Re: Tailgating before a Reds game
No need to go to Newport or Covington ... the fun stuff is on the Cincinnati side. And, if you want to tailgate, the surface lot adjacent to PBS would be perfect. It's a big Bengals tailgate lot and there's no reason you wouldn't be able to set up shop before a Reds game either.
If not that, there's always Holy Grail, Toby Keith's, Moerlein Lager House and it's huge lawn, InBetween and other places. The days of Newport being the fall-back place to go before/after games are over.