OVER-THE-RHINE

Colloquially known as OTR, the Over-the-Rhine District sits on the north edge of downtown Cincinnati. OTR has majorly developed in the past few decades. Historic landmarks such as Findlay Market and Music Hall are some of the most iconic buildings in Cincinnati. 

 

Despite being small in size, OTR has an eclectic and robust culture. The district is known for it's hot foodie scene, breweries and bars.  

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1215 WINE BAR

Coffee by day, Wine by night

1215 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The perfect spot to do some work during the day, and treat yourself with that glass of wine when you're finished. 

They offer several wine flights and give you the option of tasting blind so you can try to match each wine with it's description. 

They've been open for almost 10 years, making it one of the OG spots in OTR, opening up in February 2012.

Best For: Work Spot, First Date, Happy Hour

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ABIGAIL STREET

Mediterranean Wine Bar & Tapas 

1214 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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An upscale restaurant in OTR has people lined up on the sidewalk to get in.

Abigail Street is the place to go to experience rich, favorable food. Chef Dan Wright never cooks without a wood-burning grill that burns logs like Ash and White Oak that adds unique flavors to each dish. Their Mediterranean menu is all about sharing, including vegetarian options, and great starters like hummus or the cheese plate that includes cheese from the Netherlands. To drink, they have wines on tap, local beers, and impressive cocktails. 

Best For: Girls night, Date night, Work dinner 

BAR SAESO

Neighborhood Cocktail & Wine Bar

Opened October 2020

1208 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Inspired by alley-ways in Europe, Bar Saeso is a perfect stop for your close-to-home vacation. Their small but intimate space is ideal for some one-on-one time with your partner or alone time for yourself. They serve a great selection of beer, wine by the glass or bottle, and an original twist on favorite cocktails.

Best For: Before or after dinner cocktails

BREWDOG

Scotland-based Brewery with Rooftop Deck

316 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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A Scotland-based brewery with over 75 locations around the world, with their 2nd largest US taproom being right here in Cincy. They have over 24 taps, including their own beers, guest drafts, ciders, seltzer’s and NA beers (which they call AF aka alcohol free).

They also have fresh cocktails and a full food menu with burgers, wings, tacos, salads, sandwiches and appetizers, including a great variety of vegetarian options.

Best For:  Beers & Lunch in the Sunshine

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Che

Argentine Cuisine & Empanada's

1342 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Ché offers an original twist on Argentine cuisine with their signature, hand-made empanadas. With combinations of flavors like no one has thought of before, Ché continues to impress. 

Be sure to check out Ché on Wheels at Newport on the Levee's outdoor Bridgeview Box Park. 

1905 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Best For: Quick and delicious meal on the go 

THE EAGLE

Southern comfort food 

1342 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Eagle is part of the Thunderdome Restaurant Group, where the key to their success is memorable guest experiences. That also goes for their free-roaming, all-natural chicken used for their dishes. Their menu has a Louisiana vibe that contains all famous plates from hush puppies to their Cincinnati favorite spoon bread. Enjoy your meal with Southern-inspired cocktails or pitchers for your whole party. 

Best For: When you're really hungry 

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GOOSE & ELDER

Casual American Eatery by Jose Salazar

1800 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located across from Cincinnati's famous Findlay Market is Goose & Elder, a one-stop-shop for fresh seasonal food and your favorite hand-made cocktails. Their all-day menu has options for vegetarians and meals for any occasion, big or small. They also have a specialty brunch menu that is only available Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm, which deserves all of the attention. This menu has a creative twist to every item that will leave you feeling like you want more. 

Best For: Happy hour, Brunch, Lunch... any time really 

HART & CRU

Neighborhood Bottle Shop & Tasting Room  / Pendleton

1206 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Hart & Cru has everything a wine lover could dream of - glass pours, tastings, retail bottles to enjoy there or to go, light bites that pair perfectly with wine, monthly wine club, and more. 

 

If you appreciate good wine, Hart & Cru is the place for you... red, white, rosé, orange, sparkling. You can grab a bottle for as low as $15 and can easily exceed $150 if you’re looking to get wild.

Best For: Wine and light bites

3128 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

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HOMEMAKER

Cocktail Bar 

39 E 13th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Homemakers Bar fuses retro and modern aesthetics, all while paying homage to the comforts of the home. Their food menu includes classic family favorites with which everyone grew up. They have an extensive cocktail list, plus draft beer and wine. 

Best For: Girls night, Before or After dinner cocktails

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JANE'S 1855

Bar at Findlay Market 

1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Janes is the hot new bar at Findlay Market, taking over the Biergarten on the Elm Street side. The new bar’s name is a nod to Jane Findlay, who donated the land on which the market that opened in 1855 was built.

 

Jane’s offers several craft beers on draft, and is also partnering with Karrikin Spirits to bring fresh cocktails to the menu.

Best For: Saturday or Sunday Funday 

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KANJI

Sushi and Korean Cuisine in the heart of Findlay Market

Opened January 2021

1739 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Much different than surrounding restaurants in Findlay Market, Kanji brings a new twist to this German city. It is the headquarters of delicious sushi, Korean delights, and a wide variety of tasty drinks. Their signature cocktails transport you to another country by their use of native ingredients. They also include Japanese beer, two rotating seasonal drafts, and hot teas. Kanji invites you to delve into the Korean experience. 

Best For: Lunch or Dinner 

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LA OFFRENDA

Mezcal & Tequila Bar 

1401 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located around the corner from Findlay Market, La Ofrenda is another one of Gorilla Cinema Presents unique themed bars. Spanish for “the offering,” the bar is influenced by family and 1940's Mexican cinema. The interiors decor is collected from flea markets and specialty stores, every detail is from Mexico and Texas connecting the guest to the experience.

 

They feature over 130 Tequilas and Mezcals, plus amazing fresh fruit cocktails, house-made tacos and chips & salsa.

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Best For: When isn't  a good time for Tacos & Tequila?

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LOSANTI

Boutique Steakhouse & Pasta's 

1401 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Want to treat your partner to a night out? Losanti is the place to be. Their menu consists of carefully selected meats, rich and creamy kinds of pasta, various starters and salads, and sides to share. They also have an extensive cocktail and wine menu with classic favorites. Don't be afraid to splurge to treat your partner, yourself,

or celebrate with your family at Losanti! 

Best For: Date night, Work Dinner

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LOUVINO

Adventurous plates w/ a Southern twist 

1142 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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With only 5 locations, Cincinnati is lucky to have LouVino as one of their homes. Each restaurant allows the head chef to develop their menu based on their taste and influence.  LouVino's menu contains shareable small plates and an award-winning wine list with sixty wines to share in a flight or by the glass.

 

Be sure to hit up their brunch for mimosa deals and the perfect menu that contains all classic favorites. 

Best For: Girls night, Happy hour, Brunch

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LUCIUS Q

Smoked meats & craft beer 

1131 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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An ambitious BBQ joint, Lucius Q strives for authenticity and quality. Sourced from Avril-Bleh, a neighborhood butcher, their meat is always fresh and always smoked over oak and cherry wood  "low and slow." From turkey to beef and pork to veggie Q platters, they have a selection for all, not to mention their wide variety of wings, sandwiches, and desserts.

Best For: Lunch 

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MECCA

Eclectic neighborhood bar with of luscious plants, murals, and ever-changing neon lights.

Enter at 27 E. 15th Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Mecca OTR brings the alternative style back to Cincinnati. They have a great outdoor patio with fire pits and vibrant plants. Walk inside and find yourself indulged in unique art and hanging plants. Their house drink is a can of San Pellegrino with your favorite mini bottle of spirits. 

Best For: Drinks with the cool kids 

NICOLAS

Authentic Italian Cuisine

 1420 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Nicola's offers authentic Italian dining in a chic and romantic setting that makes it easy to enjoy your time dining with your loved ones. They have a seasonal menu, a tailored restaurant menu, and a gluten-free menu. Their extensive wine list contains could lead you to a new favorite.  

Best For: Date night, Family dinner, Work dinner 

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NORTHERN ROW

Brewery 

 111 W McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located in a pre-prohibition building built in 1895, Northern Row Brewery likes to stay true to its history as the ideal lager house. Their beer menu contains brews from all around the greater Cincinnati area.

 

If you aren't into beer, order off their five-story spirits list, their house-made spirits menu. They also feature various wine types and an extensive food menu to enjoy while relishing in Cincinnati history. 

Best For: Drinking Beer

PATA ROJA

Cincinnati Street Tacos 

302 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Pata Roja serves up high quality affordable tacos and Mexican street food. Owner Derrick Braziel spent some time in Mexico City, and brought his A game back to Cincy to create Pata Roja Taqueria.

You can now find them parked behind one of the hottest new cocktail bars in town, Bar Saeso. 

Best For: When isn't  a good time for Tacos & Tequila?

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PEPP & DOLORES

Casual & trendy Italian 

1501 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Remember Sunday night dinners at your grandparent's house? Pepp & Dolores do. Their inspiration comes from original family recipes; it's hard not to feel like you're at home when there. The menu contains carefully crafted homemade plates of pasta and Italian inspired starters, salads, and cocktails for the table. 

Best For: Date night, Work dinner, Family Dinner

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PLEASANTRY

Chic American eatery offering seasonal dishes

118 W 15th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Ever dreamt of natural wine paired with organic food that you can eat it in the comfort of your home? Pleasantry is the place for you! Their bottles of wine aren't any bottle of wine; they are, in fact, unique and brought specially to Pleasantry.

 

They offer carryout meals have slowly reopened back up in person dining. 

Best For: Date night, Brunch

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REVEL

Urban Winery 

111 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Revel is an Urban Winery in the heart of OTR. They specialize in handcrafted small batch wines, and offer wine tastings, wines by the glass, bottle, and unique wine cocktails. 

Their menu may be small, but each crafted small plate will pair perfectly with your wine. 

Best For: Girls night, Happy hour

the rhined

Artisanal Cheese Shop/Wine Bar

1737 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Known as my favorite wine and cheese shop in town, The Rhined has so much to offer. They serve products that are unique to Cincinnati and made with integrity by local farmers. Make sure to enjoy a cheese flight ranging from local to regional cheeses with your favorite glass of wine. You  request a curated cheese board for any event made by the Rhined's educated staff.

 

And be sure to stop by for the best casual lunch of your life and enjoy one of their specialty sandwiches and tinned fish.

Best For: Lunch or When you need the perfect a host gift

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SALAZAR

American eatery serving refined plates

1401 Republic St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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As the seasons change, so does Salazar. Their inspiration comes from farm-fresh foods grown in that season, creating a new menu four times a year. Their menus include brunch, dinner, and desserts, all with great starters and main course. Chef Jose Salazar is an exceptional addition to Cincinnati. With his efforts to make excellent food but with a casual dining experience, anyone can enjoy a night at Salazar's.

Best For: Date night, Brunch

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SKELETON ROOT

Urban Winery 

38 W McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located in an early 1900's industrial building just north of Findlay Market, Skeleton Root is the perfect chill winter spot to drink some red wine in the large industrial tasting room, and also wonderful for sunshine sippin in the secret garage space and perfect patio out back. 

They work with local and regional growers, and all of their wines are made on-site and are small produced, changing frequently. They offer tasting flights, wine by the glass, bottles, bottles to go, as well as beer and non-alcohol drinks. 

Best For: Any time 

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SOMERSET

A jungle oasis cocktial bar in OTR

139 E McMicken Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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A magical Oasis in the heart of OTR, built with found materials from around the world set in a sprawling exotic garden & conservatory.

Somerset is serving up beautiful and delicious cocktails to be enjoyed in one of their many unique spaces. 

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Best For: Any time you need a vacation 

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WODKA BAR

Eastern European-inspired Vodka bar

1200 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Let Wodka Bar transport you to another place with their rare collection of cocktails and infusions. Including 12 types of vodka, infused teas, and house cocktails to drink while delving into their Russian ambiance. Their menu contains a collection of Eastern European-inspired small plates to share with your party as you travel.

Wodka's convenient take out window also offers everything from the menu plus several cocktails to go. 

Best For: Dinner, a legit walk up window meal