16 Cincinnati Rooftop Patios Where You Can Enjoy a Cocktail With a View

What's better than a drink with a view? Not much. The Queen City has plenty of rooftop patios boasting stunning sights of the skyline or surrounding neighborhoods. Here's a few to check out this summer.

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The outdoor rooftop patio overlooking Lytle Park
Hailey Bollinger and Savana Willhoite

The outdoor rooftop patio overlooking Lytle Park

Vista at Lytle Park Hotel
311 Pike St., Downtown
Cincinnati’s new Lytle Park Hotel features a spectacular rooftop patio named the Vista at Lytle Park. The over 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of the Queen City and Ohio River. The space is equipped with an "indoor" lounge (where the bar is located) lined with windows that open up to the outdoor patio with two fireplaces, lounge seating and tables. Vista's menu differs from Subito's, offering a more shareable approach. Choose from a selection of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits, or opt for their large-format cocktails that serve four or more, like the Magnolia Muse with Karrikin's Shuga rum, magnolia blossom tea, pineapple, mango and passionfruit puree. Their food offerings range from a charcuterie board to "naanchos" or peel-and-eat grilled shrimp.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Vista at Lytle Park Hotel

311 Pike St., Downtown
Cincinnati’s new Lytle Park Hotel features a spectacular rooftop patio named the Vista at Lytle Park. The over 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of the Queen City and Ohio River. The space is equipped with an "indoor" lounge (where the bar is located) lined with windows that open up to the outdoor patio with two fireplaces, lounge seating and tables. Vista's menu differs from Subito's, offering a more shareable approach. Choose from a selection of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits, or opt for their large-format cocktails that serve four or more, like the Magnolia Muse with Karrikin's Shuga rum, magnolia blossom tea, pineapple, mango and passionfruit puree. Their food offerings range from a charcuterie board to "naanchos" or peel-and-eat grilled shrimp.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Yonder
621 Main St., Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this breezy bar concept is by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro and features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails, as well as inventive mocktails. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Yonder

621 Main St., Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this breezy bar concept is by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro and features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails, as well as inventive mocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Top of the Park at The Phelps
506 E. Fourth St., Downtown
On the roof of this downtown hotel, catch 360-degree views of the city and the river from its vantage point at the base of Lytle Park. Amenities include tabletop fire features, TVs and live music, plus a tapas menu shareable bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Top of the Park at The Phelps

506 E. Fourth St., Downtown
On the roof of this downtown hotel, catch 360-degree views of the city and the river from its vantage point at the base of Lytle Park. Amenities include tabletop fire features, TVs and live music, plus a tapas menu shareable bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Braxton Brewing Company
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co.'s 5,000+ square-foot seasonal patio features a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Guests can head to the rooftop to enjoy an entirely new experience when visiting the brewery, with plenty of seating, shady umbrellas and a full bar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co.'s 5,000+ square-foot seasonal patio features a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Guests can head to the rooftop to enjoy an entirely new experience when visiting the brewery, with plenty of seating, shady umbrellas and a full bar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
AC Upper Deck
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of Cincinnati's AC Hotel at the Banks, the Upper Deck boasts excellent views of the riverfront and Great American Ball Park. Lounge under string lights while gorging on loaded nachos and sipping a local craft beer or craft cocktail.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

AC Upper Deck

135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of Cincinnati's AC Hotel at the Banks, the Upper Deck boasts excellent views of the riverfront and Great American Ball Park. Lounge under string lights while gorging on loaded nachos and sipping a local craft beer or craft cocktail.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The View at Shires’ Garden
309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown
Located on the 10th floor of downtown’s City Club Apartments, this spacious rooftop spot features an indoor dining room, an outdoor patio, two full bars, outdoor small and group dining and cocktail tables with impeccable views. Tables are currently spaced out in compliance with COVID regulations. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The View at Shires’ Garden

309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown
Located on the 10th floor of downtown’s City Club Apartments, this spacious rooftop spot features an indoor dining room, an outdoor patio, two full bars, outdoor small and group dining and cocktail tables with impeccable views. Tables are currently spaced out in compliance with COVID regulations.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Rhinegeist
1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist has worked quickly over the past half-decade to become one of the city’s favorite local brewers.  Their 25,000-square-foot warehouse tucked away on the north end of Elm is home to boozy alchemy and big house parties. Head upstairs to the weather-dependent giant patio. This very chill wooden rooftop deck features ample seating and an upstairs bar with 15 draft beers and ciders, plus a selection of wine and draft cocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rhinegeist

1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist has worked quickly over the past half-decade to become one of the city’s favorite local brewers. Their 25,000-square-foot warehouse tucked away on the north end of Elm is home to boozy alchemy and big house parties. Head upstairs to the weather-dependent giant patio. This very chill wooden rooftop deck features ample seating and an upstairs bar with 15 draft beers and ciders, plus a selection of wine and draft cocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Krueger's Tavern
1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Over-the-Rhine restaurant offers an upstairs patio with a birds’-eye view of the action on Vine Street, plus Krueger’s full menu. Try their popular veggie burger — it’s the best in the city. But if you’re looking to drink your dinner, opt for a shareable pitcher like the Gin and Juice, with house-infused bathtub gin, fresh-squeezed orange juice and West Sixth Brewing Lemongrass wheat beer.
Photo: Kellie Coleman

Krueger's Tavern

1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Over-the-Rhine restaurant offers an upstairs patio with a birds’-eye view of the action on Vine Street, plus Krueger’s full menu. Try their popular veggie burger — it’s the best in the city. But if you’re looking to drink your dinner, opt for a shareable pitcher like the Gin and Juice, with house-infused bathtub gin, fresh-squeezed orange juice and West Sixth Brewing Lemongrass wheat beer.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
Overlook Kitchen + Bar
5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville
Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this funky Madisonville hotel boasts a restaurant and rooftop patio with some unique views of the neighborhood. Guests can expect lounge and table seating, with fire pits available for colder evenings. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Overlook Kitchen + Bar

5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville
Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this funky Madisonville hotel boasts a restaurant and rooftop patio with some unique views of the neighborhood. Guests can expect lounge and table seating, with fire pits available for colder evenings.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger