Too much time in the bar scene can make a person feel overwhelmed — too noisy, expensive and health threatening. Area coffee houses offer a nice break from the craziness, with creative coffee-inspired cocktails to enjoy while reading a book or enjoying a draught beer during some WiFi downtime.
1101 Saint Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-621-2233
Enjoy the best of booze and coffee with $6 Peppermint Kiss cocktails and espresso martinis. Sandwiches can be ordered for breakfast or lunch and there is a generous 5-9 p.m. happy hour Monday-Friday.
239 W. McMillan St., Clifton, 513-221-1911
A community center coffee shop with couches, WiFi and plenty of seating. Not only is there an espresso bar but 30 microbrews, a variety of wines and a healthy Mediterranean menu.
College Hill Coffee
6128 Hamilton Ave., 513-542-2739
Cozy spot with dozens of coffees, a large selection of international teas and an extensive menu. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a vintage piano for impromptu performances and free Wi-Fi.
Crowley’s Highland House Café
958 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, 513-721-7709
Crowley’s is an old-school neighborhood pub and the city’s oldest Irish bar. Good cheer and conversation abound as coffee by day turns to Guinness by night.
1331 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-2665
Contemporary café with coffee, Essencha tea and custom made sandwiches. Iris also has books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl to buy or rent.
HD Beans and Bottles Café
6721 Montgomery Road, Madeira, 513-793-6036
A coffee shop, bar and sports haven all in one. A great selection of java, more than 40 bottled beers and some great live music.
2839 Highland Ave., Corryville, 513-861-4151
One of Cincinnati’s great coffeehouses, Highland is the place Jack Kerouac would be found. The staff is the nicest around and the beer selection and coffee choices allow for a late night.
4181 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-8321
Northside’s favorite neighborhood coffeehouse. An extensive coffee menu offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices along with sandwiches and soups.
Sitwell’s Coffee House
324 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7487
An international, eclectic coffeehouse along one of Cincinnati’s favorite entertainment and shopping strips. Aside from the coffee, Sitwell’s has an excellent menu with many vegetarian options and signature liquor drinks.