November 19, 2021

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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