The Cincinnati bar scene continues to boom with breweries and dives, interesting cocktail joints and all-American sports bars. With so much to sample in this buzzing city, follow our guide to find some of Cincinnati‘s best bars.
Cincinnati’s 19th-century German immigrants brought a beer-brewing heritage to the US that is still popular today. MadTree is one of the modern manifestations of this, and now oozes with a local spirit. MadTree is known for its high quality beer, offering 16 different brews on tap, many of which are exclusively sold on these premises. The venue features high-top tables and chairs and an outside patio, designed as a picnic setting. Address:MadTree Brewing, 5164 Kennedy Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 836 8733
Many Cincinnati bars are known for the creativity behind their cocktails, and The Famous Neons Unplugged is arguably the most famous of the lot. Located in Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood boasting a thriving nightlife scene, this bar’s big draw is the outdoor patio, enclosed by a brick wall constructed from reclaimed building materials. Movie nights, fantastic crowds, ornate architectural details and a large tree create a magical evening setting, while fire pits in the winter and deliciously good cocktails all make Neons a must. Address:The Famous Neons Unplugged, 208 E. 12th St., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 827 9361
This venue is comprised of an eclectic lounge with skyline scenery and intimate lighting. For live music lovers, there are three different floors offering shows throughout the week. The Pavilion is best known for its four outdoor decks specially designed to offer one of the most delightful views of the Cincinnati cityscape. Address: Mount Adams Pavalion, 949 Pavilion St., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 744 9200
This bar is a celebration of straightforward American fare. With 100 different beers and the sound of blues in the background, it features a modern but rustic interior that gathers people from various walks of life. The Eagle was originally an old European beer hall, and its interior design includes furniture from an old post office. Address: The Eagle Food and Beer Hall, 1342 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 802 5007
Perched atop a hill directly west of Downtown, Incline serves lunch and dinner and features a large selection of local craft beers on tap and in bottles, original cocktails, wine and liquor. There are also splendid panoramic views of the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati. Address: Incline Public House, 2601 W 8th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 251 3000
Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, HalfCut is Cincinnati’s source of the best local and rare craft beers. This spot will particularly appeal to brewery enthusiasts, as here clients can pick up a growler of draft fresh straight from the barrel, and drink it inside or take it home. Address: HalfCut, 1128 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 381 1952
Cincinnati’s history is closely related to that of brewing, owing this to Christian Moerlein, a Bavarian immigrant who lived in the area and started his own company in 1853. Nowadays, this riverside spot, overlooking the Smale Riverfront Park, draws some of the most interesting crowds in town. From the beer to the pretzels and beer cheese, there’s a tiny part of Bavaria in all Moerlein products. The beer selection is so large it will take several visits to Moerlein to try them all. Address: Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way,Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513 421 2337