossed that she can keep this show going because there have been bright spots in the past that flamed out quickly. I think of the cabaret on Sycamore Street over a decade ago where CCM students served and performed. It wasn’t drag performing, but rather show and pop tunes, but it could only keep going for about a year and that was with a committed core of patrons. Anyway, Penny’s a fabulous babe and we’re fortunate just to have her here at all.
Entrance is free, but I think a $5 - $10 cover charge would be appropriate. Drinks are reasonable. The bartending and wait staff members, one of whom performed later, are friendly and efficient. Remember to bring dollar bills to tip the staff and the performers during their numbers. Performances are Thursday through Sunday nights.