The gravel floor, shade trees and beer barrels impart the rustic feel of an authentic German bier garten, but this locale has something Germany does not -- an impressive view of the Cincinnati skyline.
Eats: You can't leave without hoisting a liter of beer, crafted on-site by the restaurant's German brew master. August's seasonal offering is Kunzel Schwarzbier, a dark, chocolaty lager. While a few full dinners are served outside, the menu focuses on appetizers like the wünderbar Goetta Links ($7.29) and sandwiches such as the Schnitzel Sandwich ($8.49), Pork Schnitzel on pretzel bread or the Any Würst on a Bun ($5.99). (Lora Arduser)
Hofbr#228uhaus, Third and Saratoga, Newport (across from Newport on the Levee), 859-491-7200. Open at 11 a.m. daily. Last call 11:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (Menu becomes "appetizers only" after 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)