25 Cincinnati Bars Where You Probably Won't Run Into Anyone from High School

You may either be making a stop in your hometown and definitely in need of a drink or may be a proud Queen City resident looking to get a cocktail in peace. We made a list of Cincinnati bars where you probably won’t run into anyone you knew from high school, but we can’t guarantee. Half are trendy, half are dives, but all should keep you away from having to remember senior prom.   
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Mid-City
40 E. Court St., Downtown
Recently opened Mid-City moved into their spot downtown on 40 E. Court in early October. “It’s small, it’s cute and there is delicious food,” says the team behind the operation — the same as popular Over-the-Rhine bar Longfellow. Some of their newly developed dishes include a griddled english muffin with pickle butter, a chicken and artichoke skewer with chili relish and basil as well as the Mid-City Platter with a frankfurt, belly, loin, potato and sauerkraut. 
Photo: instagram.com/midcitycinti

Mid-City

40 E. Court St., Downtown
Recently opened Mid-City moved into their spot downtown on 40 E. Court in early October. “It’s small, it’s cute and there is delicious food,” says the team behind the operation — the same as popular Over-the-Rhine bar Longfellow. Some of their newly developed dishes include a griddled english muffin with pickle butter, a chicken and artichoke skewer with chili relish and basil as well as the Mid-City Platter with a frankfurt, belly, loin, potato and sauerkraut.
Photo: instagram.com/midcitycinti
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Gulow Street
1614 Hoffner St., Northside
Gulow Street, a cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant located at the corner of Hoffner Street and Gulow Street — the establishment's namesake — is a family operation, owned by brothers/cousins Jonathan, Danny and Alex Mouch. Gulow Street's food menu is small but mighty as is the cocktail menu. A favorite drink: the Carrot Moscow Mule, infused with fresh carrot juice.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Gulow Street

1614 Hoffner St., Northside
Gulow Street, a cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant located at the corner of Hoffner Street and Gulow Street — the establishment's namesake — is a family operation, owned by brothers/cousins Jonathan, Danny and Alex Mouch. Gulow Street's food menu is small but mighty as is the cocktail menu. A favorite drink: the Carrot Moscow Mule, infused with fresh carrot juice.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Anjou
2804 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Named after Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI, Anjou has many unique floral and fruity cocktails befitting its namesake. The She-Wolf is a delightful concoction, featuring Old Tom Gin and pear, ginger and elderflower liqueurs. It is a vivid purple color and comes served in a tumbler with a rose-shaped ice cube. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Anjou

2804 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
Named after Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI, Anjou has many unique floral and fruity cocktails befitting its namesake. The She-Wolf is a delightful concoction, featuring Old Tom Gin and pear, ginger and elderflower liqueurs. It is a vivid purple color and comes served in a tumbler with a rose-shaped ice cube.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Standard
434 Main St., Covington
The dynamic duo behind popular Covington dining and drinking destinations Otto's, Frida and Larry's opened The Standard, breathing life into a familiar corner in the neighborhood. Co-owner Emily Wolff says that when the opportunity to embark on a new journey to transform the former garage and filling station on the corner of Fifth and Main streets presented itself, they were all in. The Standard's food menu features bright and playful flavors. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage's canopies and beyond to spread out.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

The Standard

434 Main St., Covington
The dynamic duo behind popular Covington dining and drinking destinations Otto's, Frida and Larry's opened The Standard, breathing life into a familiar corner in the neighborhood. Co-owner Emily Wolff says that when the opportunity to embark on a new journey to transform the former garage and filling station on the corner of Fifth and Main streets presented itself, they were all in. The Standard's food menu features bright and playful flavors. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage's canopies and beyond to spread out.
Photo: Savana Willhoite
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Saeso
1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven. 
Photo: Ross Van Pelt

Saeso

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven.
Photo: Ross Van Pelt
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Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area, Comfort Station is an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge spots. Enter through the bright blue former women’s restroom door to access main bar space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and a living plant wall. From the bar you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks — including an elevated perch with cushions — as well as a cozy fire pit.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area, Comfort Station is an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge spots. Enter through the bright blue former women’s restroom door to access main bar space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and a living plant wall. From the bar you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks — including an elevated perch with cushions — as well as a cozy fire pit.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Gypsy's
641 Main St., Covington
Located in the heart of Covington, Gypsy’s is a neighborhood bar that has a back patio, specials on beer and bourbon and over 60 different beer options. If you need a push, they’re dog-friendly.
Photo: Facebook.com/GypsysCovington

Gypsy's

641 Main St., Covington
Located in the heart of Covington, Gypsy’s is a neighborhood bar that has a back patio, specials on beer and bourbon and over 60 different beer options. If you need a push, they’re dog-friendly.
Photo: Facebook.com/GypsysCovington
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Pearl’s
3227 Riverside Drive, Columbia Tusculum
Located in a historic building in the heart of Columbia Tusculum (Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood), Pearl’s offers a rooftop bar and large outdoor patio for the warmer months and serves classic cocktails, draft beer and small bites. Named after the building’s last resident, Pearl, the entire establishment was designed to maintain a sense of authenticity and honor its former use as a house. The patio includes string lights, ample seating, cozy heaters and even a TV or two.
Photo: Facebook.com/PearlsCincy

Pearl’s

3227 Riverside Drive, Columbia Tusculum
Located in a historic building in the heart of Columbia Tusculum (Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood), Pearl’s offers a rooftop bar and large outdoor patio for the warmer months and serves classic cocktails, draft beer and small bites. Named after the building’s last resident, Pearl, the entire establishment was designed to maintain a sense of authenticity and honor its former use as a house. The patio includes string lights, ample seating, cozy heaters and even a TV or two.
Photo: Facebook.com/PearlsCincy
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City View Tavern
403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
A hillside dive and home of one of the best spicy bloody marys and best views in town. The burgers are damn tasty, too. Meet the Big Ted Deluxe: eight ounces of griddle-cooked, handmade beef patty with American cheese, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, onion, ketchup, tomatoes, served in a plastic basket with a bag of chips. 
Photo: Holden Mathis

City View Tavern

403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
A hillside dive and home of one of the best spicy bloody marys and best views in town. The burgers are damn tasty, too. Meet the Big Ted Deluxe: eight ounces of griddle-cooked, handmade beef patty with American cheese, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, onion, ketchup, tomatoes, served in a plastic basket with a bag of chips.
Photo: Holden Mathis
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Ghost Baby
1314 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
This subterranean nightclub/music venue opened beneath the streets of Over-the-Rhine last winter. The venue holds 160 guests and is located several stories below Vine Street in a 170-year-old lagering tunnel formerly used by Champion Brewing (beer was aged and cooled in lagering tunnels before the advent of refrigeration). The historic, dimly-lit space, which has been vacant since the 1850s, features soaring ceilings with stone archways and decor that is adorned with "crushed velvet and unpredictability," according to a release. Guests can expect an immersive experience with art, design, cocktails and live music.
Photo: Aparna Avasarala

Ghost Baby

1314 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
This subterranean nightclub/music venue opened beneath the streets of Over-the-Rhine last winter. The venue holds 160 guests and is located several stories below Vine Street in a 170-year-old lagering tunnel formerly used by Champion Brewing (beer was aged and cooled in lagering tunnels before the advent of refrigeration). The historic, dimly-lit space, which has been vacant since the 1850s, features soaring ceilings with stone archways and decor that is adorned with "crushed velvet and unpredictability," according to a release. Guests can expect an immersive experience with art, design, cocktails and live music.
Photo: Aparna Avasarala
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The Hi-Mark
3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Named in honor of the great flood that washed over Cincinnati in 1937, this bar keeps its patrons afloat with a selection of Vietnamese-inspired dishes. The bar pours a solid variety of beer, wine and spirits and there's plenty of seating inside and out. If you're hungry, try their pulled-pork bánh mì made with Eli's BBQ or chicken wings with gochujang sauce. Fries, salads and Lang Thang Chili, a Vietnamese style beef stew, are some local favorites. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Hi-Mark

3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Named in honor of the great flood that washed over Cincinnati in 1937, this bar keeps its patrons afloat with a selection of Vietnamese-inspired dishes. The bar pours a solid variety of beer, wine and spirits and there's plenty of seating inside and out. If you're hungry, try their pulled-pork bánh mì made with Eli's BBQ or chicken wings with gochujang sauce. Fries, salads and Lang Thang Chili, a Vietnamese style beef stew, are some local favorites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Jerry’s Jug House
414 E. Seventh St., Newport
Newport's Jerry's Jug House experienced a revamp in 2019 thanks to co-owners Stuart MacKenzie, of the Northside Yacht Club, and Mark Ramler, an award-winning preservationist and the owner of Mansion Hill Properties. The bar is well-known for its craft cocktails and natural wine selection, and recently rolled out a menu of farm-to-table bites ranging from a pimento cheese plate to a pesto chicken salad on Sixteen Bricks bread. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Jerry’s Jug House

414 E. Seventh St., Newport
Newport's Jerry's Jug House experienced a revamp in 2019 thanks to co-owners Stuart MacKenzie, of the Northside Yacht Club, and Mark Ramler, an award-winning preservationist and the owner of Mansion Hill Properties. The bar is well-known for its craft cocktails and natural wine selection, and recently rolled out a menu of farm-to-table bites ranging from a pimento cheese plate to a pesto chicken salad on Sixteen Bricks bread.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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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 often on the schedule, it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

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 often on the schedule, it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Brew House
1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills
The Brew House has been a Walnut Hills institution since 1978 with funky décor, friendly people, good burgers and cheap drinks.
Photo: Liz Davis

Brew House

1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills
The Brew House has been a Walnut Hills institution since 1978 with funky décor, friendly people, good burgers and cheap drinks.
Photo: Liz Davis
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HomeMaker’s Bar
39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

HomeMaker’s Bar

39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Fill Inn
52 Donnermeyer Drive, Bellevue
Surprisingly, there are plenty of cozy spots and corner bars in Northern Kentucky with vintage electro-mechanical coin-op bowling games, but something about Miller’s Fill-Inn makes it one of our favorites. Enjoy live cover bands or a Blues jam over affordable suds and a basket of popcorn, then head to the side room, past the pool tables, and bowl to your heart’s content. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Fill Inn

52 Donnermeyer Drive, Bellevue
Surprisingly, there are plenty of cozy spots and corner bars in Northern Kentucky with vintage electro-mechanical coin-op bowling games, but something about Miller’s Fill-Inn makes it one of our favorites. Enjoy live cover bands or a Blues jam over affordable suds and a basket of popcorn, then head to the side room, past the pool tables, and bowl to your heart’s content.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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O’ Malleys in the Alley
25 W. Ogden Place, Downtown
O’Malleys in the Alley is a straightforward imbibing experience with homemade dishes that have stood the test of time. Daily drink specials and its proximity to Great American Ball Park make this a must before Red’s games.
Photo: Facebook.com/OMalleysInTheAlley1

O’ Malleys in the Alley

25 W. Ogden Place, Downtown
O’Malleys in the Alley is a straightforward imbibing experience with homemade dishes that have stood the test of time. Daily drink specials and its proximity to Great American Ball Park make this a must before Red’s games.
Photo: Facebook.com/OMalleysInTheAlley1
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Milton’s
301 Milton St., Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill’s neighborhood joint is chatty, diverse and full of character. A great place to have a beer, relax and chat it up with the regulars, not people you went to high school with. 
Photo: Holden Mathis

Milton’s

301 Milton St., Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill’s neighborhood joint is chatty, diverse and full of character. A great place to have a beer, relax and chat it up with the regulars, not people you went to high school with.
Photo: Holden Mathis
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The Hannaford
619 Madison Ave., Covington
On bustling Madison Avenue in downtown Covington sits The Hannaford. The bar boasts a massive bourbon selection and some classic cocktails including the Hannaford Old Fashioned and Manhattan. If you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, you could try the $175 Samuel Hannaford made with Pappy 23-year, Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880, and Capano Antica Formula. 
Photo: Facebook.com/TheHannaford

The Hannaford

619 Madison Ave., Covington
On bustling Madison Avenue in downtown Covington sits The Hannaford. The bar boasts a massive bourbon selection and some classic cocktails including the Hannaford Old Fashioned and Manhattan. If you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, you could try the $175 Samuel Hannaford made with Pappy 23-year, Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880, and Capano Antica Formula.
Photo: Facebook.com/TheHannaford
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The Littlefield
3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
This Northside bourbon bar offers an incredible food menu in addition to its cocktail menu in an artful setting. Cocktails go creative with additions like housemade cherry bitters, balsamic vinegar and an edible hibiscus flower, plus a monthly featured drink that gives back to a neighborhood nonprofit. They also have a beautiful, string-lit patio in the warmer seasons. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Littlefield

3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
This Northside bourbon bar offers an incredible food menu in addition to its cocktail menu in an artful setting. Cocktails go creative with additions like housemade cherry bitters, balsamic vinegar and an edible hibiscus flower, plus a monthly featured drink that gives back to a neighborhood nonprofit. They also have a beautiful, string-lit patio in the warmer seasons.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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