Mt. Washington Ice & Beer Company
A community institution offering a swell selection of brews, including local faves from Mt. Carmel Brewing, plus wine, snacks, candy, and—flashback!—Coke in glass bottles. All sold by people who understand the phrase “customer service.” 6139 Plymouth Ave., (513) 231-8824
Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery
Long-time residents may miss the fragrant warmth of the original bakery, but the sweet sensibility continues with the addition of soft serve ice cream. The shop’s a family magnet, especially on hot summer nights, when demand for twist-top dipped cones runs high. 2069 Beechmont Ave., (513) 231-5295
With a playground, picnic tables, a stream to splash in, a sledding hill, woods, wildlife, and hiking trails, it’s everything a park should be. Plus a summer-to-fall farmers’ market and—each November—the bizarre “Pumpkin Chuck” fund-raiser. Bring your gourds. 2221 Oxford Ave.
The Water Tower
Architecturally it’s vaguely Art Deco-ish. But the real significance of it is that it’s there, you can’t miss it, it gives the community its center. And lit up for Christmas, it’s got every other neighborhood’s holiday decor beat hands down. 6136 Campus Ln.
Water Tower Fine Wines
Belly up to the tasting table
with oenophiles and ordinary folk each Friday after work (six wines for $15) when there’s music and nibbles, then come back Saturday afternoon ($10 for the tasting) for a second opinion. 6136 Campus Ln., (513) 231-WINE, www.watertowerfinewines.com