April 26, 2019

Cincinnati's Most Beautiful Patios for Outdoor Drinking and Dining

Summertime is well on its way which means restaurants and bars across the city are sprucing up their patios for the ultimate al fresco experience. From rooftop bars to flower-filled garden oases, these patios are begging for a cold cocktail and some sunshine. Please check with businesses before visiting to make sure their patios are open for the season.

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Residence Inn’s Top of the Park
506 E. Fourth St., Downtown
On the roof of downtown’s Residence Inn hotel, Top of the Park has 360-degree views of downtown and the river from its vantage point at the base of Lytle Park. Amenities include tabletop fire features, TVs and live music, plus a tapas menu with snack options like sliders, charcuterie and chocolate churros. Try: The Re-Fashioned, with Bulleit bourbon, fresh blood orange, crème de cassis, rhubarb bitters and bourbon cherry. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Residence Inn’s Top of the Park

506 E. Fourth St., Downtown
On the roof of downtown’s Residence Inn hotel, Top of the Park has 360-degree views of downtown and the river from its vantage point at the base of Lytle Park. Amenities include tabletop fire features, TVs and live music, plus a tapas menu with snack options like sliders, charcuterie and chocolate churros. Try: The Re-Fashioned, with Bulleit bourbon, fresh blood orange, crème de cassis, rhubarb bitters and bourbon cherry.
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

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
Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar
638 Madison Ave., Covington
The patio at Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar (at Hotel Covington) is a dreamy destination filled with plants, chic patio furniture, yard games — like cornhole and giant Jenga — and even live music some evenings. It’s the perfect place to wind down with a cocktail or share a meal with family or friends. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

638 Madison Ave., Covington
The patio at Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar (at Hotel Covington) is a dreamy destination filled with plants, chic patio furniture, yard games — like cornhole and giant Jenga — and even live music some evenings. It’s the perfect place to wind down with a cocktail or share a meal with family or friends.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of the new AC Hotel at The Banks, the Upper Deck boasts excellent views of the riverfront and Great American Ball Park. Lounge under string lights while gorging on Grand Slam Nachos (salsa, guac, cheddar, nacho cheese, jalapeños, corn, black beans, onions, olives, sour cream and carnitas or chicken on tortilla chips). 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks

135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown
On top of the new AC Hotel at The Banks, the Upper Deck boasts excellent views of the riverfront and Great American Ball Park. Lounge under string lights while gorging on Grand Slam Nachos (salsa, guac, cheddar, nacho cheese, jalapeños, corn, black beans, onions, olives, sour cream and carnitas or chicken on tortilla chips).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Southwest Porch at Washington Park
1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This 3,000-square-foot space features carnival-style string lights, patio chairs, a giant chess set, ping-pong tables and cornhole. Add those public party games to the selection of local beer from breweries like Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Fifty West and Christian Moerlein and you’ve got a space for happy-hour-goers, families and competitive gamers alike.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Southwest Porch at Washington Park

1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This 3,000-square-foot space features carnival-style string lights, patio chairs, a giant chess set, ping-pong tables and cornhole. Add those public party games to the selection of local beer from breweries like Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Fifty West and Christian Moerlein and you’ve got a space for happy-hour-goers, families and competitive gamers alike.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Rhined
1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This OTR cheese shop has an adorably cozy patio outback. With baby pink chairs and leafy plants, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant destination to nibble on cheese and sip on bubbles. 
Photo via Facebook.com/TheRhined

The Rhined

1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This OTR cheese shop has an adorably cozy patio outback. With baby pink chairs and leafy plants, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant destination to nibble on cheese and sip on bubbles.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheRhined
Eli’s BBQ
3313 Riverside Drive, East End
With plenty of outdoor seating and some Southern hospitality, this restaurant is a literal breath of fresh air. The no-frills affair specializes in meats, pulled and smoked and served in a red plastic basket. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Eli’s BBQ

3313 Riverside Drive, East End
With plenty of outdoor seating and some Southern hospitality, this restaurant is a literal breath of fresh air. The no-frills affair specializes in meats, pulled and smoked and served in a red plastic basket.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
 Aladdin's Eatery Mediterranean Cafe 
1203 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Housed in the space on the corner of Main and 12th streets that once held Mixx Ultra Lounge, this Middle Eastern cafe chain boasts the same food menu as other locations, but with the addition of a large patio and outdoor bar, plus industrial-modern-meets-Lebanese decor. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Aladdin's Eatery Mediterranean Cafe

1203 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Housed in the space on the corner of Main and 12th streets that once held Mixx Ultra Lounge, this Middle Eastern cafe chain boasts the same food menu as other locations, but with the addition of a large patio and outdoor bar, plus industrial-modern-meets-Lebanese decor.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mecca OTR
1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
This hip OTR hideaway is a welcoming hangout for those interested in no-frills drinking, L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and free popcorn. Find the main courtyard entrance tucked away down 15th Street, and cross the big-ass gravel patio, past colorful street-art murals, a panoply of rainbow lighting and a plethora of communal seating to enter a world of hanging plants (in summer the patio is decked out in greenery as well) and the most creatively decorated — dare we say selfie-ready — bar bathrooms in the city. Dogs are always welcome, as long as it’s not too crowded; nobody wants to see stressed-out doggos. Mecca has water bowls, poop bags and sometimes treats on hand for furry guests.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Mecca OTR

1429 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
This hip OTR hideaway is a welcoming hangout for those interested in no-frills drinking, L.A. vibes, vinyl tunes and free popcorn. Find the main courtyard entrance tucked away down 15th Street, and cross the big-ass gravel patio, past colorful street-art murals, a panoply of rainbow lighting and a plethora of communal seating to enter a world of hanging plants (in summer the patio is decked out in greenery as well) and the most creatively decorated — dare we say selfie-ready — bar bathrooms in the city. Dogs are always welcome, as long as it’s not too crowded; nobody wants to see stressed-out doggos. Mecca has water bowls, poop bags and sometimes treats on hand for furry guests.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Madtree 2.0
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 brewery-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. 
Photo: Phil Heidenreich

Madtree 2.0

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 brewery-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular.
Photo: Phil Heidenreich