These 25 Cincinnati Bars are Perfect Weekend Day-Drinking Destinations

The Queen City is bubbling over with swanky and hip bars to visit. But when the weekend rolls around and getting the party started early is a must, these are your best bets for day-drinking — everything from luscious beer gardens with boozy slushies to rooftop patios with beer flights. Some open as early as 11 a.m.
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Queen City Radio
Noon.-2:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
The historic Queen City Radio building has been turned into a well-manicured full-service bar and outdoor beer garden. The bar serves 14 rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, wine, a small cocktail program and boozy slushies. Garage doors create indoor/outdoor space, weather permitting, and there’s an on-site food truck with burgers, shakes and chili fries. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Queen City Radio

Noon.-2:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
The historic Queen City Radio building has been turned into a well-manicured full-service bar and outdoor beer garden. The bar serves 14 rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, wine, a small cocktail program and boozy slushies. Garage doors create indoor/outdoor space, weather permitting, and there’s an on-site food truck with burgers, shakes and chili fries.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pins Mechanical Company
Noon-2:30 a.m. Saturday; Noon-1 a.m. Sunday. 1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this new bar has 25 pinball machines and 10 duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball and ping pong. Cocktails include the Pinball Wizard with blueberry vodka, elderflower, ginger ale and blueberries and Rosé All Day with rose vodka, lemonade, Rhinegeist’s Bubbles and rose water. Head up to the rooftop bar for bocce ball, giant Jenga and an ice cold beverage.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pins Mechanical Company

Noon-2:30 a.m. Saturday; Noon-1 a.m. Sunday. 1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this new bar has 25 pinball machines and 10 duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball and ping pong. Cocktails include the Pinball Wizard with blueberry vodka, elderflower, ginger ale and blueberries and Rosé All Day with rose vodka, lemonade, Rhinegeist’s Bubbles and rose water. Head up to the rooftop bar for bocce ball, giant Jenga and an ice cold beverage.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Sundry and Vice
Noon.-2 a.m. Saturday; Noon-midnight Sunday. 18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
This apothecary-themed bar features an extensive and inventive cocktail menu. The drinks — meticulously crafted by be-aproned bartenders — take a little longer to make than usual, but that’s only because they’re so good. After a weekend of drinking like this, you’re going to need an apothecary.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Sundry and Vice

Noon.-2 a.m. Saturday; Noon-midnight Sunday. 18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
This apothecary-themed bar features an extensive and inventive cocktail menu. The drinks — meticulously crafted by be-aproned bartenders — take a little longer to make than usual, but that’s only because they’re so good. After a weekend of drinking like this, you’re going to need an apothecary.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Porch at Washington Park
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 1230 Elm St., Over-the Rhine
Washington Park's Porch is the place to drink away the week’s worries with beer, wine and liquor. Local favorites include Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Christian Moerlein and Fifty West. Watch pups play at the neighboring dog park while you sip on something cold.
Photo: Holden Mathis

The Porch at Washington Park

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 1230 Elm St., Over-the Rhine
Washington Park's Porch is the place to drink away the week’s worries with beer, wine and liquor. Local favorites include Taft’s Ale House, Rhinegeist, Christian Moerlein and Fifty West. Watch pups play at the neighboring dog park while you sip on something cold.
Photo: Holden Mathis
MadTree Brewing
10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley
MadTree’s million-dollar makeover did not disappoint. The hugely expanded operation on Madison Road is bigger on all fronts, including its 10,000-square-foot beer garden. With 30 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. Bonus: The expansion included bigger bathrooms.
Photo: Phil Heidenreich

MadTree Brewing

10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley
MadTree’s million-dollar makeover did not disappoint. The hugely expanded operation on Madison Road is bigger on all fronts, including its 10,000-square-foot beer garden. With 30 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick façade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at MadTree on the regular. Bonus: The expansion included bigger bathrooms.
Photo: Phil Heidenreich
Fifty West Production Works
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 7605 Wooster Pike, Newtown
Across the street from Fifty West Brewing is the expanded Fifty West Production Works. The space features sand volleyball courts and canoe and kayak rentals in addition to additional fermenters to produce thousands more barrels of Fifty West beer each year.
Photo via Facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany

Fifty West Production Works

11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 7605 Wooster Pike, Newtown
Across the street from Fifty West Brewing is the expanded Fifty West Production Works. The space features sand volleyball courts and canoe and kayak rentals in addition to additional fermenters to produce thousands more barrels of Fifty West beer each year.
Photo via Facebook.com/FiftyWestBrewingCompany
3 Points Urban Brewing
10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 331 E.13th St., Pendleton
With 12 of their own beers on draft and a 185-person taproom, this urban brewery is a design-forward and artful space where all are welcome to indulge. Eight artists were commissioned to create pieces inspired by the house beers and taste profiles. Spend a weekend and check out the art that goes along with them while imbibing in the taproom. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

3 Points Urban Brewing

10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 331 E.13th St., Pendleton
With 12 of their own beers on draft and a 185-person taproom, this urban brewery is a design-forward and artful space where all are welcome to indulge. Eight artists were commissioned to create pieces inspired by the house beers and taste profiles. Spend a weekend and check out the art that goes along with them while imbibing in the taproom.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Rosedale
1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
When Neons closed in 2016, people were devastated to lose “OTR’s backyard.”  Then, 4EG — the entertainment group behind The Lackman, Mount Adams Pavilion, Igby’s and more — announced they’d be taking over the space. After some upscale renovations, they reopened as Rosedale in January 2018. They’ve added industrial-farmhouse chandeliers, bold floral wallpaper (perfect for an Instagram photoshoot), leveled out the first floor and added lounge seating. It’s a little more classed up than comfy old Neons but has retained the former’s focus on craft cocktails… and the giant, dog-friendly patio (now with brand new seating). 
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper

Rosedale

1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
When Neons closed in 2016, people were devastated to lose “OTR’s backyard.” Then, 4EG — the entertainment group behind The Lackman, Mount Adams Pavilion, Igby’s and more — announced they’d be taking over the space. After some upscale renovations, they reopened as Rosedale in January 2018. They’ve added industrial-farmhouse chandeliers, bold floral wallpaper (perfect for an Instagram photoshoot), leveled out the first floor and added lounge seating. It’s a little more classed up than comfy old Neons but has retained the former’s focus on craft cocktails… and the giant, dog-friendly patio (now with brand new seating).
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
Rhinegeist Brewery
Noon-2 a.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist is a large brewery and event space in historic Over-the-Rhine (housed in an old Moerlein bottling plant) producing hoppy and sessionable ales. The seasonal deck is an excellent addition to the city’s rooftop bar scene and a perfect place to day-drink with the besties. Climb on up and grab a drink your drink of choice for views of the historic Jackson Brewery building, downtown, Mount Adams and the Elm Street streetcar line. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rhinegeist Brewery

Noon-2 a.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Rhinegeist is a large brewery and event space in historic Over-the-Rhine (housed in an old Moerlein bottling plant) producing hoppy and sessionable ales. The seasonal deck is an excellent addition to the city’s rooftop bar scene and a perfect place to day-drink with the besties. Climb on up and grab a drink your drink of choice for views of the historic Jackson Brewery building, downtown, Mount Adams and the Elm Street streetcar line.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Homemakers Bar
1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 1-11 p.m. Sunday. 39 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. Lesser-known liqueurs are featured, like "Italian bittersweet tinctures, herbal and fortified wines, and low-proof cocktails," says a release. The food menu offers delightfully nostalgic bites like finger sammies, homemade snack mix, dips and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Homemakers Bar

1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 1-11 p.m. Sunday. 39 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. Lesser-known liqueurs are featured, like "Italian bittersweet tinctures, herbal and fortified wines, and low-proof cocktails," says a release. The food menu offers delightfully nostalgic bites like finger sammies, homemade snack mix, dips and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger