The Best Bars In Clifton, Cincinnati

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Andreea Pavaloiu

Cincinnati resembles a southern city for many reasons. Its conservative politics and its hot and humid summers. You will discover a sports town, a river town, a metropolis and a historic town. Its prettiness surprises, as do its European-styled neighborhoods and vibrant nightlife spots. Dubbed a college neighborhood, Clifton is an area of contrasts, mixing new apartments near campus and grand vintage homes further away.

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Sitwell’s Coffee House

Famously known as one of the oldest operating bars in Cincinnati, Sitwell’s offers the best of all that is local. With an eclectic and cozy architectural charm, the venue will surprise with the finest meats and cheeses straight out of Findlay Market, fresh bread and a selection of local music and art. Most popular with beer-loving students, Sitwell’s has a full stocked bar and a large beer selection of both local and international brews, also available for carry out. With an extensive menu served until 1am every night of the week, this is the place to be in Clifton.

Address: Sitwell’s Coffee House, 324 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1513-281-7487

Arlin’s Bar & Restaurant

Cincinnati’s reputation as a sports town is constantly corroborated by its various sports bars. Arlin’s Bar & Restaurant has eight TVs where you can watch your favorite sports while enjoying Ohio’s finest beers. Arlin’s offers a wide variety of drinks and food, which you can enjoy on the huge patio with outside bar and fire pits.

Address: Arlin’s Bar & Restaurant, 307 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513-751-6566

Mecklenburg Gardens

Staying true to its German roots, this popular venue is the oldest operating restaurant in the area, having opened its doors to the public in 1865. Specializing in German cuisine and German Lagers, hunkels, hefeweizen, and local craft beers, Mecklenburg Gardens takes great pride in offering something for everyone.

Address: Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 East University Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, +1 513-221-5353

Bohemian Hookah Cafe

The Bohemian Hookah Cafe does exactly what it says on the tin. Great coffee brews served up in a boho-chic atmosphere. Set right in the heart of the Clifton neighborhood, this unique venue draws crowds of students and local yuppies. There are plenty of coffee styles to choose from, some with cherry infusions, others with ginger, while the hookahs come out after hours for those in search of some relaxation courtesy of the East.

Address: Bohemian Hookah Cafe, 340 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, +1 513-221-0291

The Littlefield

The Littlefield serves the area’s crowds of students and nocturnal drinkers. Part bohemian dive part classic bourbon bar, this brick-clad cube of a building plays host to everything from rye to Scotch in an effort to field the most comprehensive whiskey array in all of Cincinnati. Naturally, there are cocktails too, going from the experimental to the downright potent and with all the classics in-between.

Address: The Littlefield, 3934 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, +1 513-386-7570

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