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Cincinnati Bar Crawl

Explore Cincinnati's boozy side with this OTR bar crawl

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Created by Roadtrippers - July 20th 2016

Cincinnati's food and drink scene has exploded in the last couple years thanks to the revamp of the historical Over-The-Rhine neighborhood. Breweries from the 1800s have re-established themselves in the community, new breweries are getting world-wide recognition, and mixologists from the Tri-State area are publishing pre-prohibition cocktail books that have made it into the New York Times. Rediscover Cincinnati on this crawl through some of the best bars in the city.

1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH, US


Rhinegeist: a pint of Truth

A couple of dudes bought an old Moerlein bottling plant and began brewing some of their own beers. Inside of this converted building, Rhinegeist has set up a friendly, open atmosphere with corn hole and ping pong set up for guests. Head here and begin the crawl with one of their notoriously delicious Truth IPAs.

1213 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Bakersfield OTR

Bakersfield: Margarita

This Western-themed taco joint serves up craft beer, whiskey cocktails, and one heck of a margarita. If you're with a group, order a pitcher... they're that good. Hungry? They also have kick ass tacos and chips and guac. This is the perfect spot to get a little something in your stomach before you head to the next bar.

1342 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, US

The Eagle

The Eagle: Bloody Mary

The Eagle is Bakersfield's sister restaurant. They've taken the old post office on Vine St. and brought a taste of the South to the Queen City. Their Bloody Marys are divine. Order one of these guys, a spicy tomato-vodka concoction with a dash of dark beer and some kale, jalapeños, and olive garnish. It goes well with the bacon app!

1400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Kaze OTR

Kaze: Sake

A Japanese gastropub located in the historical Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Kaze has Japanese and domestic beers, cocktails, and of course, sake. Wednesday is karaoke night, so if you are looking to belt some tunes after a carafe of sake, swing by in the middle of the week.

1133 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Taste of Belgium

Taste of Belgium: Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

Jean-Francois Flechet started Taste of Belgium in a little shop in the Findlay Market. As the crowds became obsessed with Belgium waffles, he opened up his own spot on Vine St. Stop in here and order up a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale and one of their famous orders of chicken and waffles.

119 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH, US


Rhinehaus: Mexican Rhino shot

This is OTR's definitive soccer bar, oh, and the only place where you can get the Mexican Rhino shot: a tequila, lime juice and hot sauce shot. The perfect combination to amp you up before a big soccer game or re-awaken your liver after a long night out.

1345 Main St, Cincinnati, OH, US


MOTR Pub: Hudepohl Amber ale

MOTR is the best place in the city to watch a free live show. While hanging out and listening to some jams, grab a "Hudy" Amber and rock out to the band on stage. They bring in acts from all over the country ranging between folk, rock, jazz, and everything in between.

1134 Main St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Japps Since 1879

Japps Since 1879: Dirty gin martini

Japps is notorious for their old school cocktail recipes, house made mixers, and eclectic variety of bands they have playing through out the week. Molly Wellman, the head mixologist, has made this bar swanky and a definite Cincy must see. They have weekly specials, which are always super creative, if a martini isn't so much your style.

1237 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Lackman Bar

The Lackman: Bartender's choice of beer

The Lackman is a swanky bar in the building Henry Lackman used to brew in. They have 14 beers on tap, over 30 bottled beers, and a variety of eclectic wine options. Kick back and enjoy whatever beer the bartender suggests.

210 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH, US

Arnold's Bar and Grill

Arnolds Bar & Grill: Barrel Aged Manhattan

Arnold's makes their Manhattan by mixing Four Roses bourbon, sweet vermouth, Luzardo, and orange bitters together, and then aging them for three months in a house barrel. The end product is super smooth and delicious. Back in the day they use to make bath tub gin and the actual bath tub used for brewing remains upstairs.

609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH, US


Metropole: Shrubs

Metropole is located on the bottom level of the 21C hotel downtown. The mixologists make their own bitters and shrubs in house. For those unfamiliar with the term, shrubs are an old school way to preserve fruit with vinegar. On another note, if you're around during the summer, head to the rooftop bar to enjoy a poptail, a cocktail with a popsicle stuck into it.

600 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH, US


Nada: Nadarita

Chef Falk has created a small restaurant empire in the Cincinnati area. This upscale taquiera is a good spot to stop in and chow down on some pork belly and fish tacos, and grab a pitcher of Nadaritas with some friends. If you're looking to keep the buzz going, at least grab some guacamole to give you a surviving chance of not passing out early.

115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH, US

The Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House: Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

In 1853, a Bavarian Immigrant Christian Moerlein started brewing European style beers. Moerlein's beer continuously won awards in beer competitions, but he was forced to stop brewing thanks to a little thing called Prohibition. A half a century later, in 1981, the Christian Moerlein brand was re-introduced. They were the first brewery to pass the Reinheitsgebot Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. This is a good stop to make and get a taste of old style beers from Europe and the Cincinnati area.

200 E 3rd St, Newport, KY, US

Hofbrauhaus Newport

Hofbräuhaus: Dunkel

This was the first Hofbrauhaus to open outside of the original one in Munich, with all of their beers brewed on site. On the weekends, expect a rowdy crowd dancing along to the German folk band playing. It's a promised good time with their liters of fresh brewed German brewed ales. Try the dunkel or one of their ales.

629 A Main St, Covington, KY, US

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar: Willett Pot Still Reserve bourbon

Molly Wellman of Japps and Neons headed across the river to open this bar focusing almost exclusively on bourbons and whiskey. Even if you are not a bourbon drinker, you can get an awesome history and flavor profile lesson on bourbons.

1132 Lee St, Covington, KY, US

Wunderbar Covington

Wunderbar: West Sixth beer

Wunderbar is the "Cheers" of Covington. On Sundays, they have a jam session where everyone sings, plays instruments, and dances. They make the pretzels, mustards, and sausages in house, and they have bomb brussel sprouts and potato dumplings. Stumble in here and order yourself anything from West Sixth, a brewery from Lexington.


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