The lounge is named after a beloved Cincinnati entertainer, Tillie the elephant. Tillie was the most famous of many exotic animals in John Robinson’s Circus which traveled the country and paraded the streets of Northside in the early 20th century. In 1932, the Enquirer’s front page news lauded her for a career “marked with records of heroic deeds, service to humanity and outstanding achievements in her role as an entertainer…”
Tillie’s Lounge, with designs by Dwellings on Madison, has a predicted date for its grand opening: February 2015, with a series of soft openings beginning mid to late December.
In the heart of Northside, you’ll find Tillie’s located at 4042 Hamilton Ave. Originally built in 1881 as Droege Shoes, the building remained a Cobbler for over 77 years. Tillie’s will feature specialty sparkling champagne cocktails named after Northside nostalgia including: The Cobbler’s Cocktail named after the origins of the building itself, and The Walk-Over, named after a thrilling act performed by Tillie and her trainer. The lounge will offer a full bar, craft beers, and a wide selection of wine.
The location of Tillie’s Lounge when it was a cobblers. If you look closely on the left side just above the front of the bus you can see the sign in the shape of a boot. Fixtures are still in place, but not the sign : (