November 27, 2020

Northern Kentucky Restaurants & Bars with Heated Patios for Sipping and Snacking

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued a handful of "significant and surgical steps" designed to combat the surging number of COVID cases in the state, which went into effect on Nov. 20, and will be in place until Dec. 13 (unless otherwise noted). One of those steps included closing the inside of bars and restaurants. Due to the new restriction, many establishments have had to act fast and heated create spaces for their guests to dine or drink outside. Here are a few restaurants and bars to visit to continue supporting your local hospitality industries during these difficult times. *We will continue to update this list, as we know there are many, many other businesses offering heated patios.
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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
Coppin’s at Hotel Covington
638 Madison Ave., Covington
There’s a strong local identity to the location and the menu at Coppin’s, with nods to history and the new South, the bourbon and the banter that starts at the Roebling Bridge. The spacious outdoor courtyard is open — and covered — for guests to soak in the heat from the heaters or enjoy a Manhattan by the wood-burning fireplace. Also look for Donna Salyers Fabulous-Furs blankets. The bar menu features local draft beer, cider, wine as well as cocktails on draft. To make a reservation, call 859-905-6800. 
Photo via Facebook/CoppinsCovington

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington

638 Madison Ave., Covington
There’s a strong local identity to the location and the menu at Coppin’s, with nods to history and the new South, the bourbon and the banter that starts at the Roebling Bridge. The spacious outdoor courtyard is open — and covered — for guests to soak in the heat from the heaters or enjoy a Manhattan by the wood-burning fireplace. Also look for Donna Salyers Fabulous-Furs blankets. The bar menu features local draft beer, cider, wine as well as cocktails on draft. To make a reservation, call 859-905-6800.
Photo via Facebook/CoppinsCovington
The Baker’s Table
1004 Monmouth St., Newport
To fulfill their mission to “Feed People with Love,” The Baker’s Table is offering patrons a seat in their heated patio tent with tables spaced between 10 and 12 feet apart, contactless menus and ample sanitation. Enjoy signature cocktails or sustainably sourced and local food options such as a tasty egg sandwich for lunch, handmade pastas for dinner, artisan breads and more.
Photo via Facebook.com/BakersTableNewport

The Baker’s Table

1004 Monmouth St., Newport
To fulfill their mission to “Feed People with Love,” The Baker’s Table is offering patrons a seat in their heated patio tent with tables spaced between 10 and 12 feet apart, contactless menus and ample sanitation. Enjoy signature cocktails or sustainably sourced and local food options such as a tasty egg sandwich for lunch, handmade pastas for dinner, artisan breads and more.
Photo via Facebook.com/BakersTableNewport
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
Smoke Justis
302 Court Street, Covington
To work around new Kentucky indoor dining restrictions, Smoke Justis has set up storage PODs beside its heated patio — each with a table and chairs inside. If a POD is not available, patrons may still be seated at a regular table in the heated patio area.
Photo: Provided by Smoke Justis

Smoke Justis

302 Court Street, Covington
To work around new Kentucky indoor dining restrictions, Smoke Justis has set up storage PODs beside its heated patio — each with a table and chairs inside. If a POD is not available, patrons may still be seated at a regular table in the heated patio area.
Photo: Provided by Smoke Justis
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 space, a cluster of small food, drink and shopping vendors conglomerated where Mitchell’s Fish Market used to sit, utilizes shipping-like containers — hence “box park” — and are interspersed among a common outdoor area. Establishments include Che on Wheels, Bon Mi Street, The Little Spoon Bakery & Cafe, and an outpost for Wooden Cask Brewery and Second Sight Spirits. Another Bridgeview Boxpark vendor is Kon-Tiki — which recently transformed into the seasonal Fire Lounge, offering reservable heated igloos. The box park has also scattered heaters throughout the area and has covered a portion of their outdoor space to keep their guests warm and safe. 
Photo via Facebook/KonTikiOnTheLevee

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 space, a cluster of small food, drink and shopping vendors conglomerated where Mitchell’s Fish Market used to sit, utilizes shipping-like containers — hence “box park” — and are interspersed among a common outdoor area. Establishments include Che on Wheels, Bon Mi Street, The Little Spoon Bakery & Cafe, and an outpost for Wooden Cask Brewery and Second Sight Spirits. Another Bridgeview Boxpark vendor is Kon-Tiki — which recently transformed into the seasonal Fire Lounge, offering reservable heated igloos. The box park has also scattered heaters throughout the area and has covered a portion of their outdoor space to keep their guests warm and safe.
Photo via Facebook/KonTikiOnTheLevee
Grassroots & Vine
1011 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas
Experience Grassroots & Vine’s curated wine selection while sitting beside an outdoor heater, under a web of string lights. Pair your drink with a cheese plate, panini, flatbread, or fresh salad created with local ingredients.
Photo via Facebook.com/GrassrootsandVine

Grassroots & Vine

1011 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas
Experience Grassroots & Vine’s curated wine selection while sitting beside an outdoor heater, under a web of string lights. Pair your drink with a cheese plate, panini, flatbread, or fresh salad created with local ingredients.
Photo via Facebook.com/GrassrootsandVine
Greyhound Tavern
2500 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell
Stop by the Greyhound Tavern to escape the cold beneath their heated tent and warm up with award-winning food. Enjoy Southern-style dinner specials such as fried chicken, pork chops and pork loin.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreyhoundTavern

Greyhound Tavern

2500 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell
Stop by the Greyhound Tavern to escape the cold beneath their heated tent and warm up with award-winning food. Enjoy Southern-style dinner specials such as fried chicken, pork chops and pork loin.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreyhoundTavern
Blinkers Tavern
318 Greenup St, Covington
Voted “best steak” in Northern Kentucky for 8 years, this tavern is serving up meat, seafood, pasta and sandwiches to-go or on its back seating area through the holiday season. The patio is heated and covered with a wooden pergola.
Photo via Facebook.com/BlinkersTavern1

Blinkers Tavern

318 Greenup St, Covington
Voted “best steak” in Northern Kentucky for 8 years, this tavern is serving up meat, seafood, pasta and sandwiches to-go or on its back seating area through the holiday season. The patio is heated and covered with a wooden pergola.
Photo via Facebook.com/BlinkersTavern1
Behle Street by Sheli
2220 Grandview Drive, Ft. Mitchell
Behle Street by Sheli will be adapting to the cold with a covered, heated patio this winter. Stop by for lunch and dinner or happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
Photo via Facebook.com/BehleStreetBySheli

Behle Street by Sheli

2220 Grandview Drive, Ft. Mitchell
Behle Street by Sheli will be adapting to the cold with a covered, heated patio this winter. Stop by for lunch and dinner or happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
Photo via Facebook.com/BehleStreetBySheli