November 11, 2021

Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking

The weather is cooling down, and area bars and restaurants are heating up their outdoor spaces to offer safe and warm seating for guests. From reservable heated igloos to blazing fire pits and outdoor heaters and tents, these local spots offer a cozy place to sip and snack while avoiding the winter chill.  
Scroll down to view images

Join the CityBeat Press Club

At a time when local-based reporting is critical, support from our readers is essential to our future. Support our coverage with a one-time or monthly donation.


Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking
CityBeat Staff

Braxton Brewing Co.
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened its much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar in 2019, but the space has now been covered to keep the chilly weather out. The 5,000-square-foot deck features plenty of seating, a full bar and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Braxton is also offering 2-hour reservations of heated “igloobars” for private parties of up to 8 for $30. Each features its own style with unique tables, chairs, couches and pillows.
Photo: Facebook.com/BraxtonBrewingCompany

Braxton Brewing Co.

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened its much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar in 2019, but the space has now been covered to keep the chilly weather out. The 5,000-square-foot deck features plenty of seating, a full bar and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Braxton is also offering 2-hour reservations of heated “igloobars” for private parties of up to 8 for $30. Each features its own style with unique tables, chairs, couches and pillows.
Photo: Facebook.com/BraxtonBrewingCompany
Bridgeview Box Park
1 Levee Way, Newport
Newport on the Levee’s Bridgeview Box Park is an outdoor entertainment space perched right above the Ohio River, offering spectacular views of the Cincinnati skyline. The cluster of food, drink and shopping vendors utilizes shipping-like containers — hence the “box park” — which are interspersed among a common outdoor area. To keep business humming last year during the pandemic, the park enclosed the outdoor area with a winterized tent. And, in good news for Greater Cincinnati, Bridgeview is doing it again this year.
Photo: Twitter.com/NewportOnLevee

Bridgeview Box Park

1 Levee Way, Newport
Newport on the Levee’s Bridgeview Box Park is an outdoor entertainment space perched right above the Ohio River, offering spectacular views of the Cincinnati skyline. The cluster of food, drink and shopping vendors utilizes shipping-like containers — hence the “box park” — which are interspersed among a common outdoor area. To keep business humming last year during the pandemic, the park enclosed the outdoor area with a winterized tent. And, in good news for Greater Cincinnati, Bridgeview is doing it again this year.
Photo: Twitter.com/NewportOnLevee
The View at Shires Garden
309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown
From November through March, Shires Garden will offer both rooftop igloos and terrace greenhouses that come with heating and a bluetooth speaker. Located on the 10th floor outdoor patio, the heated oases accommodate up to eight guests and are reservable for two hours maximum.
Photo: theviewatshiresgarden.com

The View at Shires Garden

309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown
From November through March, Shires Garden will offer both rooftop igloos and terrace greenhouses that come with heating and a bluetooth speaker. Located on the 10th floor outdoor patio, the heated oases accommodate up to eight guests and are reservable for two hours maximum.
Photo: theviewatshiresgarden.com
Covington Yard
401 Greenup St., Covington
This dog-friendly outdoor establishment opened in 2020, offering a small community of repurposed shipping containers housing local restaurants like Django Western Taco, Mr. Bulgogi, Yard Bird and Angry Omar’s Slider Shack plus a selection of draft and craft brews as well as wine and signature cocktails. The mostly outdoor space is equipped with heaters. 
Photo: Facebook/CovingtonYard

Covington Yard

401 Greenup St., Covington
This dog-friendly outdoor establishment opened in 2020, offering a small community of repurposed shipping containers housing local restaurants like Django Western Taco, Mr. Bulgogi, Yard Bird and Angry Omar’s Slider Shack plus a selection of draft and craft brews as well as wine and signature cocktails. The mostly outdoor space is equipped with heaters.
Photo: Facebook/CovingtonYard
Queen City Radio
222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
The former auto body shop-turned multi-level Over-the-Rhine hang features rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, and a small cocktail program. Enjoy a boozy bev gathered around one of their outdoor fire pits. Queen City Radio has added outdoor heaters to ensure customers are staying warm.
Photo: Facebook/QueenCityRadioBar

Queen City Radio

222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
The former auto body shop-turned multi-level Over-the-Rhine hang features rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, and a small cocktail program. Enjoy a boozy bev gathered around one of their outdoor fire pits. Queen City Radio has added outdoor heaters to ensure customers are staying warm.
Photo: Facebook/QueenCityRadioBar
The Blind Lemon
936 Hatch St., Mount Adams
Walk down a set of stairs to find a secret, little hideaway: The Blind Lemon, Mount Adams’ favorite backyard bar since 1963. Outside, the relaxed garden patio is like a boho blend of Bourbon Street and Paris cafe life — it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city. Blind Lemon has a large outdoor wood-burning fireplace to warm you up (weather permitting).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Blind Lemon

936 Hatch St., Mount Adams
Walk down a set of stairs to find a secret, little hideaway: The Blind Lemon, Mount Adams’ favorite backyard bar since 1963. Outside, the relaxed garden patio is like a boho blend of Bourbon Street and Paris cafe life — it’s one of the most romantic drinking destinations in the city. Blind Lemon has a large outdoor wood-burning fireplace to warm you up (weather permitting).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom
1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine
There’s no need to truck over to Boston for fresh Sam Adams. This taproom across from the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Brewery features a massive indoor and outdoor space, with an array of unique beers brewed both on-site and across the street. The outdoor patio has heaters to keep you nice and toasty and a fire pit to gather around while sipping something cold.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom

1727 Logan St., Over-the-Rhine
There’s no need to truck over to Boston for fresh Sam Adams. This taproom across from the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Brewery features a massive indoor and outdoor space, with an array of unique beers brewed both on-site and across the street. The outdoor patio has heaters to keep you nice and toasty and a fire pit to gather around while sipping something cold.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
MadTree Brewing
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With tons of MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick facade left over from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking humans that hang at the 10,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden on the regular. The garden in the process of being winterized with a heated tent; additionally, they will have fire pits outside of the tent. 
Photo: Facebook/MadTreeTaproom

MadTree Brewing

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With tons of MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick facade left over from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking humans that hang at the 10,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden on the regular. The garden in the process of being winterized with a heated tent; additionally, they will have fire pits outside of the tent.
Photo: Facebook/MadTreeTaproom
Nomad KY
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Located on Bellevue’s bustling Fairfield Avenue, this bar and eatery offers a variety of cocktails, beer, wine and boozy milkshakes (and some seasonal warm cocktails), plus a petite menu of loaded tater tots and tacos. Their outdoor patio space features heaters to keep their guests comfortable as the temperatures drop. 
Photo: Facebook/NomadKY

Nomad KY

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Located on Bellevue’s bustling Fairfield Avenue, this bar and eatery offers a variety of cocktails, beer, wine and boozy milkshakes (and some seasonal warm cocktails), plus a petite menu of loaded tater tots and tacos. Their outdoor patio space features heaters to keep their guests comfortable as the temperatures drop.
Photo: Facebook/NomadKY