Best Of 2020

Best Harvey Wallbanger: HomeMakers Bar

HomeMakers Bar was one of 2019’s best new openings, mainly because owners Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat know their spirits and they know the elements that go into elevating the typical bar experience. HomeMakers merges a focus on fun design with nontraditional drinks — vermouth, low-proof cocktails, infused aperitifs — and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. The food menu offers delightfully nostalgic bites like finger sammies, homemade snack mix and late-night grilled cheese pastry pockets. The retro-inspired drinking destination also opened a back bar experience called Harvey Wallbangers, named after the 1970s cocktail made with vodka, Galliano and orange juice. The intimate (and rentable for cocktail classes and parties) space lets guests directly engage with bartenders in a one-on-one-style environment, trying exclusive cocktails. Open every Saturday night, the décor blends Baja-vibes and psychedelia. Make reservations online to guarantee a seat. The $15 per person fee includes your first cocktail and snack mix. HomeMakers Bar, 39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, homemakersbar.com.