With a max capacity limit for bars and restaurants indoors, you might find yourself steering away from a night out, but these five outdoor dining selections will get you enjoying time out of the house with a peace of mind.
AC Upper Deck
Located on top of the AC Hotel at The Banks, this dining experience is exclusively outdoors with a panoramic of the Cincinnati skyline. Select from cocktail, beer, and wine menus for your preferred drink and try their tapas menu for a quick bite.
AC Upper Deck, 135 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown, (513) 744-9900
Bridgeview Box Park
Grab an ice-cold tiki drink from Kon Tiki, an empanada from Ché on Wheels, or sip on a coffee from Little Spoon Bakery and Café partnered with Carabello Coffee. Socially distanced seating is available between vendors with areas of turf for a cozier feel. With more than 10 different vendors, there is something for everyone.
Bridgeview Box Park, 1 Levee Way, Newport, (859) 291-0550
Socialize atop Braxton’s 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar, which is transformed during the winter months to accommodate private parties of up to eight people in their heated igloos. Choose from 20 beer taps, an expanded cocktail menu, and VIVE hard seltzer flavors while enjoying Covington and downtown Cincinnati views. Outside food is welcome.
Braxton Brewing, 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, (859) 261-5600
Oakley Pub and Grill
This pub has its original heated patio seating plus an expanded outdoor seating area to accommodate more people. Try the award-winning OPG Bloody Mary or one of their many cocktail, beer, and wine selections. Munch on a gyro, fish tacos, pulled pork nachos, and more while dining here.
Oakley Pub and Grill, 3924 Isabella Ave., Oakley, (513) 531-2500
Incline Public House
This gastropub has a 1,400-square-foot outdoor seating area that can seat 60 people, with sweeping views of the Cincinnati skyline. Their bar features craft beer selections with a focus on local craft breweries, cocktails, and wine. The menu features gourmet sandwiches, pizzas, and salads. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.
Incline Public House, 2601 Eighth St. W., East Price Hill, (513) 251-3000