Downtown neighborhood bar whose locals enjoy the finer things in life, like local beers on draft, live music and karaoke. 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9357, thedrinkery.net.
The focus is on dancing and spinning at this trendy, upscale club for the YP set. The main floor of the club resembles an artist’s lair, while you can become a member of the “mug club” at the ’70s-inspired downstairs bar. 126 W. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-246-4333, fb-cincy.com.
Three story bar and lounge with vintage cocktails and wine preservation. 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-246-4396, igbysbar.com.
Japp’s Since 1879
Take a step back in time with handcrafted cocktails from the 1700s to the 1950s. You won’t find any TVs or blaring music in the main room — just the best drinks around — and the dance parties take place in the adjacent annex. 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1524, japps1879.com.
Japanese gastropub and beer garden with weekend DJ dance parties. 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-898-7991, kazeotr.com.
This place has big city charm and down home respect for the beer-making craft. Fourteen beers on tap, more than 30 bottled beers and leather bar stools mean you never have to leave ... until they close. 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-0741, lackmanbar.com.
Moerlein Lager House
Seats 500 inside and an additional 600 in the multiple outdoor beer gardens. Moerlein brews flow endlessly from the taps. The menu features pre-Prohibition 19th-century cuisine. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-421-2337, moerleinlagerhouse.com.
Fountain Square space for drinking and dining or just chilling. Aside from the martinis, the 3-8 p.m. happy hour has some stellar food specials, including tacos for 50 cents. 28 Fountain Square Place, Fountain Square, Downtown, 513-621-6968, myntcincinnati.com.
New York City meets Over-the-Rhine, with a long, narrow bar room and a large outdoor patio that welcomes the local pooches. Try one of their house-made liquor infusions. Eli’s BBQ serves up delicious pulled pork sandwiches on the patio. Travel + Leisure named Neons one of America’s best outdoor bars. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-827-9361, facebook.com/neonsunplugged.
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
Though its small size can’t accommodate a huge crowd, this bar is quite popular due to its incredibly knowledgeable staff and huge selection of bourbon and whisky. The place to go if you want to try every whisky you can name — and then some you can’t. 629 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1777.
A slickly packaged downtown DJ-and-drinks lounge with local art, a sweet jukebox and open-air lounge out back. 641 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4408, therighteousroom.com.
Scene Ultra Lounge
Situated across from the Aronoff Center, Scene is a place to be seen. Music by DJs and an integrated exotic granite ice bar round out the lounge atmosphere. 637 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-381-4327, scenecinci.com.
Hip Gateway Quarter drinking and dining. A great selection of beers — draft and bottled — and the best-damned hotdogs around. 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-2020, senatepub.com.
A community center coffee shop with couches, Wi-Fi and plenty of seating. Not only is there an espresso bar, but also 30 microbrews, a variety of wines and a healthy Mediterranean menu. 239 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-221-1911, bababudans.com.
Enjoy the best of booze and coffee with $6 Peppermint Kiss cocktails and espresso martinis. Sandwiches can be ordered for breakfast or lunch and there is a generous 5-9 p.m. happy hour Monday-Friday. 1101 Saint Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-621-2233, bowtiecafe.com.
A neighborhood espresso and coffee bar specializing in pour-over and craft cups of Joe. 207 Woodward Ave., Over-the-Rhine, 513-399-7207, facebook.com/collectiveespressootr.
College Hill Coffee Company
Cozy spot with dozens of coffees, a large selection of international teas and an extensive menu. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a vintage piano for impromptu performances and free Wi-Fi. 6128 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, 513-542-2739, collegehillcoffeeco.com.
Contemporary café with coffee, Essencha tea and custom-made sandwiches. Iris also has books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to buy or rent. 1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2665, irisbookcafe.com.
HD Beans & Bottles Café
A coffee shop, bar and sports haven all in one. A great selection of java, more than 40 bottled beers and some great live music. 6721 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-793-6036, hdbeans.com.
One of Cincinnati’s great coffeehouses, Highland is the place Jack Kerouac would be found. The staff is the nicest around and the beer selection and coffee choices allow for a late night. 2839 Highland Ave., Corryville, 513-861-4151.
Serves fair trade, organic and shade-grown coffee. Great food menu in a unique atmosphere. 1518 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, Ky., 859-261-4939, realitytuescafe.com.
Rohs Street Cafe
Serving only fair trade and organically grown coffee, the cafe is a not-for-profit business founded by the University Christian Church. 245 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-381-7647, rohsstreetcafe.com.
Northside’s favorite neighborhood coffeehouse. An extensive coffee menu offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices along with sandwiches and soups. 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-8321, sidewindercoffee.com.
Sitwell’s Coffee House
An international, eclectic coffeehouse. Aside from the coffee, Sitwell’s has an excellent menu with many vegetarian options and signature liquor drinks. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7487, sitwellscoffeehouse.com.
A local chain offering locally roasted coffee and specialty trained baristas who work on La Marzocco machines. Multiple locations including 600 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-1293, tazzamia.com.
Whoever pitched the idea of “New York-style pizza and sports bar” near a college campus probably didn’t need to wait long for approval. Adriatico’s new location offers the awesome pizza it’s known for, along with dozens of beers on tap, wings and plenty of TVs. 113 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-281-4344.
Dana Gardens is the equivalent of the sports-centric basement many of Xavier University’s graduates will create once they have homes of their own. For now, it’s the home of all things Xavier, where you can watch the Muskie basketball team hoop it up and enjoy pub fare with students and XU fans alike. 1832 Dana Ave., Norwood, 513-631-2337, danagardens.com.
Classic college dive bar. 2735 Vine St., Corryville, 513-281-1026, facebook.com/dpub.uc.
Self-described as “not your average hole-in-the-wall,” this establishment offers 70 different beers and 80 different liquors — about one semester’s worth. There are also hot dog specials, free Wi-Fi, games and TVs. It’s also basecamp for food truck Cafe de Wheels. 2608 Vine St., Corryville, 513-221-0931, facebook.com/divebarcincinnati.
True grit with an old-school bar on the first floor and a basement billiards room. Fries hosts the annual Clifton Beer Fest where hundreds of different beers are available to try for $1 or $2. 3247 Jefferson Ave., Clifton, 513-281-9002, friescafe.com.
Mac’s Pizza Pub
It’s kind of a collegiate Chuck E. Cheese. There are games, live music, sports and 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, macspizzapub.com.
The Mad Frog
One of the great dance bars in Cincinnati with live Salsa, hippie music and Reggae. The exterior is painted kind of crazy, and the young people inside regularly follow suit to a variety of live music performances. 1 E. McMillan St., Corryville, 513-784-9119, themadfrog.net.
A kickin’ neighborhood pub with bar games and team sports, frequently offering free pizza, soup and hot dogs. Murphy’s represents its Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day, which is a real treat to the nearby students who enjoy a green beer with their breakfast. 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 — a long wooden bar, sports on TV and an outdoor patio are tough to turn down during the walk home from class. 339 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-751-2518, unclewoodyspub.com.
NYC-style clubbing with an upscale atmosphere. 601 Main St., Downtown, 513-621-0001, 601cincinnati.com.
Mount Lookout’s high-energy dance lounge. 3212 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9633.
Mixx Ultra Lounge
Three floors of DJs, lounge furniture and dancing. Also offers first-floor sushi bar. 1203 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-6499, mixxcincy.com.
Mount Adams Pavilion
Stunning views, thumping beats and sexy clientele. 949 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-744-9200, mountadamspavilion.com.
Mount Lookout Tavern
Mount Lookout’s favorite spot for the YP crowd. 3209 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9633.
A music/entertainment venue combined with a bar/nightclub. Enjoy a drink at happy hour, attend a live concert or book a private party. Dress code enforced. 35 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-500-6923, playcincy.com.
This club in the former Longworth’s Hall space is known for one thing: dancing. 700 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 513-721-CLUB, pulsecincy.com.
This former bank rocks with a variety of live performances and feels welcoming for just a pop-in as well. 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-5006, thestandcincy.com.
Velvet Red Room
A hip YP destination for DJs, dancing and drinks. Tables with private TVs available by reservation. 314 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-621-2582, velvetredroom.com.
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.
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.
Star Lanes on the Levee
Boutique bowling with billiards, a bar and lounge, including a menu with sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., starlaneslevee.com.
Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
Dueling ivories, the Gangland Newport theme and ghost tours make this a memorable destination. Bring some friends and have oversized drinks by the bucket. 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-8900, gangsterspianobar.com.
The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar
No TVs, dance music or gimmicks, just dueling pianos in a relaxed lounge. Popular music from the past five decades along with random comedy bits make this a fun time for all ages — 21 and older, that is. 441 Vine St., Carew Tower, Downtown, 513-651-2800, penguinpianobar.com.
FOOD AND BOOZE
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.
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.
When you offer $1 burgers on certain weeknights, you’d better have a lot of space for a crowd. And Bar Louie does, in addition to a stellar view of the Cincinnati skyline. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-291-4222, barlouieamerica.com.
A Walnut Hills institution since 1978 with funky décor, friendly people, good burgers and cheap drinks. 1047 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. 516-961-9058, brewhouse.com.
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.
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.
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. 4328 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-351-19999, gordospub.com.
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. 3036 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-631-8367, habitscafe.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.
Keystone Bar & Grill
A quirky, fun neighborhood pub serving up 10 different mac and cheeses and many satisfied patrons. Half-price mac and cheese every Monday. Multiple locations including Keystone Clifton, 249 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-221-5397, keystonebar.com.
Mount Adams Bar & Grill
One of the city’s most picturesque taverns with lots of wood grain, class and photos of famous patrons. Once a speakeasy, this establishment has transformed into the charming place it is today. 938 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-621-3666, mtadamsbarandgrill.com.
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
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.
3924 Isabella Ave., Oakley, 513-531-2500, oakleypubandgrill.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.
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.
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.
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, facebook.com/wurstbarinthesq.
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.
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. 1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876, zipscafe.com.
It’s as close as you’ll get to Germany in Northern Kentucky. Dance to the daily live music with a liter of beer in tow and you’ll be getting a workout while having fun. 200 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-491-7200, hofbrauhausnewport.com.
Kreimer’s Bier Haus
Located on the Great Miami River, Kreimer’s offers German-American cuisine including sauerkraut balls, Bavarian pretzel bread and the Mett & Kraut dinner. You’ll also find hearty-sized German beers and a huge outdoor Bavarian-esque patio deck. 6052 State Route 128, Miamitown, 513-353-2168, bierhauswest.net.
This authentic German bar/restaurant has been holding it down in Corryville for years. Free shuttle rides to all UC football and men’s basketball games. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, 513-221-5353, mecklenburgs.net.
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.
Inside the Art Deco gem that is the Hilton Netherland Hotel, the bar at Palm Court is a breathtaking place to have a drink. They offer an extensive wine list and a creative martini menu. 35 W. Fifth St., Hilton Netherland Plaza, Downtown, orchidsatpalmcourt.com.
The Cricket Lounge at The Cincinnatian Hotel
A classy, city-centered lounge with plenty of ambiance for mixing business and pleasure. A live Jazz trio plays Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. daily. 601 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-3000, cincinnatianhotel.com.
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 Bar
Located inside the historic downtown Residence Inn Marriott (housed itself in the 1926 Phelps Building, constructed by William Howard Taft’s half-brother), the bar offers small bites, wines and handcrafted cocktails in an urban atmosphere, directly across from Lytle Park and the Taft Museum of Art. 506 E. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-651-1234.
Red Roost Tavern
Located inside the Hyatt Regency, the tavern offers seasonal dining options as well as happy hour and specialty cocktails. 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-579-1234, cincinnati.hyatt.com.
This quaint bed and breakfast, originally a historic mansion, is located right in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. With European-style décor, antiques and rooms named after Classical composers (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc.), it’s an elegant getaway in the city. Their deck and bar offers happy hour deals on bottles of wine, beer buckets and craft cocktail carafes as well as bourbon and wine tastings by the fireplace. 210 W. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-3353, symphonyhotel.com.
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.
BARS WITH A VIEW
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.
Incline Lounge at The Celestial
Elegant dining and drinking with a picturesque view of the city. This is Cincinnati’s only “Four Star and Four Diamond” establishment. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455, thecelestial.com.
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.
Rookwood tile and pottery is part of Cincinnati’s heritage, and the restaurant that inhabits the former pottery building is putting its stamp on Cincinnati as well. Great food and well-crafted cocktails are their specialty, served in the main dining room, the loft or inside one of the pottery’s old kilns. Situated atop a hill in Mount Adams, the huge deck offers a great city view. 1077 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-421-5555, therookwood.com.
Italian restaurant with a piazza overlooking Fountain Square. Happy hour every weekday and half-price wine on Sundays. The only outdoor patio on the square. 520 Vine St., Downtown, 513-721-8483, viaviterestaurant.com.
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.
The 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.
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.
IRISH AND ENGLISH PUBS
Experience the magic of the emerald isle with a view of the riverfront. Claddagh offers themed rooms full of Irish décor, and its prime location on the levee makes it a great stop for dinner and a movie. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-581-8888, claddaghirishpubs.com.
Cock & Bull Public House
Traditional British pub in the hearts of MainStrasse, Glendale and Hyde Park. Huge beer selection and wide menu. Fish and chips, anyone? 601 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-581-4253; 275 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-4253; 2653 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-533-4253, candbpublichouse.com.
Foley’s Irish Pub
If you like it simple, this is the place to be — a bar that serves bar food and nothing else. Foley’s is reasonably priced and has weekly live music, karaoke and a happy hour. 200 W. Benson St., Reading, 513-948-1281.
Hap’s Irish Pub
Hap’s is a traditional Irish pub that sells more Guinness than just about any other place in town. It’s “B.Y.O.F” because there is no food on the menu, but the darts are better than anywhere. 3510 Erie Ave., Oakley, 513-871-6477.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Like a good Irish pub, this place can get rowdy; and like a good community gathering space, its trivia night welcomes all. For all you soccer fans — football, if you’re a traditionalist — enjoy the best Guinness in town while you watch live EPL games. 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-6659, mollymalonesirishpub.com.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
An Irish pub experience inside and out. Stop in for trivia or enjoy live Irish music during the weekend. The menu that has something for everyone, including authentic Irish dishes. 6111 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531-0700, mollymalonescincinnati.com.
Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub
Nicholson’s offers one of the best scotch and beer selections in the country. The plethora of drink choices can be paired with traditional pub food or some of the more upscale choices on the menu. 625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111, nicholsonspub.com.
O’Bryon’s Irish Pub
A newly renovated neighborhood bar and grill with two floors and an outdoor patio that seats 50-60. Enjoy peanuts — in the shell — while watching more than a dozen TVs and explore the regularly rotated draft beer selection. 1998 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-5525, obryonsirishpub.com.
O’Malley’s in the Alley
A straightforward imbibing experience with homemade dishes that have stood the test of time. Daily drink specials and its proximity to Great American Ball Park make this a must before Reds games. 25 Ogden Place, Downtown, 513-381-3114.
Extensive beer selection, quality bar food menu and trivia nights make The Pub a go-to spot for many. Crestview Hills, 2853 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, Ky., 859-426-7827; Rookwood Mews, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, 513-841-2748, experiencethepub.com.
The Public House
Formerly the Black Sheep Pub, renamed after an intervention from TV’s Bar Rescue, The Public House serves a Dublin-certified perfect Guinness pour. 3807 North Bend Road, Cheviot, 513-481-6300, thepublichousecheviot.com.
A rollicking tavern with electric performances. R.P.’s is a great place to watch sports and is very involved in area fundraisers and benefits. 2910 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-531-3300, rpmcmurphyspub.com.
Blue Wisp Jazz Club
Cincinnati’s premier Jazz club has moved to a new location. Come experience Jazz’s wonderful improvisational nature on a set schedule, live every night of the week, plus it offers a full menu. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-241-9477, thebluewisp.com.
Fine food, drinks, live Jazz and a terrace with a view. And it gets even better with half price wine and appetizers every Tuesday. Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays with live Jazz on the Terrace (weather permitting). 530 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-8027, cheznora.com.
Dee Felice Cafe
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.
Walnut Hills’ answer to Greenwich Village. The club features a combination of Jazz, Spoken Word and Hip Hop. The performance-based Village Walk supports a different local charity each month. 2442 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-221-1151, the-greenwich.com.
This is what speakeasies were like back in the day. Escape to the 1920s and on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to feel the rhythms of another era. Cash only. 1901 Vine St. (at the intersection of Vine, McMicken and Main streets), Over-the-Rhine, 513-651-2236, schwartzspoint.com.
Sonny’s All Blues Lounge
One of Cincinnati’s best destinations for live Blues. 4040 Reading Road, Paddock Hills, 513-281-0410.
Sonny’s All Jazz Lounge
Sister club of the All Blues 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.
A casually upscale environment where you are free to be you without societal labels. Watch sports on plasma TVs or just chill by the fireplace. 701 Bakewell St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-7011, 701bar.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.
Crazy Fox Saloon
A fine neighborhood bar that prominently advertises its rejection of bigotry. Free pool seven days a week from 3-8 p.m. 901 Washington St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-2143, thecrazyfoxsaloon.com.
The Diamond Palace
A multi-level LGBT nightlife club with the best in drinking, drag and dancing six days a week. Live drag shows every Friday and Saturday night with dancing until 4 a.m. 435 Elm St., Downtown, 513-721-4688, dpnightclub.com.
The ultimate spot to be if you’ve got the urge to dance. Each night of the week is a different theme and there is a drag queen show not to miss just before midnight. Plus a volleyball court and full-service bars. 603 W. Pete Rose Way, Downtown, 513-241-5623, thedockcomplex.net.
Home Base Tavern
The bar that welcomes all. Features include a pool table, jukebox, Mega Touch games, free beer pong, VIP room, Wi-Fi and big ’ol TVs. 2401 Vine St., Corryville, 513-721-1212, hbtpride.com.
On Broadway Bar
A friendly, casual bar that welcomes everyone. Good food and frequent contests — like drag queens vs. leather boys — make this place for a fun night out. 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 Pike St., Covington, Ky., 859-916-5430.
Just off Main Street, this is a worry-free sanctuary. In the home of MainStrasse’s only pinball machine you can hear some live tunes on the first Saturday of every month. 643 Bakewell St., Covington, Ky., 859-291-9707.
Famous for fetish-themed parties, this leather club’s dress code strongly encourages that at least one major article of leather be worn, anything from biker jackets or chaps to a harness and leather shorts. No white sneakers! Uniforms and rubber/latex welcome. 4042 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6969, serpentbar.com.
The self-proclaimed “down-to-earth Country Western gay bar of Cincinnati,” Shooters is a place for late-night dancing or just stopping by for a drink. 927 Race St., Downtown, 513-381-9900.
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.
Yadda offers DJs and dancing every night, along with drag shows, karaoke, live music and an outdoor patio. 404 Pike St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-5600.
It’s crowded for a reason: Big-ass burritos, the retro photo booth and some of Cincinnati’s best live music are just a few of the draws. Weekly events for motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts give an indication of the abundance of music genres that perform at Comet. 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900, cometbar.com.
Longworth’sWith six nights of entertainment, it’s always a party here. Food and drink specials Monday-Friday and the scenic view from atop Mount Adams, what else could you possibly desire? 1108 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-651-2253, longworths-mtadams.com.
One of Northern Kentucky’s favorite spots for live acts. This historic venue’s three full-service bars and 1,200-person capacity make it one of the biggest and best places to catch a show. Madison Live to open next door. 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-491-2444, madisontheateronline.com.
A Northside bar with live music, outdoor patios, hip theme nights and more. The gourmet hot dogs should be enough to draw you in while the vintage-inspired rooms and warmth of good company will keep you coming back. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0999, maydaynorthside.com.
Mainstay Rock Bar
Downtown’s rough and rowdy Rock ’n Roll den of iniquity (or something like that). 301 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-721-ROCK, mainstayrockbar.com.
A heavy dose of live music, including traveling bands, local art and a quality kitchen. 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-MOTR, motrpub.com.
Northside’s (and one of the city’s) favorite spots for live Indie Rock and other performances. Never a cover. Northside Tavern has a variety of beers and weekly karaoke nights, plus a sweet patio. 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-3603, northsidetav.com.
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.
A favorite spot for live, eclectic tunes along the river. Local and out-of-town bands alike rock Stanley’s. This, along with cheap drinks, makes it an area favorite. 323 Stanley Ave., Columbia Tusculum, 513-871-6249, facebook.com/stanleys.pub.
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.
A hip space for Cincinnati’s YP crowd to socialize and groove to music on the juke. 941 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-721-6977, aliveone.com.
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.
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.
The Blind Lemon
Cavey, cozy and inviting, the Lemon is Cincinnati’s tribute to a Hobbit pub. A selection of hot drinks and live acoustic performances only add to the ambiance. 936 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-241-3885, theblindlemon.com.
A neighborhood nightclub with themed nights, an event space, live music, drink specials and more. 4114 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-2073, thechameleonclub.com.
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.
MainStrasse Village Pub
The microbrew mecca of MainStrasse Village. The pub offers enough beer for anyone to find a new favorite and plenty of room for the billiards. 619 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-5552, mainstrassevillagepub.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 St., Newport, Ky., 859-581-0100.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arnie’s on the Levee
Big screens, a dance floor, stage, pool table, jukebox, popcorn machine and year-round outdoor seating make Arnie’s the Swiss Army Knife of Newport bars. 120 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-4340, arniesonthelevee.com.
The Beer Sellar
You can’t beat the $5 round-trip water taxi for all home Bengals and Reds games. The Beer Sellar barge offers a scenic view of downtown and features more than 60 draft beers and twice as many bottled beers. 301 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., 859-431-6969, beersellar.net.
Dickmann’s Sports Café
A sports bar on steroids. Not only are the sports on TV, Dickmann’s has nightly volleyball and Tuesday night trivia with $6 pitchers and 45-cent wings. 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.
Formerly known as Cheviot Sports Tavern, Game Time has a new name and fresh vitality. It’s huge, like the Disney World of sports bars. Watch the game while shooting darts or playing pool. 3613 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-661-9464, gametime2012.com.
Head First Sports Cafe
The spot for a homemade lunch or a pre-game beer. Located just across the street from Paul Brown Stadium, it is the place to be before, after or during Bengals and Reds games. 218 W. Third St., Downtown, 513-721-3767, headfirstsportscafe.com.
Holy Grail Tavern & Grille
Within 100 yards of Great American Ballpark you can chug a beer and get to the game almost as fast as Reds prospect Billy Hamilton can steal second and third. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-621-2222; 1278 Ebenezer Road, Delhi, 513-941-5555, holygrailcincy.com.
In Between Tavern
It’s the sports bar that’s in between the stadiums. Aside from the obvious, In Between’s beer garden is buzzing with Bengals and Reds fans and is the place to go post-game. 307 Sycamore St., Downtown, 513-621-7009.
Part neighborhood hangout, part sports bar, part destination for hungry individuals looking for delicious smoked wings, Knockback Nat’s has a little something for everyone. And there will always be sports on the TV. 10 W. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-1000.
MVP Sports Bar
Full menu, food for kids and a “Go Greek” menu with gyros, gyro salads and a baklava sundae. Weekly events include karaoke, trivia and ladies night, and if all else fails there are more than a dozen 50-inch TVs to catch your favorite team. 6923 Plainfield Road, Silverton, 513-794-1400.
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 only sports bar in Over-the-Rhine. Opens early for certain special soccer games. 119 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2277, rhinehausbar.com.
Riverwalk Sports Cafe
A place to catch the big game or chill out across from the big city. Riverwalk has some of the cheapest pitchers in town, a must for gameday. 136 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-2804, riverwalksportscafe.com.
Tap & Go
Cincinnati’s bar for rugby enthusiasts also showcases international soccer. If you’re not up for the rugby match you can shoot pool or enjoy the view from the back patio. 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 TVs. 8740 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-891-TAPS, taphousecincy.com.
Tickets Entertainment Complex
A 19th-century firehouse turned sports mecca. This place is a shrine to many professional franchises. Check their Facebook page for details on regular comedy and live music acts. 100 W. Sixth St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-1839.
A third generation family-owned and -operated bar. A hot spot before Bengals games. 350 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-621-3567, tinasbar.com.
Tom & Jerry’s Sports Bar
Karaoke during the week and live music on the weekends. An added bonus to this sports bar is a fantastic breakfast menu. 5060 Crookshank Road, Westwood, 513-451-1763.
Willie’s Sports Café
Family dining and adult spectator sports. With five locations, Willie’s is accessible to anyone who considers themselves a true fan or those who just enjoy a good time. Multiple locations including 401 Crescent Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1500; 6380 Glenway Ave., Western Hills, 513-922-3377; 8267 Arbor Square Drive, Mason, 513-770-0333; 8188 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, 513-860-4243, williesonline.com.
Christian Moerlein Brewery and Tap Room
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. Enjoy tastes in the new taproom, with growlers available to fill and take. 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.
Double Barrel Brewery
Craft brewers with a focus on quality, taste and originality. 4720 Eastern Ave., East End, 513-400-4677, thedoublebarrelbrewery.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 hand-crafted in small batches using traditional brewing methods. 315 Importing St., Aurora, Ind., 812-655-9079, gcbeer.com.
Listermann Brewing Company
Hand-crafted 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.
Local brewery specializing in craft beer in a can. 5164 Kennedy Ave., Norwood, madtreebrewing.com.
Mount 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.
This brewery in historic Over-the-Rhine just opened in a former Christian Moerlein brewery complex. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1356, facebook.com/rhinegeist.
Rivertown Brewing Company
Founded by home-brewing enthusiasts Jason Roper and Randy Schlitz, this craft brewery creates German-style lagers and ales. 607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, 513-827-9280, rivertownbrewery.com.
WINE BARS AND WINERIES
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, 513-381-1388, facebook.com/1215winecoffee.
Abigail features wine by the glass or bottle and an innovative wine on tap that ensures freshness. Pair a flight of three wines with small plates of Mediterranean-style food that are both flavorful and exotic. 1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-4040, abigailstreet.com.
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.
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. 4465 Augusta/Chatham Road, Augusta, Ky., 859-620-4965, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1963, this has been a family-owned and operated wine and craft beer merchant in Clifton’s Gaslight District. Tastings held every Friday and Saturday night. 343 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-3727, ludlowwines.com.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
A full-service retail wine shop with a wine bar and restaurant. 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. Also home to the WG Kitchen & Bar at The Banks. 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.
Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery
Artisan winery and boutique distillery. Produces wine, mead and spirits, including malt whiskey, bourbon and vodka. 3641 Newton Ave., Norwood, 513-569-0300, woodstonecreek.com.