Best Of 2018

Best Porch Refresh: Southwest Porch at Washington Park

The porch at Washington Park has always been a pretty cool place to hang out — anywhere with outdoor seating and a full bar is good in our book. But when Southwest Airlines took over and rebranded the space as the Southwest Porch at Washington Park last year, this almost 3,000-square-foot porch got a real upgrade. With a Southwest-inspired blue-and-white color scheme, the company added new carnival-style string lights, patio chairs, a giant chess set, ping-pong tables and new cornhole sets. Add those public party games to the selection of local beer from breweries like Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist and Christian Moerlein and you’ve got a space for happy-hour-goers, families and competitive gamers alike. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.