We’re in full cozy-core season now, and nothing beats feeling the air’s soft chill while being 100% enveloped with warmth. Greater Cincinnati restaurants and bars are fully committing to that idea with “igloos.” After gaining popularity in 2020, these translucent, frequently heated biomes are here to stay, providing the perfect place to vibe and chill with a drink in hand.
Braxton Brewing Co.
Braxton Brewing Co. opened its much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar in 2019, but the space has now been covered to keep the chilly weather out. The 5,000-square-foot deck features plenty of seating, a full bar and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Braxton is also offering 2-hour reservations of heated “igloobars” for private parties of up to 8 for $30. Each features its own style with unique tables, chairs, couches and pillows. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
This Blue Ash pizza joint debuted outdoor dining igloos last winter and they were hit, so they're back again. Catch-a-Fire says the igloos can fit up to six people each for a private — and cozy — dining experience. They also have three smaller igloos available for couples. Each igloo is heated and thematically decorated, and includes a Bluetooth speaker to play music. Full service and the restaurant's full menu are available in each pod, along with a special themed menu of treats including s'mores dip, crema bruciata, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. 9290 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, catchafirepizza.com.
Frosthaus already is the place for frozen drinks, so why not add a fun igloo to the mix? Enjoy table service of the full food and beverage menu while getting cozy in an igloo under magical globe lights. Up to eight people per party can join the fun in Roebling Point. Igloos can be booked for two-hour slots for $20-$30 on weekends or at a discounted rate during the week. 115 Park Place, Covington,
Kon-Tiki on the Levee
At Kon-Tiki, you can get the best of both worlds: fire and ice. Sip tropical cocktails, mai tais and hot chocolate bombs without shivering when you step inside one of Kon-Tiki’s four heated igloos. Listen to tunes through the Bluetooth speakers or play board games with a group of up to eight people. Afterward, take in the view of Cincinnati’s riverfront along the Ohio River. Reserve the space with a $50 deposit. 1 Levee Way, Suite 21377, Newport, kontikionthelevee.com.
Narrow Path Brewing
Situated right alongside the Loveland Bike Trail, Narrow Path offers craft brews and a large front patio. During the summer months, you can find food trucks and assorted seating outside, while in the winter, the brewery sets up a handful of heated domes. Each seats up to eight people. Reserve online in advance for 45-minute, 1-hour-and-45-minute or 2-hour-and-45-minute time slots. 106 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, narrowpathbrewing.com.
The View at Shires Garden
From November through March, Shires Garden offers both rooftop igloos and terrace greenhouses that come with heating and a Bluetooth speaker. Located on the 10th floor outdoor patio, the heated oases accommodate up to eight guests and are reservable for two hours maximum. 309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Downtown, theviewatshiresgarden.com.
Upper Deck at the AC Hotel
Winter weather won’t stop this downtown rooftop patio from keeping the party going. The AC Upper Deck at The Banks has transformed into a winter wonderland, offering cozy, illuminated igloos this season. The heated igloos seat up to eight guests each. Call in advance for reservations or sign up online; a food and drink minimum is required. 135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, acupperdeck.com.
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