With the season of giving upon us, there
are a number of local drinking establishments that not only actively
give back, but also provide patrons with opportunities to support and
contribute as well — outside of just being entertaining drunks.
Quirky families have lots of memories and stories about Thanksgiving dinners.
Chosen families are often just as quirky as the ones we’re born into,
but that’s what makes Arnold’s annual Misfit Thanksgiving dinner “part
of the fun."
If you’re looking for a
neighborhood hangout that reminds you of someone’s sleek yet super-comfy
basement where you can meet your friends and enjoy a cup of great
coffee, Angst is going to be your new favorite
Back-alley, Earth-conscious, locally sourced Rock &
Roll burgers are exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in
Northside. When driving down Hamilton Avenue on a recent Tuesday
afternoon, I decided to try Tickle Pickle, which happens to serve just
month, winter ales will hit the market, including MadTree’s
popular Thundersnow. But before we all huddle inside for the long cold
ahead, there are still more fun fall activities to be had.
Forno Osteria + Bar is exactly what the
East Side needs. The chain restaurants around the Rookwood shopping
centers and the mostly ethnic spots clustering near Hyde Park Square are
fine as far as they go, but Forno represents something more elevated.
Since 2009, Dojo Gelato has exclusively
operated out of just 220 square feet of space in a corner of Findlay
Market’s market house. But come spring of 2016, they will have expanded
their production into a second, 1,000-square-foot building in Northside.
In August, mezcal bar and taqueria Frida 602 opened in Covington’s MainStrasse neighborhood.
Owners Paul Weckman and his wife Emily Wolff, who also run Otto’s down
the street, wanted Frida to be a hub for the growing village. So far
they’ve succeeded — the locals have been coming out in droves.
It’s officially fall, so prepare for
ciders, more pumpkin beers and hopefully some seasonals that have
nothing to do with autumn from your favorite local breweries.
(Thankfully, no Christmas beers yet.) And despite the weather shifting,
beer festivals keep chugging away.