Ghost Baby in Over-the-Rhine Named One of 'The Best Bars in America' by Esquire Magazine

“The drinks are much better than need be, except, I suppose, for the Bud Light, a lager kept around for old times’ sake."

Jun 15, 2022 at 11:53 am
Ghost Baby - Photo: Aparna Avasarala
Photo: Aparna Avasarala
Ghost Baby

Over-the-Rhine’s bar scene has really been popping off in recent years and now has even received some national recognition.

On June 15, Esquire Magazine released its 2022 list of “The Bar Bars in America” which included Cincinnati’s Ghost Baby. The magazine describes this list as “25 worthy locations for a big night out.”

This literal underground nightclub opened in November of 2019 beneath the streets of Over-the-Rhine and has been providing Cincinnatians with a unique spot for a night out ever since. 

Ghost Baby is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Josh Heuser, founder of AGAR, the creative marketing and event agency known for its work on crafting local experiences including the Ubahn Fest, BLINK, Danger Wheel and more.

The venue holds 160 guests and is located five stories below Vine Street in a 170-year-old lagering tunnel formerly used by Champion Brewing (beer was aged and cooled in lagering tunnels before the advent of refrigeration). The historic space, which has been vacant since the 1850s, now has craft cocktails and nightly live music Wednesday through Saturday. 

“The drinks are much better than need be, except, I suppose, for the Bud Light, a lager kept around for old times’ sake,” the editors of Esquire wrote about Ghost Baby.

Esquire is known for setting a high bar for the art, fashion and hospitality they feature for their discerning readers," says Josh Heuser, owner of Ghost Baby, in a release. “The team behind Ghost Baby is humbled to be included in this incredible list of America’s Best Bars. We are so thankful for our dedicated staff and our guests who truly bring Ghost Baby to life to create an incredible experience.”

Ghost Baby is located at 1314 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine. Find more information at

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