November 08, 2019

Cincinnati's 24 Hottest Bars Located Outside of Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine may be a hot spot for nightlife, but if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle while seeking out a similarly trendy vibe, these drinking destinations are your go-to spots.
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Cincinnati's 24 Hottest Bars Located Outside of Over-the-Rhine
Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area (basically a public bathroom), Comfort Station has transformed a dilapidated space into an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge areas. Guests can choose their own adventure when entering, opting to go through either the women's or men's door. Head through the bright blue ladies entrance to access the main-floor space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and a living plant wall. From the main bar, you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks, including an elevated perch with cushions. The entrance through the men's door leads guests to an eight-seater basement cocktail lounge for “nighttime revelry and good-natured mischief." 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area (basically a public bathroom), Comfort Station has transformed a dilapidated space into an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge areas. Guests can choose their own adventure when entering, opting to go through either the women's or men's door. Head through the bright blue ladies entrance to access the main-floor space, replete with original skylights, plush blue-velvet seating and a living plant wall. From the main bar, you can access the back patio, which has multiple seating nooks, including an elevated perch with cushions. The entrance through the men's door leads guests to an eight-seater basement cocktail lounge for “nighttime revelry and good-natured mischief."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Jerry’s Jug House
414 E. Seventh St., Newport
Jerry's Jug House started as a garage with ties to bootlegging during Prohibition but went legal the 1930s as a "jug house." New owners have revitalized the joint while staying true to its roots. Says one of the co-owners, Stuart MacKenzie of the Northside Yacht Club, “To the legendary Jerry’s regulars, yes, we will have a $3 domestic neighborhood draft special. We will also carry eight wines by-the-glass and many others to go; our focus is on natural and organic, but we have something for everyone — as long as it tastes good.” Along with the updated cocktail selection, the Jug House also features two seating areas, an expanded bar, flat-screen TVs, garage-style doors to create an indoor-outdoor feel and a former back office has been transformed into a lounge.
Photo: Hailey bollinger

Jerry’s Jug House

414 E. Seventh St., Newport
Jerry's Jug House started as a garage with ties to bootlegging during Prohibition but went legal the 1930s as a "jug house." New owners have revitalized the joint while staying true to its roots. Says one of the co-owners, Stuart MacKenzie of the Northside Yacht Club, “To the legendary Jerry’s regulars, yes, we will have a $3 domestic neighborhood draft special. We will also carry eight wines by-the-glass and many others to go; our focus is on natural and organic, but we have something for everyone — as long as it tastes good.” Along with the updated cocktail selection, the Jug House also features two seating areas, an expanded bar, flat-screen TVs, garage-style doors to create an indoor-outdoor feel and a former back office has been transformed into a lounge.
Photo: Hailey bollinger
Aster
8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
The name Aster comes from both the perennial flower that serves as an important food source for bees, and is ancient Greek for “star.” The team has added a third definition: “A social sippery where old friends gather and new ones are made.” Aster wants to bring “the farm to the cocktail world.” Their standout cocktails include the Eden Park with Spruce Gin, elderflower, Luxardo, simple syrup, lemon, egg white and fernet rinse. Tapping into the latest trend in mixology, there’s also a smattering of non-alcoholic and low ABV cocktails that go beyond soda and virgin mixed drinks to accommodate everyone in your party. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Aster

8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
The name Aster comes from both the perennial flower that serves as an important food source for bees, and is ancient Greek for “star.” The team has added a third definition: “A social sippery where old friends gather and new ones are made.” Aster wants to bring “the farm to the cocktail world.” Their standout cocktails include the Eden Park with Spruce Gin, elderflower, Luxardo, simple syrup, lemon, egg white and fernet rinse. Tapping into the latest trend in mixology, there’s also a smattering of non-alcoholic and low ABV cocktails that go beyond soda and virgin mixed drinks to accommodate everyone in your party.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pearl’s
3520 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
It is hard not think about Cheers when thinking about Pearl’s — it’s clear that the motivation behind this place is to have a space in which everybody really does know your name. That, combined with the artful consideration for its architecture and design, should pique anyone’s interest in a drink — including Pearl’s popular Moscow Mule.
Photo via Facebook.com/PearlsCincy

Pearl’s

3520 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
It is hard not think about Cheers when thinking about Pearl’s — it’s clear that the motivation behind this place is to have a space in which everybody really does know your name. That, combined with the artful consideration for its architecture and design, should pique anyone’s interest in a drink — including Pearl’s popular Moscow Mule.
Photo via Facebook.com/PearlsCincy
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
629 Main St., Covington
A mind-boggling bourbon selection (over 600 bottles of bourbon and whiskey to be exact) is available, served in snifters by a well-educated, passionate staff. For those less interested in straight booze, enjoy select pre-Prohibition cocktails or bourbon barrel-aged beers. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

629 Main St., Covington
A mind-boggling bourbon selection (over 600 bottles of bourbon and whiskey to be exact) is available, served in snifters by a well-educated, passionate staff. For those less interested in straight booze, enjoy select pre-Prohibition cocktails or bourbon barrel-aged beers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Northside Yacht Club
4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. The cocktails — served by tattooed bartenders in the vein of Sailor Jerry — are masterful, made with fresh juice, fruit and herbal garnish. The tropically themed and navy-inspired drinks are served in Tiki glasses and deceivingly potent. Lay down a base layer with a bar-food menu that features satisfying items like house-smoked wings, poutine with duck fat gravy and vegan lentil chili fries. Photo: Kellie Coleman

Northside Yacht Club

4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed and ironically landlocked Rock club from two local music and mixology veterans, the Northside Yacht Club is all fun. The cocktails — served by tattooed bartenders in the vein of Sailor Jerry — are masterful, made with fresh juice, fruit and herbal garnish. The tropically themed and navy-inspired drinks are served in Tiki glasses and deceivingly potent. Lay down a base layer with a bar-food menu that features satisfying items like house-smoked wings, poutine with duck fat gravy and vegan lentil chili fries.
Photo: Kellie Coleman
The Fairfield Market
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip market and coffee and wine bar recently opened in Bellevue. The fresh, light-filled space is a perfect place to start or end your day. Try one of their build-your-own charcuterie boards with their happy-hour wine special or one of their delicious evening bites like the lamb nachos or chicken kebabs. Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Fairfield Market

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
This hip market and coffee and wine bar recently opened in Bellevue. The fresh, light-filled space is a perfect place to start or end your day. Try one of their build-your-own charcuterie boards with their happy-hour wine special or one of their delicious evening bites like the lamb nachos or chicken kebabs.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Overlook Lodge
6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This The Shining-themed bar features rustic cocktails like the My Friend Tony and The Writer’s Block that can help guarantee some much-needed play after a hard day’s work. Combine the cozy atmosphere and weekend Bluegrass performances and you’ve got a recipe for a terrifyingly addicting watering hole. 
Photo via Facebook.com/OverlookLodge

The Overlook Lodge

6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This The Shining-themed bar features rustic cocktails like the My Friend Tony and The Writer’s Block that can help guarantee some much-needed play after a hard day’s work. Combine the cozy atmosphere and weekend Bluegrass performances and you’ve got a recipe for a terrifyingly addicting watering hole.
Photo via Facebook.com/OverlookLodge
Mom ‘n ‘em Coffee Shop
3128 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Helmed by brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari in a converted 19th-century home in Camp Washington, Mom ‘n ‘em coffee shop and wine bar sparkles with Italian vibrancy and straightforwardness. There’s a diverse offering of wines selected by certified sommelier Austin, and the idea, he says, is to be meaningful but playful. Food includes tinned fish, cheeses, cured meats, pastries from North South Baking in Covington and sandwiches. They have a full liquor license with cocktails like a classic negroni and Manhattan, and a smart selection of beer in their cooler.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mom ‘n ‘em Coffee Shop

3128 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Helmed by brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari in a converted 19th-century home in Camp Washington, Mom ‘n ‘em coffee shop and wine bar sparkles with Italian vibrancy and straightforwardness. There’s a diverse offering of wines selected by certified sommelier Austin, and the idea, he says, is to be meaningful but playful. Food includes tinned fish, cheeses, cured meats, pastries from North South Baking in Covington and sandwiches. They have a full liquor license with cocktails like a classic negroni and Manhattan, and a smart selection of beer in their cooler.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger