Best Of 2019

Laid-back Over-the-Rhine cocktail bar Longfellow recently celebrated its second birthday by throwing a “shitty dance party on OTR’s smallest dance floor.” Well, at least that’s how they put it in a Facebook post promoting the event. It’s apparent the bar has a good sense of humor about itself (the owners even decked out the space like Titanic for Halloween), but on top of the laughs, Longfellow also excels in creating delicious drinks and light bites. Menu staples are the Spruce Goose, with barrel-aged gin, honey, lime, bitters and tonic, and snacks like a Casino egg salad sandwich and late-night pierogies. Because of the popularity of the cozy and kinda tiny original, Longfellow opened a second bar in the back of the building, aptly named “Longfellow’s Other Room,” to create more drinking and hanging space Wednesday through Saturday (with pop-ups and occasional bar hours Monday and Tuesday). The décor is meant to recreate the ambiance of your grandparents’ basement and boasts Ohio’s largest rum selection and proper absinthe service, complete with fancy spoons and sugar cubes. While you can enter Other Room through the back door of Longfellow, it also has its own separate entrance at 109 E. 13th St. and Brackett Alley for a sort of speakeasy feel. Longfellow and Other Room, 1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine,

Music & Nightlife

2. The Blind Lemon

3. The Overlook Lodge

2. Sundry and Vice

3. MOTR Pub

2. Dutch’s

3. Oakley Pub and Grill

2. Fox & Hound

3. Back Porch Saloon

2. Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

3. Bobby Mackey’s

2. The Crow’s Nest

3. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

2. MOTR Pub

3. The Southgate House Revival

2. The Southgate House Revival

3. Madison Theater

2. Sundry and Vice

3. Queen City Exchange