August 30, 2019

The 28 Hottest New Restaurants and Bars to Open in Cincinnati This Year

It's no secret that the Queen City's restaurant and bar scene is popping off. From rooftop patios that resemble a treehouse to secret drinkeries hidden in historic public restrooms and sophisticated comfort food in a "grandma chic-styled" establishment, these hot new spots are exploding with creativity and flavor.

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Lost & Found OTR
22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine's newest cocktail bar is a funky, community-driven gathering space with an inventive drink menu, small bites inside of a creative, art-filled environment. Co-owners Steven Clement and Camilo Otalora are the masterminds behind the bar, with the goal to create a space where guests can feel welcome and inspired. Work from local artists fill the walls from room to room. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lost & Found OTR

22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine
Over-the-Rhine's newest cocktail bar is a funky, community-driven gathering space with an inventive drink menu, small bites inside of a creative, art-filled environment. Co-owners Steven Clement and Camilo Otalora are the masterminds behind the bar, with the goal to create a space where guests can feel welcome and inspired. Work from local artists fill the walls from room to room.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
HomeMakers Bar
35 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat have opened HomeMakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets. The duo worked together to create a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

HomeMakers Bar

35 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat have opened HomeMakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets. The duo worked together to create a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Yonder
621 Main St., Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this new concept by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails, as well as inventive mocktails. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Yonder

621 Main St., Covington
Inspired by owners Chris and Tess Burns' love of Kentucky State Parks, this new concept by the folks behind Covington's Commonwealth Bistro features a chic treehouse-esque rooftop bar with a small rotating menu and craft cocktails, as well as inventive mocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan Ave., Walnut Hills
From the team behind OTR’s Sundry and Vice comes Comfort Station. Opened in late June, this cocktail bar is located in a century-old Walnut Hills rest area. Guests enter via the original women's room door into an industrial and airy space with skylights, inventive cocktails and a living plant wall. A back patio and lounge creates an indoor/outdoor feel. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan Ave., Walnut Hills
From the team behind OTR’s Sundry and Vice comes Comfort Station. Opened in late June, this cocktail bar is located in a century-old Walnut Hills rest area. Guests enter via the original women's room door into an industrial and airy space with skylights, inventive cocktails and a living plant wall. A back patio and lounge creates an indoor/outdoor feel.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Braxton Brewing Co.
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened their much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar on July 20. Guests can now enjoy an entirely new experience at the brewery with the 5,000-square-foot-patio, which features plenty of seating, shady umbrellas, a full bar, a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati.  
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Braxton Brewing Co.

27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Braxton Brewing Co. opened their much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar on July 20. Guests can now enjoy an entirely new experience at the brewery with the 5,000-square-foot-patio, which features plenty of seating, shady umbrellas, a full bar, a living wall and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves
1538 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Helmed by Dan Wright and his wife Lana (Senate, Abigail Street and Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ), this space at the corner of Liberty and Race streets is meant to evoke the vibe of a dive bar and offers a menu of Middle Eastern street food. The bar features 15 beers on tap and about 10 different cocktails ranging from a tequila old fashioned and a Hurricane to a Cinnabon-inspired drink and their take on a Harvey Wallbanger. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Holiday Spirits and Forty Thieves

1538 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Helmed by Dan Wright and his wife Lana (Senate, Abigail Street and Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ), this space at the corner of Liberty and Race streets is meant to evoke the vibe of a dive bar and offers a menu of Middle Eastern street food. The bar features 15 beers on tap and about 10 different cocktails ranging from a tequila old fashioned and a Hurricane to a Cinnabon-inspired drink and their take on a Harvey Wallbanger.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Branch
1535 Madison Road, Walnut Hills
The team behind The Littlefield has opened this new concept in East Walnut Hills in the former Art Deco Central Trust Bank Building at the corner of Woodburn and Madison avenues. Branch is the restaurant portion of the space and is located upstairs while Night Drop, the bar, is located downstairs. Both have a focus on local art with mosaics, chandeliers and murals created by Cincinnati artists. The menu at Branch is overseen by executive chef Shoshannah Anderson and offers a mix of “classic and contemporary American with ethnic influences." 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Branch

1535 Madison Road, Walnut Hills
The team behind The Littlefield has opened this new concept in East Walnut Hills in the former Art Deco Central Trust Bank Building at the corner of Woodburn and Madison avenues. Branch is the restaurant portion of the space and is located upstairs while Night Drop, the bar, is located downstairs. Both have a focus on local art with mosaics, chandeliers and murals created by Cincinnati artists. The menu at Branch is overseen by executive chef Shoshannah Anderson and offers a mix of “classic and contemporary American with ethnic influences."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Lonely Pine Steakhouse
6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Pleasant Ridge’s restaurant scene has really beefed up now that Lonely Pine Steakhouse is open. The casual dining destination takes a simple concept — quality food at an affordable price — and elevates it with Southwestern flair and retro decor. The newest venture by Gorilla Cinema Presents, Lonely Pine is the first foray into food service for the company.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lonely Pine Steakhouse

6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Pleasant Ridge’s restaurant scene has really beefed up now that Lonely Pine Steakhouse is open. The casual dining destination takes a simple concept — quality food at an affordable price — and elevates it with Southwestern flair and retro decor. The newest venture by Gorilla Cinema Presents, Lonely Pine is the first foray into food service for the company.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Wódka Bar
1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the team behind cult-favorite Babushka Pierogies, Wódka Bar carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. It also offers a streamlined Eastern European-inspired menu of light bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Wódka Bar

1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the team behind cult-favorite Babushka Pierogies, Wódka Bar carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. It also offers a streamlined Eastern European-inspired menu of light bites.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Goose & Elder
1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Located near Findlay Market, Goose & Elder is chef Jose Salazar’s third Cincinnati restaurant venture and offers American comfort food along with healthy and gluten-free options. Salazar describes the restaurant as "Midcentury grandma," sourcing colors and patterns that evoke a sense of the 1970s and '80s.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Goose & Elder

1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Located near Findlay Market, Goose & Elder is chef Jose Salazar’s third Cincinnati restaurant venture and offers American comfort food along with healthy and gluten-free options. Salazar describes the restaurant as "Midcentury grandma," sourcing colors and patterns that evoke a sense of the 1970s and '80s.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger