Bee's Barbecue Opens Its Second Location in Over-the-Rhine

The OTR menu will feature a variety of sandwiches and Bee's classic sides.

click to enlarge Bee's Barbecue, 1403 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine - Photo: Provided by 3CDC
Photo: Provided by 3CDC
Bee's Barbecue, 1403 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

A new barbecue joint is opening its doors in Over-the-Rhine Thursday.

Bee’s Barbecue is set to open its second location in the former Pontiac BBQ space at 1403 Vine St. The restaurant opened its first location in Madisonville in 2021, where it became well-known for its award-winning craft barbecue, with a menu featuring meats like their popular smoked brisket and pulled pork, as well as jackfruit for a meatless option.

“As I’ve said before, it’s really cool to be center stage in OTR,” Bee’s Barbecue owner Brendan “Bee” Hague said in a press release. “We’ve put a lot of hard work into opening on Vine Street and I’m pretty excited to finally have the opportunity to bring Bee’s Barbecue to a bigger audience. It’s been a long time coming.”

Bee’s Barbecue aims to be a casual neighborhood hangout — a prime location to catch a Bengals game or grab a few drinks and some dinner after work. The OTR location’s menu will differ slightly from Madisonville’s, featuring a variety of sandwiches, the Bowling Alley BLT or Brisket Philly, as permanent items instead of specials. Sandwiches are served on amoroso rolls and pair well with Bee’s sides, like the creamy mac & cheese, coleslaw or honey cornbread.

The full menu will be available until 9 p.m., when the restaurant will switch to its bar menu, with items like wings, fries, deep-fried devil eggs, pickle dip with wavy chips and a barbecue charcuterie board. The bar menu will be available until close.

Bee's Barbecue will be open most days from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. but will open at noon on Sundays for Bengals' games. The restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays.

Bee’s Barbecue, 5910 Chandler St., Madisonville & 1403 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. More info:

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