22 Cincinnati Beer Gardens You Should Visit This Summer

Sipping on an ice cold brew in a bustling biergarten surrounded by new friends just may be the recipe for a perfect summer day. Cincinnati has a variety to choose from, ranging from authentic Bavarian biergartens to more casual brewery-style drink spots. Regardless of which you choose, these are some must-visit drinking destinations to add to your beer bucket list.
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Mecklenburg Gardens
302 E. University Ave., Corryville
It's Oktoberfest all year long at this historic German eatery. Wash down your triple goettawurst and spaetzle with a 1-liter glass boot of doppelbock or hefeweizen in the grape-vine-laden outdoor biergarten. Founded in 1865, it was named one of the best biergartens in America by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mecklenburg Gardens

302 E. University Ave., Corryville
It's Oktoberfest all year long at this historic German eatery. Wash down your triple goettawurst and spaetzle with a 1-liter glass boot of doppelbock or hefeweizen in the grape-vine-laden outdoor biergarten. Founded in 1865, it was named one of the best biergartens in America by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Braxton Brewing Co.
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened their much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar last summer. Guests enjoy an entirely new experience at the brewery with the 5,000 square-foot seasonal patio, which features plenty of seating, shady umbrellas, a full bar, a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati.  
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Braxton Brewing Co.

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened their much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar last summer. Guests enjoy an entirely new experience at the brewery with the 5,000 square-foot seasonal patio, which features plenty of seating, shady umbrellas, a full bar, a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Queen City Radio
1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The former auto body shop turned multi-level OTR hang features rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, a small cocktail program and adult-themed treats including boozy slushies. Garage doors create indoor/outdoor space and the patio boasts not only a ton of seating, but also the on-site Queen City Whip food truck.
Photo: Patty Salas

Queen City Radio

1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The former auto body shop turned multi-level OTR hang features rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, a small cocktail program and adult-themed treats including boozy slushies. Garage doors create indoor/outdoor space and the patio boasts not only a ton of seating, but also the on-site Queen City Whip food truck.
Photo: Patty Salas
MadTree 2.0
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space in this 10,000-square-foot beer garden to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. 
Photo: Phil Heidenreich

MadTree 2.0

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space in this 10,000-square-foot beer garden to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular.
Photo: Phil Heidenreich
Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom
1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine
The taproom, which features both indoor and string-lit outdoor space, spans nearly 9,000 feet, offering an array of unique beers brewed both on-site and at the Cincinnati brewery across the street. These include fan favorites like the Queen City-inspired 513 lager, Boston Lager and Summer Ale.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom

1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine
The taproom, which features both indoor and string-lit outdoor space, spans nearly 9,000 feet, offering an array of unique beers brewed both on-site and at the Cincinnati brewery across the street. These include fan favorites like the Queen City-inspired 513 lager, Boston Lager and Summer Ale.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Findlay Market Biergarten
1801 Race St, Over-the-Rhine
Summertime means extended hours at this Over-the-Rhine drinking destination. Grab a bite, sit on the iconic red Findlay Market chairs and sip on something cold while the sun goes down. On Tuesdays, it's Mug Club night: get $1 off all drafts (with an additional $1 off during happy hour from 4-6 p.m.). Open through October. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Findlay Market Biergarten

1801 Race St, Over-the-Rhine
Summertime means extended hours at this Over-the-Rhine drinking destination. Grab a bite, sit on the iconic red Findlay Market chairs and sip on something cold while the sun goes down. On Tuesdays, it's Mug Club night: get $1 off all drafts (with an additional $1 off during happy hour from 4-6 p.m.). Open through October.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mecca OTR
1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
The big-ass gravel patio, colorful street-art murals, rainbow lighting and plethora of communal seating make this a welcoming spot for those interested in no-frills drinking, L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and free popcorn. The aesthetic is strong with this one, guys, and so are their San Pell Chunker cocktails, with a mini airplane bottle of booze inverted into a can of flavored sparkling water, in addition to a selection of craft beers and wines.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Mecca OTR

1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
The big-ass gravel patio, colorful street-art murals, rainbow lighting and plethora of communal seating make this a welcoming spot for those interested in no-frills drinking, L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and free popcorn. The aesthetic is strong with this one, guys, and so are their San Pell Chunker cocktails, with a mini airplane bottle of booze inverted into a can of flavored sparkling water, in addition to a selection of craft beers and wines.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Fifty West
7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
After opening their doors in November 2012, Fifty West has swiftly gained notoriety in a city saturated with craft breweries not only because of their impressive selection of homemade beer, but also their lively events like the Fifty West Punch Out boxing series and Fifty Fest music fest. Take a seat out on their dreamy string-lit patio at their original brewpub location and enjoy a frosty brew. Or head across the street to the Production Works for picnic-style outdoor seating and sand volleyball.
Photo: Facebook.com/FiftyWest

Fifty West

7668 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
After opening their doors in November 2012, Fifty West has swiftly gained notoriety in a city saturated with craft breweries not only because of their impressive selection of homemade beer, but also their lively events like the Fifty West Punch Out boxing series and Fifty Fest music fest. Take a seat out on their dreamy string-lit patio at their original brewpub location and enjoy a frosty brew. Or head across the street to the Production Works for picnic-style outdoor seating and sand volleyball.
Photo: Facebook.com/FiftyWest
Hofbräuhaus
200 E. Third St., Newport
Opened in 2003, the Newport Hofbräuhaus was the first Hofbräuhaus brewery and beer hall to open in the United States. Beers are brewed on-site in the original Munich tradition (under the license and supervision of Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München), with a keg tapping of seasonal brews the final Wednesday of each month. Buy a liter of beer and keep the stein for $12.
Photo: Susan Keller

Hofbräuhaus

200 E. Third St., Newport
Opened in 2003, the Newport Hofbräuhaus was the first Hofbräuhaus brewery and beer hall to open in the United States. Beers are brewed on-site in the original Munich tradition (under the license and supervision of Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München), with a keg tapping of seasonal brews the final Wednesday of each month. Buy a liter of beer and keep the stein for $12.
Photo: Susan Keller
Arnold’s Bar & Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
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. They claim to have one of the best bourbon lists in Cincinnati with nearly 40 options on the menu as well as a selection of craft beers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Arnold’s Bar & Grill

210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
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. They claim to have one of the best bourbon lists in Cincinnati with nearly 40 options on the menu as well as a selection of craft beers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger