22 New Cincinnati Bars You Should Be Drinking at This Summer

From breweries to retro cocktail bars and laid-back neighborhood spots, it appears the Queen City has been rather busy opening a multitude of drinking destinations over the past year. Each with their own special niche, there's a place for every imbiber to throw one back.
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Yonder
621 Main St., Second Floor, Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this bar concept by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails. The bar menu features a variety of both alcoholic and spirit-free cocktails, like the High Lonesome, a cold brew coffee-based drink with sarsaparilla-hickory syrup, almond milk and mint. Co-owner Tess is a non-drinker and wanted a mocktail list “that was just as long as the cocktail list.” The breezy, plant-filled bar holds approximately 30 guests and features cozy, communal bench seating, hanging rattan chairs and five seats along the bar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Yonder

621 Main St., Second Floor, Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this bar concept by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails. The bar menu features a variety of both alcoholic and spirit-free cocktails, like the High Lonesome, a cold brew coffee-based drink with sarsaparilla-hickory syrup, almond milk and mint. Co-owner Tess is a non-drinker and wanted a mocktail list “that was just as long as the cocktail list.” The breezy, plant-filled bar holds approximately 30 guests and features cozy, communal bench seating, hanging rattan chairs and five seats along the bar.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The View at Shires' Garden
309 Vine St., Downtown
The View at Shires’ Garden is located on the 10th floor of the City Club Apartments. The 6,000-square-foot rooftop spot features an indoor dining room, an outdoor patio, two full bars, outdoor small and group dining and cocktail tables with impeccable views. The decor mixes modern furnishings with the style of the original Shires’ Gardens from the 19th century — a historic Queen City amusement resort of sorts in this same spot at Vine and Third streets
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The View at Shires' Garden

309 Vine St., Downtown
The View at Shires’ Garden is located on the 10th floor of the City Club Apartments. The 6,000-square-foot rooftop spot features an indoor dining room, an outdoor patio, two full bars, outdoor small and group dining and cocktail tables with impeccable views. The decor mixes modern furnishings with the style of the original Shires’ Gardens from the 19th century — a historic Queen City amusement resort of sorts in this same spot at Vine and Third streets
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Wodka Bar
1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Sarah Dworak of Babushka Pierogies opened Wodka Bar on Main Street, attached to her popular pierogi lunch and late-night walk-up window. Dedicated to the patron spirit of Eastern Europe, the 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, plus house-infused options with Russian Caravan black tea, caraway seeds, pine needles, rosemary, berries and citrus zest. European wines and a single draft beer — O.K. Beer, a Premium Lager from Brzesko, Poland’s Okocim Brewery — round out the drinks. You can chase your shots with bites of caviar, pickled fish and vegetables, smoked meats, cheese and butter on dense, dark rye bread. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Wodka Bar

1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Sarah Dworak of Babushka Pierogies opened Wodka Bar on Main Street, attached to her popular pierogi lunch and late-night walk-up window. Dedicated to the patron spirit of Eastern Europe, the 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, plus house-infused options with Russian Caravan black tea, caraway seeds, pine needles, rosemary, berries and citrus zest. European wines and a single draft beer — O.K. Beer, a Premium Lager from Brzesko, Poland’s Okocim Brewery — round out the drinks. You can chase your shots with bites of caviar, pickled fish and vegetables, smoked meats, cheese and butter on dense, dark rye bread.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area (basically a public bathroom), Comfort Station has transformed a dilapidated space into an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge areas. Guests can choose their own adventure when entering, opting to go through either the Women's or Men's door. Head through the bright blue ladies entrance to access the main-floor space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and bathrooms with two-way mirrors to watch the goings-on behind the bar (you can see out; they can't see in). From the main bar, you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks, including an elevated perch with cushions. Opening later this year, the entrance through the Men's door will lead guests to an eight-seater basement cocktail lounge for “nighttime revelry and good-natured mischief." 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area (basically a public bathroom), Comfort Station has transformed a dilapidated space into an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge areas. Guests can choose their own adventure when entering, opting to go through either the Women's or Men's door. Head through the bright blue ladies entrance to access the main-floor space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and bathrooms with two-way mirrors to watch the goings-on behind the bar (you can see out; they can't see in). From the main bar, you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks, including an elevated perch with cushions. Opening later this year, the entrance through the Men's door will lead guests to an eight-seater basement cocktail lounge for “nighttime revelry and good-natured mischief."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Ripple Wine Bar
4 W. Pike St., Covington
Inspired by the title of a Grateful Dead song, Ripple Wine Bar is one of those sweet little spots that hits all the right notes: good wine, lots of it, paired with good food. The bar offers 40 varietals by the glass or half glass, bottle or half bottle and also does a $10 half-bottle happy hour for gun-shy consumers or folks dining solo. The menu’s overall vibe is laid-back, a true “California kitchen,” with wine-friendly food that’s seasonally inspired. Bread is from Covington’s Pepe Cucina, cheddar comes from Walnut Hills’ Urban Stead and look for Newport’s Grateful Grahams in dessert options. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ripple Wine Bar

4 W. Pike St., Covington
Inspired by the title of a Grateful Dead song, Ripple Wine Bar is one of those sweet little spots that hits all the right notes: good wine, lots of it, paired with good food. The bar offers 40 varietals by the glass or half glass, bottle or half bottle and also does a $10 half-bottle happy hour for gun-shy consumers or folks dining solo. The menu’s overall vibe is laid-back, a true “California kitchen,” with wine-friendly food that’s seasonally inspired. Bread is from Covington’s Pepe Cucina, cheddar comes from Walnut Hills’ Urban Stead and look for Newport’s Grateful Grahams in dessert options.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fausto
4 E. Sixth St., Downtown
This café inside the Contemporary Arts Center from brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari plays off of the artful surroundings to craft a menu of thoughtfully designed and seasonal cuisine. Dishes range from chia seed pudding and baked eggs to smoked white fish tartine and handmade linguini with clams. In addition to a craft coffee menu based off of a specialty Deeper Roots Coffee blend, the cocktail list features modern mixes like the Refreshing as Yoko (pamplemouse, Aperol, grapefruit bitters, sparkling wine and rosemary) and wines that run the gamut from red to white to sparkling with a special Ferrari Bros. rosé. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fausto

4 E. Sixth St., Downtown
This café inside the Contemporary Arts Center from brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari plays off of the artful surroundings to craft a menu of thoughtfully designed and seasonal cuisine. Dishes range from chia seed pudding and baked eggs to smoked white fish tartine and handmade linguini with clams. In addition to a craft coffee menu based off of a specialty Deeper Roots Coffee blend, the cocktail list features modern mixes like the Refreshing as Yoko (pamplemouse, Aperol, grapefruit bitters, sparkling wine and rosemary) and wines that run the gamut from red to white to sparkling with a special Ferrari Bros. rosé.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Social OTR
1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Social OTR features an ambitious New American menu and two spaces: a front dining room and a cozy back bar with an entrance from the alley. The menu includes about eight “Snacks,” 10 to 11 “Small Plates” and just two “Large Plates,” with a drink list that’s almost longer than the food offerings. Whether you prefer tequila, rye, gin or any other spirit, the house cocktails have you covered. The nonprofit restaurant also aims to fill a multitude of societal and business needs in the community through its workforce development program.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Social OTR

1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Social OTR features an ambitious New American menu and two spaces: a front dining room and a cozy back bar with an entrance from the alley. The menu includes about eight “Snacks,” 10 to 11 “Small Plates” and just two “Large Plates,” with a drink list that’s almost longer than the food offerings. Whether you prefer tequila, rye, gin or any other spirit, the house cocktails have you covered. The nonprofit restaurant also aims to fill a multitude of societal and business needs in the community through its workforce development program.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pins Mechanical Co.
1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Pins Mechanical Company features multiple levels of gaming with duckpin bowling, vintage pinball machines, ping pong, foosball and a rooftop patio with bocce ball and fire pits. The bowling lanes are first come, first served, so it is recommended that guests come early to get their name in the queue, grab a drink and enjoy one of their other games while they wait. Pins boasts three bars (two inside and one on the patio) with 36 craft beers on tap, plus signature and seasonally rotating cocktails. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pins Mechanical Co.

1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Pins Mechanical Company features multiple levels of gaming with duckpin bowling, vintage pinball machines, ping pong, foosball and a rooftop patio with bocce ball and fire pits. The bowling lanes are first come, first served, so it is recommended that guests come early to get their name in the queue, grab a drink and enjoy one of their other games while they wait. Pins boasts three bars (two inside and one on the patio) with 36 craft beers on tap, plus signature and seasonally rotating cocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Karrikin Spirits Co.
717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax
In December, former Metropole chef Jared Bennett and former Maribelle’s eat + drink chef/owner Mike Florea teamed up with MadTree Brewing co-founder Jeff Hunt to open Karrikin Spirits Co., a distillery and restaurant located in an industrial park in Fairfax, near the Frisch’s Mainliner. On-premises, they distill several spirits, including vodka, gin and apricot brandy. But they also bring an eclectic, hand-crafted energy to their mocktail menu. Karrikin provides four different alcohol-free options including the Blood Orange Shrub, with blood orange and rosemary, and the more experimental Karrikin N/A Mule, consisting of ginger, lemongrass and Szechuan peppercorn. Besides their mocktails, you can also sample one of their housemade craft sodas with flavors like key lime and cola.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Karrikin Spirits Co.

717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax
In December, former Metropole chef Jared Bennett and former Maribelle’s eat + drink chef/owner Mike Florea teamed up with MadTree Brewing co-founder Jeff Hunt to open Karrikin Spirits Co., a distillery and restaurant located in an industrial park in Fairfax, near the Frisch’s Mainliner. On-premises, they distill several spirits, including vodka, gin and apricot brandy. But they also bring an eclectic, hand-crafted energy to their mocktail menu. Karrikin provides four different alcohol-free options including the Blood Orange Shrub, with blood orange and rosemary, and the more experimental Karrikin N/A Mule, consisting of ginger, lemongrass and Szechuan peppercorn. Besides their mocktails, you can also sample one of their housemade craft sodas with flavors like key lime and cola.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Fairfield Market
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This cafe and bar offers a streamlined selection of pastries, picnic salads, sandwiches and charcuterie complemented by morning coffee and evening libations — house cocktails and a rotating wine and beer selection. With original terrazzo and vintage décor mixed with contemporary furniture, the vibe is Palm Desert meets Midcentury Modern. Food service focuses on seasonal and locally sourced items with dinner and brunch programs forthcoming. 
Photo: Liz Davis

Fairfield Market

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This cafe and bar offers a streamlined selection of pastries, picnic salads, sandwiches and charcuterie complemented by morning coffee and evening libations — house cocktails and a rotating wine and beer selection. With original terrazzo and vintage décor mixed with contemporary furniture, the vibe is Palm Desert meets Midcentury Modern. Food service focuses on seasonal and locally sourced items with dinner and brunch programs forthcoming.
Photo: Liz Davis