If you like fun, then Downtown Cincinnati is the place to be. It caters to every type of bar enthusiast looking to let loose on the town. Whether you’re P&G rich or CityBeat poor, Downtown is the place for all. Follow this guide for a great “Sincinnati” night.
The Covington MainStrasse district is like a trip back in time to a place where people from all cultures enjoy drinking outside and walking the streets. Here you can visit an Irish pub, an English ale house, a German biergarten and fine French dining all in a single night.
Although Clifton isn’t your typical university bar district community, it’s not impossible to have a great time drinking and bar hopping all over this part of town. But the key to ensuring that you and your liver get to toxify yourselves together at a variety of establishments is planning your drinking adventure ahead of time.
Oakley is a pleasant place. Imagine that you’re Goldilocks but looking for alcohol instead of porridge. You’re probably all “Mount Adams is too sloppy,” and “Northside is too cool.” But if you land in Oakley, where you could walk from bar to bar to watch flat-screen T.V., you say, “Oakley is just right.”
The Hill is alive, and you probably can’t afford the rent. Well, maybe, but the paradox is that if you pay your rent you’re probably not going to be able to drink like we’re recommending below — and then the whole avoiding-the-DUI-by-walking-from-your-home-to-the-bar-and-back-again-thing is kind of moot.
Newport is an ideal spot to cut loose and enjoy the finest fruits of life: Irish whiskey, pints of German bock and plenty of other folks who are down to achieve “hog wild” status. In one night here you can dance on tables, throw elbows in a mosh pit, AND chain smoke indoors.
Northside is hands down one of the best bar-hopping neighborhoods in town. Chalk full of cover-charge-free imbibing stations that continually showcase local and national bands and DJ nights, quirky little stores and newfangled eateries filled with musicians, hipsters, gays, Punk rockers, vegans, old-timers, the bearded, tattooed and more.
If you don’t typically barhop around the Hyde Park/Mount Lookout area, you might have some preconceptions about this part of town. Sure, the East Side is home to some ritzy bars and restaurants, but don’t sweat it: You don’t need to rush out to Snooty Fox for a Lily Pulitzer dress.
Find out what the best drinks, special events and unique features the best bars in city have to offer. We have divided and conquered the Central Core, Eastside, Westside, Northern Kentucky, Downtown and Northern neighborhoods for your drink pleasure.