September 27, 2019

20 Cincinnati Bars with Food as Good as Their Drinks

These local watering holes have their priorities straight: a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine paired with enough snacks and entrées to keep your appetite satiated and your thirst quenched. You'll be surprised where you can grab a bite to eat at these Queen City drinking establishments.
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Longfellow
1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
Longfellow is the OTR version of a dive bar. Cool crafted cocktails include selections like the Spruce Goose, with barrel-aged gin, honey, lime, bitters and tonic. A fun pay-it-forward board menu allows you to buy drinks for friends, strangers and crushes. If you're hungry, try their Blue Collar Plate: various sliced charcuterie sandwiched in baguette with Dijon, pickled shallot and, optionally, anchovy (get it). Served with a 16 oz. beer and Grippo's chips.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Longfellow

1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
Longfellow is the OTR version of a dive bar. Cool crafted cocktails include selections like the Spruce Goose, with barrel-aged gin, honey, lime, bitters and tonic. A fun pay-it-forward board menu allows you to buy drinks for friends, strangers and crushes. If you're hungry, try their Blue Collar Plate: various sliced charcuterie sandwiched in baguette with Dijon, pickled shallot and, optionally, anchovy (get it). Served with a 16 oz. beer and Grippo's chips.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Northside Yacht Club
4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. The cocktails — served by tattooed bartenders in the vein of Sailor Jerry — are masterful, made with fresh juice, fruit and herbal garnish. The tropically themed and navy-inspired drinks are served in Tiki glasses and deceivingly potent. Lay down a base layer with a bar-food menu that features satisfying items like house-smoked wings, poutine with duck fat gravy and vegan lentil chili fries. If you’re feeling mean, bring your dog to the patio to watch you eat any of the above (except maybe the lentils; dogs probably don’t like lentils) and don’t offer them any.
Photo: Kellie Coleman

Northside Yacht Club

4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. The cocktails — served by tattooed bartenders in the vein of Sailor Jerry — are masterful, made with fresh juice, fruit and herbal garnish. The tropically themed and navy-inspired drinks are served in Tiki glasses and deceivingly potent. Lay down a base layer with a bar-food menu that features satisfying items like house-smoked wings, poutine with duck fat gravy and vegan lentil chili fries. If you’re feeling mean, bring your dog to the patio to watch you eat any of the above (except maybe the lentils; dogs probably don’t like lentils) and don’t offer them any.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
Knockback Nats
10 W. 7th St., Downtown
Come early for this bar's daily happy hour between 3 and 7 p.m., where you can enjoy a few beers while eating their popular smoked wings and burgers. Enjoy darts, video golf, video bowling and a jukebox for extra fun. Popular menu items include the aforementioned smoked wings, nachos, chicken tenders, quesadillas, waffle fries and the Knockback Burger, with ground beef, cheese, onion, bacon, fried egg, coleslaw, bbq sauce, smoked brisket or pork.
Photo via Facebook/KnockbackNats

Knockback Nats

10 W. 7th St., Downtown
Come early for this bar's daily happy hour between 3 and 7 p.m., where you can enjoy a few beers while eating their popular smoked wings and burgers. Enjoy darts, video golf, video bowling and a jukebox for extra fun. Popular menu items include the aforementioned smoked wings, nachos, chicken tenders, quesadillas, waffle fries and the Knockback Burger, with ground beef, cheese, onion, bacon, fried egg, coleslaw, bbq sauce, smoked brisket or pork.
Photo via Facebook/KnockbackNats
Wódka Bar
1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the team behind cult-favorite Babushka Pierogies, Wódka Bar carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types, including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. It also offers a streamlined Eastern European-inspired menu of light bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Wódka Bar

1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the team behind cult-favorite Babushka Pierogies, Wódka Bar carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types, including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. It also offers a streamlined Eastern European-inspired menu of light bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition
3929 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Nostalgia shines bright in this arcade bar where you can play all of your favorite video games from yesteryear. On top of an excellently curated selection of arcade cabinets, pinball machines and video game consoles, there's a full bar with daily shot specials to keep you feeling young. Need an extra life after that last beer? Eat their Avril-Bleh hot dogs, portobello panini sandwich, vegan chili, old school nachos and beer cheese mac & cheese.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition

3929 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Nostalgia shines bright in this arcade bar where you can play all of your favorite video games from yesteryear. On top of an excellently curated selection of arcade cabinets, pinball machines and video game consoles, there's a full bar with daily shot specials to keep you feeling young. Need an extra life after that last beer? Eat their Avril-Bleh hot dogs, portobello panini sandwich, vegan chili, old school nachos and beer cheese mac & cheese. Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of downtown'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 Grand Slam Nachos (salsa, guac, cheddar, nacho cheese, jalapeños, corn, black beans, onions, olives, sour cream and carnitas or chicken on tortilla chips). 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks

135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of downtown'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 Grand Slam Nachos (salsa, guac, cheddar, nacho cheese, jalapeños, corn, black beans, onions, olives, sour cream and carnitas or chicken on tortilla chips).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
MOTR Pub
1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
This gem hosts some of the best live shows in the city and highlights local and touring Indie, Rock and Folk acts (among other styles) — all without a cover. Their weekend brunch menu along with their assorted drinks are the perfect excuse to sober up before getting drunk again. For dinner try their BLT, Veggie Burger, Vegan TLT (with marinated tofu), fries or tater tots. This pub shines during brunch, try the breakfast tacos, chocolate chip pancakes, biscuits with sausage and chorizo gravy or, if you're inclined toward simpler fare, The Main Streeter: scrambled eggs, bacon and tots.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

MOTR Pub

1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
This gem hosts some of the best live shows in the city and highlights local and touring Indie, Rock and Folk acts (among other styles) — all without a cover. Their weekend brunch menu along with their assorted drinks are the perfect excuse to sober up before getting drunk again. For dinner try their BLT, Veggie Burger, Vegan TLT (with marinated tofu), fries or tater tots. This pub shines during brunch, try the breakfast tacos, chocolate chip pancakes, biscuits with sausage and chorizo gravy or, if you're inclined toward simpler fare, The Main Streeter: scrambled eggs, bacon and tots.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
City View Tavern
403 Oregon St., Mount Adams
A fine neighborhood bar offering panoramic vistas of our fair metropolis, along with burgers, soups, sandwiches and a spicy bloody mary. 
Photo via Facebook/CityViewTavern

City View Tavern

403 Oregon St., Mount Adams
A fine neighborhood bar offering panoramic vistas of our fair metropolis, along with burgers, soups, sandwiches and a spicy bloody mary.
Photo via Facebook/CityViewTavern
Lost and Found
22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine's newest cocktail bar is a funky, community-driven gathering space with an inventive drink menu and small bites inside of a visually captivating art-filled environment; it was once a multi-car garage. It’s located on a quieter street in Over-the-Rhine — if it weren’t for the green light perched outside the bar, you just might miss it. Co-owners Steven Clement and Camilo Otalora are the masterminds behind Lost & Found, with the goal of creating a hub where guests can feel welcome and inspired. Artwork from local artists fill the walls from room to room. Light bites include crudités made with local seasonal vegetables, crostini and housemade chips and dips.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lost and Found

22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine's newest cocktail bar is a funky, community-driven gathering space with an inventive drink menu and small bites inside of a visually captivating art-filled environment; it was once a multi-car garage. It’s located on a quieter street in Over-the-Rhine — if it weren’t for the green light perched outside the bar, you just might miss it. Co-owners Steven Clement and Camilo Otalora are the masterminds behind Lost & Found, with the goal of creating a hub where guests can feel welcome and inspired. Artwork from local artists fill the walls from room to room. Light bites include crudités made with local seasonal vegetables, crostini and housemade chips and dips.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Top of the Park at The Phelps
506 E. 4th St., Downtown
On the roof of the downtown Marriott 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 with snack options like sliders, charcuterie and chocolate churros. Want more to eat? Get tacos, sliders, chicken lettuce wraps, endive salad, hummus and spinach, kettle chips and guac. Try the chocolate torte and lemon mousse for dessert.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Top of the Park at The Phelps

506 E. 4th St., Downtown
On the roof of the downtown Marriott 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 with snack options like sliders, charcuterie and chocolate churros. Want more to eat? Get tacos, sliders, chicken lettuce wraps, endive salad, hummus and spinach, kettle chips and guac. Try the chocolate torte and lemon mousse for dessert.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger