These Are Cincinnati's 10 Best New Bars, According to CityBeat Readers

Despite the challenges faced by the bar and restaurant industry throughout the COVID pandemic, folks still found ways to support new local drinking destinations — whether they sipped while sitting-in, or took a cocktail to drink at home. Dozens of new spots opened over the past year-or-so, but these were the spots folks were loving most.

CityBeat readers voted for the best new bars for our Best of Cincinnati issue, and these were the winners.

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Owned by husband and wife duo Amy and Tom Fessler, when designing the space and menu, they found a great deal of inspiration from a vacation to California's Venice Beach.
Hailey Bollinger

Owned by husband and wife duo Amy and Tom Fessler, when designing the space and menu, they found a great deal of inspiration from a vacation to California's Venice Beach.

No. 10 Best New Bar: Homemaker’s Bar
39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. Outside, the bar welcomes folks to sip on cocktails in its string-lit Outpost. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

No. 10 Best New Bar: Homemaker’s Bar

39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. Outside, the bar welcomes folks to sip on cocktails in its string-lit Outpost.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 10 Best New Bar: Homemaker’s Bar
39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. Outside, the bar welcomes folks to sip on cocktails in its string-lit Outpost. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

No. 10 Best New Bar: Homemaker’s Bar

39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati hospitality mavens Julia Petiprin and Catherine Manabat opened Homemakers Bar at the corner of 13th and Walnut streets in Over-the-Rhine. The duo created a space inspired by a retro vibe and the domestic cocktails of the 1950s through the 1970s. Outside, the bar welcomes folks to sip on cocktails in its string-lit Outpost.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 9 Best New Bar: Dug Out Bar
9000 Reading Road, Reading
This American Legion bar has been around since 1919, but opened up to non-members roughly six years ago. However, last spring — right before the pandemic hit locally — the almost-century-old bar reopened with a top-to-bottom revamp. Dubbed Dug Out Bar, the destination is well-known for having the "coldest and cheapest beer in town," with brews priced at a meager $2.25. 
The bar features "raffle machines," as well as pool and shuffleboard tables. 
Photo: Danielle Schuster

No. 9 Best New Bar: Dug Out Bar

9000 Reading Road, Reading
This American Legion bar has been around since 1919, but opened up to non-members roughly six years ago. However, last spring — right before the pandemic hit locally — the almost-century-old bar reopened with a top-to-bottom revamp. Dubbed Dug Out Bar, the destination is well-known for having the "coldest and cheapest beer in town," with brews priced at a meager $2.25. The bar features "raffle machines," as well as pool and shuffleboard tables.
Photo: Danielle Schuster
No. 9 Best New Bar: Dug Out Bar
9000 Reading Road, Reading
This American Legion bar has been around since 1919, but opened up to non-members roughly six years ago. However, last spring — right before the pandemic hit locally — the almost-century-old bar reopened with a top-to-bottom revamp. Dubbed Dug Out Bar, the destination is well-known for having the "coldest and cheapest beer in town," with brews priced at a meager $2.25. 
The bar features "raffle machines," as well as pool and shuffleboard tables. 
Photo: Danielle Schuster

No. 9 Best New Bar: Dug Out Bar

9000 Reading Road, Reading
This American Legion bar has been around since 1919, but opened up to non-members roughly six years ago. However, last spring — right before the pandemic hit locally — the almost-century-old bar reopened with a top-to-bottom revamp. Dubbed Dug Out Bar, the destination is well-known for having the "coldest and cheapest beer in town," with brews priced at a meager $2.25. The bar features "raffle machines," as well as pool and shuffleboard tables.
Photo: Danielle Schuster
 Saeso
1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven, as well as shifted their back bar into "The Cantina," offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home. 
Photo: Brian Rineair

Saeso

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven, as well as shifted their back bar into "The Cantina," offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home.
Photo: Brian Rineair
No. 8 Best New Bar: Saeso
1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven, as well as shifted their back bar into "The Cantina," offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home. 
Photo: Ross Van Pelt

No. 8 Best New Bar: Saeso

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton
If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow. The bar recently teamed up with local taco pop-up Pata Roja to transform the patio into a taco haven, as well as shifted their back bar into "The Cantina," offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home.
Photo: Ross Van Pelt
No. 7 Best New Bar: Nomad
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually they plan to incorporate a vintage double-decker bus in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more dreamy, string-lit seating (with heaters during the chilly months). 
Photo: facebook.com/NomadKY

No. 7 Best New Bar: Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually they plan to incorporate a vintage double-decker bus in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more dreamy, string-lit seating (with heaters during the chilly months).
Photo: facebook.com/NomadKY
No. 7 Best New Bar: Nomad
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually they plan to incorporate a vintage double-decker bus in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more dreamy, string-lit seating (with heaters during the chilly months). 
Photo: facebook.com/NomadKY

No. 7 Best New Bar: Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually they plan to incorporate a vintage double-decker bus in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more dreamy, string-lit seating (with heaters during the chilly months).
Photo: facebook.com/NomadKY
No. 6 Best New Bar: Wiseguy Lounge
6099 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
While inspired by Prohibition and its associated speakeasies, this lounge nestled above Pleasant Ridge's Goodfellas Pizzeria doesn’t require a secret password. Instead, just walk up the stairs and order one of the more than 250 bourbons, hand-crafted cocktails or wide variety of beers from your knowledgeable bartender. This is the third Greater Cincinnati location for the pizza/bourbon bar combo.
Photo: Danielle Schuster

No. 6 Best New Bar: Wiseguy Lounge

6099 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
While inspired by Prohibition and its associated speakeasies, this lounge nestled above Pleasant Ridge's Goodfellas Pizzeria doesn’t require a secret password. Instead, just walk up the stairs and order one of the more than 250 bourbons, hand-crafted cocktails or wide variety of beers from your knowledgeable bartender. This is the third Greater Cincinnati location for the pizza/bourbon bar combo.
Photo: Danielle Schuster