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13 Bars for Food + Drink

By Danny Cross · February 29th, 2012 · Swizzle
Sometimes the goal of an evening at the bar isn’t to partake in a liquid diet — sometimes the drinks are simply a compliment to a fare one particular bar has become known for (OK, sometimes you’re just running late and need a place where you can jam a burger while you drink). Either way, these fine establishments are a good place to start when the time comes to combine food and drinks.

Gordo’s Pub
4328 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-351-1999
5502 Dixie Highway, (at Jungle Jim’s), Fairfield, 513-351-1999
Gordo’s doesn’t play around when it comes to burgers, or the rest of its menu for that matter. Don’t miss their amazing fish sandwich.

Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234
A friendly, diverse and historic gin joint, Arnold’s is the city’s oldest bar and features a great dinner menu that includes a signature Greek spaghetti and some fabulous sandwiches. Arnold’s draws folks for its food, live music, local brews and casual atmosphere.

Bar Louie
Newport on the Levee, (859) 291-4222
When you offer $1 burgers on certain weeknights, you’d better have a lot of space for a crowd. And that Bar Louie does, in addition to a stellar view of the Cincinnati skyline.

Brothers Bar & Grill
Newport on the Levee, 859-291-2767
Another big bar and grill with plenty of burger, sandwich and appetizer options to get a night started or get you through the big game.

Cincy’s on Sixth
41 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-621-6200
Formerly Cadillac Ranch, this massive space adjacent to Fountain Square has undergone a facelift, meaning no more mechanical bull. Cincy’s still offers an American comfort food menu.

City View Tavern
403 Oregon St., Mount Adams, 513-241-VIEW
A fine neighborhood bar offering panoramic vistas of our fair metropolis, along with burgers, soups, sandwiches and a spicy Bloody Mary.

Cock & Bull English Pub
601 Main St., Covington, 859-581-4253
275 East Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-4253
2653 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-533-4253
Traditional British Pub in the hearts of Mainstrasse, Glendale and Hyde Park. Fish and Chips, anyone?

Habits Café
3036 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-631-8367
Oakley’s living room for more than three decades is consistently packed with good cheer and great people, and its full menu pairs nicely with its rotating selection of seasonal beers.

Keystone Bar and Grill
313 Greenup St., Covington, 859-261-6777
A quirky, fun neighborhood pub serving up ten different mac and cheeses and many satisfied patrons. Half-price mac and cheese every Monday.

Mansion Hill Tavern
502 Washington St., Newport, 859-581-0100
Come for the excellent Blues and troll dolls, stay for the casual bar fare, extensive beer selection and live music all weekend long.

Oakley Pub & Grill
3924 Isabella Ave., Oakley, 513-531-2500
Top notch food like the Grouper Sandwich and Fish Tacos combined with a streetside patio and friendly atmosphere make the Pub an integral link in the Oakley entertainment district.

Washington Platform
1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110
Don’t be selfish, share some shellfish at this historic Cincinnati landmark. Hosts the Cincinnati Oyster Festival March 23-April 28.

Zip’s Café
1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876
Since 1926, Zip’s has served up one of Cincinnati’s best hamburgers, including the Girth Burger — a Zip burger with a split grilled Mettwurst on top.



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