December 06, 2019

26 Late-Night Dining Destinations in Cincinnati You Should Visit This Weekend

Whether you're famished after a long night of drinking with pals, or you're simply a night owl with an appetite — there are plenty of options when it comes to finding some late-night grub. From pork buns to pierogies or tacos to Philly cheesesteaks, there's a little something for every nighttime craving.
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13th Street Alley
126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Get a taste of Philly in Cincy via a window in OTR where Philly cheesesteak reigns supreme. But seriously, this little eatery is overflowing with wraps and bowls to get you through the day. Want some fries with that? Here, you definitely do.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

13th Street Alley

126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Get a taste of Philly in Cincy via a window in OTR where Philly cheesesteak reigns supreme. But seriously, this little eatery is overflowing with wraps and bowls to get you through the day. Want some fries with that? Here, you definitely do.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
13th Street Alley
126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
13th Street Alley brings a taste of Philly to the Queen City. You can get a no-frills, tried-and-true cheesesteak at this walk-up window in Over-the-Rhine and watch as they scrape a pile of hot, 100-percent sirloin steak and melty cheese off the flattop and into a bun with peppers and onions for under seven bucks. The menu offers seven types of Philly sandwiches, plus wraps, bowls, baked potatoes and fresh-cut fries. And while the classic OTR Philly comes topped with provolone, the shop does keep Cheese Whiz in the fridge for all the cheesesteak purists out there. Located conveniently between Main and Clay streets, this joint is certainly set to help you end the night off right. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

13th Street Alley

126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
13th Street Alley brings a taste of Philly to the Queen City. You can get a no-frills, tried-and-true cheesesteak at this walk-up window in Over-the-Rhine and watch as they scrape a pile of hot, 100-percent sirloin steak and melty cheese off the flattop and into a bun with peppers and onions for under seven bucks. The menu offers seven types of Philly sandwiches, plus wraps, bowls, baked potatoes and fresh-cut fries. And while the classic OTR Philly comes topped with provolone, the shop does keep Cheese Whiz in the fridge for all the cheesesteak purists out there. Located conveniently between Main and Clay streets, this joint is certainly set to help you end the night off right.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mikey’s Late Night Slice
2014 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Mikey's is known for its giant, foldable pizza slices and drunk-friendly menu items like the Pizza Dog — a hot dog stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, which is then wrapped in a slice of pizza — and the Cheezus Crust and Baby Cheezus, which is American cheese melted on top of two slices of pizza and pressed together into a sandwich. This location will also have salads, including one that comes topped with Flamin' Hot Cheetos. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mikey’s Late Night Slice

2014 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Mikey's is known for its giant, foldable pizza slices and drunk-friendly menu items like the Pizza Dog — a hot dog stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, which is then wrapped in a slice of pizza — and the Cheezus Crust and Baby Cheezus, which is American cheese melted on top of two slices of pizza and pressed together into a sandwich. This location will also have salads, including one that comes topped with Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
CityBird
1344 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
The deep-fried offspring of The Eagle in OTR, Citybird is dishing out cage-free, all-natural chicken paired with housemade craft sauces. The tenders boast a full-bodied flavor: mostly mellow and savory, but tinged with spice. They’re at their best wedged inside the Spicy sandwich, topped with Green Goddess slaw, Sriracha, mayo and a toasted potato bun.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

CityBird

1344 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday
The deep-fried offspring of The Eagle in OTR, Citybird is dishing out cage-free, all-natural chicken paired with housemade craft sauces. The tenders boast a full-bodied flavor: mostly mellow and savory, but tinged with spice. They’re at their best wedged inside the Spicy sandwich, topped with Green Goddess slaw, Sriracha, mayo and a toasted potato bun.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Boom Box Buns
1324 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday (or until they’re sold out)
Calling all bun lovers: This walk-up window serves warm, doughy, steamed Chinese buns. The handcrafted and perfectly puffy baozi come filled with rotating combos like a pork bun with hoison, peanuts and radish; a beef bun with mayo, shisho and crispy shallot; or a the veggie bun with sweet potato and Sriracha. A fluorescent color scheme (inspired by the chef’s dad’s career as a sign painter) beckons lines of fans for nightly sell-out services so keep on eye on Boom Box’s social media for updated bun counts — or take your chances with the masses in the late-night queue. 
Photo: Provided

Boom Box Buns

1324 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday (or until they’re sold out)
Calling all bun lovers: This walk-up window serves warm, doughy, steamed Chinese buns. The handcrafted and perfectly puffy baozi come filled with rotating combos like a pork bun with hoison, peanuts and radish; a beef bun with mayo, shisho and crispy shallot; or a the veggie bun with sweet potato and Sriracha. A fluorescent color scheme (inspired by the chef’s dad’s career as a sign painter) beckons lines of fans for nightly sell-out services so keep on eye on Boom Box’s social media for updated bun counts — or take your chances with the masses in the late-night queue.
Photo: Provided
Forty Thieves at Holiday Bar
1538 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-2 a.m. Friday-Sunday
Available by both window or inside of the bar, Forty Thieves offers a menu of Middle Eastern street food — falafel, beef shawarma and grilled chicken in a pita or on hummus, with other items like roasted beets and soup.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Forty Thieves at Holiday Bar

1538 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon-2 a.m. Friday-Sunday
Available by both window or inside of the bar, Forty Thieves offers a menu of Middle Eastern street food — falafel, beef shawarma and grilled chicken in a pita or on hummus, with other items like roasted beets and soup.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Condado Tacos
195 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Food available 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Since 2014, Condado’s build-your-own-taco concept has taken Columbus’ taco loving population by storm. They commit to the build-your-own tacos concept down to the type of tortillas — each taco is $3.50-$4.50 with plenty of enticing options that caters to every taste. The formula is simple: check off what you want on your taco, then the goodness is brought out to you, creating a relaxed dining experience.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Condado Tacos

195 E. Freedom Way, Downtown
Food available 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Since 2014, Condado’s build-your-own-taco concept has taken Columbus’ taco loving population by storm. They commit to the build-your-own tacos concept down to the type of tortillas — each taco is $3.50-$4.50 with plenty of enticing options that caters to every taste. The formula is simple: check off what you want on your taco, then the goodness is brought out to you, creating a relaxed dining experience.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Sacred Beast
1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; 10:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday
”Simple food. Taken seriously” is the motto for Sacred Beast, the modern diner at 15th and Vine streets in Over-the-Rhine, helmed by chef Jeremy Lieb, most recently of the Boca Group, and his wife Bridget. The menu is a collection of Lieb’s favorite things, which run the gamut from literally the best French-style omelet in town — fluffy, soft and full of goat cheese and piquillo peppers — to a “Diner Breakfast” with scrambled eggs, maple-glazed pork belly and ricotta pancakes and a double or triple burger with Dijonnaise, onions, pickles and American cheese on a freshly made Blue Oven bun. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Sacred Beast

1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-midnight Friday; 10:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday
”Simple food. Taken seriously” is the motto for Sacred Beast, the modern diner at 15th and Vine streets in Over-the-Rhine, helmed by chef Jeremy Lieb, most recently of the Boca Group, and his wife Bridget. The menu is a collection of Lieb’s favorite things, which run the gamut from literally the best French-style omelet in town — fluffy, soft and full of goat cheese and piquillo peppers — to a “Diner Breakfast” with scrambled eggs, maple-glazed pork belly and ricotta pancakes and a double or triple burger with Dijonnaise, onions, pickles and American cheese on a freshly made Blue Oven bun.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Comet
4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Food available 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday (plus Sunday brunch); 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
This bar serves up some of the best nachos in late night, in a low-lit grunge atmosphere. You can find local Punk and Hip Hop artists performing live sets, or great tunes pumping out the jukebox. Their menu consists of Mexican fare including burritos, quesadillas and tacos. This a great spot to get immersed in the local artist scene, or just play a couple rounds of pool and dive into chile con queso.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheCometCincinnati

The Comet

4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Food available 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday (plus Sunday brunch); 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
This bar serves up some of the best nachos in late night, in a low-lit grunge atmosphere. You can find local Punk and Hip Hop artists performing live sets, or great tunes pumping out the jukebox. Their menu consists of Mexican fare including burritos, quesadillas and tacos. This a great spot to get immersed in the local artist scene, or just play a couple rounds of pool and dive into chile con queso.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheCometCincinnati
Gomez Salsa OTR
107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday
On weekends, Gomez in OTR is open till 2:30 a.m., making it the perfect drunk-off-your-ass Saturday pit stop before piling into your Uber. But this Mexican eatery — which serves up tacos, burritos and turtles (a hybrid burrito with crusty cheese to seal the deal) — is also a prime spot to pick grub before lounging in Washington Park, during lunch break or literally whenever you feel on-the-go. 
Photo: Lindsay McCarty

Gomez Salsa OTR

107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
Food available 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday
On weekends, Gomez in OTR is open till 2:30 a.m., making it the perfect drunk-off-your-ass Saturday pit stop before piling into your Uber. But this Mexican eatery — which serves up tacos, burritos and turtles (a hybrid burrito with crusty cheese to seal the deal) — is also a prime spot to pick grub before lounging in Washington Park, during lunch break or literally whenever you feel on-the-go.
Photo: Lindsay McCarty