Best Of 2018

Best Repurposing of the Old Neons Space: Rosedale

When Neons closed in 2016, people were devastated to lose “OTR’s backyard,” an intimate drinking destination that harnessed the power of warm weather via its gigantic patio, yard games and outdoor bar (with multiple big-ass TVs). Then, 4EG — the entertainment group behind Lackman, Mount Adams Pavilion, Igby’s and more — announced they’d be taking over the space in May. After some upscale renovations, they reopened as Rosedale in January 2018. They’ve added industrial-farmhouse chandeliers, bold floral wallpaper (perfect for an instagram backdrop), leveled out the first floor and added lounge seating. It’s a little more classed up than comfy-old Neons but has retained the former’s focus on craft cocktails… and the giant, dog-friendly patio (now with brand new seating). Try a Settler’s Trail with bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Luxardo and bitters; or the Oh, Ida! with Watershed bourbon-barrel-aged gin, mezcal, yellow chartreuse, Earl Grey syrup and lemon. Rosedale, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, rosedaleotr.com.