After years of opening film-themed bars, Gorilla Cinema Presents has debuted a small drinkery with a big heart just off the beaten path near Findlay Market. La Ofrenda is a cozy 20-seat bar inspired by owner and CEO Jacob Treviño’s Latin American heritage. “My grandparents were from Mexico, so this is very personal,” he says. The name (Spanish for “the offering”) alludes to its homage to Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday when families create altars (ofrendas) in their homes in remembrance of deceased loved ones. Never ones to shy away from elements of unexpected pizazz (ahem, Tokyo Kitty’s robot bartenders), Treviño and his team have included a permanent interior projection-mapping installation—think Blink, but smaller. Tequila is the star of the cocktail menu, supported by mezcals and sotols and an exclusively Mexican cerveza list. Naturally, chips and salsa stand in for the usual bar-top snacks, and tamales for vegans and meat eaters alike are on deck to soak up all los espíritus.
La Ofrenda, 30 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine