BARS ON THE RIVER
Cabana On The River: A seasonal tropical watering hole on the West Side with a full service bar — including their famous Long Island iced tea — and plenty of seafood. Their tiki bar opens every Memorial Day to ring in summer with good vibes and good tunes. 7445 Forbes Road, Delhi, 513-941-7442, cabanaontheriver.com.
Drew’s On The River: A well-kept West Side secret, Drew’s features an oversized, partially shaded patio and tiki bar right on the riverbank where you can watch the Anderson Ferry shuttle back and forth. Casual food and drinks abound. 4333 River Road, Sayler Park, 513-451-1157, drewsontheriver.com.
Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club: With a giant shark impaled on the sign, this bar, grill and marina has a definite sense of laid-back island humor. Right on the river, you’ll find a comfy cabana serving a full menu with daily specials and cheap drinks. 860 Elm St., Ludlow, Ky., 859-291-8132, ludlowbromleyyachtclub.com.
Pirate’s Cove Tropical Bar and Grill: Located in the Four Seasons Marina, this bar and grill offers seafood, island entertainment and tropical drink specials — rain or shine. 4609 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-871-1820, piratescovecincy.com.
Riverside Marina Bar & Grille: A floating bar and grill with a full bar, food and live music on the weekends. Enjoy sunshine, a river view and a daiquiri on their tropical patio. 145 Mary Ingles Highway, Dayton, Ky., 859-442-8111, riversidemarinaky.com.
The Sandbar: It’s a day at the beach, with seven volleyball courts and a view of the river. After digging in the sand enjoy a beer at the cabana bar or take a dip in the pool. Four Seasons Marina, 4609 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-533-3810, thesandbarcincinnati.com.
Rich Harwood at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar Photo: Keith Bowers
The Littlefield: A bourbon bar specializing in bourbon cocktails and regional craft beer paired with food, art and cultural offerings. 3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-386-7570, littlefieldns.com. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar Houses a mind-boggling bourbon selection, served in snifters by a well-educated, passionate staff. 629 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1777, facebook.com/1OKBB.
Wiseguy Lounge: A speakeasy above Goodfellas Pizzeria with bourbon, craft cocktails and 16 beers on draft. Offers a bourbon connoisseurs club for serious imbibers. 603 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-916-5209, facebook.com/wiseguylounge.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing Photo: Taylor Stanley
Bad Tom Smith Brewing: Craft brewers with a focus on quality, taste and originality. 4720 Eastern Ave., East End, 513-871-4677, badtomsmithbrewing.com. Blank Slate Brewing Company Produces handcrafted, seasonal ales in small batches. Currently does not have a taproom/tasting room but plans to add one. 4233 Airport Road, Unit C, East End, blankslatebeer.com.
Cellar Dweller: Craft beers produced in a vineyard. The tasting room is open daily, offering pints of pale ales, stouts and wheats, as well as pizza and cheese plates. 2276 E. U.S. 22, Morrow, 513-899-2485, valleyvineyards.com/cellardwellerbeers.html.
Christian Moerlein Brewery and Taproom: Enjoy a rich piece of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage at the new Christian Moerlein craft brewery, taproom and tour center. Take a free tour of the production brewery and go inside the historic underground malt house from before Prohibition. 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-6025, christianmoerlein.com.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing: Ei8ht Ball practically screams “anything goes” as soon as you walk up to the bar, with tap handles topped with random toys and light fixtures made from recycled growlers. But despite any preconceived notions about its seemingly irreverent, punkish attitude — their labels feature street-art style censored bars across celebrity faces and certain bits of Michelangelo’s “David” — the Ei8ht Ball team values innovation and collaboration above all else. 18 Distillery Way, Newport, Ky., 859-291-0036, ei8htballbrewing.com.
Fifty West Brewing Company: Craft brewery and tapas-style restaurant — with a focus on beer pairings — located in a historic building. 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-834-8789, fiftywestbrew.com.
Great Crescent Brewery: The Great Crescent Brewery uses all malt and fresh hops in every beer they create. Every beer is handcrafted in small batches using traditional brewing methods. 315 Importing St., Aurora, Ind., 812-655-9079, gcbeer.com.
Listermann Brewing Company: Handcrafted ales, a growler station and wine making ingredients and equipment for enthusiasts characterize this owner-operated brewing company. 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, 513-731-1130, listermannbrewing.com.
MadTree Brewing: Local brewery specializing in craft beer in a can. Rotating local chefs provide food. Tours Saturday afternoons. 5164 Kennedy Ave., Norwood, 513-836-8733, madtreebrewing.com. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company Founders Mike and Kathleen Dewey produce 4,500 barrels of exceptional craft beer a year. Tours are offered on Saturdays. 4362 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Eastgate, 513-240-BREW, mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com.
Rhinegeist: A large brewery and event space in historic Over-the-Rhine (housed in an old Moerlein bottling plant) producing hoppy and sessionable ale. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1367, rhinegeist.com.
Rivertown Brewing Company: Founded by home-brewing enthusiasts Jason Roper and Randy Schlitz, this craft brewery creates German-style lagers and ales. Tours on Fridays and Saturdays include a Rivertown brewing glass and a pint of beer. 607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, 513-827-9280, rivertownbrewery.com.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: A restaurant and brew pub that brews its own beer. More than 10 home-brewed styles and a lengthy menu. 10 Fountain Square Plaza, Downtown, 513-621-1588, rockbottom.com.
Triple Digit Brewing Company: Housed inside Listermann Brewing Company. 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, 513-731-1130, tripledigitbrewing.com.
Adriatico’s: New York-style pizza and sports bar near the University of Cincinnati. Adriatico’s offers the awesome pizza it’s known for, along with dozens of beers on tap, wings and plenty of TVs. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 113 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-281-4344, adriaticosuc.com.
The Brass Tap: It’s not necessarily a college bar, but it’s a bar near UC. The “upscale beer emporium” offers more than 80 craft beers on tap, live music, trivia on Tuesday, karaoke on Wednesday and plenty of TVs. They also have wine and food, like a pretzel pizza. 251 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-242-2337, brasstapbeerbar.com.
Dana Gardens: Since 1938, Dana’s has been the home of all things Xavier, like a sports-centric XU grad’s basement. Watch the Muskie basketball team hoop it up and enjoy pub fare with students and X fans alike. 1832 Dana Ave., Evanston, 513-631-2337, danagardens.com.
Dive Bar: Self-described as “not your average dive bar,” this new establishment offers 70 different beers and 80 different liquors — about one semester’s worth. It’s also the base camp of Café de Wheels food truck, offering burgers and fries, plus free Wi-Fi, games and TVs. 2608 Vine St., Corryville, 513-221-0931, facebook.com/divebarcincinnati.
Mac’s Pizza Pub: It’s kind of a collegiate Chuck E. Cheese. There are games, live music, sports and food — good food with vegan options. Mac’s pizza has won numerous awards and the rest of its menu ain’t too shabby, either. 205 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-241-MACS; 6309 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-271-MACS; 2920 W. US-22, Maineville, 513-677-MACS, macspizzapub.com.
The Mad Frog: Live music every night ranging from Gothic/Industrial to Cincy EDM Showcase. Tons of dancing and drinking. 1 E. McMillan St., Corryville, 513-784-9119, themadfrog.net.
Murphy’s Pub: Established in 1969, this dive bar offers everyday deals on pitchers, bar games and team sports, frequent free pizza, soup and hot dogs. Murphy’s represents its Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day. 2329 W. Clifton Ave., Clifton Heights, 513-721-6148, murphys-pub.com.
The St. Clair: A new bar in the University of Cincinnati area from 4EG, the people behind popular bars such as the Mount Adams Pavilion, Igby’s, The Lackman and more. Not necessarily a college bar, but in a college area with great drink specials. 245 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-281-5397, thestclair.com.
Uncle Woody’s Pub: A college student’s rec room dream — long wooden bar, sports on TV and an outdoor patio are tough to turn down during the walk home from class. Try their famous Cajun burger. 339 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-751-2518, @unclewoodys.
Cock & Bull
Claddagh Irish Pub: Experience the magic of the jade isle with a view of the riverfront. Claddagh offers themed rooms full of Irish décor and Monday specials on Trinity drafts: Guinness, Smithwick’s or Harp. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-581-8888, facebook.com/newportcladdagh.
Cock & Bull Public House: Traditional British Pub in the hearts of MainStrasse, Glendale and Hyde Park. Try a local beer flight (there are more than 50 brews on tap) to spice up a menu dotted with authentic English pub staples like fish and chips. Frequent daily specials including Pint Night starting at 6 p.m. Thursdays. With a different craft ale featured every week, they pour the pint, you keep the glass. 601 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-581-4253; 275 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-4253; 2645 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-533-4253, candbpublichouse.com.
Crowley’s: Cincinnati’s oldest Irish pub. Smithwick’s, Guinness and Killian’s on draft in an unpretentious atmosphere. 958 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-721-7709, @crowleyspub. Fogarty’s Irish Pub Classic Irish pub. 3620 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-515-3215, facebook.com/fogartys.
Foley’s Irish Pub: Foley’s features “O’Happy Hour” daily. 200 W. Benson St., Reading, 513-948-9163. Hap’s Irish Pub Hap’s considers itself the most authentic Irish pub outside of the Jade Isle; it’s been pouring a perfect pint of Guinness for more than three decades. 3510 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-871-6477.
Maloney’s Pub West: $1.50 cans and half-price appetizers 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 408 Greenwell Ave., Price Hill, 513-922-3156.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: Like a good Irish pub, this place can get rowdy; and like a good community gathering space, it hosts trivia nights, live Irish music and karaoke. For all you soccer fans — football, if you’re a traditionalist — enjoy the best Guinness in town while you watch live Barclay’s Premier League games. 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-6659, mollymalonesirishpub.com.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub: Molly’s offers an authentic Irish pub experience with Irish music and authentic Irish dishes, including shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. 6111 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531-0700, mollymalonescincinnati.com.
Nicholson’s: Nicholson’s offers one of the best scotch selections in the country (view the single-malt scotch and whiskey menus online), plus pub food (shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips) and servers in kilts. 625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111, nicholsonspub.com.
O’Bryon’s Irish Pub: Neighborhood bar and grill with two floors and an outdoor patio that seats 50-60. Enjoy peanuts — in the shell — while watching one of 14 TVs and explore the regularly rotating draft beer selection. 1998 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-5525, obryonsirishpub.com.
O’Malley’s in the Alley: Cincinnati’s second-oldest bar, this Irish pub calls itself “Downtown Cincinnati’s Traditional Irish Hole in the Wall.” It offers a full menu, happy hour and a great stop before Reds, Cyclones or Bengals games. 25 Ogden Place, Downtown, 513-381-3114, omalleysinthealley.com.
The Public House: Formerly known as The Black Sheep. Featured on an old episode of Bar Rescue, bartenders are certified “perfect pint pourers” from the Guinness brewery in Dublin. 3807 North Bend Road, Cheviot, 513-481-6300, thepublichousecheviot.com.
R.P. McMurphy’s Pub: All-seasons patio with a fire pit, televisions galore and Irish bar-food staples. Live music on the weekends. Mug Club every Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. Buy a $5 mug, get it refilled with $3 premium beer and only $2 for domestics. 2910 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-531-3300, rpmcmurphyspub.com.
Neons Unplugged Photo: Jesse Fox
Arnold’s Bar & Grill: A friendly, diverse and historic gin joint, Arnold’s is the city’s oldest bar. Arnold’s draws folks for its food, live music, local brews and casual atmosphere. Named as one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234, arnoldsbarandgrill.com.
The Drinkery: Local beer and local music at this laid-back OTR joint. 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-549-7417, drinkeryotr.com.
The Famous Neons Unplugged: A Travel + Leisure magazine-rated “America’s Best Outdoor Bars,” specialty infused spirits and yard games including bocce ball and giant Jenga. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9361, neons-unplugged.com.
Igby’s: Multi-leveled with a large atrium and two outdoor patios, their craft cocktail menu was developed by world-renowned mixologist Brian Van Flandern and their scotch and whiskey selection is huge (including their own private-label bottles of Four Roses bourbon). 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-246-4396, igbysbar.com.
Japp’s: Weekly craft cocktail specials with fresh ingredients — homemade syrups, real fruit, inspired by classics — in a historic environment. They also offer dancing in the Annex Fridays and Saturdays; never a cover. 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1524, japps1879.com.
The Lackman: Located in a turn-of-the-century building built by brewer Herman Lackman. Fourteen beers on tap and more than 30 bottles and cans (microbrews, imports and domestics). 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-0741, lackmanbar.com.
MOTR Pub: Some of the best live shows in the city — all without a cover — plus a patio and food. They also have writer’s nights. 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-MOTR, motrpub.com.
Obscura: With only 80 seats on the main floor and 12 seats at the bar, Obscura offers high-craft drinks and small bites. 645 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-421-3800, obscuracincinnati.com.
Rhinehaus: The only sports bar in OTR. Houses more than 12 TVs, 16 occasionally rotating taps and channels/packages like NFL Sunday Ticket and FOX Soccer Channel. 119 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2277, rhinehausbar.com.
Axis Alley: Boutique bowling with lane-side food and beverage service. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-652-7250, axisalleylevee.com.
Bobby Mackey’s Music World: A classic Honky Tonk with Country music, cowboys and a mechanical bull. Or maybe you’re just a thrill-seeker looking for a little scare — we hear the place is haunted. 44 Licking Pike, Wilder, Ky., 859-431-5588, bobbymackey.com.
Boogie Nights: Break loose before or after hitting the slots. Jam with the best DJs in the area and shake what your mama gave ya with the roller girls, boogie dancers and hula hoop phenoms. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg, Ind., 888-274-6797, hollywoodindiana.com, boogienightsindiana.com.
Funny Bone Comedy Club: Northern Kentucky’s favorite spot for live comedy. Enjoy an evening on the Levee by starting or finishing the night with some high-quality entertainment. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-957-2000, funnybonecentral.com.
Go Bananas Comedy Club: One of Cincinnati’s premier comedy clubs. See the up-and-comers on Wednesday Pro-Am Nights or come and see your favorites. 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, 513-984-9288, gobananascomedy.com.
Hahana Beach: Food, craft beers, live music, sports on TV (via 24 HDs) and beach volleyball leagues. 7605 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, hahanabeach.com.
Sky Galley Restaurant & Bar: A historic setting and unparalleled view at Lunken Airport. Watch planes take off from large windows (or the patio) in the airport’s Art Deco terminal building. Lunken Airport Terminal, 262 Wilmar Ave., East End, 513-871-7400, skygalley.net.
Hofbräuhaus: Beers brewed on-site in the Munich tradition (under the license and supervision of Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München), with a keg tapping of seasonal brews the final Wednesday of each month.
Buy a liter of beer and keep the stein for $10. 200 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-7200, hofbrauhausnewport.com.
Kreimer’s Bier Haus: German bier haus on the Great Miami River. 6052 State Route 128, Miamitown, 513-353-2168, bierhauswest.net.
Mecklenburg Gardens: Oktoberfest all year long. Wash down your triple-goettawurst and spaetzle with a doppelbock or hefeweizen in the grape vine-laden outdoor biergarten. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, 513-221-5353, mecklenburgs.net.
Wunderbar!: Rhineland ambiance with wooden picnic tables and German signage. Food options include giant pretzels, sauerkraut, sausage and Doner Kabobs, one of Germany’s favorite street-food dishes. Beer choices abound with German staples such as Franziskaner and Warsteiner. 1132 Lee St., Covington, Ky., 859-815-8027, facebook.com/wunderbar.covington.3.
Wurst Bar in the Square: A gastropub with German leanings specializing in Cincinnati favorites: homemade sausage and beer. 3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-321-0615, wurstbarinthesquare.com.
21c Museum Hotel Cocktail Terrace Photo: Jillian Tellep
The Bar at Palm Court: Lobby-level bar with French Art Deco décor in the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza. Happy hour features half-price appetizers created by Orchids at Palm Court’s award-winning chef , Todd Kelly. 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-9100, orchidsatpalmcourt.com.
The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel: A city-centered lounge with plenty of ambiance for mixing business and pleasure. A live Jazz trio plays Friday and Saturday. Happy hour daily. 601 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-3000, cincinnatianhotel.com.
Metropole/Cocktail Terrace: Housed in the 21c Museum Hotel, the Metropole is a restaurant with a menu focused on dishes cooked in a custom-built wood-burning fireplace. The bar and lounge features craft beers on tap, housemade cocktails, bourbons and a smart selection of old- and new-world wines. Or head up to the roof for the hotel’s cocktail terrace, open during warm weather. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6660, metropoleonwalnut.com, 21ccocktailterrace.com.
Over Vine: A quiet bar located in the lobby of the Westin Cincinnati, overlooking Vine Street and Fountain Square. 21 E. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-621-7700, westincincinnati.com.
The Phelps/The Top of the Park: Both located in the Residence Inn Marriott. The Phelps is a hidden oasis in the city — a tapas bar featuring small bites, wine and hand-crafted cocktails. On the roof, the Top of the Park features unparalleled views of Lytle Park, Downtown Cincinnati, the Ohio River and Mount Adams. Open to the public 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 506 E. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-651-1234, topoftheparkcincinnati.com.
Red Roost Tavern: The farm-to-table Red Roost Tavern inside the Hyatt Regency also has a bar. Prices are affordable: $5 canvas wines, $6 well drinks, $8 signature drinks. Local beers in bottles and on tap plus cocktails utilizing local alcohols like the maple mint julep with Ohio-made bourbon from Watershed Distillery. 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-354-4025, facebook.com/redroosttavern.
The Symphony Hotel: A quiet spot for a cocktail or glass of wine inside a historic bed and breakfast near Music Hall. 210 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-3353, symphonyhotel.com.
Threesixty: High atop Covington’s riverfront, inside the Radisson Hotel, is the Threesixty — a revolving restaurant. Their bar offers the same breathtaking view as the restaurant, with wine flights, beer flights, bourbon flights and more. 668 W. Fifth St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-5300, threesixtydining.com.
Below Zero Lounge: OTR’s hip, big city nightclub has one of the area’s largest vodka collections, more than 100 varieties. “Show Tunes Sundays” feature video clips from Broadway, musicals and comedy clips. 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-9376, belowzerolounge.com.
The Cabaret: Upstairs from Below Zero, the Cabaret features fantastic drag shows. 1122 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-202-4052, cabaretcincinnati.com.
Crazy Fox Saloon: Drink specials, smoke-free interior, pinball, darts, trivia, pool, TVs, off-street parking and an assortment of absinthe. Dog-friendly. 901 Washington Ave., Newport, Ky., 859-261-2143.
The Dock Complex: Three bars, one covered smoking patio, one patio lounge with a volleyball court, a fully equipped dance floor with four platforms, pool table, touch-screen games, DJs and drag shows. The club is 18 and older. 603 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 513-241-5623.
Home Base Tavern: Features a pool table, jukebox, Mega Touch games, free beer pong, Wi-Fi, TV and basic bar munchies. Karaoke and $1 drafts on Tuesdays. 2401 Vine St., Corryville, 513-721-1212, hbtpride.com.
On Broadway Bar: Everyone’s welcome at this self-proclaimed Cincinnati version of Cheers. 817 Broadway St., Downtown, 513-421-2555, facebook.com/onbroadwaycincinnati.
Pike Street Lounge: Coffee shop and bar specializing in creative cocktails, good coffee and local beers. 266 W. Pike St., Covington, Ky., 859-916-5430, pikestreetlounge.com.
Rosie’s Tavern: A mixed-crowd of beer drinkers and regulars at this gay-friendly bar. Pool, shuffleboard, pitcher specials, live music and more. 643 Bakewell St., Covington, Ky., 859-291-9707.
The Serpent: A leather bar with a dress code. 4042 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6969, serpentbar.com.
Shooters: A down-to-earth Country Western gay bar. Karaoke, drag shows, DJs and strong drinks. 927 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-9900, twitter.com/shooterscincy.
Simon Says: One of the oldest gay bars in town, Simon Says has been a business district staple in some form since back in the ’60s. 428 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-7577.
LIVE MUSIC BARS
The Blind Lemon: Mount Adams’ favorite backyard bar since 1963. Walk down a set of stairs to find a secret, little hideaway. Inside, the cozy walls are lined with eclectic paraphernalia. Outside, the relaxed patio is incredibly popular in the warmer months. Live music almost every night. 936 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-241-3885, theblindlemon.com.
Bogart’s: Corryville/Live Nation’s premier live music venue featuring local, national and international acts, plus six bars. 2621 Vine St., Corryville, 513-872-8801, bogarts.com.
The Comet: Eclectic neighborhood bar and big-ass burrito joint with more than 150 beers, homemade ginger ale, live music, art exhibits and one of the best jukeboxes in town. The Comet Bluegrass Allstars play every Sunday. Kitchen menu served 4 p.m.-1 a.m. daily. 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900, cometbar.com.
Dee Felice Café: Jazz, Swing and the food of the French Quarter. A credit to the notion that Cincinnati is as far as one can be North while still being South. 529 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-261-2365, deefelicecafe.com.
The Greenwich: Walnut Hills’ answer to Greenwich Village. Features a combination of Jazz, Spoken Word and Hip Hop. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-221-1151, the-greenwich.com.
The Incline Lounge at the Celestial: With a view that overlooks the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline, the Celestial’s bar and lounge is the perfect place to watch the sun go down and the lights of the city come up. The live music is frequently Jazz. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455, thecelestial.com.
The Little Nashville of Newport: A little slice of Nashville in the Tristate, with live music. Houses the longest bar in Northern Kentucky. 828 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-415-0057, thelittlenashvilleofnewport.com.
Madison Theater: This historic venue offers local and national music acts. 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-491-2444, madisontheateronline.com.
Mansion Hill Tavern: Come for the excellent Blues and troll dolls, stay for the casual bar fare, extensive beer selection and live music all weekend long. 502 Washington Ave., Newport, Ky., 859-581-0100, mansionhilltavern.tripod.com.
Mayday: A neighborhood bar and Rock venue that recently upgraded its menu from bar food to gastropub with the addition of an in-house chef and table service. Still offers the craft beer and great whiskey selection they’re known for, plus live music and dance parties. 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0999, maydaynorthside.com.
Mainstay Rock Bar: Downtown’s rowdy Rock & Roll den of iniquity, with a crap ton of beers, Jameson whiskey specials every Monday and a burger menu. The Betty Bar upstairs is more wine tastings and craft cocktails than bass riffs. 301 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-721-7625, mainstayrockbar.com.
Northside Tavern: A front bar, back bar and huge patio. Free live music almost every night of the week, including live band karaoke. Margarita and bloody mary specials ($4.50) on Saturdays. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603, northsidetav.com/cincy.
Schwartz’s Point: This is what speakeasies were like back in the day. An unpretentious Jazz club with live Jazz from the virtuoso owner Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. 1901 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-651-2236, schwartzspoint.com.
Sonny’s All Jazz Lounge: Sonny’s is a retro haven for Jazz lovers. Live Jazz on Sundays. Enjoy Jazz and R&B with local DJs. 1227 California Ave., Bond Hill, 513-242-4579, facebook.com/sonnysalljazzloungecafe.
The Southgate House Revival: New location for an old favorite. Live music from a variety of genres seven nights a week. 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-2201, southgatehouse.com.
Stanley’s Pub: A favorite spot for live, eclectic tunes along the river. Local and out-of-town bands with cheap drinks make Stanley’s an area favorite. A big place for JamGrass. 323 Stanley Ave., Columbia Tusculum, 513-871-6249, facebook.com/stanleys.pub.
Thompson House: After changing leadership and restructuring its concert-booking schedule, the Thompson House is back up and running with three stages and four bars. It also houses an art gallery called The Shooting Gallery. 24 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-SHOW, thompsonhousenewport.com.
The Tin Roof: The Tin Roof chain of live music joints came to Cincinnati in 2012. Radio station the Project 100.7 hosts the monthly On Tap Series! at the venue, showcasing unsigned artists from the Cincinnati area. 160 Freedom Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-381-2176, tinroofbars.com.
The Venue: Live music with ballroom and swing dancing. 9980 Kings Auto Drive, Mason, thevenuecincinnati.com.
NEIGHBORHOOD BARS AND PUBS
Animations Lounge: A pool bar with drink specials. Voted best place to shoot pool. 3059 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-871-7606, facebook.com/animations.oakley.
Arlin’s: The Gaslight District’s neighborhood pub for the thinking man or woman. Have a beer on the back patio or enjoy live music and bar food. 307 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-6566.
Arthur’s Cafe: Arthur’s is one of Hyde Park’s favorite neighborhood taverns. If you’re looking for more than just a beer and the average pub fare, this is the right place. Let burger madness ensue. All local beers on tap. 3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-5543, arthurscincinnati.com.
Bart’s On York: A stone’s throw and a world away from Newport on the Levee. With the motto, “Where everyone knows your name and thinks you’re an asshole,” it’s a great neighborhood bar with a casual, friendly atmosphere. Huge outdoor patio and great drink specials. 323 York St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-2337.
Brew House: A Walnut Hills institution since 1978 with funky décor, friendly people, good burgers and cheap drinks. 1047 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. 513-961-9058, brewhouse.com.
BrewRiver GastroPub: Celebrating Cincinnati’s brewing heritage with chef-inspired, locally sourced meals and house drafts with options for tasting flights, stein clubs and a variety of guest drafts on 23 rotating taps. Every item on the menu has a suggested beer or wine pairing. 2062 Riverside Drive, East End, 513-861-2484, brewrivergastropub.com.
C&D Café: An old-school bar offering free popcorn and beer that’s cold. The in-ground fire pit and the selection of locally brewed draft beers will be sure to warm you up. 1714 Hanfield St., Northside, 513-541-9881.
Chameleon: A neighborhood nightclub with themed nights, an event space, live music, drink specials and more. 4114 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-2073, thechameleonclub.com.
City View Tavern: A fine neighborhood bar offering panoramic vistas of our fair metropolis, along with burgers, soups, sandwiches and a spicy bloody mary. 403 Oregon St., Mount Adams, 513-241-VIEW, cityviewtavern.com.
Down Under: TVs, bar games (ping pong, foosball, Golden Tee, etc.) and music. 126 Park Place, Covington, Ky., 859-261-9393, downundercov.com.
Edge Inn Tavern: If you’re a dive bar fan and looking to ditch the chains around the Rookwood area, this is your place. Super cheap drinks. 3935 Edwards Road, Norwood, 513-841-9030.
The Establishment: Known colloquially as “The E” for its unassuming local flavor. 2900 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-631-9000.
Gaslight Café: A comfy Pleasant Ridge gem that’s more café than bar. The burgers are excellent and the rest of the menu is pretty darned good, too. 6104 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-631-6977.
Habits Café: There’s nothing quite like a big plate of Habits’ “potato rags” (hash browns on steroids) to complement a craft beer or three. Home to weekly open mic nights, live music, almost 90 bottled beers and possibly a ghost. 3036 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-631-8367, habitscafe.com.
HalfCut: While not exactly a bar, you can fill a growler with local beers and hard-to-find crafts in this OTR store or at the walk-up window to-go. Or even enjoy your beer inside, sitting down at one of HalfCut’s tables. 1126 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, halfcut.com.
Incline Public House: Sitting high atop the now-defunct Price Hill incline, the Incline Public House offers brick-oven dishes, craft beers with a focus on local craft breweries (featuring meet-the-brewer evenings) and a panoramic view of the Ohio River and downtown. 2601 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, 513-251-3000, inclinepublichouse.com.
Lebo’s Bar and Grill: For the Country boys and girls, Lebo’s is a no-frills, Americana dive. 5869 Kellogg Ave., California, 513-232-1763, lebosbarandgrill.com.
Madonna’s: Cozy dive bar with a pool table and jukebox, friendly bartenders and a great BLT. 11 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-8838, madonnabarandgrill.com.
MainStrasse Village Pub: The microbrew mecca of MainStrasse Village — 200 different, constantly changing bottled brews. No beers on draft, but there’s happy hour all day Sunday. 619 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-5552, mainstrassevillagepub.com.
Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern: Prospect Hill’s neighborhood joint is chatty, diverse and full of character. A great place to have beer, relax and chat it up with the regulars. 301 Milton St., Liberty Hill, 513-784-9938, miltonstavern.com.
Mount Adams Bar & Grill: Once a speakeasy, today it is one of the city’s most picturesque taverns with lots of wood grain, class and photos of famous patrons. 938 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-621-3666, mtadamsbarandgrill.com.
Next Chapter: A new bar and grill, Next Chapter is complete with live music, outdoor seating and a menu that includes brunch. 940 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-381-1905, mtadamschapter.com.
Oakley Pub & Grill: Trivia Night Tuesdays are wildly popular, and regulars swear by the fish tacos (only $6.95 Fridays). Food specials nightly. 3924 Isabella Ave., Oakley, 513-531-2500, oakleypubandgrill.com.
The Oak Tavern: Catch your sports obsessions at this beloved local drinkery on multiple TVs. Live bands, patio and food. 3089 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-321-6258, oaktavernoakley.com.
Palomino: Overlooking Fountain Square, the bar at Palomino offers an all-day happy hour with cheap and tasty bites as well as $4 drink specials — all you need for an afternoon or evening of people watching from their giant windows. 505 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-1300, palomino.com.
Rake’s End: A local artist recently transformed this former motorcycle club into an artsy drinkery befitting the neighborhood, which includes a number of artists and artist-run spaces. The skinny space has a big city feel, and the weekly events are drawing outsiders in. 2141 Central Ave., Brighton, 513-206-4603, facebook.com/rakesend.
Silverton Café: Massive double deckers, an enthusiastic sports scene, spirits and fun. Either catch a live band or show everyone your own skills on the karaoke machine. 7201 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-791-2922, silvertoncafe.com.
The Strasse Haus: Serving up bar food and German fare with an outdoor patio and live music for more than 20 years. 630 Main St., Covington, Ky., strassehauspub.com.
Teller’s of Hyde Park: Choose from 30 beers on tap, 20 wines by the glass and more than 120 bottle wines. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-4721, tellersofhydepark.com.
Village Tavern: A historic neighborhood watering hole in the heart of Montgomery. There is something to do at VT every night: Trivia, karaoke, live bands and various DJs make this the place to be seen. 9390 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-793-7882, thevillage-tavern.com.
Washington Platform: Don’t be selfish, share some shellfish at this historic Cincinnati landmark. Hosts the Cincinnati Oyster Festival. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110, washingtonplatform.com.
Yard House: New to The Banks, Yard House features more than 100 tap handles and houses up to 5,000 gallons of beer at a time. 95 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-381-4071, yardhouse.com.
Yesterday’s Old Time Saloon: A no-frills dive bar with free popcorn. 930 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-421-9998.
Zip’s Café: 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. The bar is housed in an old Prohibition-era “Code Room.” 1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876, zipscafe.com.
Mixx Ultra Lounge
601: Nightclub with dress code. 601 Main St., Downtown, 601cincinnati.com.
Arnie’s on the Levee: Big screens, dance floor, stage, pool table, jukebox, popcorn machine and year-round outdoor seating make Arnie’s the Swiss Army Knife of Newport bars. All Bacardi drinks are $3 on Saturdays from 9 p.m. until close. VIP tables available. 120 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-4340, arniesonthelevee.com.
Cosmo’s: A weekend nightclub and dance party haven. 604 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-261-1330.
Flashbacks Dance Club: Open Thursday-Saturday at Newport on the Levee, plays the ‘70s-’90s. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., facebook.com/flashbacksonthelevee.
Forum: An Italian restaurant and nightclub. 322 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., forumcovington.com.
Longworth’s: Housed in a historic firehouse, this is one of the largest bars in Mount Adams. Patio, dancing, live music, game nights and more. Game day specials on food and beer. 1108 Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-651-2253, longworths-mtadams.com.
Millions Café & Mount Lookout Tavern: Mount Lookout’s sister bars and nightlife staples. Live music and frequent parties plus sports on TV and food deals daily. 3209 and 3210 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9633, facebook.com/millionscafe, facebook.com/mtlookouttavern.
Mixx Ultra: Lounge Sushi, dancing and nightlife. 1203 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, mixxcincy.com.
Mount Adams Pavilion: A multi-level nightclub and lounge with four patio decks with city views. DJs and live music every night. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-944-7200, mountadamspavilion.com.
Mynt Cincinnati: Dress-code enforced. Industry nights Saturday and Sunday. Ticketed DJ events. 28 Fountain Square Plaza, Downtown, 513-621-6968, myntcincinnati.com.
Pulse Nightclub: This club in the former Longworth Hall space is known for one thing: dancing. Klub Kiss with DJ Sab every Saturday. 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 513-721-CLUB, pulsecincy.com.
The Righteous Room: A bar and lounge that caters to the YP crowd, as well as arts patrons (it’s directly across from the Aronoff) and after-dinner drinkers. 641 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4408, therighteousroom.com.
Rock Bar and Lounge: Hip bar inside the Horseshoe Casino. 1000 Broadway St., Downtown, 513-252-0777, horseshoecincinnati.com.
Scene Ultra Lounge: An ultra sleek lounge with a long bar and plenty of space to see and be seen. 637 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4327, scenecinci.com.
The Stand: A darkly lit neighborhood bar and lounge. DJs on the weekend, a low-key boardgame night every Tuesday with drink specials. 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-5006, thestandcincy.com.
Vyrsd Social Room: An upscale lounge with cocktails, craft beers, wine, DJs and events including ’80s flashback Tuesdays, karaoke and wine nights. 435 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-6100, vyrsd.com.
Beer Sellar: The Beer Sellar barge offers 63 taps and live music with a scenic view of downtown — literally on the Ohio River. And you can’t beat the $5 round-trip water taxi for all home Bengals and Reds games. 301 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., 859-431-6969, facebook.com/thebeersellar.
Brothers Bar & Grill: A big bar and grill with plenty of burger, sandwich and appetizer options to get a night started or get you through the big game. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-291-2767, brothersbar.com.
Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill: Fifty-cent wings on Tuesday and a ton of TVs for watching sports. 5790 Cheviot Road, White Oak, 513-245-9999, crossroadswings.com.
Dickmann’s Sports Pub & Grub: A sports bar on steroids. Not only are the sports on TV, Dickmann’s has volleyball and trivia. 479 Orphanage Road, Fort Wright, Ky., 859-331-8076, dickmannscafe.com.
Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers: An old-school burger joint meets up with a modern sports bar, and Flipdaddy’s is born. Hear some live music, watch the game or just enjoy some delicious burgers and beer. 12071 Mason Montgomery Road, Symmes Township, 513-677-BEER; 7453 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-272-BEER, flipdaddys.com.
Game Time Sports Bar & Grill: Offers sand volleyball leagues, 20 premium craft beers, 20 gourmet burgers, steel-tip darts, cornhole, pool, shuffleboard and more. 3613 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-661-9464, gametime2012.com.
Head First Sports Café: A downtown dive featured in the George Clooney film the Ides of March, this is the spot for a homemade lunch or a pre-game beer. Located just across the street from Paul Brown Stadium. 218 W. Third St., Downtown, 513-721-3767.
Holy Grail Tavern & Grille: Within 100 yards of Great American Ball Park you can chug a beer and get to the game almost as fast as “Neon” Deion could steal second, third and home. Features 31 TVs so you won’t miss a dunk, goal, run or touchdown. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-621-2222, holygrailcincy.com.
In Between Tavern: It’s the sports bar that’s between the Reds’ and Bengals’ stadiums. In Between’s beer garden is buzzing with fans and is the place to go post-game. 307 Sycamore St., Downtown, 513-621-7009, facebook.com/inbetweentavern.
Knockback Nat’s: Part neighborhood hangout, part sports bar, part destination for hungry individuals looking for delicious smoked wings (featured on the Travel Channel), Knockback Nat’s has a little something for everyone. And there are always sports on TV. 10 W. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-1000.
The Locker Room: Tailgating party spot for before and after baseball and football games near Paul Brown Stadium offering cheap drinks, food and sports. 24 Third St., Downtown, 513-381-3114, twitter.com/lockerroomcincy.
Martino’s on Vine: An Italian-American restaurant on Short Vine that doubles as a Steelers bar. 2618 Vine St., Corryville, 513-221-8487, martinosonvine.com. MVP Sports Bar & Grill Under new ownership. Full menu, free Wi-Fi, DirecTV with NFL Sunday Ticket. 6923 Plainfield Road, Silverton, 513-794-1400, mymvpsportsbarandgrille.com.
Pachinkos: Drink specials, ladies night, giant margaritas, beer buckets and Bengals Mania. Also has a pool table and outdoor patio. 424 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-6400.
The Pirate’s Den: Sports bar, nightclub, pub and eatery with live music and a VIP room. 3670 Werk Road, Suite 6, Bridgetown, 513-347-3900, piratesdencincy.com.
Riverwalk Sports Café: A place to catch the big game or chill out. Family-friendly and has some of the cheapest pitchers in town. 136 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-2804, facebook.com/riverwalksportscafe.
Tap & Go: Rugby-themed sports bar with a private room dedicated to the Cincinnati Wolfhounds. 950 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-381-3584, tapandgocincy.com. Tap House Grill Sit back with your choice of 28 taps and enjoy this sports restaurant and bar’s 20-something TVs. 8740 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-891-TAPS, taphousecincy.com.
Tavern on the Hill: Sports bar and tavern with late night food. Carries the NFL, MLB and NCAA March Madness TV packages. 1111 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-421-3309, mtadamstavernonthehill.com.
Tickets Entertainment Complex: A 19th century firehouse turned sports mecca. Full-service bar and restaurant, live music, karaoke, pool, darts, three huge TV screens and 20-plus TVs. 100 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-1839, facebook.com/ticketsentertainment.
Tina’s: A third generation family-owned and -operated bar in the heart of downtown. At just one block north of Paul Brown Stadium, it’s also basically a Bengals bar. Stop in before games or watch them on one of their 13 flatscreens. They also have a full menu, offering tailgating pick-up orders on game days. 350 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-621-3567, tinasbar.com.
Tom and Jerry’s Sports Bar: A West Side sports bar with a huge food menu, including breakfast, plus beer, wine and cocktails. Specials include $3.50 craft pints every day and $2 domestic pints after 11 p.m. 5060 Crookshank Road, Westwood, 513-451-1763, tomjerrycinci.com.
Willie’s Sports Café: Calls itself the “Midwest’s premier sports café.” Family dining and adult spectator sports, with happy hour weekdays offering half-price appetizers. Kids eat free every day. Multiple locations including 401 Crescent Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1500, williesonline.com.
WINE BARS AND WINERIES
1215 Wine Bar Photo: Jesse Fox
1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab: This OTR spot is an eclectic coffee shop by day and wine bar by night. 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-429-5745, facebook.com/1215winecoffee.
Atwood Hill Winery: Sixth-generation family farm that changed from tobacco farming to a vineyard. Part of the Back Roads Wine Trail. 1616 Spillman Road, Morningview, Ky., 859-356-1936, atwoodhillwinery.com.
Baker-Bird Winery: The oldest estate winery in America. Offers an exceptional array of fine products produced on Kentucky farms like artisan cheeses, honey, jam and unusual chocolates. Part of the Back Road Wine Trail. Named Kentucky Winery of the Year. 4465 Augusta Chatham Road, Augusta, Ky., 606-756-3739, bakerbirdwinery.com.
Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar: A classy restaurant welcoming to imbibers looking to step up their game. The use of fresh ingredients makes for a menu that constantly changes and has exciting new dishes to pair with an extensive wine list. 519 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-7777, bouquetrestaurant.com.
Camp Springs Vineyard: Small farm vineyard and winery. Part of the Back Woods Wine Trail. 6685 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, Ky., 859-448-0253, campsringsvineyard.com.
Dilly Café: A great selection of beers, wines and gourmet food. The progression of this business is due in large part to the quality of the products, which are reasonably priced and exceptional to taste. Don’t miss the wine by the bottle sold at retail prices. 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-561-5233, dillycafe.com.
Elk Creek Vineyards: The largest winery in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, nestled in the rolling hills of Owenton, Ky. Award winning wines are produced and bottled on-site, where there is a cafe, deli, art gallery, cooking classes and nearby Elk Creek shooting range. 1860 Georgetown Road, Owenton, Ky., elkcreekvineyards.com.
Henke Winery: Wine and dine the old fashioned way, with both food and grapes processed in-house. This family-owned and operated urban winery was considered one of the 10 best in the country by Food Republic. 3077 Harrison Ave., Westwood, 513-662-9463, henkewine.com.
Listing Loon: A craft beer and wine shop in Northside that now offers a casual drinking environment as well as great carry-out options. 4124 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-LOON, listingloon.com.
Ludlow Wines: Since 1963, this has been a family-owned and operated wine and craft beer merchant in Clifton’s Gaslight District. Tastings every Friday and Saturday night. 343 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-3727, ludlowwines.com.
Market Wines: A wine store by day with fantastic $5 four-pour wine tastings on the weekends. Findlay Market, 128 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-744-9888, market-wines.com.
Meier’s Wine Cellars: Ohio’s oldest and largest winery producing wine and juices from Native American grape varieties. Open for tasting and wine sales. 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton, 513-891-2900, meierswinecellars.com.
Seven Wells Vineyard & Winery: Five-acre vineyard with more than 3,000 vines, a winery and tasting room. Part of the Back Woods Wine Trail. 1223 Siry Road, California, Ky., 859-816-0003, sevenwellswinery.com.
Stonebrook Winery: Small family winery featuring a farmhouse tasting room. Part of the Back Roads Wine Trail. 6570 Vineyard Lane, Camp Springs, Ky., 859-635-0111, stonebrookwinery.com.
Unwind Wine Bar & Light Fare: California-style wine bar in the heart of Hyde Park. Great outdoor seating, light food choices and a comfortable indoor environment surrounded by leather chairs and walls of wine. 3435 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-9463, unwindhydepark.com.
Valley Vineyards: Award-winning, estate-grown table and dessert wines since 1970. Also home to Cellar Dweller brewery. 2276 E. U.S. 22, Morrow, 513-899-2485, valleyvineyards.com.
Vinoklet Winery: Thirty acres of picturesque rolling hills and ponds in the only working winery with a vineyard in Hamilton County. Also home of Vinoklet Restaurant and eight award-winning wines. 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain, 513-385-9309, vinokletwines.com.
The Wine Guy Bistro: With more than 4,000 bottles of wine and a bistro that offers small plates and full dinner portions, there is something to accommodate every palate. The Wine Guy Bistro, 2692 Madison Road, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood, 513-834-5712; WG Kitchen & Bar, 161 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-744-9463, thewineguywineshop.com.