September 17, 2021

25 Trendy Greater Cincinnati Bars Located Outside of Over-the-Rhine

Whether it's the parking struggles, avoiding Vine Street crowds or you simply want to explore a new hood, there are plenty of options for imbibing outside of Cincinnati's bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. From carrot mules in Northside to boozy milkshakes in Bellevue or enjoying a cold beer on a string-lit patio, here's where to head when you'd like to sip elsewhere than OTR.
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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 East Walnut Hills bar opened with the goal of being “different than your average cocktail bar.”
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 East Walnut Hills bar opened with the goal of being “different than your average cocktail bar.”
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 that complement the warmer season. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage's canopies and beyond to spread out and socially distanced.
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 that complement the warmer season. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage's canopies and beyond to spread out and socially distanced.
Photo: Savana Willhoite
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
The Cutaway
3715 Madison Road, Oakley
The Cutaway is the only bar in the newly opened Oakley Kitchen Food Hall. They have a wide selection of beer, wine, cider, sake and spirits. Their imaginative drinks are available to-go for those wanting to take advantage of any of the eight kitchens around the food hall. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Cutaway

3715 Madison Road, Oakley
The Cutaway is the only bar in the newly opened Oakley Kitchen Food Hall. They have a wide selection of beer, wine, cider, sake and spirits. Their imaginative drinks are available to-go for those wanting to take advantage of any of the eight kitchens around the food hall.
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

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
The Littlefield
3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
The Littlefield is a bourbon bar and restaurant with a fantastic string-lit patio. Dogs are welcome to visit with their owners on both the upper deck and ground patio, which has a pergola covering parts of it. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Littlefield

3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
The Littlefield is a bourbon bar and restaurant with a fantastic string-lit patio. Dogs are welcome to visit with their owners on both the upper deck and ground patio, which has a pergola covering parts of it.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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
Mom ‘n ‘em
3128 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
From brothers and restaurateurs Austin and Tony Ferrari, this laid-back and stylish coffee and wine bar is found on the corner of Colerain and Bates avenues in Camp Washington. With eclectic seating options and memories filling the hallways and dining rooms, Mom 'n 'em serves an assortment of craft coffee, tea and housemade sodas. They also offer a menu of sweets, toasties and plenty of tinned fish, plus a curated wine selection and cocktails like a negroni and Mom's Secret Milkshake (vanilla ice cream, Fernet Branca, mint).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mom ‘n ‘em

3128 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
From brothers and restaurateurs Austin and Tony Ferrari, this laid-back and stylish coffee and wine bar is found on the corner of Colerain and Bates avenues in Camp Washington. With eclectic seating options and memories filling the hallways and dining rooms, Mom 'n 'em serves an assortment of craft coffee, tea and housemade sodas. They also offer a menu of sweets, toasties and plenty of tinned fish, plus a curated wine selection and cocktails like a negroni and Mom's Secret Milkshake (vanilla ice cream, Fernet Branca, mint).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Somm Wine Bar
3105 Price Ave., East Price Hill
This worthy wine destination is located in the Incline District in Price Hill. Somm Wine Bar offers a seasonal large patio with tables and lounge chairs, live music on Fridays and weekday specials. The bar’s wine menu boasts more than 50 different choices, or opt for a craft beer or cocktail. Hungry? You’ll find plenty of tasty options on the dinner menu — from the charcuterie and light fare you’d expect at a wine bar to several more substantial entrées like shrimp scampi and coq au vin. 
Photo: Facebook.com/SommWineBar

Somm Wine Bar

3105 Price Ave., East Price Hill
This worthy wine destination is located in the Incline District in Price Hill. Somm Wine Bar offers a seasonal large patio with tables and lounge chairs, live music on Fridays and weekday specials. The bar’s wine menu boasts more than 50 different choices, or opt for a craft beer or cocktail. Hungry? You’ll find plenty of tasty options on the dinner menu — from the charcuterie and light fare you’d expect at a wine bar to several more substantial entrées like shrimp scampi and coq au vin.
Photo: Facebook.com/SommWineBar
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