The newest watering hole in Over-the-Rhine, Liberty’s Bar & Bottle, had its grand opening yesterday, just in time for Midpoint Music Festival. It was already abuzz with curious drinkers, and the renovation of the more than 100-year-old space was so fresh that the scent of wood stain still lingered in the air. The hand-carved wood bar frames the beer and wine lists, and they’re impressive. Really impressive. Owners Garth Lieb, Jeremy Moore, and Tom Stephen focus more on Euro beers than stateside suds—think rarities such as Cantillon Gueuze, a lambic blend imported from Belgium—but they haven’t forgotten the local boys. Of the 20 beers on tap, four are from MadTree. We like those odds. Also on the list are 14 wines by the glass. Tastes of both are served as well, with more bottles and cans in the back for takeout. Should you require sustenance, Liberty’s offers a $10 meat and cheese board sourced from the O.G. of Cincinnati butcher shops, Avril-Bleh & Sons.
We’ll be back for happy hour, which runs for a whopping five hours every day of the week (2–7 p.m., $5 glass pours and $3.50 pints of select Ohio drafts). We have but one favor to ask: Please lose the TV, Liberty’s. The 20-foot mural on the wall, painted by local artist Alex Scherra, is a much better conversation starter. 1427 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Open Mon–Sat, 2 p.m.–2 a.m., Sun 12 p.m.–2 a.m.