Where To Drink Now: 36 of the Swankiest Bars, Darkest Dives, and Craftiest Cocktails in the Queen City
Whether it’s a custom-made cocktail you’re after, a craft beer (on nitro!) with the bros as you catch an FC Cincinnati match, a civilized place to grab a glass of wine with your sweetie, or a dim dive to drown your sorrows in, these 36 hot spots are just the ticket.
The music never stops at this Mt. Adams institution.
What do Hamilton, CATS, and Dirty Dancing all have in common? St. Xavier High School grad Andy Blankenbuehler.
And now she’s transforming the Queen City’s bar scene.
West side native Abi Froehle holds court at Rock Bar, in downtown’s Horseshoe Casino. She talks life skills, the art of conversation, and what sets the Midwest apart. (Hint: We’re nice.)
Because it never hurts to start with a plan.
Reserved seating at movie theaters has been a staple in countries around the world for years, but it’s only recently come to Cincinnati.
In just a few years, Joe Purdue went from service assistant (read: busser) at Boca and bartender at Abigail Street to general manager of The Cellar at Oakley Wines. He’s helped the shop—and the neighborhood—upgrade its nightlife profile.
If you’re looking for a different class of cocktail, then Sundry and Vice will fix you up. Head of Operations and Design Julia Petiprin brings West Coast refinement to her program of classic concoctions inspired by pre-Prohibition apothecaries.
How Cincinnati’s first family of river sports found la pura vida, not to mention wild peccaries, howler monkeys, and the occasional fer-de-lance, on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
Whiskey is the heart and soul of this Covington bar, and General Manager Aaron Lilley will happily show you around the impressive wall of rare and wonderful bottles. His favorite? It’s complicated.
Kelsey Iker was a bartending newbie when she talked her way into a job at this OTR institution.
Enjoy libations on the move (no law-breaking necessary).
The author of Prep, American Wife, and Sisterland rewrites Jane Austen’s famous novel, featuring your favorite hometown.
For the past two years, multi-hyphenate Snarky Puppy bandleader and bassist Michael League has been so busy globetrotting with his bandmates that he doesn’t have a fixed address. The nomadic League and his revolving cast of more than 20 talented musicians (“the fam”) perform a minimum 100 shows a year.
“The Doctor shares your unease.”
Rapture, Sjohnna McCray’s first book and winner of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, was published in April. he current Savannah resident reminisces about getting hooked on poetry at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and growing up biracial.
“You can sit down and play as long as you want.”
A local designer held the blonde bombshell in the palm of his hand.
“Being where we are gave us the opportunity to be risky”
“It’s just something we dreamed up.”
The festival, which runs June 3-12, includes a horse-drawn carriage parade (no cars are allowed on the island) with a lilac queen, of course, and a pup parade.
Think Sonoma with sprawling, dune-filled beaches.
The Banks-like plans include the existing boat marina, 41 single-family homes, 100 condo units, 70 luxury rentals, plus shopping, dining, and a 17-mile bike path, all built a literal stone’s throw from the water.
Dayton, Kentucky has housing stock at all price points, from two-bedroom bungalows to million-dollar riverfront spreads.
Gear up for gardening season with chic plant paraphernalia.
The downtown shop has been handcrafting hats since 1907, and owner Gus Miller shows no signs of stopping.
Occupation: Cofounder, MORTAR; His style: Locally sourced and tailor-made
“Humans perform better when they’re in environments with more plants.”
The Triple Crown winner has retired to a stud farm in Kentucky, and life is very good.
Having grown up in Cincinnati, and attended school here, and ground out a career in advertising, Bob had a distinct sense of humor about his (our) state of existence. Another way to put it is: His soul had not yet been crushed, and he was fighting valiantly, mano-a-mano, to avoid the crusher. His weapon of choice? Satire.
“They’re trained not to be freaked out.”
As shopping websites go, this one is bare bones—two-cups-and-a-string. The anti-Jetsons. Nothing at all like Amazon or Zappos. And yet it is amazing. Life altering. It is virtual grocery shopping and I hope it never, ever goes away.
“When I was a child, I armed myself as a child, I shot as a child, I killed as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish guns.”
A keeper of Jewish penicillin culture shows us how it’s done.
The only guy who won’t be happy at Aladdin’s is the garlic-phobe, and weren’t you questioning that relationship anyway?
President Obama gave the Ollieburger a thumbs up. But a basic burger stand Ollie’s Trolley is not.
There’s a new boss in brandy production, and fortunately for us, they’re just down river.
Who says organic food must be healthy?
Go with a group, order a few pots of chrysanthemum tea, and let the carts come to you.
After launching her catering company, The Delish Dish, in 2012, Mavis Linnemann-Clark began selling jam the following year, and has since marketed her product to 100 regional retailers.