Best Of 2022

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Arts & Culture.

City Life

City Life
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for City Life.

Eats

Eats
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Eats.

Music & Nightlife

Music & Nightlife
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Music & Nightlife.

Shops & Services

Shops & Services
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Shops & Services.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
Here are the 2022 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Sports & Recreation.

Welcome to the Best of Cincinnati 2022: This is CityBeat's 26th-annual ode to the best people, places, businesses, eats and arts in town, as chosen by readers and staff.

Welcome to the Best of Cincinnati 2022

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than 25 years, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, City Life and Sports & Recreation.

And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and publication staff. Readers logged on to the ballot site to vote for their favorites in broad categories like Best New Restaurant, Best Free Attraction and Best Boutique, with more niche topics including Best Hot Dog, Best Place to Play Pool and Best Haunted House. You might not need to know who makes the Best Wedding Cakes right now, or who the Best Lawyer is, but when you do, we’ve got you covered.

For the Staff Picks — selected by a slightly smaller number of humans — we curated an assemblage of and wrote about our favorite Cincinnati people, places and things (and city steps to walk and comic book shops with cocktails and cat cafes), stuff we like, appreciate and want other people to know about.

Of course, not everything we want to highlight about the city could fit into this issue, but we tried to cram as much in here as we could. So if your favorite brewery or Bengal or chili parlor isn’t featured, there’s always next year.

The Harry Gordon Poster Dress on display in Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s at the Cincinnati Art Museum

As part of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s exhibit — which derived from a private collection — the institution added some splendiferous clothing from its own holdings, perhaps to offer ideas as to what one could wear with all the gold and silver on display. Or, maybe, for a change of pace. One showstopper was the positively hypnotizing Poster Dress by the late Harry Gordon that depicts a large eye in black and white on its front. It’s a product of the rebellious ’60s, when ideas about everything, including fashion, were radically changing the culture. Made from screen-printed tissue, wood pulp and rayon mesh, the eye was part of a 1968 series of five shift dresses (the museum also has a cat, a rocket and a hand held in a Buddhist peace gesture and overprinted with the Allen Ginsberg poem “Uptown”). The museum is still seeking the rose-depicting dress to have a complete set. Gordon started his Poster Dresses in 1967 with one depicting Bob Dylan. cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

1. Good Judy’s

2. Somerset

3. Hard Rock Cafe

4. Anjou

5. Copper & Flame

6. Bar Saeso

7. Cosmic Gorilla

8. Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop

9. OTR StillHouse

10. The Pitch

1. Decibel Korean Fried Chicken

2. PearlStar

3. Saint Francis Apizza

4. Pig Candy BBQ

5. Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies

6. Bee’s Barbecue

7. Proud Hound Coffee

8. Cork N Crust

9. Cafe Mochiko

10. OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez