Multiple attempts to contact the Paycor Stadium (formerly Paul Brown Stadium), home of the Cincinnati Bengals, to find out what vegan options are available at the stadium has not been successful.
We’ll keep reaching out, but in the meantime, we do have the policies you need to know if you’re thinking about just bringing your own food to the stadium.
We also have two suggestions for a couple of vegan-friendly locations where you can stop and grab a bite to eat before or after the game.
Finally, if you’d like to help us out by encouraging Paycor Stadium to get in touch with us, you can reach them at [email protected].
Vegan Options at Paycor Stadium
We are providing options that may be vegan at the stadium since we have yet to hear back from Paycor Stadium. We have reached out again in 2023 and will update if/when we do.
For now, we suggest asking the concessions stands for more info on cross-contamination/shared fryers* but the following items might be ok:
Sections: 114, 120, 144, 152, 213, 236, 308, 339
Sections: 111, 141
If you know something we don’t that can help improve this guide, please reach out to us and let us know!
Can I Bring Food Into Paycor Stadium?
Thinking about bringing your own food to the game? Here are a few policies at Paul Brown Stadium that you’ll want to be aware of. We pulled these directly from the Bengals’ Gameday Guide.
There is NO mention of whether you can take your food into Paycor Stadium or not so we suggest NOT taking your own. Eating before and after the game may be your best bet.
Bag Policy (as of 1.20.23)
Based on recommended NFL public safety best practices, we strongly encourage fans to not bring any bags. One (per person) of the bags listed below will be permitted inside Paul Brown Stadium:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″x6″x12″
- One-gallon re-sealable clear freezer bag
- Women’s clutch purse no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″ with one of the clear plastic bags
- Medical bags for accompanying patron
All items subject to search. All other bags will be denied.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, non-clear cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions with zippered covers, pockets or flaps, computer bags, camera bags, and any bag larger than the permissible size.
Prohibited Items* (as of 1.20.23)
- Beverage containers
- Bottles and cans, with the exception of unopened bottled water
- All Coolers (unless medically required)
*This is not a complete list of prohibited items, just ones we felt were important to know regarding the ability to bring food and/or beverages into the stadium.
Vegan Options Near Paycor Stadium
We did a bit of investigating, looking around the stadium to try to find a couple of good spots to grab a bite to eat close by before or after the game. This is not a comprehensive list, just a few places that caught our attention.
Harmony Plant Fare | NYC Inspired Vegan Deli
1801 Race St UNIT 105, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Located just a mile and half north of the stadium is Harmony Plant Fare. It’s a NYC Inspired Vegan Deli where you can pick vegan meats and cheeses along with some amazing looking sandwiches.
We’ve never been here ourselves, but they carry a 4.9 star rating with over a 100 reviews on Google. (You know how hard that is to do!?!)
There is also a couple other spots, Essen Kitchen and Herban Vegans, located about a block away from Harmony Plant Fare. Definitely an area worth checking out.
95 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
I know we’ll have some people scoff at the idea of including Yard House here and I get it. Yard House is not a local vegan restaurant. It’s a chain and they serve non-vegan items including meat.
However, they do have great vegan options including a few menu items using Gardein products. This Yard House location is also a block away from the stadium making it really convenient for a before or after game meet-up.
Finally, when trying to “choose” the restaurant with non-vegan friends or family, sometimes it’s just easier to suggest a spot that they’ll “feel comfortable with”. I know that’s not ideal, but it tends to work out well for us.
For a complete list of everything vegan at Yard House, check out our Yard House Vegan Guide.
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More Links and Info
- If you’d like to look up more info on Paul Brown Stadium for Bengals games, make sure to check out there Official Page here
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