August 16, 2019

27 Low-Key Cincinnati Bars For a Chill Night Out

A night out on the town doesn't have to mean navigating through crowded bars and dodging elbows — there are plenty of laid-back bars in the Queen City to choose from.
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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 every night, 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 every night, it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Low Spark
15 W. 14th. St., Over-the-Rhine
This small, '70s-inspired bar is centered around a big tropical aquarium, an oasis in the bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Sip a pop culture-themed cocktail (or a glass of wine or one of the beers on tap) while jamming out to songs from the vinyl record player.
Photo via Facebook.com/LowSparkOTR

Low Spark

15 W. 14th. St., Over-the-Rhine
This small, '70s-inspired bar is centered around a big tropical aquarium, an oasis in the bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Sip a pop culture-themed cocktail (or a glass of wine or one of the beers on tap) while jamming out to songs from the vinyl record player.
Photo via Facebook.com/LowSparkOTR
Hi-Mark
3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Named for Ohio River flooding, the Hi-Mark — from the groups that brought you cult favorites Eli’s BBQ and Pho Lang Thang — is a laid-back neighborhood hang with a rotating list of local, regional and “essential” (read: Budweiser, Guinness, etc.) beers, and interesting hi-balls, like the Horse’s Neck, made with bourbon, bitters and ginger ale. The kitchen is open late for upscale bar bites on weekends.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Hi-Mark

3229 Riverside Drive, East End
Named for Ohio River flooding, the Hi-Mark — from the groups that brought you cult favorites Eli’s BBQ and Pho Lang Thang — is a laid-back neighborhood hang with a rotating list of local, regional and “essential” (read: Budweiser, Guinness, etc.) beers, and interesting hi-balls, like the Horse’s Neck, made with bourbon, bitters and ginger ale. The kitchen is open late for upscale bar bites on weekends.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Fairfield Market
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
A cafe by day, The Fairfield Market becomes a bar by night, offering house cocktails and a rotating wine and beer selection. It’s a fast-casual place that can be whatever you want it to be, including a place to reconnect with friends or just put your feet up. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Fairfield Market

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
A cafe by day, The Fairfield Market becomes a bar by night, offering house cocktails and a rotating wine and beer selection. It’s a fast-casual place that can be whatever you want it to be, including a place to reconnect with friends or just put your feet up.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Bay Horse Cafe and Roadhouse
625 Main St., Downtown
This historic and recently restored bar has a classic, homey feel. The affordable menu matches its relaxed vibe; it’s populated with $6 cocktails (sidecars, Manhattans and martinis), $4 25-ounce Huedepohl schooners and draft beers. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Bay Horse Cafe and Roadhouse

625 Main St., Downtown
This historic and recently restored bar has a classic, homey feel. The affordable menu matches its relaxed vibe; it’s populated with $6 cocktails (sidecars, Manhattans and martinis), $4 25-ounce Huedepohl schooners and draft beers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cobblestone OTR
1132 Race St., Over The Rhine
The no-frills establishment feels more like hanging out in a friend’s living room than the kind of preening-for-the-popular-crowd posturing that can happen at other drinking destinations. Cobblestone is about chill as they come, and all are welcome to stop by.  
Photo: Paige Deglow

Cobblestone OTR

1132 Race St., Over The Rhine
The no-frills establishment feels more like hanging out in a friend’s living room than the kind of preening-for-the-popular-crowd posturing that can happen at other drinking destinations. Cobblestone is about chill as they come, and all are welcome to stop by.
Photo: Paige Deglow
Woodburn Brewery
2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
This East Walnut Hills brewery has a relaxed industrial interior where dogs (and their people) are always welcome to chill. It offers a plethora of creative beers, from fruity ales brewed with produce grown at Krohn Conservatory to a mocha milk stout.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Woodburn Brewery

2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
This East Walnut Hills brewery has a relaxed industrial interior where dogs (and their people) are always welcome to chill. It offers a plethora of creative beers, from fruity ales brewed with produce grown at Krohn Conservatory to a mocha milk stout.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Vestry at the Transept
1205 Elm St., Over-The-Rhine
Located in an old church, the Vestry aims to be a “sophisticated yet relaxed venue” amid the Over-the-Rhine arts corridor. With its leather banquettes, wingback chairs, large windows that look out on Washington Park, vivid square-paneled artwork and brown and black barstools, it manages to feel intimate inside the capacious setting.
Photo via Facebook.com/VestryattheTranscept

Vestry at the Transept

1205 Elm St., Over-The-Rhine
Located in an old church, the Vestry aims to be a “sophisticated yet relaxed venue” amid the Over-the-Rhine arts corridor. With its leather banquettes, wingback chairs, large windows that look out on Washington Park, vivid square-paneled artwork and brown and black barstools, it manages to feel intimate inside the capacious setting.
Photo via Facebook.com/VestryattheTranscept
White Oak Marathon
6050 Cheviot Road, White Oak
A White Oak staple. This gas station offers one of the area’s widest craft beer and fine wine selections as well as Wine Wednesdays and Thursday Pint Nights hosted on their spacious back patio. That’s right — they have a bar with rotating beer taps updated almost weekly. Need to make a quick stop? Swing through their drive-thru. Fill up your tank, grab a drank and enjoy great company at this local one-stop shop. 
Photo: Twitter.com/CheviotMarathon

White Oak Marathon

6050 Cheviot Road, White Oak
A White Oak staple. This gas station offers one of the area’s widest craft beer and fine wine selections as well as Wine Wednesdays and Thursday Pint Nights hosted on their spacious back patio. That’s right — they have a bar with rotating beer taps updated almost weekly. Need to make a quick stop? Swing through their drive-thru. Fill up your tank, grab a drank and enjoy great company at this local one-stop shop.
Photo: Twitter.com/CheviotMarathon
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.
Photo via Facebook.com/MiltonsTheProspectHillTavern

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.
Photo via Facebook.com/MiltonsTheProspectHillTavern