The Best Cool Bars in Cincinnati

Bars and bartenders continue to develop unique concoctions that attract many people, locals, and tourists similar to them. Cincinnati has a lot of options for you to enjoy whatever day of the week it is. Every sort of mix you could think of is available. Whether you’re looking for a rustic place that focuses more on music or a more elegant and classy option, there is an option for all of you in the city. Celebrate an occasion or sip away your sorrows. This article is your guide to finding your spot for the night, so scroll down and pick one. 

5. Sundry and Vice  Bar Cincinnati

In the heart of Over-the-Rhine is Sundry and Vice, an apothecary-themed cocktail bar. It is inside the Bottleworks hotel, which has many other restaurants and bars. The place pays tribute to the pre-Prohibition era, where alcohol was mixed with their medicine of choice to make it taste better. Or the experience, at least. Sundry and Vice found theirs quickly among places that struggle to find their niche in the cocktail scene. 

Drinks include ‘Divine Frequency,’ ‘Seeds of Spring,’ ‘Dolomite Heights,’ and ‘Little Jack’ with many more options. ‘Seeds of Spring’ has a mix of gin, sotol, lemon, pineapple, cinnamon, toasted sesame, and a fortune cookie, which, we won’t lie, sounds intimidating at first, but you HAVE to try it out. There’s also a list of classic draft cocktails if you’re not in the mood for experimenting tonight.  

They have added many historical elements to the decor to add more character to the space. Hand-painted Moroccan tiles, booths with jade upholstery, and medicine and prescription bottles were scattered as props. They are serious about their theme. The dim light and iron lamps create a different mood as soon as you step foot in this place. Can you guess what their wallpaper is? Hand-written medicine prescriptions from the 20s and 30s! Imagine collecting all of those. All of this fits in perfectly with the historic architecture around this space.  

4. Homemakers Bar Cincinnati

Every color lover’s dream come true, Homemakers bar is a rainbow blast of colors. There is a story in every corner of the space. Co-owners Catherine and Julia made their passion project come to life. Brick walls have been painted a candy pink and a lovely hue of blue. This color combination brings life to the whole space. There are some wooden touches in the space, plus some black and white patterned tiles cover the floor under the bar. The marble top bar is adjacent to the massive window in front of the bar.  

There are squiggly colored lines painted on the walls. Other places have prints of art and photography that add creative elements to the space. Yellow chairs hang from the walls giving it the feel of a fun bus stop where you get to relax. A few tabletops are made of mosaic tiles and some fun patterns. Ting plant pots sit with the glass drink bottles on the shelves behind the bar. And if you look up, you will see metal spoons and forks hanging from a chandelier.  

The cocktails are fun and super innovative in terms of their names. They are named after commercial ads of the 1950s. Whether you want to sip on these in the central area or one of the more private rooms at the back, you will enjoy every sip. ‘The Johnny,’ or ‘Some like it Hot’ are a hit amongst the customers. The latter has notes of honey and saffron that create a fantastic mix of flavors. You can grab empanadas or pizzas to pair with these drinks. 

Open from Tuesday to Sunday; the place hosts events like spritzer hours, tiki Tuesday, gin and tonic bars, and monthly cocktail classes.     

3. Somerset Bar Cincinnati

This place is the perfect mix of nature and fun combined in one place. The Somerset bar is divided into two parts. One is a greenhouse-like space full of plants and natural light coming through. The other is an indoor lounge. There is also a double-decker bus that serves as their kitchen with a rooftop sitting area. The pièce de résistance is an area with all the tropical plants and seating in tiny nooks around the space. There are lots of decor elements here that come from the owner’s personal collection. The place is inspired by the actual area called Somerset, which was an easy escape from reality for the owner, and he wanted the bar to be the same for all those who come in.  

This place is an escape from Cincinnati while you stay in the city. The drinks offered here are a mix of global spirits and some unique cocktails that use fresh herbs from their garden. The place oozes character with all the different materials used to build it. They sourced found materials from all around the world. One bar has a library that is open to anyone to borrow from.  

The house cocktails include ‘The Sansalone Martini,’ ‘Somer Solstice,’ ‘Ube Margarita,’ and ‘Scarlet Begonia’. The ‘Scarlet Begonia’ is a mix of cherry-toasted coconut rum, orgeat, lime, and cinnamon. It is priced at $11, which is not so bad for a cocktail. There’s also an infusions section which you can have as a shot or in soda like strawberry rhubarb gin. The beer and wine lists also have lots of options, along with some alcohol-free options.   

 2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill Bar Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s oldest tavern, Arnold’s Bar and Grill, opened way back in 1861. This place is hip and so interesting that you will want to go in to see all that we tell you. There’s a dark wood interior with old-style fixtures all around the place. The walls have art of all sorts plastered on them. Outdoors the patio has vintage signs and heaters for when it gets cold. It is the best spot if you want to see the performer doing their thing. The place has history engraved on its walls, along with comfort and fantastic food you can devour. Each dish has the flavor of tradition running through it.  

Outside, the wall has a giant mural, preserved all these years by the owners. There are more murals in the courtyard and alleyway as well. So this place has been home to these artists’ work for years. The bar has an old-fashioned saloon vibe, making all its customers return for more. They have excellent service as all the staff here is friendly and welcoming. The live music keeps you entertained when you come in after a tiring day. 

From hosting festivals to parties to weddings, Arnold’s is very accommodating if you want to celebrate here. They can accommodate about 300 people in-house for your event. You can customize your menu according to your tastes and budget. Their Greek spaghetti and sandwiches are an absolute hit amongst the customers, so do try them out. You can pair these with a cold beer from one of the local breweries in the area or a cocktail mix of your choice. This place offers you comfort, and great value for money, so do drop by.  

1. Incline Public House Bar Cincinnati

Incline Public House is located in Price Hill on an incline, where you will find locals and tourists. It opened back in 2013 and has the most fantastic view of the city from the top. You can spot all your favorite spots from the top during the daytime, and at night the city lights create a spectacular view that is relaxing. From tall buildings to neon signs, you can spot them all. The city girl within you will surely enjoy it here.  

For those of you who are on a budget but want a nice fancy day out, this is the place for you. The food is priced well, especially for students. In a sightseer’s dream, you can sip on your cocktails or eat your food while watching the boats on the Ohio river below. The pathway to the restaurant goes through colorful tiny houses, and pink sunsets welcome you on the patio. They have a very spacious dining room and a bar located just by it. The windows are enormous for you to look at what’s happening outside.  

The menu is well-rounded, with some meat options, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. You can get everything from seafood to pizzas to satisfy your cravings. Get poutine, any pizza topping of your choice, sandwiches, and even salads. So there is a lot of food variety but don’t worry, there are drinks. These include ‘Peach Bourbon Smash,’ ‘Wildberry Sage Margarita,’ ‘Key Lime Martini,’ and ‘Sunshine Daydream’. The latter includes bumbu rum, cream of coconut, creme de banana, and creme de cacao for just $9. Pocket-friendly and stunning views, what a combo!   


So what bar is going to be your choice for tonight? There are some really cool places for you to visit and have a good time at. If you want some vintage vinyl music or a fun night full of games with your family or friends, you have many options to choose from. Cincinnati has so many bars for you to go to but now the tough choice is to choose which place to be at. We have some fun music experiences, cool locations, swanky interiors and drinks that you cant get enough of. So choose where you want to be at and have an amazing night! 

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