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Bar Guide

Our digital guide to (some of) the best places to drink in Cincinnati

By Staff · April 23rd, 2014 · Drinking Issue
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NEW BARS

Dick’s Last Resort: A bar and restaurant where you pay people to be dicks to you. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-581-2500, dickslastresort.com.


The Eagle OTR: A fried chicken restaurant with alcohol. Booze-wise, they serve 100 kinds of beer and have about 15 different brews on tap, including local offerings from neighboring Rhinegeist and MadTree breweries, and a few cocktails like a bloody mary and an OTR Iced Tea, with Ketel One Citroen, Cazadores Blanco, Bacardi, Tanqueray, triple sec, house-made sour mix and Coke. 1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-802-5007, facebook.com/theeagleotr.


Forum: Restaurant and nightclub serving Italian-American food with craft beer, cocktails, live music, DJs and drink specials. 322 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-4888, forumcovington.com.


HalfCut: Fill a growler to-go in the store or at the walk-up window. Or even enjoy your beer inside, sitting down at one of HalfCut’s tables. 1128 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, halfcut.com.


The Little Nashville of Newport: A little slice of Nashville in the Tristate, with live music, Thursday songwriters showcase and karaoke on Tuesdays. Houses the longest bar in Northern Kentucky and food by an executive chef who used to be at Knotty Pine on the Bayou. 828 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-415-0057, thelittlenashvilleofnewport.com.


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.


Obscura: With only 80 seats on the main floor and 12 seats at the bar, Obscura offers high-craft drinks and small bites. The cocktail menu offers classics but with added components like their Moscow Mule with Columbus, Ohio’s OYO vodka, simple syrup made with ginger, Australian peppercorns and lime powder mixed in a hand carbonator. 645 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-421-3800, obscuracincinnati.com.


The St. Clair: Bar located near the University of Cincinnati. Signature cocktails include The Pain Killer, made with rum, pineapple, cream of coconut and orange juice served over rocks and topped with fresh nutmeg. 245 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-281-5397, thestclair.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.


BREWERY TAPROOMS

Cellar Dweller: Craft beers coming out of Valley Vineyards winery. Tasting room open every day offering cheese trays and homemade pizzas to pair with brews. 2276 E. U.S. 22 and Ohio 3, Morrow, 513-899-2485, valleyvineyards.com.


Christian Moerlein Brewery: Brewery taproom open Wednesday-Sunday. Fresh beers on tap plus tours. 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine, christianmoerlein.com.


Ei8ht Ball Brewing: Located inside The Party Source, Ei8ht Ball offers 42 taps, many of which they brew in-house. Fill a growler with a specialized Pegas growler filler, hang out at the bar or grab a brew and wander around The Party Source. 18 Distillery Way, Bellevue, Ky., 859-291-0036, ei8htballbrewing.com.


Fifty West Brewing Company: Small batch beers and tapas-style food pairings housed in a historic building. 7668 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-834-8789, fiftywestbrew.com


Listermann Brewing Company: Home to Listermann and Triple Digit brewing. Tasting room offers a rotating tap list of fresh-cracked beer — up to 10 different beers for sale as samples, pints and growlers. 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston, 513-731-1130, listermannbrewing.com.


MadTree Brewing Company: Fill up your growler or have dinner and beer in the taproom. Taps rotate as do the local chefs. 5164 Kennedy Ave., Norwood, 513-836-8733, madtreebrewing.com.


Mt. Carmel Brewing Company: The Mt. Carmel Brewing Company is housed in a 1924 farmhouse. The Public House taproom is open Wednesday-Saturday. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. Fridays. 4362 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road, Mt. Carmel, 513-240-BREW, mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com.


Rhinegeist: Located in OTR’s historic brewery district. Taproom open daily, until midnight on Friday and Saturday. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-1367, rhinegeist.com.


Rivertown Brewing Company: Rivertown specializes in handcrafted lagers and ales. Taproom open Wednesdays-Saturdays. 607 Shepherd Drive, Unit 6, Lockland, 513-827-9280, rivertownbrewery.com.


RESTAURANTS THAT SPECIALIZE IN BOOZE

Abigail Street: Mediterranean tapas restaurant with wine on tap. 1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-4040, abigailstreet.com. 


Arnold’s Bar and Grill: The oldest bar in Cincinnati (open sine 1861). Dinner until 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Featured in Esquire magazine as one of the best bars in the nation. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234, arnoldsbarandgrill.com.


Arthur’s: Design your own gourmet burger and wait for it with a local brew at the mahogany bar; they only serve local drafts. 3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-5543, arthurscincinnati.com.


Bakersfield OTR: Enjoy tacos, whiskey and tequila until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Specializes in house-made margaritas and rosé sangria. 1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-579-0446, bakersfieldotr.com.


BAR at The Precinct: The upstairs of Jeff Ruby’s iconic steakhouse is more casual than downstairs but includes all the antique charm of the original building. 311 Delta Ave., East End, 513-321-5454, jeffruby.com/precinct.


BrewRiver GastroPub: Specializes in local craft beer (the pub has 23 rotating taps) and thoughtfully paired cuisine from chef Michael Shields, who worked under Emeril Lagasse. 2062 Riverside Drive, East End, 513-861-2484, brewrivergastropub.com.


Incline Public House: Twelve beers on tap with a focus on local craft breweries. Buy a $5 growler and fill it there. Dining room and deck offer panoramic Cincinnati views. 2601 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, 513-251-3000, inclinepublichouse.com.


Keystone Bar & Grill: Daily booze specials (like $14 mimosa pitchers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Famous for their diverse mac and cheese choices, like the Fleetwood Mac with mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes. 313 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., 859-261-6777; 3384 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-2150; 249 Calhoun St., Clifton, 513-221-5397, keystonebar.com.


Maribelle’s eat + drink: Creative house cocktails like the Kentucky Kool Aid — bourbon, cointreau, blackberry, lemon and mint — with a menu focused on the fresh. Check for small plate and cocktail specials. 3235 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-321-9111, maribellestavern.com


Moerlein Lager House: Perfect for enjoying drinks and a river view before, during or after Reds games and also late-night bites. Twenty-six beers on tap and more than 75 in bottles and cans. Late-night menu features wings, cheese and fried pickles. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-421-2337, moerleinlagerhouse.com.


Palomino: Happy hour featuring $4 house wines, $5 specialty cocktails and cheap eats in the bar, all day, every day — with a Fountain Square view. 505 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-1300, palomino.com.


The Rookwood: With in-house director of spirits Rommel Wells, the cocktail menu at The Rookwood is timeless and handcrafted. Find classics like a Negroni or Sazerac, as well as local beers and a nice wine list. Housed in a former pottery-manufacturing studio, enjoy items from their revamped menu inside a repurposed kiln. 1077 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-421-5555, therookwood.com.


Teller’s of Hyde Park: Swanky ambiance and an impressive army of draft beer. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-4721, tellersofhydepark.com. 


Washington Platform: Don’t be selfish, share some shellfish at this historic Cincinnati landmark. Hosts the Cincinnati Oyster Festival March 23-May 3. Happy hour Monday-Friday. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110, washingtonplatform.com.


Wurst Bar in the Square: Specializes in homemade sausage. Offers a long list of specialty cocktails, beer, wine and a fun shot menu. 3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-321-0615, wurstbarinthesquare.com.


Zip’s Café: One of Cincinnati’s classic burger joints. Hide away in the back bar for cheap draft beers and a burger with their latest addition: bacon. 1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876, zipscafe.com.


BOURBON BARS

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar: Houses a mind-boggling bourbon selection, served in snifters by a well-educated, passionate staff. 629 A Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1777, facebook.com/1OKBB.


COFFEE BARS

Bow Tie Café: Coffee house and café with dollar-off drinks during happy hour 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and $5 mimosas and bloody marys all weekend long. 1101 Saint Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-621-CAFÉ, bowtiecafe.com.


Baba Budan’s: Coffee house, café and Wi-Fi study haven during the day; bar and music venue by night. A family-owned establishment since 1921. 239 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-221-1911, facebook.com/baba4java.


HD Beans and Brews Café: A coffee shop, bar, café and sports haven in one. One-hundred percent fair-trade coffee, more than 100 local and national microbrews and local and national wines. Open mic Wednesdays. 6721 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-793-6036, hdbeans.com.


Highland Coffee House: Not your traditional coffeehouse — Highland doesn’t open shop ’til 5 p.m., and alongside a bunch of coffee drinks and a full bar, there are delights like boozy milkshakes, iced Thai coffee and fresh cookies. 2839 Highland Ave., Corryville, 513-861-4151, facebook.com/officialhighlandcoffeehouse.


Newberry Bros. Coffee: A café and bistro with outdoor seating featuring organic, fair-trade coffee roasted on-site with handmade artisan breads and pastries. Offers 35 wines by the glass, 50 wines by the bottles, more than 50 craft beers and more than 250 bourbon and whiskeys to choose from. $4 wines by the glass Sundays. 530 Washington Ave., Newport, Ky., 859-261-9463, newberrybroscoffee.com.


Sidewinder Coffee: Independent coffee shop featuring true Italian espresso, a plethora of teas, vegetarian and vegan dishes and coffee cocktails (plus regular cocktails). 4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-8321, sidewindercoffee.com.


Sitwell’s Coffee House: An eclectic coffeehouse in Clifton’s gaslight district, located next to shops and an independent movie theater. They have meat and vegetarian dishes, breakfast, a full bar, local and import beers, plus shakes with coffee and liquor. 324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7487, sitwellscoffeehouse.com.


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.


The Drinkery: Local beer and local music at this laid-back OTR joint. 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-549-7417, drinkeryotr.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 Northside: 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.


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.


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.tmp_1398285652846


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.


The Tin Roof: Started in Atlanta back in 1996, 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.


COLLEGE BARS

Adriatico’s: New York-style pizza and sportsbar 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, brasstapbeer.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, 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.


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, twitter.com/unclewoodys.


IRISH BARS

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, 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, twitter.com/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 39 years. 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 EPL 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 Tavern & Pub: 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: Pub nestled in the heart of O’Bryonville with a rooftop patio. 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: 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 for $3 premium beer and only $2 for domestics. 2910 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-531-3300, rpmcmurphyspub.com.


GERMAN BARS

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


SPORTS BARS

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.


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: Not only are the sports on TV, Dickmann’s has nightly volleyball plus Tuesday night trivia with $6 pitchers and 45-cent wings. 479 Orphanage Road, Fort Wright, Ky., 859-331-8076, dickmannscafe.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, facebook.com/gametimesportsbarandgrill.


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, Knockback Nat’s has a little something for everyone. And there is always sports on TV. 10 W. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-1000.


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.


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


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.


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.


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. 401 Crescent Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-581-1500, williescovington.com.


NIGHTCLUB/LOUNGES

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.


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 St. 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, facebook.com/millionscafe, facebook.com/mtlookouttavern.


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 Martini: Dress-code enforced. Industry nights Saturday and Sunday. Ticketed DJ events. 28 Fountain Square, Downtown, 513-621-6968, myntcincinnati.com.

 

PLAY: A music/entertainment venue combined with a bar/nightclub. Enjoy a drink at happy hour, attend a live concert or see some DJs. Dress-code strictly enforced. Frequent hangout for sports players. 35 E. 7th St., Downtown, 513-500-6923, playcincy.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.


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 game night every Tuesday with drink specials 8 p.m.-close and $3 Woodstone Creek vodka on Mondays. 3195 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-5006, thestandcincy.com.


WINE BARS

1215 Wine Bar: Cheap wine flights in a casual setting. Now offering snacks. 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-429-5745, facebook.com/1215winecoffee.


Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar: A restaurant welcoming to imbibers looking to step up their wine game. The use of fresh ingredients makes for a frequently changing menu and exciting new dishes to pair with an extensive wine list. 519 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-7777, bouquetrestaurant.com.


Dilly Café: Bistro, bar and bottle shop with a selection of great beers, wines and gourmet food. Don’t miss the wine by the bottle — they carry more than 1,000 different bottles — sold at retail prices. 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-561-5233, dillycafe.com.


Europa Bistro at the Grotto: Italian and European cuisine with an extensive wine list plus Sunday brunch. Cocktails and beer, too. 1101 Saint Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-381-3132, thegrotto-mtadams.com.


Henke Winery: Seven tastings of the winery’s award-winning vino for $10, plus you keep the souvenir glass. This family-owned and -operated urban winery is considered one of the 10 best in the country by Food Republic. 3077 Harrison Ave., Westwood, 513-662-9463, henkewine.com.


Listing Loon: Ease your way into the evening with a craft beer or glass of wine. This once-carry-out-only shop now has a serving license. Happy hour 4-8 p.m. every day. 4124 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-5666.


Meier’s Wine Cellars: The oldest and largest wine producer in Ohio. Sparkling, fruit, specialty and dessert wines available in a tasting room and for purchase. 6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton, 513-891-2900, meierswinecellars.com.


Unwind Wine Bar: A rustic wine bar in the heart of Hyde Park. 3435 Michigan Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-9463, unwindhydepark.com. 


Valley Vineyards: Award-winning, estate-grown table and dessert wines. 2276 US 22, Morrow, valleyvineyards.com.


Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant: Home of eight award-winning wines. Food and drink at a scenic vineyard on 30 acres of rolling hills. 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain, 513-385-9309, vinokletwines.com.


W.G. Kitchen & Bar: The knowledgeable staff will help you navigate your way around this 4,000-bottle wine shop, bar and bistro. 2692 Madison Road, Hyde Park, 513-834-5712; 161 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, Downtown, 513-744-9463, wgkitchen.com


LGBTQ BARS

701 Bar: Watch sports on giant TVs or a drag show or male strip show. 701 Bakewell St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-7011.


Below Zero: Nightclub with one of the area’s largest vodka collections, featuring more than 100 varieties, dispensed at six degrees. 1120 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-ZERO, belowzerolounge.com.


The Cabaret: Upstairs from Below Zero, the Cabaret features fantastic drag shows. 1122 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 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. 


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. 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.


HOTEL BARS

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


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 4-7 p.m. 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, twitter.com/cocktailterrace.


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 offers 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 the Watershed Distillery. 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-354-4025. 


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.


NEIGHBORHOOD BARS AND PUBS

Animations Lounge: A pool bar with drink specials. 3059 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-871-7606.


Arlin’s Bar & Restaurant: Stop in for a beer after a film at the Esquire on a weeknight; on a Friday or Saturday, join the hustle and bustle of hopping college crowds ready to go all night long. Features pool and an outdoor beer garden. 307 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-6566.


Brother’s Bar & Grill: Drinks specials, sports, good food and movie screenings. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-291-2767, brothersbar.com.


C&D Café: An old-school bar offering free popcorn and beer that’s cold. The in-ground fire bit and the selection of locally brewed draft beers will be sure to warm you up. 1714 Hanfield St., Northside, 513-541-9881.


Chameleon: Northside’s ”Neighborhood Nightclub” with a lounge, patio, game room and food coming soon. Weekly schedule includes trivia, comedy night, karaoke, live music, dancing, Psych night and Adult Dicktionary. 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 consistently voted the best in the city. 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. 


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, facebook.com/neonsunplugged.


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


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.


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.


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.


Mt. 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.


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/Mount Auburn, 513-784-9938. 


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 five large TVs inside and two outside. Live bands, patio and food. 3089 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-321-6258, oaktavernoakley.com.


Rake’s End: A meeting place for the “DIY-minded, artists, any variety of strange creatures perhaps misunderstood or ignored by Cincinnati’s more commercially-driven venues.” Live music, parties, potlucks, etc. 2141 Central Ave., Brighton, facebook.com/rakesend.


Silverton Café: Massive double deckers, an enthusiastic sports scene, spirits and karaoke. 7201 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-791-2922, silvertoncafe.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. 9390 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-793-7882, thevillage-tavern.com.


Yesterday’s Old Time Saloon: A no-frills dive bar with free popcorn. 930 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-421-9998.


JAZZ BARS

Blue Wisp Jazz Club: Cincinnati’s premier Jazz club with live Jazz every night of the week. The Blue Wisp Big Band has been playing every Wednesday night since 1980. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-241-9477, thebluewisp.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.


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.


ENTERTAINMENT BARS

Bobby Mackey’s Music World: A classic Honky Tonk with Country music, cowboys and a mechanical bull. It’s also very haunted, and offers some intense ghost tours. 44 Licking Pike, Wilder, Ky., 859-431-5588, bobbymackey.com.


Boogie Nights Hollywood Casino: Celebrating fours year. A place for boogiers of all types to break loose to the tunes of the ’70s and ’80s before or after hitting the slots. 777 Hollywood Blvd., Lawrenceburg, Ind., 888-274-6797, boogienightsindiana.com.


Funny Bone on the Levee: Northern Kentucky’s favorite spot for live comedy featuring local and national touring acts. Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859-957-2000, funnybone.com.


Go Bananas Comedy Club: See the up-and-comers on Wednesday Pro-Am Nights or come and see your favorite touring acts. 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, 513-984-9288, gobananascomedy.com.


Rock Bar and Lounge: Hip bar inside the Horseshoe Casino. 1000 Broadway St., Downtown, horseshoecincinnati.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.


Star Lanes on the Levee: Boutique bowling with billiards and a lounge with a full bar and menu. 1 Levee Way, Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-652-7250, starlaneslevee.com.


Tostado’s Grill: This Mexican grill hosts an infamous karaoke night Thursday-Saturday. 3500 Eastern Ave., East End, 513-871-0212, tostadosgrill.com.


BEACH BARS

Cabana on the River: Tiki bar on the Ohio River; opens each Memorial Day weekend. Features live music every weekend and highlights tropical and frozen drinks. 7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park, 513-941-7442, cabanaontheriver.com.


Monk’s Cove: An island-themed oasis with $1 Jello shots. 1104 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-703-7600, monkscove.com.


Pirates Cove Tropical Bar and Grill: Every hour is happy hour at this “staycation destination.” Beach Party Fridays = frozen island drinks in a resuable cup for $7. 4609 Kellogg Ave., Four Seasons Marina, East End, 513-871-1820, piratescovecincy.com.


The Sandbar: A Caribbean cabana bar on the water in the Four Seasons Marina with multiple sand volleyball courts. Live music, beer bucket specials ($13 most days) and food. 4609 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-533-3810, thesandbarcincinnati.com.  


 
 
 
 

 

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