Best Of 2017

Best Hip Happy Hour: Kaze

Best Hip Happy Hour

Japanese gastropub Kaze is smartly divided into a restaurant side and a bar side, complete with its own entrance. The bar connects to a giant urban patio and is the perfect place to head for daily happy hour, even on weekends. Specialty cocktails start at $5, with discounted sushi rolls and small bites. The Kato roll is a vegetarian favorite with vegetable fritter, avocado and chimichurri. And there are also wagyu sliders, house-smoked Korean wings and a $4.50 bowl of pork belly ramen. It’s a great deal considering their full-price counterparts are basically double the cost. It’s also a very cool space to lounge after work in either the modernist dimly lit red-hued lounge or on the seasonal patio, which has its own bar, perfect for not moving too far when you want a refill of house rosé for $4. Kaze, 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-898-7991, kazeotr.com.