25 Greater Cincinnati Bars and Breweries With Immaculate Holiday Vibes
Bars and breweries across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are breaking out the tinsel and holly for some festive fun. Whether you're in the mood to have a drink or two underneath a mistletoe, try a Yuletide-themed cocktail or check out some holiday events and activities — or maybe you're just trying to get away from your family to have a drink in peace — these 25 Tri-State drinking establishments have the vibes to get you in the holiday spirit.
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309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown
The rooftop deck at Shires’ Garden has brought back its igloos and special garden greenhouses for the winter, and its also decked out in colorful holiday lights to help you live out your Hallmark movie fantasies. Their menu also has some cozy cocktails and hot drinks to keep you warm throughout the season.
401 Greenup St., Covington
Covington's only food container park and entertainment venue got a winter wonderland makeover: Along with new winter cocktails, they’ve also got heated spaces where you can stay warm while sampling beers and cocktails and offerings from Mr. Bulgogi, Angry Omar’s Slider Shack, Nacho Average Taco Cart and Talons Cincy Fried. You can also watch Christmas movies on their outdoor screen.
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
The cozy Christmas and winter decorations at Cincinnati’s oldest, continuously operating bar will make you feel merry and bright as you catch up with friends and family this holiday season. You can also catch The Naughty List
, Cincinnati’s longest-running improv comedy show, here from Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22.
1 Levee Way, Newport
Head to Bridgeview Box Park to admire Newport on the Levee’s Christmas tree and other festive trimmings from the cozy comfort of a heated igloo. Each igloo is decked in holiday decor, with food and drinks available from Rotolo. It’s the perfect place to stop and warm up after a walk across the Purple People Bridge, which is also lit up for the holidays.
311 Pike St., Downtown
The rooftop at Vista at Lytle Park will be decked out with heated “snow globes” aka igloos, full of themed winter decor, fir trees, ornaments and woodsy ephemera like cute critters and pinecones. Get hot chocolate, food and cocktails delivered.
35 W. Fifth St. #2801, Downtown
This beautiful art deco lounge inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel in Downtown gets decked out in reds and greens for the holiday season. They’re also bringing back their Dickens Brunch on Sundays in December, which features a seafood bar, carvery and a chocolate fountain, along with live music and carolers.
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
In addition to the taproom being decked out for the holidays, MadTree also has a heated winter tent up for the season. The taproom will also be hosting a variety of holiday-themed activities, including the winter market, where you can shop for gifts from local vendors, and holiday craft nights. Santa Paws, where you can get your dog’s photo with Santa and shop local pet businesses, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. And on Saturday, Dec. 17, MadTree will throw an ugly sweater party with live music and a Grinch-themed cocktail.
7391 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
13 Below Brewery is hosting several holiday-themed activities throughout the month, including the Frisch Marionettes Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 10, a cookie decorating night on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and holiday movie trivia night on Thursday, Dec. 15.
39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
HomeMakers Bar has decked the halls with the spirits to get you into the holiday spirit. On Thursdays, they bring out their smoked cocktails, and their Tiki Tuesday menu will have holiday twists on the classic tiki drinks.
1834 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Offering a little bit of Hogwarts in Over-the-Rhine, Pennifold's Pub
turned the bar in the back of the Cosmic Gorilla comic book shop into a haven for Harry Potter
fans this summer, and now it's gotten a Christmas makeover. The bar has been decked out in striped scarves for every house, with owls and fantastic beasts mixed in with garlands, ornaments and floating candles. Cocktails (and mocktails) include a warm butterscotch ale, like Harry Potter’s favorite Butterbeer, and a Pumpkin Delight with Irish whiskey.
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks
Get a birds-eye view of The Banks from the igloos at the AC Upper Deck. The igloos’ colorful lights will make you feel like you’re inside a Christmas tree bulb, and you can stop by here on Saturday, Dec. 10 for Cincinnati SantaCon or on Saturday, Dec. 17 for the Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl.