Many of us are familiar with Newport’s Monmouth Street and its storied past, but Monmouth Street today is packed with unique shops, delicious dining, and music—and lots of it!

Sis’s on Monmouth Bar and Restaurant is serving up meals seven days a week with comfort foods including ribs and Rocky’s homemade lasagna. It is also serving up entertainment including Tuesday night’s popular Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band and others. On a recent Wednesday night the place was packed to see Scotty Anderson and Friends. Upon telling keyboard player and guitarist Rick Kinman that folks were saying they were great, he replied, “Yeah, we make some racket.” 

JerZees Pub and Grub offers a selection of pub food, with its popular burgers leading the charge. Favorite burgers include the Black & Blue Burger and the Bourbon Burger with Kentucky bourbon barbecue sauce and bacon. Another popular menu item is the Jumbo Wings—available 12 ways! With ample space indoors and out, a plentiful selection of libations and a lively crowd, JerZees offers up tunes on Fridays and Saturdays. One band you might catch is the Ben Walz Band. 

Why come to Newport for music? Ben Walz says, “JerZees has been a great place for my band to play because we always draw a big crowd there. It’s a nice bar with a location that is easy for people to get to so they are inclined to come out.” 

Bourbon and Broad is the newest kid on the block, and this kid is bouncing to music. Its Louisiana-inspired menu is coupled with a wide selection of bourbon (more than 100 to choose from), po’boys, fried pickles and bread pudding to top it off. Live country music adds a touch of Nashville. You’ll be hard pressed not to have a good time here and may be inclined to put on your dancing shoes (or cowboy boots) and dance the night away, whether you’ve tried the bourbon or not!

Want to buy some tunes to take home with you? Visit C & D Record Bar for your favorites including many artists on vinyl. More than 1,000 titles are in stock and its Facebook page keeps you posted about its latest treasures—recent discoveries for sale include a bootleg Led Zeppelin Live in England (1976) and Beatles ‘65. It sells country, rock, soul, funk, blues and a wide selection of 45s. Open seven days a week, it also has CDs, Cincinnati Reds bobbleheads (we assume they bob to the music) and other fun gift items.

You won’t go hungry on Monmouth Street either, with a variety of restaurants to choose from including Packhouse. Packhouse’s lively décor, including a whimsical giant chalkboard and massive garage door indicate this is a fun place to be. Famous for its “no tipping” policy, Packhouse Meats has a creative menu of packed meats including chicken, beef and vegetarian options served up as sliders, on salads or in bowls.

A stroll along Monmouth Street also offers a variety of opportunities to support independent businesses.

Feeling creative? Head into Knit On! with its selection of yarn, needles, tools and classes. You’ll be cranking out a cardigan in no time. Not crafty? Grab a sweater or other apparel at Urban Chick Boutique. This shop has a selection of woman’s clothing and accessories just in time for summer.

Theatre House has you covered with costumes and other goodies for fun year round, from masquerade and theatrical costumes to retail merchandise. 

Everything old is new again with several re-sale and antique shops including Monmouth Street Antique Mall. From vintage dresses to home furnishings, these shops give you a chance to re-purpose the past.

Whether you’re new to bicycles or a seasoned rider, Reser’s Bicycle Outfitters has something for you. In addition to a selection of bicycles and accessories, Reser’s does repairs and hosts classes that will get you road ready for the summer.