Best Of 2021

Over-the-Rhine’s Wodka Bar was the only one of the two dozenish bars across the country praised by Esquire in their most recent “Best Bars in America” list to be located in Cincinnati. Food & Drinks editor Jeff Gordinier wrote of the cocktail lounge, “The very existence of a bar devoted to vodka feels like a rebuke to all the bartenders who’ve scoffed at the spirit. But this spot takes the defiance a step further, offering shots of vodka infused with (among other things) mangoes and peanut brittle.” And, of course, plenty of pierogi and other Eastern European eats. wodkabarotr.com.

This winter, Longfellow crafted and bottled their own amaro, a popular herbal digestif, for purchase and in special themed snack packs. They also began making their own line of cocktail bitters, infused with chamomile and coriander, which fans can get to-go. longfellowbar.com.

1. Village Tavern

2. The Monkey Bar & Grille

3. March First Brewing

1. Northside Yacht Club

2. Tillie’s Lounge

3. The Comet

1. Below Zero Lounge

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill

3. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade

1. Streetside Brewery

2. Latitude’s Bar & Bistro

3. Mount Lookout Tavern

1. Crazy Fox Saloon

2. Southgate House Revival

3. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

1. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

2. The Crow’s Nest

3. Blue Note Harrison

1. MOTR Pub

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill

3. Southgate House Revival

1. Bogart’s

2. Southgate House Revival

3. Madison Theater