December 21, 2020

Greater Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars With Heated Patios, Igloos 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.  
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Kon Tiki on the Levee's Fire Lounge
1 Levee Way, Newport
Newport on the Levee's Kon-Tiki at Bridgeview Box Park is transforming into the Fire Lounge this winter, cozying up their space with heated igloos and winter tiki-themed cocktails. 
Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, the lounge will offer six reservable igloos that welcome up to eight guests and are rented for a two-hour period (three hours during the weekend day). The igloos, which overlook the Cincinnati skyline, come equipped with your own sound system, board games, blankets, bluetooth speakers, lounge seating, contactless ordering and adjustable heat controls. 
The igloos require a $100 minimum spend for weekday nights and weekend days; $200 for weekend nights. They require guests to be on one tab, and a 20% gratuity will be added.
According to the site, the Fire Lounge will have special tiki-inspired winter and themed drinks and snacks to enjoy during your visit. 
Photo: Provided by Kon Tiki

Kon Tiki on the Levee's Fire Lounge

1 Levee Way, Newport
Newport on the Levee's Kon-Tiki at Bridgeview Box Park is transforming into the Fire Lounge this winter, cozying up their space with heated igloos and winter tiki-themed cocktails. Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, the lounge will offer six reservable igloos that welcome up to eight guests and are rented for a two-hour period (three hours during the weekend day). The igloos, which overlook the Cincinnati skyline, come equipped with your own sound system, board games, blankets, bluetooth speakers, lounge seating, contactless ordering and adjustable heat controls. The igloos require a $100 minimum spend for weekday nights and weekend days; $200 for weekend nights. They require guests to be on one tab, and a 20% gratuity will be added. According to the site, the Fire Lounge will have special tiki-inspired winter and themed drinks and snacks to enjoy during your visit.
Photo: Provided by Kon Tiki
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 via 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 via Facebook.com/BraxtonBrewingCompany
Catch-a-Fire Pizza
9290 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Blue Ash's Catch-a-Fire Pizza has added outdoor igloos for private, enclosed dining. The igloos, which can seat up to eight people, come in three themes: Fireglow, Northern Lights, or Snowglobe. Each is heated and comes with bluetooth speakers for a custom music mix. And after each party leaves, the igloos are cleaned and sanitized during a 30-minute booking gap. The igloos are only available by reservation via catchafirepizza.com or call 513-514-0016. 
Photo: Catch-a-Fire Pizza

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

9290 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Blue Ash's Catch-a-Fire Pizza has added outdoor igloos for private, enclosed dining. The igloos, which can seat up to eight people, come in three themes: Fireglow, Northern Lights, or Snowglobe. Each is heated and comes with bluetooth speakers for a custom music mix. And after each party leaves, the igloos are cleaned and sanitized during a 30-minute booking gap. The igloos are only available by reservation via catchafirepizza.com or call 513-514-0016.
Photo: Catch-a-Fire Pizza
Coppin’s at Hotel Covington
638 Madison Ave., Covington
Coppin's has transformed their patio into a cozy escape with string lights, heaters, a fireplace and warm throw blankets from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs. The restaurant has also created a special new menu with soups, sandwiches and smaller bites like apple fritters and tots, plus a selection of desserts and housemade sodas. Guests can soak in the heat from the heaters or enjoy a Manhattan by the wood-burning fireplace. The bar menu features local draft beer, cider, wine as well as cocktails on draft.
Photo: Provided by Coppin's

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington

638 Madison Ave., Covington
Coppin's has transformed their patio into a cozy escape with string lights, heaters, a fireplace and warm throw blankets from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs. The restaurant has also created a special new menu with soups, sandwiches and smaller bites like apple fritters and tots, plus a selection of desserts and housemade sodas. Guests can soak in the heat from the heaters or enjoy a Manhattan by the wood-burning fireplace. The bar menu features local draft beer, cider, wine as well as cocktails on draft.
Photo: Provided by Coppin's
Nomad KY
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Located on Bellevue’s bustling Fairfield Avenue, this new bar and eatery opened in the fall and offers a variety of cocktails, beer, wine and boozy milkshakes (and some seasonal warm cocktails), plus a petite menu of “totchos” and tacos. Their outdoor patio space features heaters to keep their guests comfortable as the temperatures drop. 
Photo via Facebook/NomadKY

Nomad KY

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Located on Bellevue’s bustling Fairfield Avenue, this new bar and eatery opened in the fall and offers a variety of cocktails, beer, wine and boozy milkshakes (and some seasonal warm cocktails), plus a petite menu of “totchos” and tacos. Their outdoor patio space features heaters to keep their guests comfortable as the temperatures drop.
Photo via Facebook/NomadKY
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 via 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 via Facebook/QueenCityRadioBar
Pepp & Dolores
143 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine.
For the winter, Over-the-Rhine Italian eatery Pepp & Dolores has transformed their outdoor tent into an apres ski-inspired dining experience called "The Lodge." “When we first began offering outdoor dining, our goal was to make sure that experience matches the beauty and charm of dining inside at Pepp,” says Joe Lanni, co-founder of Thunderdome Restaurant Group (which oversees Pepp and other area restaurants), in a press release. “We knew, as the weather turned colder, we wanted to do more than just winterize our tent, we wanted it to be an elegant, seasonal dining destination.” The space features a dedicated outdoor bar to ensure "wine and cocktails (flow) freely and quickly;" a fresh air intake heating system which warms and circulates outside air; and they also have open-air, four-seat firepits by which to eat or sip. 
Photo: Provided by Pepp & Dolores

Pepp & Dolores

143 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine.
For the winter, Over-the-Rhine Italian eatery Pepp & Dolores has transformed their outdoor tent into an apres ski-inspired dining experience called "The Lodge." “When we first began offering outdoor dining, our goal was to make sure that experience matches the beauty and charm of dining inside at Pepp,” says Joe Lanni, co-founder of Thunderdome Restaurant Group (which oversees Pepp and other area restaurants), in a press release. “We knew, as the weather turned colder, we wanted to do more than just winterize our tent, we wanted it to be an elegant, seasonal dining destination.” The space features a dedicated outdoor bar to ensure "wine and cocktails (flow) freely and quickly;" a fresh air intake heating system which warms and circulates outside air; and they also have open-air, four-seat firepits by which to eat or sip.
Photo: Provided by Pepp & Dolores
MadTree Brewing
3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 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 via Facebook/MadTree

MadTree Brewing

3301 Madison Road, Oakley
With 32 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 via Facebook/MadTree
Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area, Comfort Station is an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge spots. Though they typically offer a choice between two different atmospheres, one through an old women’s restroom door and one through an old men’s restroom door, this year — due to the pandemic — guests must enter through the bright blue women’s door. The main-floor space is 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, as well as a cozy fire pit.
Photo: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff

Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Located in a former 105-year-old rest area, Comfort Station is an airy nightlife destination full of hip cocktails and outdoor lounge spots. Though they typically offer a choice between two different atmospheres, one through an old women’s restroom door and one through an old men’s restroom door, this year — due to the pandemic — guests must enter through the bright blue women’s door. The main-floor space is 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, as well as a cozy fire pit.
Photo: Amy Elisabeth Spasoff
Covington Yard
401 Greenup St., Covington
This long-anticipated outdoor establishment opened in the fall, offering a small community of repurposed shipping containers housing local restaurants like Django Western Taco, Mr. Bulgogi and Yard Bird, plus a selection of draft and craft brews. The dog-friendly space is equipped with heaters. 
Photo via Facebook/CovingtonYard

Covington Yard

401 Greenup St., Covington
This long-anticipated outdoor establishment opened in the fall, offering a small community of repurposed shipping containers housing local restaurants like Django Western Taco, Mr. Bulgogi and Yard Bird, plus a selection of draft and craft brews. The dog-friendly space is equipped with heaters.
Photo via Facebook/CovingtonYard