August 16, 2018

16 Dreamy Cincinnati Patios You Need to Visit This Summer

It's officially summertime in Cincinnati — what better way to embrace these warm sunny days than from an outdoor bar/restaurant patio. From scenic city views to a string-lit garden paradise, patios are the perfect place to soak up some summer sun while keeping cool with a cocktail, or some ice water... stay hydrated out there, folks. We've got you covered from downtown to the East End to the northern 'burbs and beyond. With both street-level or sky-high patio selections, this list is sure to guide anyone looking for a chill spot to sip or dine outside.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper
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The Blind Lemon
936 Hatch St., Mount Adams
Mount Adams’ favorite backyard bar since 1963. Walk down a set of stairs to find a secret, little hideaway. Outside, the relaxed garden patio is like a boho blend of Bourbon Street and Paris café life. With live music every night, it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

The Blind Lemon

936 Hatch St., Mount Adams
Mount Adams’ favorite backyard bar since 1963. Walk down a set of stairs to find a secret, little hideaway. Outside, the relaxed garden patio is like a boho blend of Bourbon Street and Paris café life. With live music every night, it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Madtree 2.0
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 brewery-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. 
Photo: Phil Heidenreich
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Madtree 2.0

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 brewery-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular.
Photo: Phil Heidenreich
Findlay Market Biergarden
1801 Race St. Over-the-Rhine
Summertime means extended hours at this Over-the-Rhine drinking destination. Grab a bite, sit on the iconic Findlay Market chairs and sip on something cold while the sun goes down. Through October, the Biergarten will be open 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Findlay Market Biergarden

1801 Race St. Over-the-Rhine
Summertime means extended hours at this Over-the-Rhine drinking destination. Grab a bite, sit on the iconic Findlay Market chairs and sip on something cold while the sun goes down. Through October, the Biergarten will be open 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mecca OTR
1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
This hip hideaway in OTR is a garden paradise. Hanging plants, colorful street-art murals, a panoply of rainbow lighting and a plethora of communal seating makes this a welcoming hangout for those interested in L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and food truck hamburgers. 
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Mecca OTR

1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
This hip hideaway in OTR is a garden paradise. Hanging plants, colorful street-art murals, a panoply of rainbow lighting and a plethora of communal seating makes this a welcoming hangout for those interested in L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and food truck hamburgers.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Mecklenburg Gardens
302 E. University Ave., Corryville
At 150 years old, Mecklenburg Gardens is one of the city’s most historic eateries, and its vine-covered trellised biergarten is one of the best in the nation (an accolade awarded by "Travel + Leisure" magazine). Grab one of the German brews on draft, which come in several sizes, including a 1-liter glass boot.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Mecklenburg Gardens

302 E. University Ave., Corryville
At 150 years old, Mecklenburg Gardens is one of the city’s most historic eateries, and its vine-covered trellised biergarten is one of the best in the nation (an accolade awarded by "Travel + Leisure" magazine). Grab one of the German brews on draft, which come in several sizes, including a 1-liter glass boot.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
21c Museum Hotel
609 Walnut St., Downtown
Take a secret elevator ride to the seasonal 21c Museum Hotel rooftop terrace and watch the sun set over downtown with a 'pop-tail' in hand. The uniquely flavored popsicles are made from scratch and then added to chilled spirits to be sipped, stirred or licked.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

21c Museum Hotel

609 Walnut St., Downtown Take a secret elevator ride to the seasonal 21c Museum Hotel rooftop terrace and watch the sun set over downtown with a 'pop-tail' in hand. The uniquely flavored popsicles are made from scratch and then added to chilled spirits to be sipped, stirred or licked.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Eli’s BBQ
3313 Riverside Drive, East End
With plenty of outdoor seating and some Southern hospitality, this restaurant is a literal breath of fresh air. The no-frills affair specializes in meats, pulled and smoked and served in a red plastic basket.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Eli’s BBQ

3313 Riverside Drive, East End
With plenty of outdoor seating and some Southern hospitality, this restaurant is a literal breath of fresh air. The no-frills affair specializes in meats, pulled and smoked and served in a red plastic basket.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cozy’s Cafe and Pub
6440 Cin-Day Road., Liberty Township
This cafe features an L-shaped grey-brick patio with a pergola that lights up at night. The patio is very large but secluded so guests can feel like they're being transported to a vacation destination.
Photo: Susan Keller
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Cozy’s Cafe and Pub

6440 Cin-Day Road., Liberty Township
This cafe features an L-shaped grey-brick patio with a pergola that lights up at night. The patio is very large but secluded so guests can feel like they're being transported to a vacation destination.
Photo: Susan Keller
Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
A friendly, diverse and historic gin joint, Arnold's is the city's oldest bar — in operation since the 1830s. The cheap (strong) drinks and almost daily live music — from Bluegrass and Americana to Jazz — complement the awesome interior courtyard, which used to be a stable and carriage house. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Arnold’s Bar and Grill

210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
A friendly, diverse and historic gin joint, Arnold's is the city's oldest bar — in operation since the 1830s. The cheap (strong) drinks and almost daily live music — from Bluegrass and Americana to Jazz — complement the awesome interior courtyard, which used to be a stable and carriage house.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Krueger's Tavern
1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The restaurant’s Gateway Quarter upstairs patio offers a birds’-eye view of the action on Vine Street, plus Krueger’s full menu. Try: Their veggie burger is 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
Hailey Bollinger, Kelly Coleman, Phil Heidenreich, Susan Keller, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Krueger's Tavern

1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The restaurant’s Gateway Quarter upstairs patio offers a birds’-eye view of the action on Vine Street, plus Krueger’s full menu. Try: Their veggie burger is 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