The first week of July has come and gone, and if the week is foreshadowing of the rest of the month, one thing is for sure: It’s going to be a hot one. As any Cincinnatian knows, we shouldn’t take these sunny days for granted (who knows when we’ll have to deal with more than 10 straight days of rain again). So soak in the warm summer nights at one of our top five restaurant patios.
Cabana On The River
It’s hard to find a night when this westside favorite doesn’t have a crowd congregated out front, patiently waiting to be seated. With it’s covered bar area, the large deck overlooking the river, and nightly live music, Cabana On The River is a summer staple. Order a frozen drink, invite a few friends, and enjoy the island-like atmosphere—it’s the perfect staycation destination.
7445 Forbes Rd., Cleves, (513) 941-7442
While Over-the-Rhine has flourished with trendy bars and restaurants over the years, few compare to the patio aesthetic of Krueger’s Tavern. The exposed red brick walls, classy wooden picnic-style tables, and strings of Edison light bulbs suspended from the rooftop look like something straight from a modern industrial decor Instagram page. The cherry on top? Krueger’s menu is just as enticing (we recommend the veggie burger with a side of crispy, seasoned fries).
1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 834-8670
With the addition of the Skystar Ferris Wheel, the view at The Banks has gotten even more interesting. Located just across from Great American Ballpark and above Smale Park, Yard House offers both indoor and outdoor seating with picturesque views. Sip on a cocktail while perusing the mouth-watering, eclectic menu with a breathtaking vantage of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and Ohio River.
95 E. Freedom Way, downtown, (513) 381-4071
Incline Public House
The only problem with so many of our favorite restaurants being downtown is that we never get an opportunity to appreciate the skyline of our city. Fortunately, Incline Public House (which first opened in 1874) moved to Price Hill after William Price’s Price Hill House closed in the 1930s. The restaurant still sits perched at the top of the hill and its 1,400-square-foot deck offers a postcard-perfect view of Cincinnati’s skyline. In addition to the outdoor deck, the larger indoor dining room also offers panoramic views of the city, so you’re sure to enjoy dinner with a view regardless of where you’re seated.
2601 W. 8th Street, Price Hill, (513) 251-3000
Kreimer’s Bier Haus
Located just off of OH-128, you may have sped past this Cleves eatery before. Family-owned since 1982, Kreimer’s Bier Haus serves authentic German dishes and offers an unconventional type of outdoor setting. While many bars opt for current modern and contemporary aesthetics, Kreimer’s outdoor deck is furnished with tall wooden booths and surrounded by luscious trees and other greenery. The wooden architecture and forest-like atmosphere feels like something out of a fairytale.
6052 OH-128, Cleves, (513) 353-2168