Backstage Takes Center Stage with Major Expansion Completed

The Backstage Event Center, a loft-style space above Nicholson’s Tavern and the Horse & Barrel Bourbon House, finished a full renovation last fall to offer terrific options for hosting any or all of your wedding celebrations, from ceremonies to receptions and showers. Overlooking the heart of the theatre district, you and your guests will enjoy this warm, urban, vibrant setting. 

The venue has increased its capacity to accommodate 130 guests seated with a dance floor or 300 guests cocktail/reception style. The space can be configured for a variety of options. Two attractive terraces offer functional seating and room to host a cocktail reception or intimate ceremony. The flexible, rustic-modern interior can provide separate cocktail and reception areas, allowing you to conveniently host your ceremony and reception in the same building, or you can leave it wide open and let the celebration fill a dramatically beautiful space with city views from every angle. The Backstage Event Center is also an awesome setting for your rehearsal dinner, a welcoming reception for guests or brunch the morning after your wedding. The location is perfect for a Queen City wedding with a wide range of hotel options where everyone has easy access to the many events and attractions within walking distance in downtown Cincinnati. 

The professional event staff at the Backstage Center is second-to-none and will work with you from the early planning stages of your wedding throughout your special day to make sure you are able to relax and revel in every moment of the celebration. Kelly Schneider, the Events Director, along with Nicholson’s Executive Chef, Jeff Poore, work one-on-one with you to design the perfect menu; one that reflects your tastes and respects your budget. 

The menu options are varied with offerings such as family-style dinners, full-service duet plate entrees, buffets and accommodations for special dietary needs. 

The Backstage team pride themselves on providing a personal touch that is focused solely on you and your event. Call to schedule a tour to see how you can set the stage for a celebration that realizes your dreams of hosting a downtown wedding event in a unique and stylish, yet affordable setting.

The Backstage Event Center is located at 625 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.550.1869 or visit