Plan your Dark Charge Weekend in NKY

Spending a weekend in Northern Kentucky for Braxton Brewing Company's Dark Charge Winter Block Party? 

We've got the local lowdown on great restaurants, things to do, unique shops, and memorable attractions in Covington and the surrounding NKY and Cincy region. Here's some itinerary inspiration for even more fun you can have when you've finished the festivities at Braxton. 

Two tall shelves holding dozens of bottles of vintage bourbon at Revival Vintage Spirits

More Bourbon fun

If you like the taste of bourbon barrel aged beer like Dark Charge, we've got even more bourbon-centric things for you. We've got a one-of-a-kind vintage spirits shop specializing in bourbon and only a few blocks from Braxton - Revival Vintage Spirits. There's also our local self-guided bourbon trail, The B-Line®. Plus, great bourbon bars around every corner. Learn more on our Bourbon in NKY page

A line of people walking across the suspended Shark Bridge over the shark tank at the Newport AquariumFun Northern Kentucky Attractions

A mile and half away from Braxton is one of the Top 10 Aquariums in the U.S., according to USA Today - the Newport Aquarium. The Aquarium is located at Newport on the Levee, filled with unique shops, an outpost of another local craft brewery - Wooden Cask, a cool bowling alley, an e-sports and arcade gaming spot, and more. Take a look at our page of Attractions in NKY for more ideas for fun things to do. 


Some Local Favorite Restaurants

Braxton Brewing Co. always brings in some of the best food in NKY for their events, but after you enjoy the offerings at Dark Charge Winter Block Party, here are some other great restaurants to enjoy in the Covington, Ky region. 

pork waffle at yuca by cedar in bellevue

great places to eat in NKY

 You can chomp down on the Big Bad Wolf, a shredded pork infused waffle at Yuca in Bellevue, Ky. (pictured above), enjoy the best bagels outside of NYC in NKY at Lil's Bagels, dine at a restaurant Esquire magazine named one of the 100 restaurants the U.S. cannot afford to lose at Bouquet, taste the fried chicken Southern Living called the best in Kentucky at The Purple Poulet, get amazing Asian American fare at a spot that's won multiple Best of Cincinnati awards at Kung Food AmerAsia, and get one of the best burgers of your life at Bard's Burgers, featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

These are just a handful of the restaurants in Northern Kentucky that have won awards. Be sure to explore our restaurants page for even more delicious ideas. 


Unique Shopping in the Covington, Ky. Area

A wooden case holding racks of custom made wood magic wands in various shades of brown and ivoryLooking for a one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir? NKY has got you! From a magical shop where you can get your own custom, hand-made wand from around the world at Hierophany and Hedge to out of this world sci-fi toys and art at Earth 2 Kentucky to world famous faux furs at Donna Salyers to so much more! Check out this article on unique local shops in NKY.

Hope we've rounded out your weekend plans in the Northern Kentucky and Cincy region! Speaking of Cincy, don't forget Cincinnati is just a bridge-walk away across the Ohio river and brimming over with great places to eat, performing arts, museums and more. Explore Cincy ideas here. 

Welcome and have a wonderful stay!