These Are Some of the Oldest Bars in Cincinnati for When You Want to Grab a Historic Drink

Settled is 1788, Cincinnati is definitely an old city, so it makes sense we have quite the collection of historic drinking establishments.…

By CityBeat Staff

O'Malleys In the Alley
25 W. Ogden Place, Downtown
This downtown classic labels itself as “Cincinnati’s Second Oldest Bar” right behind Arnold's Bar & Grill. You can get a beer or an iced-cold mixed drink here, but they also serve food. Grab a fish sandwich, a reuben or check out the Ultimate Italian Smasher made with capicola, pepperoni, salami, provolone and banana peppers.
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25 Cincinnati Bars Where You Probably Won't Run Into Anyone from High School

You may either be making a stop in your hometown and definitely in need of a drink or may be a proud…

By CityBeat Staff

The Hi-Mark
    3229 Riverside Drive, East End
    Named in honor of the great flood that washed over Cincinnati in 1937, this bar keeps its patrons afloat with a selection of Vietnamese-inspired dishes. The bar pours a solid variety of beer, wine and spirits and there's plenty of seating inside and out. If you're hungry, try their pulled-pork bánh mì made with Eli's BBQ or chicken wings with gochujang sauce. Fries, salads and Lang Thang Chili, a Vietnamese style beef stew, are some local favorites. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Real Drinker's Guide to 24 Cincinnati's Essential Dive Bars

The Queen City is home to dozens of hip and trendy bars that offer excellent Instagram photo ops and cute bathrooms, but…

By CityBeat Staff

City View Tavern
    403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
    A hillside dive and home of one of the best spicy bloody marys and best views in town. The burgers are damn tasty, too. Meet the Big Ted Deluxe: eight ounces of griddle-cooked, handmade beef patty with American cheese, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, onion, ketchup, tomatoes, served in a plastic basket with a bag of chips. 
    Photo: Holden Mathis
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Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking

The weather is cooling down, and area bars and restaurants are heating up their outdoor spaces to offer safe and warm seating…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking
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25 New Greater Cincinnati Bars & Restaurants You Need To Try

Fall is here and it's time to try some new culinary offerings. The Queen City is stacked with recent restaurant and bar…

By CityBeat Staff

Somerset
    139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
    This sprawling new drinking and dining destination offers an immersive escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Somerset features two bar spaces — one in the plant-filled and glass-roofed conservatory and another in the cozy lounge space. The grounds are also home to a double-decker bus that has been converted into a kitchen with a rooftop seating area (run by the team behind Mazunte); and, the pièce de résistance, Somerset's awe-inspiring garden space, loaded with tropical plants, unique seating nooks and imported pieces from co-founder and creative lead James Fisher's collection, as well as the collections of his friends and family.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Somerset, An Otherworldly Drinking Destination in the Heart of OTR

Something extraordinary is growing roots in Over-the-Rhine, but if you're not looking for it, you just might miss it. Tucked away at…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Somerset, An Otherworldly Drinking Destination in the Heart of OTR
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25 Dog-Friendly Cincinnati Patios to Sip On With Your Pooch

Summer is finally here, and that means it is patio season. And what better way to spend time outside than with your…

By CityBeat Staff

Fifty West Brewing Company
    7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township
    There are many amenities offered at Fifty West Brewing Company's beer garden, like sand volleyball, a retro-styled burger bar and futsol. In addition to these activities, the sprawling entertainment hub allows for dog owners to bring their furry four-legged friend out to have some fun. Grab a beer, snag a shaded seat and hang with your pup while you watch folks spike volleyballs into the sand.  
    Photo: facebook.com/fiftywestbrewingcompany
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10 Excellent Cincinnati Spots For Sipping Margaritas

We're celebrating National Margarita Day on Feb. 22, but honestly, when isn't it a good time for a tasty marg? After a…

By CityBeat Staff

Condado Tacos
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Inside Festive-as-Heck Miracle Holiday Bar Pop-Up at Pleasant Ridge's Overlook Lodge

Overlook Lodge's holiday bar pop-up Miracle returned in November, gracing us once again with a festively immersive yuletide celebration — and boasting…

By CityBeat Staff

At the end of every one-hour reservation, guests are graced with a whimsical snow fall
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A Sneak Peek Tour Inside Over-the-Rhine's E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque

A new addition to Over-the-Rhine's Elm Street will be opening soon: E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque. Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of E19
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Inside Walnut Hills' New Immersive Tiki Tiki Bang Bang Bar and Cinema Show Experience

Walnut Hills' Quentin Tarantino-themed speakeasy the Video Archive has transformed into a different kind of immersive entertainment experience as of July 10.…

By CityBeat Staff

Guests enjoying their Tiki cocktails
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Greater Cincinnati Bars and Breweries Offering Curbside Alcohol Carry-Out

On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order to close all Ohio bars and restaurants to sit-down service, and on…

By CityBeat Staff

Rhinegeist
    1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    The brewery is offering 
    curbside pick-up of its beer and cider. According to their Instagram, "Folks can place an order through our online shop, drive up to our curb just outside the Sartre/OTR Chili space (immediately South of the streetcar stop on Elm Street), and a team member will bring your beer down so you can pick up without leaving your car.”
    Photo via facebook.com/rhinegeist
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Newtown's Brain Brew Distillery Ages Custom Whiskey in Less Than an Hour

Brain Brew CEO Doug Hall says he doesn’t want you to buy his line of whiskey, which is now available at The…

By CityBeat Staff

Brain Brew is located at Eureka! Ranch, which provides research and development and innovation strategies for companies looking for a creative edge in the market.
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These Are Cincinnati's 18 Top Spots to Sip on a Margarita

Nothing says summertime (or wintertime) quite like sipping on a salt-rimmed frozen margarita in the sunshine — or one on the rocks;…

By CityBeat Staff

The exterior of La Ofrenda
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All the Cheesy Photos from the Cincinnati Pizza Week Kick-Off Party at Braxton Brewing Co.

CityBeat’s Pizza Week is back Nov. 4-10. But before people are able to gorge on seven days’ worth of $8 pies from…

By CityBeat Staff

All the Cheesy Photos from the Cincinnati Pizza Week Kick-Off Party at Braxton Brewing Co.
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Over-the-Rhine Cocktail Bar Japp's Got a Glamorous Makeover, Let's Take a Tour

Popular Over-the-Rhine cocktail bar Japp's recently received a makeover, transforming the drinking destination into a brighter, more open space while holding onto…

By CityBeat Staff

Over-the-Rhine Cocktail Bar Japp's Got a Glamorous Makeover, Let's Take a Tour
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Inside Fishbowl at The Banks, Cincinnati's New Beach-Themed Bar

Fishbowl at The Banks celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 3. The newest addition to The Banks lineup of bars has signature…

By CityBeat Staff

Currently there are six signature fishbowls available, although they hope to add seasonal specials as well as a build-your-own bowl.  White Claw Wave pictured.
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20 Cincinnati Bars with Food as Good as Their Drinks

These local watering holes have their priorities straight: a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine paired with enough snacks and entrées to…

By CityBeat Staff

Longfellow
    1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
    Longfellow is the OTR version of a dive bar. Cool crafted cocktails include selections like the Spruce Goose, with barrel-aged gin, honey, lime, bitters and tonic. A fun pay-it-forward board menu allows you to buy drinks for friends, strangers and crushes. If you're hungry, try their Blue Collar Plate: various sliced charcuterie sandwiched in baguette with Dijon, pickled shallot and, optionally, anchovy (get it). Served with a 16 oz. beer and Grippo's chips.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The 25 Most Beautiful Bars in the Cincinnati Area

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, though there’s no denying that Cincinnati has some gorgeous bars. Some are located inside…

By CityBeat Staff

Wódka Bar
    1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
    From the team behind cult-favorite Babushka Pierogies, Wódka Bar carries an ambitious selection of vodkas, stocking upward of 60 types including many Russian, Polish and Ukrainian brands that are lesser known in the United States. It also offers a streamlined Eastern European-inspired menu of bites ranging from pierogies to a Polish sausage sandwich or stuffed cabbage roll. Inside the intimate space, patrons will be enveloped by deep Prussian blues and rich golds, luxe velvet upholstery and distressed plaster walls, elegant wood paneling and all the intricacies of Eastern Orthodox architecture.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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21 Cincinnati Entertainment Bars Where You Can Drink and Play

Life is all about balance. From boozy bowling alleys and tipsy bull-riding spots to arcade bars and axe-throwing establishments, these drinking destinations…

By CityBeat Staff

16-Bit Bar+Arcade
    1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
    Guzzle ’80s-themed drinks with names like the Molly Ringwald or Kevin Bacon while playing more than 50 different classic arcade games and pinball. If you drink, you play for free. It might not be the ’80s or the ’90s anymore, but 16-Bit makes those decades feel new again.
    Photo: Patty Salas
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23 Dog-Friendly Cincinnati Patios You Should Visit Before the End of Summer

Cincinnati is home to dozens of dog-friendly establishments, welcoming well-behaved pups to enjoy a day out with their humans. A trip to…

By CityBeat Staff

Rosedale
    208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
    When Neons closed in 2016, people were devastated to lose “OTR’s backyard.”  Then, 4EG — the entertainment group behind Lackman, Mount Adams Pavilion, Igby’s and more — announced they’d be taking over the space. After some upscale renovations, they reopened as Rosedale in January 2018. It’s a little more classed up than comfy-old Neons but has retained the former’s focus on craft cocktails… and the giant, dog-friendly patio (now with brand new seating). 
    Photo via RosedaleOTR/Facebook
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