These watering holes flip the script as libation-centric destinations with surprisingly good grub.
This OTR hangout mixes quality cocktails without pretension, and its food is held to the same standard. Ever-changing sharables like housemade pâté with saltines, caviar with wavy potato chips, and a vegan green Thai curry are worth stopping in for. longfellowbar.com
Northside Yacht Club
This nautical-themed live-music mecca boasts a hefty drink list and a menu featuring fresh fare and slow-cooked meats. Try the indulgent short rib grilled cheese on Sixteen Bricks bread or the vegetarian PBR-battered cauliflower “boneless wings.” northsideyachtclub.com
Down-to-earth German cuisine makes this Covington dive noteworthy. Adding to its craft beer selection and frequent live music are stellar housemade sausages (feurer, currywurst, garlic pepper, etc.) and veggie sides. Just mix and match. facebook.com/wunderbar.covington.3/