These Are Cincinnati's 25 Hottest Bars Right Now According to Yelp

Yelp, everyone's favorite crowd-sourced ratings aggregate site, is an easy go-to when deciding where to drink and dine. Is it new? Does it have a good Yelp review? People tend to trust their peers to give honest (and sometimes highly entertaining) feedback about local bars and eateries. That being said, these are the top 25 best bars in Cincinnati according to Yelp — literally at the time this was gathered. Because Yelp is a pretty, pretty popular site and people are constantly reviewing and adding stars, etc., this list is constantly in flux. The No. 1 bar position will change, sometimes daily, and several eateries will jockey for position in and out of that top 25. But regardless of the rank, these are some of the public's favorite places to drink in the Queen City. And we've captured some of their reviews to tell you why. (Also, you can Google "top 10 best Cincinnati restaurants Yelp" to get the most current list at any point in time.)

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1. Comfort Station
793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
”This place is HARD to find!! Speakeasy vibes for sure! There's a blue door out front with the label 'women' above it, so I definitely wandered the street for a few minutes. However once inside, this place is adorable. Super comfortable seating with pillows, skylights and a large bar area. Unfortunately it was raining so I didn't make it outside, but next time! The drinks were all unique and delicious. I tried the summer white wine which was refreshing and had fruit! Definitely recommend visiting when in the Walnut Hills area!” — Deidre F. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

1. Comfort Station

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
”This place is HARD to find!! Speakeasy vibes for sure! There's a blue door out front with the label 'women' above it, so I definitely wandered the street for a few minutes. However once inside, this place is adorable. Super comfortable seating with pillows, skylights and a large bar area. Unfortunately it was raining so I didn't make it outside, but next time! The drinks were all unique and delicious. I tried the summer white wine which was refreshing and had fruit! Definitely recommend visiting when in the Walnut Hills area!” — Deidre F.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
2. Wodka Bar
1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”What a fun and eclectic spot to sip on your favorite potato beverage. Wodka Bar OTR, brought to you by the same owner of Babushka Pierogis next door, is a fine establishment that takes you back to the old country of Russia. Wild big floral printed wallpaper on the back wall draws you in and the stained-glass ceiling piece takes your breath away. The entire place is sprinkled with the tiny details that would make your Russian grandmother proud. From the cute turquoise water pitchers, drinkware and mixed-match tiny plates.” — Abby D. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

2. Wodka Bar

1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”What a fun and eclectic spot to sip on your favorite potato beverage. Wodka Bar OTR, brought to you by the same owner of Babushka Pierogis next door, is a fine establishment that takes you back to the old country of Russia. Wild big floral printed wallpaper on the back wall draws you in and the stained-glass ceiling piece takes your breath away. The entire place is sprinkled with the tiny details that would make your Russian grandmother proud. From the cute turquoise water pitchers, drinkware and mixed-match tiny plates.” — Abby D.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
3. Homemakers Bar
35 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
”What a unique place that has newly opened in OTR. Homemakers Bar offers something different with styling and cocktails that are an ode to the '50s-'70s. The place is brightly painted and definitely has a retro vibe. We came here on a Monday night and our bartender was instantly attentive. She told us about the spritzer happy hour which we took advantage of! For $6 I got the Red, White and You which to me was not overly sweet, yet had the tangy bitterness of grapefruit. My friend got the Blue spritzer which she enjoyed. We had already eaten, so chose not to try any of the small bites, but boy are they creative! I for sure picture going to a friend's house in the '50s and having their homemaker mom serving us the bites from a tray!” — Heather L. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

3. Homemakers Bar

35 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
”What a unique place that has newly opened in OTR. Homemakers Bar offers something different with styling and cocktails that are an ode to the '50s-'70s. The place is brightly painted and definitely has a retro vibe. We came here on a Monday night and our bartender was instantly attentive. She told us about the spritzer happy hour which we took advantage of! For $6 I got the Red, White and You which to me was not overly sweet, yet had the tangy bitterness of grapefruit. My friend got the Blue spritzer which she enjoyed. We had already eaten, so chose not to try any of the small bites, but boy are they creative! I for sure picture going to a friend's house in the '50s and having their homemaker mom serving us the bites from a tray!” — Heather L.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
4. Aster
8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
”This is by far the most hip bar that I've been to in Cincinnati. Located above the downtown Sleepy Bee, Aster is out of the craziness of Over-the-Rhine and in an area that is becoming more attractive to the city. Aster has tons of fun cocktails alongside beer and wine options. The ingredients to the cocktails are unique, while being natural and not artificial (which is kind of hard to find). This is quite an expensive bar, but well worth it. I had so much fun being able to relax on a couch in the corner while playing the game that was on the table and listening to the DJ. It was fun and chill, but could have been more energetic if that's what I was searching for. In the summer it would be great to come here too because of the beautiful balcony they have. I'd recommend Aster to anyone coming downtown.” — Alyssa H. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

4. Aster

8 E. Fourth St., Downtown
”This is by far the most hip bar that I've been to in Cincinnati. Located above the downtown Sleepy Bee, Aster is out of the craziness of Over-the-Rhine and in an area that is becoming more attractive to the city. Aster has tons of fun cocktails alongside beer and wine options. The ingredients to the cocktails are unique, while being natural and not artificial (which is kind of hard to find). This is quite an expensive bar, but well worth it. I had so much fun being able to relax on a couch in the corner while playing the game that was on the table and listening to the DJ. It was fun and chill, but could have been more energetic if that's what I was searching for. In the summer it would be great to come here too because of the beautiful balcony they have. I'd recommend Aster to anyone coming downtown.” — Alyssa H.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
5. Sundry and Vice
18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
”I love, love, love this bar. It is a must on my list when friends come to visit. It looks like an old-fashioned apothecary from the outside, with little potions and jars in the windows. Inside is small and intimate with a bar and just a few booths. The drink menu is quite large and the cocktails here are made with care and thought. You may wait a bit longer for a drink here, but it's guaranteed to be a quality cocktail and made very well. 
— Kimberly J. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

5. Sundry and Vice

18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
”I love, love, love this bar. It is a must on my list when friends come to visit. It looks like an old-fashioned apothecary from the outside, with little potions and jars in the windows. Inside is small and intimate with a bar and just a few booths. The drink menu is quite large and the cocktails here are made with care and thought. You may wait a bit longer for a drink here, but it's guaranteed to be a quality cocktail and made very well. — Kimberly J.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
6. Overlook Lodge: A Rustic Watering Hole
6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
”If you're a fan of The Shining, Overlook Lodge is a must visit. If you're not a fan of The Shining, Overlook Lodge is still a must visit. The 'rustic watering hole' pays homage to the Stephen King classic with the decor throughout. If I were Jack Nicholson, Overlook Lodge would be a GREAT spot to begin terrorizing my family...and enjoying some delicious cocktails while I'm at it. The weekends tend to bring live music and a decent crowd. There is limited seating that fills up quickly, but I've never seen it packed to the brim (though I'm sure it happens). The back patio is also a great area to enjoy your libations on a nice day. Whenever I find myself in Pleasant Ridge, I'll be sure to swing by Overlook Lodge.” — Tyler M. 
Photo via Facebook.com/OverlookLodge

6. Overlook Lodge: A Rustic Watering Hole

6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
”If you're a fan of The Shining, Overlook Lodge is a must visit. If you're not a fan of The Shining, Overlook Lodge is still a must visit. The 'rustic watering hole' pays homage to the Stephen King classic with the decor throughout. If I were Jack Nicholson, Overlook Lodge would be a GREAT spot to begin terrorizing my family...and enjoying some delicious cocktails while I'm at it. The weekends tend to bring live music and a decent crowd. There is limited seating that fills up quickly, but I've never seen it packed to the brim (though I'm sure it happens). The back patio is also a great area to enjoy your libations on a nice day. Whenever I find myself in Pleasant Ridge, I'll be sure to swing by Overlook Lodge.” — Tyler M.
Photo via Facebook.com/OverlookLodge
7. The Video Archive
965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
”Whoa, this place is neat as heck. Especially if you are a film lover, as that is what this speakeasy is themed around. I just happened to stumble upon this bar on Yelp, and once reading about it, we were immediately interested! The outside is designed like an old VHS video store. To get in, the person working out front will give you hints on which movie you need to choose that will open the door. I won't spoil that for y'all! But let's just say, if it weren't for my movie buff boyfriend, I probably wouldn't have gotten it on my own! Once you pull on the right one, a sliding door will open and it. is. so cool.”  — Shelby Z. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

7. The Video Archive

965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
”Whoa, this place is neat as heck. Especially if you are a film lover, as that is what this speakeasy is themed around. I just happened to stumble upon this bar on Yelp, and once reading about it, we were immediately interested! The outside is designed like an old VHS video store. To get in, the person working out front will give you hints on which movie you need to choose that will open the door. I won't spoil that for y'all! But let's just say, if it weren't for my movie buff boyfriend, I probably wouldn't have gotten it on my own! Once you pull on the right one, a sliding door will open and it. is. so cool.” — Shelby Z.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
8. Blind Lemon
936 Hatch St., Mt. Adams
”This is such a beautiful little spot to have a cocktail and listen to music. The courtyard is perfect in the warmer weather, but even in the winter it is wonderful inside. It is such a beautiful traditional old bar. I love to bring people visiting Cincinnati here. It is not what people would expect to find in Ohio. Just make sure you are not hungry because there is no food, and parking can be a challenge. Other than that I would highly recommend it for the atmosphere alone.” — Janice K. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

8. Blind Lemon

936 Hatch St., Mt. Adams
”This is such a beautiful little spot to have a cocktail and listen to music. The courtyard is perfect in the warmer weather, but even in the winter it is wonderful inside. It is such a beautiful traditional old bar. I love to bring people visiting Cincinnati here. It is not what people would expect to find in Ohio. Just make sure you are not hungry because there is no food, and parking can be a challenge. Other than that I would highly recommend it for the atmosphere alone.” — Janice K.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
9. Hoppin’ Vines
8150 Montgomery Road, Kenwood
They have a bar where you can walk up to order drinks and a separate area where you can order your food. No waiters or waitresses, just order whenever and wherever you like. They have nearly 40 brews on tap with very good selection. I went with ole reliable, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Delicio prepares the food and their menu is mostly pizza but they also have wings, salads, etc. I tried the Philly cheesesteak pizza and it wasn't my favorite mostly because of the American cheese but it was prepared right (next time I'll try something different). In addition, they have an area for duckpin bowling if you're interested. Needless to say, this place is a one-stop shop for fun and a good, unique date night spot. I also like how they have lots of TVs, which is good for when I'm watching sports.” — Jared T. 
Photo via Facebook.com/HoppinVines

9. Hoppin’ Vines

8150 Montgomery Road, Kenwood They have a bar where you can walk up to order drinks and a separate area where you can order your food. No waiters or waitresses, just order whenever and wherever you like. They have nearly 40 brews on tap with very good selection. I went with ole reliable, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Delicio prepares the food and their menu is mostly pizza but they also have wings, salads, etc. I tried the Philly cheesesteak pizza and it wasn't my favorite mostly because of the American cheese but it was prepared right (next time I'll try something different). In addition, they have an area for duckpin bowling if you're interested. Needless to say, this place is a one-stop shop for fun and a good, unique date night spot. I also like how they have lots of TVs, which is good for when I'm watching sports.” — Jared T.
Photo via Facebook.com/HoppinVines
10. Fowling Warehouse
2940 Highland Ave., Norwood
”A great new entertainment option in Cincinnati!! Fowling Warehouse combines the fun of bowling with the skill of throwing a football. But don't be intimidated, this game can be played by everyone. The set up is similar to cornhole in the sense that each team is throwing to the other end of the lane. And each team has 10 bowling pins that they must knock over by throwing a football. That is where the fun begins! The staff takes the time to explain the rules should it be your first time visiting. Get a few practice throws in and get ready to play your friends. The bar offers a large variety of craft beer on draft and in cans. There are also many options of spirits as well. While they do not have a kitchen, there are food trucks that visit on busy nights. My friends and I enjoyed our experience at Fowling Warehouse and look forward to coming back.” — Brian R. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

10. Fowling Warehouse

2940 Highland Ave., Norwood
”A great new entertainment option in Cincinnati!! Fowling Warehouse combines the fun of bowling with the skill of throwing a football. But don't be intimidated, this game can be played by everyone. The set up is similar to cornhole in the sense that each team is throwing to the other end of the lane. And each team has 10 bowling pins that they must knock over by throwing a football. That is where the fun begins! The staff takes the time to explain the rules should it be your first time visiting. Get a few practice throws in and get ready to play your friends. The bar offers a large variety of craft beer on draft and in cans. There are also many options of spirits as well. While they do not have a kitchen, there are food trucks that visit on busy nights. My friends and I enjoyed our experience at Fowling Warehouse and look forward to coming back.” — Brian R.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger