Greater Cincinnati Bars Offering Warm Cocktails for Cold Nights

Here are some local bars offering special steamy spiked drinks this winter

click to enlarge The Bad Santa from Miracle at Overlook Lodge - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
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The Bad Santa from Miracle at Overlook Lodge

Need some spirits to put you in the holiday spirit, or help warm you from the inside out? These local bars are offering seasonally themed heated cocktails to keep you cozy while you sip — whether that’s at home, at the bar or on one of their heated patios.

HomeMaker’s Bar

HomeMakers offers a handful of warm cocktails: the Penicillin (whisky, lemon, honey, ginger); Some Like it Hot (aged cachaНa, almond milk tea, saffron, burdock, honey or available spirit-free); and the Firebird (spirit of choice, cocoa, green cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel or available spirit-free). Carry-out? Available on-site and to-go. Heated patio? “We have a huge outdoor area we refer to as our Outpost. We have tents, heaters and fire pits. Starting in December we are turning the whole space into a ski lodge! We will be selling Christmas trees for Findlay Market and we will have igloos, which will be heated,” says co-owner Julia Petiprin. 39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, homemakersbar.com.

Overlook Lodge’s Miracle Pop-Up

Overlook Lodge’s holiday bar pop-up Miracle returned this November, gracing us once again with a festively immersive yuletide celebration — and boasting a socially distant spin. The all-inclusive and ticketed event offers two themed cocktails and one shot per guest for a one-hour duration throughout its run. One of the cocktails you can try? The Bad Santa: mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur and Christmas spices, served hot in a winking Santa mug. Carry-out? Available on-site and to-go.  Heated patio? "We designed Miracle this year to be as safe as possible,” says co-owner Katie Fraser. “We offer tables of two, four and six that are separated by festive custom-designed barriers so you can feel secure, but maybe forget about the outside world for a while. The experience lasts one hour and you can expect to enjoy safely seated table service.” 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, thatshiningbar.com.

The View at Shires Garden

Head to this rooftop bar for a hot spiced cider made with your choice of spirit, plus  cinnamon, vanilla, orange and nutmeg. Carry-out? Available on-site or to-go.  Heated patio? “Heated garden igloos, greenhouses and a tented space (are) all available by reservation via our website,” says Lisa Colina, director of communications and events for Ignite Entertainment, which operates the bar. 309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown, theviewatshiresgarden.com.

Kon-Tiki’s Fire Lounge 

This new Tiki spot at Newport on the Levee’s Bridgeview Box Park offers many warm drinks: hot mulled wine (Kon-Tiki’s “secret wine blend” enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices); hot spiced cider (vanilla vodka, Absolut Juice Apple, spiced rum, cinnamon, orange, clove and nutmeg, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream and an apple slice rolled in cinnamon and sugar); Rump it Up (hot coffee and Rumple Minze, whipped cream and a crushed peppermint); hot buttered rum (housemade buttered rum and spiced rum, garnished with whipped cream and nutmeg); and Hot Chocolate Bombs (drop a housemade bomb into your choice of milk, toasted marshmallow syrup and toasted marshmallows). Carry-out? Only available on-site.  Heated patio? “We will have the entire bar tented and heated. We are also offering igloos for our guests, by reservation,” says Colina of Ignite. 1 Levee Way, Bridgeview Box Park, Newport, kontikionthelevee.com.

Little Miami Brewing Company

Sip a hot cider or cocoa, infused with your choice of booze, by the brewery’s namesake river. Carry-out? Available on-site and to-go. Heated patio? “We have a special heated patio with a fire pit, and our rooftop has Plexiglas winter sides to keep the wind down,” says Dan Lynch, co-founder and CEO. 208 Mill St., Milford, littlemiamibrewing.com.

E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque

Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the organizer of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, the nightclub and bar — located across from Rhinegeist — offers a “safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.” Plus hot cocktails. Grab a hot toddy with Tullamore Dew Cider Cask whiskey, lemon and honey while you sit by their fireplace. Carry-out? Only available on-site. Heated patio? “We do not offer outdoor seating at this time but we will be adding a streetside patio in the future,” says general manager Justin DeJohn. “Our Neighborhood Lounge Bar boasts a cozy fireplace that provides plenty of heat.” 1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/e19bar.

Jerry’s Jug House

Stop by this Newport bar for a hot spiced cider with bourbon or rum. They’re also currently slinging both meat and veggie panini. Carry-out? Available on-site or to-go. Heated patio? Jerry’s offers a heated outdoor tent. 44 E. Seventh St., Newport, jerrysjughouse.com.

Northside Yacht Club

With a nod to its punny landlocked nautical theme, the Yacht Club offers both a Yacht Toddy, with bourbon, house-spiced local honey and fresh lemon juice, or a house-spiced hot cider with Navy-strength rum or bonded bourbon. Carry-out? Available on-site or to-go. Heated patio? Bar co-owner Stuart MacKenzie says, “(The) Yacht Club has indoor seating and has turned the music room into a socially distanced ‘indoor patio’ where you can eat where you used to see your favorite band play, including the stage!”4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com.

Nomad 

The space in which the new Nomad sits — located across from Bellevue’s Darkness Brewing — was formerly home to bakery Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles. Now, helmed in part by the owners of nearby boutique Coda Co., the space has been completely transformed with a string-lit garden and chic redesigned interior. They offer two hot cocktails: a bourbon caramel cider (hot cider, caramel and Bulleit Bourbon topped with whipped cream) or a classic Irish Coffee with Deeper Roots espresso. Carry-out? The bar recently started offering booze bags to-go. Heated patio? Nomad’s outdoor seating comes equipped with outdoor heaters. 225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, facebook.com/nomadky.

Lost & Found

Stop by OTR’s Lost & Found for a hot mulled cider with your choice of bourbon or rum. Carry-out? Only available on-site.  Heated patio? “We have heaters inside of our patio as well as two free-standing heaters outside,” says co-owner/operator Steven Clement. 22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, lostandfoundotr.com.

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