Best Of 2018

Best New Winery with a Groove: Revel OTR Urban Winery

Best New Winery with a Groove
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

Revel OTR Urban Winery opened last spring, offering small-batch and other locally made wine (as well as craft beer and other drinks) in a laid-back but groovy setting. This ain’t your mama’s stuffy wine-snob bar — Revel’s funky, intimate atmosphere (including artwork by students from the nearby Art Academy and other locals) is regularly matched by a fantastic soundtrack of acoustic, Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul/R&B music provided by live musicians and DJs. The excellent, unique music programming has included a tribute to legendary Hip Hop producer J Dilla by local DJ squad Selectas Choice, sets by Speed Walton, popular vocalist Jess Lamb, nationally acclaimed singer K’Valentine and frequent DJing appearances by Hip Hop icon Talib Kweli — the Brooklyn native got his start in the mid-’90s with appearances on recordings by Cincinnati Hip Hop group MOOD and has been spotted around town regularly in recent months. Revel OTR Urban Winery, 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, revelotr.com.