April 06, 2018

The Hightail Mount Adams: Where everybody knows your name — and your dog's name, too

There’s a whale of a new watering hole in Mount Adams — or so the humpback design on the bar’s logo would suggest.

Hightail opened in late fall and is one of local hospitality group 4EG’s more recent ventures, which also include The Roosevelt Room in Liberty Township and Rosedale in the former Neons space in OTR. The bar boasts plenty of local beer and spirits, craft cocktails and human- and dog-friendly vibes — it’s a neighborly place where they not only know your name, they know your dog’s name, too.

“We just make sure everybody feels welcome,” says general manager Holli Gerding.

According to Gerding, the bar’s name is a combination of the words “highball” and “cocktail” — highball being the name of a traditional beverage made with whisky and typically ginger ale, and cocktail after the type of glass. The whale, which is a part of their logo and also greets you upon entering on a large black welcome mat, was inspired by the name and is an ode to the saying, “A whale of a time.”

Hightail’s cocktail menu plays heavily on bourbon. “We have a very wide selection of bourbons and we’re always trying to get in new ones or have the best ones in stock,” says Gerding.

Her favorite cocktail, the In Old Blue Grass Fashion, is made with Woodford bourbon, lemon juice, blueberry-basil simple syrup, bitters, blueberries and basil. “It’s a good start to a bourbon drink if you’re not a bourbon drinker,” she says. Most of their simple syrups and the sours that go into their craft cocktails are made in house.

Happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and offers half-price beverages (except for wine and a few specialty spirits). Hightail also hosts theme nights throughout the week with trivia, a game night and an evening devoted to man’s best friend.

Wednesday’s Trivia Night is with Geeks Who Drink. “(It’s) a little bit different than the normal trivia — it’s more pop-friendly based and not as many questions as what we’re used to in trivia around Cincinnati,” Gerding says.

Thursday’s are “Decked Out” nights, where bargoers can choose from a variety of board games, card games and more. Along with games, patrons can expect drink specials and a DJ spinning Indie Rock.

Hightail is generally dog friendly but it is extra dog-friendly during Sunday’s Yappy Hour. From 7-9 p.m. you can enjoy their happy-hour specials and your pup will receive treats and some doggy swag.

Prior to the opening of Hightail, the space was occupied by Sprout Market & Eatery, a restaurant/grocery store with locally sourced goods. The new bar has since made it their own, updating the wallpaper, refinishing the floors and adding a new chandelier.

In addition to their day-to-day bourbon-slinging, dog-treating and neighbor-knowing, Hightail also hosts private parties and events. They are hoping to fix up their speakeasy-esque basement to use for more private parties by the summer or fall.


Hightail is located at 941 Pavilion St., Mount Adams. More info: hightailmtadams.com.



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The In Old Bluegrass Fashion cocktail, with Woodford bourbon, lemon juice, blueberry-basil simple syrup, bitters, blueberries and basil
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The In Old Bluegrass Fashion cocktail, with Woodford bourbon, lemon juice, blueberry-basil simple syrup, bitters, blueberries and basil
Hightail's sitting area and bar
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hightail's sitting area and bar
Hightail's Seasonal Tex-Tini, made with Tito's
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hightail's Seasonal Tex-Tini, made with Tito's
Hightail offers a wide selection of bourbon and other spirits
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hightail offers a wide selection of bourbon and other spirits
Sweet John Barleycorn // Bulleit bourbon, brown-sugar simple syrup, cinnamon bitters, club soda and honey served in a brown-sugar-rimmed glass
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Sweet John Barleycorn // Bulleit bourbon, brown-sugar simple syrup, cinnamon bitters, club soda and honey served in a brown-sugar-rimmed glass
Interior of Hightail. Hello, whale doormat.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Interior of Hightail. Hello, whale doormat.
General manager Holli Gerding preparing the Sweet John Barleycorn cocktail
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
General manager Holli Gerding preparing the Sweet John Barleycorn cocktail
Hightail's bar
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hightail's bar
The In Old Bluegrass Fashion cockail
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The In Old Bluegrass Fashion cockail
Pool table and cocktail seating
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pool table and cocktail seating