April 07, 2022

El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill in Mount Adams Specializes in Loaded Burgers and Tacos

Mount Adams recently welcomed a new dining establishment to its quaint hilltop neighborhood. El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill opened last fall and takes over the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter. As its name suggests, the eatery is part restaurant — boasting both Mexican street food and bar bites — and part sports bar. The menu ranges from street tacos, piled-high nachos and meat-stuffed burritos to more traditional bar food like loaded burgers, mozzarella sticks and wings. Across the board, prices are reasonable, especially when it comes to the amount of food you get. But if you’re looking for a real bang for your buck, opt for the $12.99 Burger and Taco Combo, which CityBeat staffers gave a Best Of Cincinnati staff pick this year. The meal comes with your choice of burger (options include over-the-top creations like the Breakfast Burger with goetta, bacon, cheese, fried egg and spicy Sriracha mayo, or the El Barril Burger with guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, onions and American cheese), two tacos (favorites are the carnitas and the Bang Bang Shrimp) and a side of fries. Enjoy your feast in one of three indoor dining areas, or on the first- or second-floor patios. The eatery plans to open a second location in New Richmond this summer. elbarrilmexicansportsbarandgrill.com.
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El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill
El Barril is located in the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
El Barril is located in the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter.
There are three indoor dining areas, plus two patios.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
There are three indoor dining areas, plus two patios.
The menu includes burgers, burritos, tacos, nachos and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The menu includes burgers, burritos, tacos, nachos and more.
The bar serves classics like palomas, micheladas, daiquiris and margaritas.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The bar serves classics like palomas, micheladas, daiquiris and margaritas.
The $12.99 Burger and Taco Combo with the Bang Bang Burger (spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese) with steak and chicken tacos.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The $12.99 Burger and Taco Combo with the Bang Bang Burger (spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese) with steak and chicken tacos.
El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill in Mount Adams Specializes in Loaded Burgers and Tacos
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Burrito El Barzon (grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, onions and beans, topped with chorizo, pineapple and melted cheese)
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Burrito El Barzon (grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, onions and beans, topped with chorizo, pineapple and melted cheese)
One of the outdoor dining spaces
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
One of the outdoor dining spaces
A second-floor patio
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
A second-floor patio