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May
13

9 Places for a Sweet Wine Tour of Cincinnati

Sweet Wine Tour - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a casual fan, it's easy to discover a wide array of wine selections throughout Cincinnati and surrounding areas. Many of these wineries also have food, live music, and other events that locals and tourists absolutely love. To give you an idea of the many selections available, we've put together some of our favorite wineries in the area. 

Meier's Wine Cellars

6955 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236

As one of the largest wineries in the state, Meier's Wine Cellars has a wide range of selections that include Cabernet franc rose, Concord, Catawba, and Sangria. Feel free to bring the kids along because they can enjoy a variety of fruit juices like apple or raspberry. This winery has been around since 1890 and has won many awards encapsulating more than 30 different types of wine that they produce and make available to the public.

Henke Winery

3077 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Started in 1973, this family-operated winery has been a winemaking hotspot in Cincinnati since its inception. Henke Winery is considered by many locals to be the best wine shop in town and is the perfect place for both residents and visitors. While you're checking out the awesome variety of wines, you can also indulge in Cincinnati cuisine that includes pizza, spaghetti, mussels, and smoked salmon salad while listening to local artists and music. Bring the entire family and have a heck of a good time!

Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant

11069 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45252

Come by this incredible winery and feast your eyes on more than 500 vines spread across 32 acres! The Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant has won multiple awards and wine competitions over the years, but its true claim to fame for many residents is the amazing art and wine festival featured every September. In addition to their wine tasting tours, we suggest you drop in for the craft show held on Mother's Day, the rib dinner available every Thursday, the Sunday picnic lunches, and the occasional outdoor bonfire.

Valley Vineyards

2276 US-22 & OH-3, Morrow, OH 45152

Valley Vineyards may just be home to the quintessential Cincinnati winery tour. While you're there, you'll be able to taste several types of delicious wines and beers while trying out a few of their dishes and meeting some of the friendliest people in the state. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the cellar and learn winemaking skills giving you more insight into why wine tasting is such a phenomenon. Add steak cookouts, live music, and comedy nights, and this is a one-stop shop for entertainment, food, and drinks.

Oakley Wines

4011 Allston St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Oakley Wines changed hands not too long ago, and it definitely shows. You'll now find a fresh, modern ambiance paired perfectly with the current selection of affordable wines. Each wine tour revolves around a specific theme such as spring wines, California wines, and classic varietals. And if you're up for a little mystery in your life, you may want to check out their blind tastings routinely scheduled for locals and visitors.

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab

1215 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The entire menu of the 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is a tasting menu, offering different selections depending on the season. The staff has been very well-trained in wine tasting, allowing patrons ample opportunity to converse with an aficionado or two. Located in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati, other features include live jazz on Thursday nights and a different type of tasting in the mornings consisting of hot and iced coffees.

Market Wines

128 W. Elder St., Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This Findlay Market storefront is a bit unique, to say the least. If you do some food shopping before checking out the wine selections, the owner of Market Wines may just take a look at what's in your bag and suggest the best wine to pair with your food. The weekly weekend tastings are quite popular with the locals, but you can also stop by every Tuesday night to try out some samples without a big crowd.

Water Tower Fine Wines

6136 Campus Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45230

If you're looking for variety, you can't do much better than Water Tower Fine Wines. Their facility is home to approximately 2000 wines, including around 130 international sparkling wines and 135 champagnes. Every tasting includes hors d'oeuvres, and you can sign up for their newsletter to always know what they're sampling on any given day. Their location now also features beer on draft in case you want to change things up every once in a while. If you like the spot (which you surely will), feel free to rent it for a special event!

Revel OTR Urban Winery

111 E. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Located in Cincinnati's historic OTR neighborhood, the Revel OTR Urban Winery is one of the most flexible wineries in Ohio. Not only does it include a wide selection of handcrafted wines that you'll be able to sample, but it also features live music and other events on the weekends. And if you're so inclined, you can rent out the newly reconstructed rooftop patio for a private party of your very own.

Cheers!

Which incredible wine tasting opportunities in Cincinnati will you dive into?

March
18

Plan a Visit to These 10 Bourbon Bars Around Ohio

Bourbon Bars - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

When you think "bourbon," the first place that comes to mind is probably Kentucky. But with all due respect to our neighbors across the river, Ohio has plenty to offer when it comes to the most American of spirits. In every corner of the Buckeye State, you'll find great bourbon bars where you can sip your favorite whiskey neat, on the rocks, or mixed into a unique craft cocktail. Let's all raise a glass to the best bourbon bars in Ohio!

The Whiskey Bar

2767 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

It's hard to imagine a better hangout for bourbon aficionados than the Whiskey Bar. With its straight-to-the-point name and welcoming speakeasy vibes, it's a perfect place to sit and sip awhile. And with over 400 varieties of whiskey on deck, it's unlikely you'll run out of spirits to sample. The Whiskey Bar also has a friendly, easy-going staff of bartenders who are always happy to help you find the perfect bourbon for any palate. This is definitely a hidden gem in the Cleveland area. 

Society Lounge

2063 E. 4th St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Offering one of the best bourbon collections in Northeast Ohio, Society Lounge is a staple of the Cleveland bar scene. With its stylish interior and Roaring 20s-inspired atmosphere, drinking here almost feels like stepping back in time. Society lounge is best known for their expertly-mixed craft cocktails (bourbon fans should sample the 'Death in New York') and prohibition-era ambiance, but they also offer a huge selection of spirits. Expect to be able to choose from 30-plus bourbons at any given time, and with a healthy selection of rye, scotch, and gin to boot. 

Oak and Embers Tavern

8003 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

The Bourbon Review named Oak & Embers one of the best bourbon bars in America in 2019, and they definitely know what they're talking about. This hole-in-the-wall in Chesterfield is all about the three B's: bourbon, barbecue, and beer. They serve an amazing selection of bourbon and craft beer to go with their smoky, savory pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs. And if you're in the mood for a cocktail, try one of their bourbon-centric signature mixed drinks. The "Follow the Smoke" is made with Makers Mark bourbon, Campari and Dolan sweet vermouth smoked with hickory.

Buckeye Bourbon House

36 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

You'll find no shortage of great whiskey bars in Columbus, and the Buckeye Bourbon House is definitely one of the best. Their bourbon shelf is a thing of beauty, and they're always highlighting new and exciting bourbons, including a lot of small-batch spirits made right here in Ohio. They have over 50 whiskeys and bourbons to choose from, as well as crafty cocktails and a menu of elevated pub grub. They even offer bourbon flights for those who want to savor the different flavors. Buckeye Bourbon House also made Bourbon Review's ranking of the best bourbon bars in the Midwest for 2021.

The Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge

843 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Over 300 whiskeys are just waiting to be sampled at the Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge, a High Street hangout that might just offer the best bourbon selection in Columbus. This cozy, intimate space is the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends and enjoy the Prohibition-themed decor. In addition to a deep roster of bourbons, the Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge offers an incredible array of signature cocktails that run the gamut from approachable and sweet to bitter and spirit-forward. You'll never run out of new flavors to try here, but if you want a basic Old Fashioned made just the way you like it, this is a great place for that too.

Barrel & Taps

1380 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

A beloved staple of Columbus' Grandview Heights neighborhood, Barrel & Taps has everything you need for a good time. They always have a well-curated selection of bourbon ready to pour and craft beer on tap, and the indoor bar and outdoor patio each invite guests to stay awhile and enjoy themselves. There's a good chance there will be a food truck or two on-site if you get a little hungry. And with regular events like trivia nights, live music, and yoga on the patio, there's pretty much always something fun going on at Barrel & Taps.

High Bank Distillery Co.

1051 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Having been awarded Best Creative Cocktails two years running in 614's ColumBest poll, High Bank Distillery Co. takes drinks seriously. Bourbon is featured in cocktails such as the End of Anxiety, which pairs nicely with the restaurant's many shareables. We're partial to the Crispy Brussels with sweet chili glaze and Shrimp Tacos with adobo marinated shrimp. In addition to Grandview, the owners of this bar and eatery are scheduled to open a second location in the Gahanna/New Albany area this year.

The Littlefield

3934 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Cincinnati is just a stone's throw across the Ohio River from Kentucky, so it should come as no surprise that the city has a lot to offer bourbon aficionados. The Littlefield is a great example. This hip Northside hangout features an eclectic interior and a breezy patio space, along with a great bourbon selection and plenty of local craft beers on tap. They make great cocktails too, like "The Fergus," made with bourbon, balsamic vinaigrette, ginger beer, and basil simple syrup. The Littlefield is also known for their elevated pub fare and Sunday brunch, which always includes vegan and vegetarian options alongside staples like burgers and shrimp-and-grits 

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

You might never have guessed that biscuits and bourbon went together, but you will after visiting Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey. Their biscuit plates and biscuit sandwiches are to die for. Try the Rosewood—Korean fried chicken, house-made kimchi, and Gochujang BBQ between two golden, butter biscuits—and chase it with a house cocktail like the Boomtown Gold Rush or the Gold Fashioned. Boomtown always has around 50 varieties of bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and rye as well, and their whole vibe revolves around a creative take on classic American frontier food and drink.

Hop Scotch Craft Beer & Whiskey

251 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

Known for being a great happy hour hangout, Hop Scotch Craft Beer & Whiskey is the perfect place to grab a drink after work. They have a huge selection of bourbon and whiskey, along with plenty of excellent craft beer. The staff behind the bar is reliably friendly and knowledgeable, and weekly specials like karaoke and mix-and-match craft beer buckets, there's always a good time to be had. Hop Scotch has 100-plus varieties of whiskey and a menu of staple pub fare like wings and flatbread pizzas. 

Another Round

Ohio offers no shortage of great bourbon bars. What's your favorite watering hole?

February
18

On the Menu: 9 Cincinnati Bars for Hard Seltzer

Cincinnati Bars for Hard Seltzer - Cutler Real Estate

Fizzy, often fruity, and just a little bit sweet, hard seltzer is quickly becoming a favorite drink among those who prefer a lighter flavor profile when indulging. Cincinnati seltzer lovers are in luck: The city is home to some of the most popular hard seltzer producers in the state, and many of its bars serve at least one brand. The following nine bars are some of the best places to enjoy a happy hour hard seltzer in and around Cincinnati. 

Sundry and Vice

18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, OH, 45202

Full of gleaming glass and sophisticated wood paneling, Sundry and Vice is a small old-fashioned bar with a classy, almost academic atmosphere. Its front window looks almost like a curio cabinet. Inside, patrons can sit atop the tall leather-covered bar stools and order drinks with captivating names like the Clover Club, the Jade Effect, and the Miracle Finnish. 

In addition to their cocktail menu, Sundry and Vice also serves a pair of highballs made with classic New York Seltzer. You can choose from either mezcal mixed with Root Beer seltzer or vodka mixed with Peach Soda seltzer.

March First Brewing

7885 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 

Named for the day Ohio was founded (March 1, 1803), the March First Brewery is extremely proud of their state and heritage. This company produces the locally beloved Astra Hard Seltzer line of products, which was named to celebrate Ohio's under-recognized contributions to the field of space exploration.  

You can visit the brewery and stop by the on-site bar to sample a few flavors of Astra seltzer drinks, including Bomb Pop, Red Cream Soda, and Crush. March First also serves plenty of food to accompany their drinks, including sandwiches, chips, and delicious fresh pizzas straight from the stone ovens of their pizza kitchen.

Fowling Warehouse

2940 Highland Ave. #230, Cincinnati, OH 45212 

Part bar and part bowling alley, Fowling Warehouse might just be the best place in Cincinnati for hard seltzer lovers. In spring 2021 they hosted Cincinnati's very first Seltzer Fest, a celebratory exhibition with nearly a hundred different types of hard seltzer from local and national brands on tap.  

Fowling Warehouse also offers a wide selection of hard seltzer from local partners year-round. One particularly fun menu offering is their Mystery Seltzer, an order which will get you one random can of hard seltzer from a selection of over 30 flavors. This can be a fun way to get your hard seltzer fix without limiting yourself to the same old standby flavors you always go for.

The Rooftop (Braxton Brewing Company) 

27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 41011

Prefer to sip your drinks in the cool, refreshing night air? The Rooftop is an open-air bar that has recently opened on top of the Braxton Brewing Company building. With 5,000 square feet of space and plenty of on-site amenities to enjoy (including lounge-style seating, umbrellas and canopies, a grassy lawn area, and more), this establishment offers a relaxed setting and an incredible view of Cincinnati's skyline.  

The Rooftop's extensive drink menu includes four flavors of VIVE hard seltzer, including Sunrise Punch and Southern Punch. The fruity profiles of these picks matches perfectly with the bar's breezy atmosphere. Be sure to visit when the weather is good for the best possible experience!

Woodburn Brewing 

2800 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206 

Woodburn Brewing is a modern bar with a deep respect for its historical roots. The company chose to use phoenix iconography in its branding to celebrate the resurgence of Ohio's brewing culture in recent years. Now, they have become an integral part of this thriving sub-culture. The owners have gone the extra mile to create a diverse entertainment experience to complement their enticing array of drinks. The bar regularly hosts events like trivia nights, live performances, and even yoga classes on the premises. 

On top of their artisan beer, this bar also serves several flavors of Astra hard seltzer, including Pink Lemonade and Baja Blast. They also offer Blackberry Breeze hard seltzer from Ohio's own FigLeaf Brewing Company.

The Comfort Station 

793 E. McMillian St., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Thanks to its offbeat location, The Comfort Station is one of the most distinctive bars in the Cincinnati area. The building was originally built as a public restroom and bathhouse back in the early 1910s and was recently converted into a commercial bar space by the same team that founded Sundry and Vice, another bar on this list. Patrons still enter the bar using the original Women's room door, an excellent touch that makes your visit feel unique from the moment you walk in.

This bright and intimate bar is all about fostering connections, and patrons are encouraged to bring outside food and stay a while if they want to. As for drinks, most are handcrafted cocktails that you won't find anywhere else. For instance, the bar's signature Mass Communicatin' hard seltzer cocktail blends the fruity flavors of strawberry and citrus with more complex notes of ginger and amaro.

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom 

1727 Logan St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom is a relatively recent addition to the Samuel Adams Brewery, but it has already grown a considerable local following. With both indoor and outdoor spaces for mingling and a growing clientele, this is an up-and-coming social spot for the city's younger crowd.  

The bar's menu is largely focused on promoting their fresh-brewed Samuel Adams beer, but they also offer some Truly Hard Seltzer (one of the other brands owned by their parent company, the Boston Beer Company) and other drinks. Try a few different options as you relax in one of their leather-upholstered armchairs or admire the rustic barrel wall that pulls together their dark wood décor.

Anjou

2804 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Anjou is a very new bar that the owners decided to open after seeing so many of their favorite hangouts close during the 2020 pandemic. While it is still working to establish itself as a recreational venue, its bright, airy atmosphere gives it a unique appeal that should help it to stand out from the local competition. 

Anjou serves Braxton Brewing's VIVE Dragonfruit and Mango hard seltzers as part of their lineup of local beers and spirits. The light fruity taste of these drinks goes perfectly with the cheery surroundings, but make sure you don't visit too late – the bar's doors close by midnight at the latest.

Millions Café 

3210 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 

If you prefer a casual atmosphere while you're out on the town, Millions Café is the place for you. This modest-looking dive bar serves an impressive selection of hard seltzers from both local and national brands, including Astra, Truly, and White Claw.  

You can sip your drink while listening to music from the live DJ, participating in the bar's weekly trivia night, or just chatting with your fellow patrons. This bar is known to be very laid-back, so it's a great hangout spot for people who don't usually spend much time in Cincinnati's nightlife scene.

Get Your Fizzy On 

Which Cincinnati bar will you be sipping hard seltzer at next Friday night? 

October
15

10 Places to Celebrate World Pasta Day Around Cincinnati

Cincinnati Restaurants for Pasta Day - Cutler Real Estate

Nothing warms the soul quite like a fresh bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce. While spaghetti, tortellini, and fettuccine are a few common favorites, there are actually over 600 different shapes of pasta. Because pasta is so versatile, it's no surprise that it has become such a popular dish all over the world. 

Delicious pasta dishes paired with a glass of wine and a cozy, dimly-lit restaurant make for the ultimate dining experience. With World Pasta Day coming up October 25, there couldn't be a better opportunity to set out to find your new favorite dish around Cincinnati. To help, we pulled together a list of some of our favorite local restaurants for pasta.

Sotto

118 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy delicious pasta dishes in this one-of-a-kind rustic basement dining room located in downtown Cincinnati. With dishes like Tortellini Con Formaggi, Penne Con Salsiccia, and many others, Sotto is truly a favorite for Ohio pasta lovers. Dinner is accompanied by an extensive cocktail menu, and dozens of wines are available by glass or bottle. You can also top off your meal was some decadent desserts and after-dinner drinks. If you're planning to visit on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation online.

Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Delicious contemporary Italian dishes and a warm cozy atmosphere put this fantastic Over-the-Rhine restaurant near the top of our list. Nicola's Ristorante features a number of delicious pasta dishes all made in-house, as well as several traditional Italian entrees. With great food, a romantic atmosphere, and an extensive wine and bourbon list, Nicola's is a fantastic date night location. If you prefer to dine at home, you can easily order carryout online.

Vincenzo's

11525 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Some of the best Italian dining in the area can be found at Vincenzo's, a family-owned-and-operated, classic Cincinnati restaurant. You can expect fantastic food and incredible service. This menu features a wide array of traditional Italian favorites and all of the classic pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients. Dozens of wines are available by the glass or by bottle. Vincenzo's also occasionally hosts live music. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Pepp & Dolores

1501 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

A casual Over-the-Rhine Italian restaurant with family-style dishes, Pepp & Dolores should be at the top of your list for pasta. This restaurant features two dining rooms: a classy, airy main room and a dimly lit, cozy basement dining room. The Beet & Goat Cheese and Duck Ragu are must-tries! The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. You can also order carry out online.

Primavista

810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204

If you're looking for a fine dining option with some of the best city views, Primavista is a must-try destination. The menu features an assortment of traditional Italian dishes, pastas, and both vegan and gluten-free options. Primavista is also known for its spectacular service, unique atmosphere, and delicious food. The dining room is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are recommended. The entire menu is also available for carryout.

Forno Osteria + Bar

3514 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Try the spicy Spaghettini Arrabbiata or the delicious Tagliatelle Bolognese at Forno Osteria a popular Italian restaurant in Hyde Park. In addition to pasta, you can also enjoy some firewood brick-oven pizzas and a wide variety of wine and cocktails. Enjoy your dinner in a cozy, unique rustic dining room. For dessert, you have to try the Citrus Semifreddo! Sit at the bar if you'd like to watch the chefs in action. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Biagio's Bistro

308 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

A quaint neighborhood bistro serves up a number of your favorite pasta dishes from Penne Boscaiola to Seafood Alfredo. Biagio's Bistro is a unique atmosphere: The chef prepares pasta dishes in a full view kitchen. Expect large portions, great service, and affordable prices. Wine and cocktails are also available. The food is delicious, and prices are affordable, so it's easy to see why this restaurant has become a Cincinnati staple.

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy a fresh bowl of authentic pasta while overlooking Cincinnati's beautiful Fountain Square at Via Vite. This trendy Italian bar and restaurant has been a popular downtown destination since 2007. The Handmade Crispy Gnocchi and the Tagliatelle Bolognese are some of the most popular pasta dishes; however, the menu is constantly changing, so it's always worth stopping by and trying something new. Curbside and carryout are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

Pompilio's

600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

With authentic Italian pasta and some of the most delicious sauces around, it's no wonder Pompilios has been a local favorite since 1933. Not only is this a great place to eat, movie buffs will love the fact that scenes from Rain Man were filmed inside the restaurant. Build your own pasta dish with over 10 types of pasta and 10 homemade sauces. In addition to pasta, Pompilios offers an extensive bourbon, wine, and cocktail list. They also have some of the best Tiramisu in town. Stop-in Tuesday through Saturday or order takeout online.

Alfio's Buon Cibo

2724 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Enjoy your favorite pasta dish in this upscale, elegant dining room. Alfio's Buon Cibo's is truly a romantic experience. The chef's pasta recipes date back several generations, and many entrees have an Argentinean twist, which makes this restaurant truly unique. Alfio's also have a reputation for having some of the best ravioli in town. With fantastic wine, cocktail, and dessert menus, you're sure to have a fantastic dinner. Dine-in Tuesday through Saturday or order carry out online.

Bon Appétit

Where will you enjoy pasta around Cincinnati this year?

February
5

Cincinnati: 10 Places to Celebrate Pizza Day

Pizza Day in Cincinnati - Cutler Real Estate

There's never a wrong day to enjoy a great slice of pizza! Just in case you needed an excuse though, you'll be glad to know that National Pizza Day is right around the corner. 

We are lucky to have so many dining incredible options in Cincinnati. From high-end restaurants with gourmet pies to mom-and-pop pizza joints with some of the best slices of town — there's something for every taste. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites. 

Goodfellas Pizzeria

1211 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you love authentic, NY-style pizza, you're going to love Goodfella's Pizzeria. Their menu features all of the classics, build-your-own pizzas and calzones, and some great specialty pizzas. Feeling adventurous? Try the "Fuhgetaboutit" — a pizza topped with every available topping!

While you're there, make sure you plan to visit their Wiseguy Lounge, a 1920s prohibition-style bar where you'll find craft cocktails, high-end bourbons, rich leather sofas, and knowledgable, well-dress bartenders who are ready and willing to create the perfect craft cocktail to satisfy your cravings. 

Adriatico's

113 W. McMillan Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45219

Another excellent option for NY-style pizza, Adriatico's offers hand-tossed, extra-think, and deep-dish Sicilian pizzas. The restaurant has been voted "best pizza" according to several publications, including Cincinnati Magazine and City Beat. Build your own pizza or try some of their specialty pies like the Hawaiian, Chicken Bacon Ranch, or the "Inflation Fighter" with mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives, sausage, ham, beef, and pepperoni. 

If you enjoy desserts, you're in luck. They also have 12 rotating flavors of gelato, with pints available for carryout and delivery. 

TAGLIO Columbia Tusculum

3531 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226

If you haven't tried the incredible Detroit deep-dish gourmet pizzas at TAGLIO yet, you're missing out! With flavors like Prosciutto Artichoke, Greek Veggie, and Pepperoni + Hot Honey, there's so much to love. They also carry all the traditional pizza flavors including Spicy Italian, Bianco, and the "Old Schooler." Don't forget to add some crust dips. With flavors like Garlic + EVOO, Spicy Garlic, and Creamy Gorgonzola, they're well worth the extra dollar. 

Ramundo's Pizzeria

3166 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Ramundo's Pizzeria has been pleasing local customers for over 20 years. They've also been voted "Best Pizza Sauce in the City" by Cincinnati Magazine. 

Choose a slice of traditional NY-style pizza or one of their specialty pies. One of their most popular pizzas is the Prosciutto, Lettuce, and Tomato (PLT) pizza. It's made with garlic-infused olive oil, prosciutto, mozzarella, and provolone. After it's baked, it's topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of mayo. Don't be scared; it's one of the best pizzas you'll ever eat!

Looking for something more traditional? You can't go wrong with "Uncle Frank's Special," made with homemade Italian sausage, homemade meatballs, and fresh sliced garlic. 

Trio Bistro

7565 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

For a more upscale pizza experience, you'll want to visit Trio Bistro. It's been one of the area's premier dining destinations for over 20 years. Guests love the restaurant's excellent food, attentive staff, and casual charm. 

They offer traditional and Margherita flatbreads and pizzas. However, we recommend some of their more exciting options. Other pizza flavors on the menu include Mexican, BBQ, Mediterranean, Thai, and Smoked Salmon! 

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

3301 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Catch-a-Fire Pizza prides itself on making creative, delicious wood-fired cuisine using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. It's located inside the taproom Madtree Brewing so you can enjoy this incredible pizza alongside some of the best beer the city has to offer. The menu features Classic Italian and Classic American pizzas with a variety of interesting topping combinations. On weekends, you can also enjoy brunch pizzas in flavors like Green Eggs & Ham, Tequila Sunrise, and Hangover Pie. 

Looking for an adventure? Head over to their Blue Ash location and book one of their heated igloos. This one of the most exciting dining experiences you'll ever have! The igloos seat up to eight guests and even have Bluetooth speakers so you and your friends can enjoy your favorite tunes while you eat. 

Werkhaus Pizza

3637 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45248

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A west side tradition for over 20 years, Werkhaus Pizza serves traditional and stuffed pizzas. The latter is made with two light layers of dough stuffed with fresh ingredients and topped with their house sauce. 

If you like pizza with a pan-fried crust and plenty of cheese, this family-owned Italian restaurant is soon going to become one of your favorites.   

Trotta's Pizza & Drive Thru

3501 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45248

Well-known for the generous toppings and incredible crust, Trotta's Pizza is another Cincinnati favorite. They offer traditional, Sicilian, and extra-thin crusts and a huge variety of toppings. Build your own or try some of their amazing specialty pizzas in flavors like Hot Wing, Chili Dip, Taco, BLT, Hawaiian, Steak, Ricotta Cheese, and Salami Roll-Up. 

They offer a convenient drive-thru and also carry a wide selection of beers. 

Bub's Pizza Bar Mt. Lookout

3200 Linwood Ave. Suite #2, Cincinnati, OH 45226

When you get a late-night pizza craving, look no further than Bub's Pizza Bar. They're open until 2 am during the week and 3:30 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Not only is the pizza delicious, but the portions are huge, giving you a great value for the money. Flavorful and filling, it's everything you want after a night out on the town. 

Choose a traditional pizza or some of their exciting flavors like Pesto and Goat Cheese, Goetta and Onion, and Extreme Pepperoni. They also offer a Vegan Pizza with a soy-free, dairy-free crust, marinara sauce, vegan cheese, and up to five veggie toppings.

Mac's Pizza Pub

205 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

Known for their cold beer, hot pizza, and happy customers, Mac's Pizza Pub is the ultimate laid-back pizza joint. Everything here is fresh-made, including the dough that's made in-house daily and the pizza sauce. They also grind their own cheese, slice all of their own vegetables, have their sausage fresh-ground, and use local ingredients whenever they can.  

Stick with a traditional pizza or choose some of their fun specialties like the Pesto Primavera, Flying Pig, French Fry Pie, or Nashville Hot. 

Not to Be Cheesy, But... 

Which of these great pizza restaurants will steal your heart? 

March
13

How to Celebrate Pi Day in Cincinnati? With Pie, Of Course

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March 14th is National Pi Day! The mathematical constant π, which numerically begins with the digits 3.14, is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the third month in the United States. How can you celebrate Pi Day in the Queen City? Indulge yourself in sweet and savory pies! We're doubling down this Pi Day by exponentially increasing our happiness — we're diving into a fresh pizza pie then taking down a tasty bakery pie for dessert. Here are a few perfect pizza parlors and bakeries in Cincinnati, where you can celebrate National Pi Day in style.


Pizza Party on Pi Day

Harvest Pizzeria OTR

1739 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Local tastes better, and Harvest Pizzeria proves it with their locally sourced all-natural ingredients. Get a true taste of Cincinnati's local farms in every bite when you create your own pie. You can also let them whip up one of their signature pies like the Geary Street with clams or the Ohio Double Bacon with mozzarella and roasted red pepper. Be sure to ask which farms they source their ingredients from — you may be eating a pizza from your community farm!

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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Rated one of the Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias by Pizza Today, you may know Catch-a-Fire Pizza from their humble beginnings as a food truck. Their brick-and-mortar pizzeria within MadTree Brewing Company pairs custom wood-fired pizzas with craft beer. Serving up tasty-titled pizzas named after Bob Marley songs, the Buffalo Soldier, Natural Mystic, Goettup Stand Up, and Soul Rebel absolutely rock. Trust us, "every little thing gonna be alright" at Catch-a-Fire Pizza.

A Tavola

1220 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Gather together with friends and family at A Tavola, a modern interpretation of the timeless Italian trattorias. Family recipes pepper the menu, including their delicious pizzas. Choose a traditional Gorgonzola or Margherita pie, unless your taste buds desire a unique blend of ingredients, such as the EVOO, fontina, caramelized onions, and shaved brussels sprouts on the Brussels Sprout pizza or the fig jam, Parmigiano Reggiano, and arugula on the Fig & Prosciutto pizza.  

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared in classic Tuscan tradition at Via Vite. Using only the finest local and imported ingredients, Via Vite offers favorites like Sausage & Onion, Bianca, Margherita, Calabrese, and Pizza Regina. We suggest that you pop-in mid-day to take advantage of their $7 pie special.

Taft's Brewporium

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

 
 
 
 
 
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Local beer and New Haven-style "apizza" are on tap at Taft's Brewporium. This unique pizza is a hotter and crispier version of Neapolitan-style pie, using imported dough and tomatoes straight from Italy. They have seven specialty pies to choose from, or you can add any of their 30 toppings to create your own delicious pizza. Pair a pie with one of their award-winning beers like Gustav Vienna lager, and you'll have yourself a presidential Pi Day.


Sweet Pie in the Swine City


O Pie O

1527 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

 
 
 
 
 
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Torn between sweet and savory pies for National Pi Day? O Pie O is ready to serve you the best of both worlds. Bite into savory offerings like the Greek Quiche or Quiche Lorraine, or sweeten up your day with their Honey Vinegar Pie, Lemon Bar Pie, or Dark Chocolate Pie. Each day, they also prepare a variety of signature hand pies in sweet and savory options, but be sure to visit early as these special daily pies are sure to sell out!

Brown Bear Bakery

116 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Thoughtfully made baked goods at Brown Bear Bakery! Chess pies, cream pies, fruit pies — every type of pie is available and made from scratch at this scrumptious bakery. Cooking up classics and innovative creations with unbelievable flavors, Brown Bear Bakery invites you to enjoy National Pi Day with a slice of pie and a freshly brewed coffee.

Fork and Pie Bakery

6836 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45244

 
 
 
 
 
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Fork and Pie Bakery take farm-to-table seriously — they use natural ingredients that they've grown themselves in their own gardens and farms. Their made-from-scratch offerings change daily, serving up delicious yet healthy pies that you won't regret trying. They also have a signature gluten-free crust, so those with gluten allergies can enjoy their amazing seasonal pies throughout the year.

Bluebird Bakery

29 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246

 
 
 
 
 
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Bluebird Bakery has been a Cincy favorite since 1996. Owner Jenny Dennis dreamed of opening her own bakery since she began baking as a child in Sharonville. Today, Bluebird Bakery & Café and their newest location Bluebird ToGo continue to feature her made-from-scratch pastries. Jenny's pies are second to none, especially her award-winning Apple Crumb Top. This scrumptious treat joins her Triple Berry, Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter, and Key Lime creations that are available all year. She will also bake Egg Custard, Cherry Lattice Top, Chocolate Cream, and Southern Pecan pies by request. However, some of her best offerings are available only by the season, such as her Peach Lattice Top, Old Fashioned Pumpkin, and Apple Cranberry pies. Taste any of her pies just once, and you'll find yourself coming back throughout the year to try the rest!  

The Brewhaus Bakery

6927 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243

 
 
 
 
 
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What's better than celebrating Pi Day with your best friend? Celebrating it with your four-legged friend, too! The Brewhaus Bakery is a not-for-profit organization that provides learning and work opportunities for young adults in the community with disabilities. Together, they prepare handcrafted baked goods for people and pets alike. Bring your pup in for a treat while you dive into one of their fresh pies.
  

Pi Day Never Tasted So Good

Where is your favorite place for pie and pizza in Cincinnati? Let us know where you're celebrating National Pi Day in the comments below!

February
21

Where to Go for Great Food Fast Around Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is an amazing place to call home, thanks in part to the city's wonderfully unique arts, entertainment, sports, and culture. Whether you've enjoyed a morning at the Duke Energy Children's Museum, spent the afternoon at The Great American Ball Park, or experienced a stunning performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, you'll have surely worked up an appetite for great quick-service eats that aren't from the traditional fast-food chains. Satisfy your hometown hunger at one of these local Queen City restaurants.

 

Forty Thieves Gang

1538 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Believe it or not, there's one place in the Midwest where you can get the best Mid-East street food — Forty Thieves Gang. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Forty Thieves Gang brings Arabian and Israeli dishes like shawarma and falafel to Cincy. Choose between grilled chicken, beef shawarma, and falafel on a sandwich, over hummus, or over couscous. Add a side of soup, Za'atar fries, or roasted beets and don't forget to ask for a little bit of their delicious Habibi sauce.

 

Poke Hut

1509 Race St. Unit #104, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Another delicious destination in OTR, Poke Hut serves up fast-casual Hawaiian-Asian fusion using fresh, real ingredients. Try a signature chef-inspired poke bowl like the Honolulu with veggies and seaweed salad or the Luau with BBQ pork and soy-marinated egg. You can also build your own bowl with a modern Midwest twist with a variety of rice, greens, noodles, raw fish, cooked meats, toppings, and sauces. Top it off with a tasty customized bubble tea, and your day will be propelled forward like a perfect North Shore swell.

 

Tickle Pickle

4176 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

 
 
 
 
 
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At Tickle Pickle in NorthSide, they have one rule to live by: Life's short, lick the bowl! This music-themed gourmet burger and shake shack has a rocking menu full of meat and vegan options. Those craving a traditional burger should consider the Meatallica, the Breadzepplin, or the Nom Petty. Vegan options include the Buns N Roses burger, When Buns Cry sandwich, and Coney Bennet vegan dog. Kids can also rock out with their own menu items like the Melton John Jr., Fleetwood Mac N Cheese, or Bun Jovi. The Oreo Speedwagon, Flan Halen, James Brownie, and Goobie-Brother shakes area available as both dairy and vegan options, giving meat-eaters and those with diet restrictions the chance to turn their fast-casual dining experience up to 11.

 

Delwood

3204 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

 
 
 
 
 
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Introducing amazing Latin American flavors to Cincinnati, Delwood puts their own spin on favorite classics. Bring the family, and even your four-legged friend, in for a sharable plate of tostones, yuca fries, and shishito peppers before digging into a classic burger, fried chicken sandwich, or a fresh chopped salad. As huge soccer fans, Delwood is the perfect place to root for FC Cincinnati while enjoying craft cocktails and great food.

 

Chicago Gyros and Dogs

201 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

 
 
 
 
 
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Greek food and Chicago-style cuisine converge at Chicago Gyros and Dogs. For over 35 years, Chicago Gyros and Dogs has delivered an extensive menu of fantastic Mediterranean and Midwest meals. From a traditional falafel pita and gyro to Chicago Style hot dogs and Cincy chili cheese dogs, there are enough mouth-watering options to satisfy your craving for greasy goodness.

 

Himalaya Restaurant

7810 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239

Himalaya Restaurant believes that the best way to make your day better is with traditional foods from Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Take your taste buds on a journey through South Asia as you enjoy tandoori, shorba, aloo matar, vindaloo, and sukuti prepared with lamb, chicken, salmon, beef, or served as vegetarian options. Just short of crossing the Himalayas on foot, Himalaya Restaurant is the best place to savor the diversity of the region.

 

Mazunte

611 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45227

 
 
 
 
 
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Take-out and tacos go hand-in-hand which is why Mazunte makes it easy to enjoy a night out in Swine City without having to wait in line for dinner. As you head to a Bearcats or Cyclones game, grab some Mexican munchies to go at Mazunte Centro. Tacos, tostadas, tortas, and tlayudas are all perfect hand-held treats perfect for strolling the streets. Many of their items include gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, and while you can't take a tequila shot to-go, you can slide into a booth and enjoy all of the margaritas and cervezas you want before you hit the town.

 

Waggle

3440 Burnet Ave. Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45229

 
 
 
 
 
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Have you heard the buzz about Cincinnati's newest breakfast spot? From the owners of the Sleepy Bee Café comes Waggle Breakfast and Bowls. These busy bees forage for seasonal, sustainable local ingredients to use in their made-to-order dishes. Try their made-from-scratch pancakes and grain bowls for breakfast or stop by for a fresh salad bowl during lunchtime. Build your own bowl by choosing a base of egg, tofu, greens, or quinoa, add your favorite protein, mix some veggies in, blend it with cheese, throw a little sauce in, and top it with avocado or kimchi for a healthy meal that'll get your morning buzzing.

 

CityBird

1344 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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For a quick chicken tender fix, there's none better in Cincinnati than CityBird. Cage-free, all-natural chicken made to order, CityBird offers the tenderest of chicken tenders with made-from-scratch sauces that are too tasty to believe. While most add a side of City Sauce, we suggest either the sweet Lemon Thyme Ranch, Honey Dijon, or Thai Chili BBW. If you're hoping to turn up the heat on flavor, definitely order the Hot Honey or Jalapeno Hot sauces. Trust us, eat at CityBird once, and you'll never choose chicken from another fast-food chain again.

 

Mad Mike's

6900 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247

 
 
 
 
 
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Quality over quantity is what makes Mad Mike's a Cincinnati favorite. All meat is 100 percent black Angus beef, cut and prepared on-site. You won't pay an arm and a leg for their high-quality burgers either—nearly every gourmet burger and chicken sandwich are less than seven dollars. This includes the Rockefeller with blue cheese and beer-battered onion rings, the Pride of Zeus with gyro meat and tzatziki, and the What The Cuck chicken sandwich with avocado slices and cilantro mayo. Make sure you order your fries "MAD" style with nacho cheese and grilled onions.

 

Wild Mike's

4498 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

 
 
 
 
 
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Let your taste buds run wild at Wild Mike's. An American eatery offering the classic grub that hits the spot every time. Mozzarella sticks, wild nachos, and potato skins set the stage for as many wings as you want. Order between five and fifty wings, tossed in your favorite flavor and served at your preferred level of hotness. If mild, medium, and hot are too tame for you, we dare you to try their Xtra Hot! or Stupid Hot! temperatures. With other favorites like burgers, hoagies, chicken sandwiches on the menu, Wild Mike's never disappoints.

 

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Where is your favorite Cincinnati eatery to chow down at? Let us know in the comments! 

January
29

Sweeten Up Your IPA at These 10 Cincinnati Area Breweries

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On the list of the most popular US cities for craft beer, Cincinnati may not top the list — and that's the way we like it. With dozens of breweries on both sides of the Ohio River, we're happy to keep these hoppy hotspots a secret for Swine City residents only.

Are you looking for the coolest, craziest, and most creative beers Cincy has to offer? From milkshake IPAs to stouts brewed with peppers, peaches, and pies, you'd be surprised at just how tasty beer with beets or bacon actually is. Let's see what excitingly eccentric brews are on tap around The Queen City.

 

Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

 
 
 
 
 
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Kicking off our list is Streetside Brewery, a newer brewer that's already claimed their share of awards. When we're craving a milkshake IPA, they're our first stop! The John Lemon is a lemon meringue, while the Yowie Wowie is a sour with pink guava. I Drink Your Milkshake is bursting with blueberry, and the Trouble In Paradise is a fruity blonde that's anything but problematic. Leave room for other tasty taps, like the Interstate Pastry Flight chocolate cream donut stout, the P.U.C. It pineapple upside-down cake Berliner, the Robe red velvet donut stout, or the Doodlebob snickerdoodle coffee brown.

 

Brink Brewing Company

5905 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Speaking of Darkness Brewing, they partnered with Brink Brewing Company to birth Damocles — a black milkshake IPA. Sweeten things up a little more with the Brink Tiramisu Stout, the Pillow Case Candy cinnamon coconut chocolate stout, and the Moozie chocolate milkshake stout. This College Hill brewery has plenty of other brews — like the Kickin' Wing mango habanero IPA — but nothing beats a freshly tapped pint of dessert.

Grainworks Brewing Company

7790 Service Center Drive, Suite B., West Chester Township, OH 45069

Still thirsty? How about a glass of Old Motor Oil or Defroster? If you've ever wanted to taste a Rusty Bumper or a Haybale, Grainworks Brewing Company has a pint ready for you. Their uniquely named beers, such as the Mom Claude Van Damme, are brewed with a range of different hops and malts to deliver full flavors that you won't soon forget.

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

Darkness is sweeping over Bellevue's brewery scene, bringing a storm of dark beers for your enjoyment. Darkness Brewing prides itself on mixing up new brews with uncommon ingredients. There's a batch of beets in the Witch Head Nebula red IPA. Maple syrup is mixed into the Ike Ike Baby vanilla brown ale. Cold-brewed coffee gives the Coffee Anomaly a smooth taste, while the bananas and cloves of the Beach Park After Dark lend a malty flavor to this dunkelweizen. Don't be afraid to wander into the Darkness — it's delicious.

Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207

 
 
 
 
 
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Listermann Brewing Company was founded in Cincinnati long before the craft beer craze hit the city, and you'd better believe that they spent the last 30 years honing their craft. Vanilla, hazelnuts, peanut butter, and chocolate are just a few of the sweet ingredients featured in their bottled brews. We suggest you start with a Shamrock Shake Irish cream stout, a Give Me Something To Bake imperial pastry stout made with raisin pie filling, or a Half Moon Cookie imperial brown ale. Do you need dinner before dessert? Try the Cincinnati Style Stout; it's made with chocolate, spices, and spaghetti!

Braxton Brewing Company

27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 41011

Head across the river to Covington and taste the concoctions cooked-up at Braxton Brewing Company. Their year-round and seasonal beers are fantastic, but their limited-release offerings and Braxton Labs exclusives really take the cake. The Braxton Labs Cherry Turnover and Peach Cobbler are fantastic. Braxton's brewers also use Graeter's irresistible ice cream to make their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Stout. Beer that tastes like ice cream and pie? We know where we're going for a late-night sip.

Taft's Brewing Company

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

Fibonacci Brewing Company

1445 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

You'd be forgiven for missing this small nano brewery in Mt. Healthy, but trust us, they're brewing up something big every day! If you're daring, try a pint of The Tollhouse Caps, a stout infused with the hottest chili peppers on the planet, or The Tollhouse Soma infused with curry powder, cayenne, and cumin. For a sweeter sip, try the Pepo Acer pumpkin porter aged with maple and bacon donuts from Holtman's Donuts or The Tollhouse Mentha chocolate peppermint stout that tastes just like a peppermint patty. Fibonacci Brewing Company's unique nano brews offer global ingredients in every pint-sized pour.

Bircus Brewing Company

322 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016

 

Is it a circus inside of a brewery or a bar beneath the big top? Find out as you step into the surreal world of Bircus Brewing Company just across the river in Kentucky. Take your taste buds for a ride on Unicycle No.3, an oak-aged sour with grilled peaches. Behold the Cosmic Walrus, a golden ale featuring a crisp cranberry snap and a ginger finish. Sip on one of their other thirteen taps and enjoy live performances from jugglers, fire-breathers, and trapeze artists who take the stage in the recently opened Ludlow Theatre.

Rhinegeist Brewery

1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

No list of Cincinnati breweries is complete without an appearance from Rhinegeist Brewery. This local favorite produces dozens upon dozens of beers in nearly every style imaginable. Get your fruit fix with the pomegranate, blueberries, and limes in the Slangria, their hoppy Y'all Peachy made with peaches and Lemondrop hops, the UME Farmhouse Ale with plums, or the Centripetal Cherries Wild Ale. Stop into their taproom and seek out Truth, Knowledge, and their other year-round beers. Better yet, take your pint up to the roof and watch the sunshine Over-the-Rhine.

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Which Cincy brew is your favorite? Let us know which round we should order next in the comments below.

August
22

9 Speakeasies + Hidden Bars in the Cincinnati Area You May Not Know About

It's no secret. Cincinnati has one of the finest restaurant and bar scenes in the country. But you may not realize that the city is home to a multitude of lesser-known hotspots, many of which are completely hidden from view. Let's take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the mysterious speakeasies and hidden bars in the Cincinnati area, from one concealed behind a secret door in a video shop to a classy, rooftop terrace with hidden elevator access.  

The Blind Pig

24 West 3rd Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

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If you've been in Cincinnati for a while, chances are that you've already visited O'Malleys in the Alley, the area's second oldest bar. But recently it hasn't been the bar's old-world charm and friendly bartenders that have been attracting new patrons—it's the new "hidden" speakeasy in the back. While The Blind Pig isn't the most subtle secret bar, with a rooftop patio visible from 3rd Street, there are no signs directing you to the entrance. The trick is to locate the door in a back hallway of O'Malleys. Through it, you'll find a sleek bar that mixes the roaring '20s with a classic sports bar vibe serving delicious cocktails and traditional American bar fare.  

Plum Court Wine Room

241 West Court Street If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy a glass of wine and a few bites—you're in luck. Head to the southeast corner of Plum and Court Streets, where you'll find nothing but a door hand-painted with a bunch of grapes. While the door may look plain, on the other side lies a cozy wine bar full of leather couches and antique shelves bursting with bottles. The bar is owned by Tom and Dollie Moore, who quietly opened the shop in 2010, and offers paired wine tastings on Friday nights.  

Wiseguy Lounge

1211 Main Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

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Wiseguy Lounge is located above one of our favorite spots for New York-style pizza in Cincinnati, GoodFellas, and features the classic speakeasy low lighting, dark reclaimed wood, rich leather sofas and carefully crafted cocktails. While you don't have to give a password to get into this classy bar, you do have to pass by cheesy, handmade pizza—and doesn't that seem harder?  

Sundry and Vice

18 West 13th Street Opened in 2015 and located in Over-the-Rhine, Sundry and Vice has quickly established itself as a neighborhood favorite. This striking cocktail spot is nestled in an old building that is decorated to look like an old-timey apothecary. Enter through the super-secret back door entrance and take in the walls covered in old doctor's notes, phosphate cocktails being poured from the vintage soda fountain, and all the period furniture. Every part of Sundry and Vice, from the drinks to the ambiance, is meant to transport you to another time and place—which it does beautifully and extremely effectively.  

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Cocktail Terrace

609 Walnut Street The cocktail terrace at the 21c Museum Hotel is definitely a hidden gem. The rooftop bar provides one of the best views in the city along with comfortable seating and a speakeasy-esque ambiance. You can find the entrance by taking a slightly obscured elevator located down the alley from the 21c Museum Hotel. The terrace is open seasonally and usually has a wait, but we promise it's worth it.  

Mecca

1429 Walnut Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

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Mecca is one of our favorite bars that has set up shop in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in recent years. Full of Instagram-worthy decor—including backlit murals, neon lights, hanging plants and tables covered in doodles—Mecca is a great place to spend an evening with friends and a few drinks. The entrance can be found through a small breach in a brick wall on 15th Street, which you'll probably pass by a few times the first time you visit.  

The Blind Lemon

936 Hatch Street While The Blind Lemon isn't exactly a secret—in fact, it's one of Cincinnati's most famous bars—it is pretty hard to find if you don't know where to go. Hidden right next to the historic Mt. Adams Bar and Grill (which actually was a speakeasy during Prohibition), you'll find a fairly small and simple sign followed up by a long, narrow passageway that will lead you to a lush garden and then finally, the bar. Inside, you can order a delicious drink and listen to some of the best live music around while surrounded by antique memorabilia.  

Newberry Brothers Coffee and Prohibition Bourbon Bar

530 Washington Avenue, Newport, KY During Prohibition, it was normal to wander into the back of a local bakery or grocery store and find a hidden meeting space where people ignored the 18th amendment completely. That's exactly the kind of atmosphere Peter and Kim Newberry were going for when they decided to open up a bar in the back of their Newport coffee shop. Visit the shop, grab a cup of Joe and relax with a friend or follow the glow of hundreds of Kentucky's finest bourbon around the corner to the bar. They offer an exquisite bourbon selection, including a few extremely rare bottles, along with fantastic Scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskeys.  

The Video Archive

965 East McMillan Street Cincinnati Speakeasies

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The Video Archive has everything 21st Century bar-goers usually expect from a modern speakeasy: a secret entrance, a catchy theme and to-die-for cocktails. Created by the same masterminds behind the Overlook Lodge, the Gorilla CinemaLonely Pine and Tokyo Kitty, the Video Archive masquerades as a video rental store. While stumbling upon a Blockbuster-like shop nowadays is super exciting, it isn't the best part about the Video Archive. That would be the secret door that leads to a hidden bar in the back. Inside, you'll find a unique, intimate speakeasy full of Quintin Tarantino references and delicious drinks.  

Shhhhh…

What hidden Cincinnati spots do you know about?
March
21

25 Must-Visit Places in and Around Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most loved institutions. Located just a few blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, at Findlay Market you can peruse local produce, meats and handmade items from more than 40 indoor merchants all year long. With so many vendors and merchants, it's easy to spend an entire day in the market exploring. That's why we created a list of the must-visit spots in the area, so you can start planning out your itinerary. Here you'll find the best places to go for fresh bread, handmade soaps, gourmet gelato and more!  
Jump Ahead:

Artisan Gifts | Baked Goods | Beer & Wine | Cheese & Dairy | Flowers | Fresh Seafood | Meat & Poultry | Produce | Specialty Groceries | Restaurants

 

Go Shopping

You can't stop by Findlay Market without coming out with bags and bags of fresh produce, baked goods and meat! No matter what you're looking for, there's a vendor selling it at this massive farmers market — but remember, certain vendors keep different hours so, if you're after something specific, make sure to check that they are open before heading over.

Artisan Gifts

Artichoke

Findlay Market

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Brad and Karen Monzel Hughs took the idea of "retirement" as an opportunity for a new adventure. They took their love of cooking and design and created Artichoke, a curated cookware collection. Their Findlay Market shop specializes in high-quality cookware that includes anything from unique gadgets and cutlery to pots and pans.

Nature's Gifts

Nature's Gifts is a must-visit destination for handcrafted herbal soaps and body care products inspired by nature and created using all-natural and eco-friendly resources. Owners Jand and mark Staubitz have been merchants at Findlay Market for over 14 years, selling potted herbs in the spring and original, handcrafted flower boxes and cut flowers during the growing season.

Pet Wants

Pet Wants is a pet food and supply store dedicated to the urban pet owner. They offer high quality, balanced pet food that is made right here in Ohio and never housed in a warehouse. You don't even have to get out of your car because they offer curbside pickup! So, pack up your pup and pay a Pet Wants visit (there might even be a free treat waiting for them).  

Baked Goods

Blue Oven Bakery

Findlay Market

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Blue Oven is a bakery located on a small family farm on the banks of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Using their homegrown ingredients, they craft breads and other specialty goods, baked in a wood-fired blue stone oven.  

Beer & Wine

Market Wines

Market Wines owner Michael Maxwell has been hooked on wine since he was in college, working part-time at a liquor store. Fourteen years later, his shop is one of the most popular stops in Findlay Market with over 500 wines and an assortment of beer from all over the world. Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for their weekly wine tasting!    

Cheese & Dairy

J.E. Gibbs Cheese

J.E. Gibbs Cheese and Sausage opened at Findlay Market in 1922 as a butter and egg stand. Today, while they still sell butter and eggs, they are also known for their lunchmeat, cheese, sausage, natural peanut butter, Amish jams, handmade noodles and dozens of flavors of fudge. This fifth generation business is a must-try in the market that will have you coming back again and again.

The Rhined

Findlay Market This cheese shop focuses on the best domestic artisan cheese they can get their hands on. Here, you can expect to find retail cheese along with all of the accompaniments to create the perfect cheese board. The Rhined even offers a regularly rotating selection of cheese flights that you can enjoy in the shop!

Silverglade's

Silverglade's has been a Findlay Market staple since 1922, providing fresh bread, olives, pickles and an amazing selection of cheese to Cincinnati locals. And, don't miss their massive selection of incredible deli meats, coffee beans, handmade pasta, condiments and candies. The Cincinnati Enquirer has named the Silverglade family one of the most significant contributors to the Cincinnati food scene and you can experience their legacy at their Findlay Market location or at one of their shops throughout the city.  

Flowers

The Budding Florist

If you're looking for a stunning floral arrangement to give to a loved one, as the perfect wedding bouquet or just want something to spruce up your dining room — you've come to the right place. The Budding Florist designs gorgeous floral arrangements fit for any occasion. Follow them on Instagram for your daily dose of flowers!

Todd's Run Nursery

Findlay Market Todd's Run Nursery is the perfect place to begin your gardening journey. They offer bedding, herbs, an abundance of blooming plants and anything else you may need when starting your home garden.  

Fresh Seafood

Luken's Poultry, Fish & Seafood

While you're at the market, be sure to pick up some fresh fish or shrimp at Luken's Poultry, Fish & Seafood! Owner Mike Luken has been at Findlay Market since he was in high school, working part-time at Trefzger's Fih and Poultry stand. He went on to purchase that business and turn it into the incredible seafood destination it is today.

Heist Fish & Poultry

Tim and Barb Heist or the proud owners of Heist Fish & Poultry, a business that dates back to 1880. Their shipments of fresh seafood arrive daily and they offer a wide variety of specialty products like alligator, frog legs, crawfish, squid, pheasant and quail along with normal seafood and poultry staples. Even if you aren't in the market for fresh seafood, you should still stop by the store to experience the history of this nearly 140-year-old business.  

Meat & Poultry

Eckerlin Meats

Findlay Market When Findlay Market opened for business in 1855, Eckerlin Meats was there. Today, owner Bob Lillis is the fourth generation to run the business and is continuing the legacy his great-grandfather created over a century ago. They offer high-quality meats that are shipped all over the United States, but it's their goetta that is the real star of the show, with 300-500 pounds of the mixture of pork, beef, oatmeal, onions and spices sold every week.

Grassroots Farm & Foods

Grassroots Farm & Foods raises cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens on 400 acres of certified organic pasture in Hillsboro, Ohio. Their animals are never confined, living outdoors their entire lives. They offer 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; pastured pork, chicken and eggs; along with prepared foods made in small batches like Bolognese sauce, pork ragout, beef barbacoa and more!  

Mackie Quality Meats

Mackie's owner, Phil Leurck doesn't know why the business came so naturally to him, having started working at the stand part-time in 1996 and quickly moving up the ranks. He purchased the stand in 1999, and today, he continues to provide high-quality meats at great prices to Findlay Market shoppers. When you visit, definitely try to pick up some of their filet mignon, which is always tasty and available at an unbelievable price.  

Produce

Farmers' Market

Findlay Market

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Throughout the year, the outdoor farmers' market at Findlay Market is a great place to spend your weekend! The vendors are always changing and providing locally produced goods, crafts and foods. Click here for a list of the current vendors.

Madison's at Findlay Market

It all started when Carolyn and Bryan Madison set up a folding table of local produce from their Adams County farm in 1996. Today, they're located indoors at the Findlay Market and continue to provide regulars with the best in organic and local produce.

Carriage House Farm

Carriage House Farm is a registered Ohio Century Farm located in historic North Bend, Ohio. At their stand, you'll find the freshest produce, herbs, grains and honey. If you're interested in tasting their products prepared by a gourmet chef, they'll be hosting nearly two dozen dinners over the course of three seasons this year — get your tickets here!  

Specialty Groceries

Saigon Market

This Asian grocery store is the oldest of its kind in the Cincinnati area, providing everything you need to create authentic Asian dishes from the comfort of home. The shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with a thousand different products from Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines along with other parts of the world like West Africa and Mexico. This famous grocery destination should definitely be on your Findlay Market itinerary.

Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices

There's probably no one in Cincinnati that knows more about spices than the Colonel. Whether you're looking for a unique spice, a hard-to-find sugar, or a pre-made rub — chances are it is in one of their many jars.  

Grab Something to Eat

After a full day of shopping at Findlay Market, you'll have to stop and refuel at one of the incredible restaurants in the area. Whether you're in the mood for a light snack or a massive spread, there are several delicious spots where you can fill up.

Social OTR

Findlay Market

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Social OTR is more than just a restaurant. Not only do they offer delicious dishes like Reserve Run Steak, Rabbit Agnolotti and Duck Confit, their kitchen is also fully staffed by students in the CityLink Center's Findlay Culinary Training Program! Feel good knowing that while you're enjoying an incredible meal, you're supporting the industry's future culinary pioneers.

Taste of Belgium

In 2000, Jean-Francios Flechet moved from Belgium to Cincinnati to work on his Ph.D. and began frequenting Findlay Market. After spending years perfecting a recipe that replicated the taste of the waffles he ate as a child in Belgium, he decided to test his waffles at Madison's at the market, which were an instant sensation. Today, you can try one of his famed waffles at his market stand along with tasty beer pizza, crepes, and quiches.

French Crust Café and Bistro

This French café is a little bit of Paris located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. They serve bistro-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that change with the seasons, using only the freshest local ingredients. Don't miss the divine French-style pastries and culinary confections available for dessert!

Dojo Gelato

Findlay Market

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Dojo Gelato is committed to creating the best gelato and coffee around. They don't cut corners, creating their gelato from scratch daily and they don't use artificial flavorings, colorings or powdered milk mixes. If you're looking for enough gelato for a crowd, you can order custom five-liter pans of gelatos, even though they take a week to create — we promise they're worth it!

Pho Lang Thang

This upbeat Vietnamese joint is the perfect spot to chow down after a long day of shopping. Enjoy their delicious bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches while relaxing in their urban dining room. Don't forget their popular Lang Thang coffee, roasted and brewed to create Vietnamese iced coffee (which is worth an entire visit all on its own!).  

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February
19

An Ultimate Guide to 23 of Cincinnati's Best Craft Breweries

In 1872, the Queen City was home to 38 breweries and in 1890, more than 1,180 saloons. But, when Prohibition was enacted in the 1920s, many of these famed establishments were forced to close their doors. Today, it's definitely clear that Cincinnati has got it's brewing groove back. Thanks to the 50+ craft breweries in the area and the commercial breweries that have taken up residence here, it's hard not to be a beer lover in this city. With so many choices in the area, it can be hard to decide which one to visit. Luckily for you, we've created a guide to the city's best breweries to help you out! No matter what styles of beer, taproom ambiance or pub grub you're looking for, Cincy's got something just for you.

3 Points Urban Brewery

331 East 13th Street Cincinnati Breweries

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Located in the heart of the Pendleton neighborhood, which was once the home of Cincinnati's first master brewers, 3 Points Urban Brewery is a modern brewing facility and neighborhood gathering place. Throughout their facility and on their labels, you'll find art from local artists to help stimulate community interaction.

13 Below Brewery

7391 Forbes Road This child and pet-friendly brewery is located 13 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Here, you can experience great beer among good friends, fun events like trivia, a running club, festivals and more!

Alexandria Brewing Company

7926 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria After two tours in Iraq, head brewer Andy Reynolds found that the process of brewing different beers helped put his mind at ease. He took his love for brewing and made it his career. Today Alexandria Brewing is a family-friendly establishment that celebrates rock and roll, fun and, of course, beer.

Bad Tom Smith Brewing

4720 Eastern Avenue Named after an American Outlaw who sought redemption at his end, Bad Tom Smith Brewing is committed to doing what is right. Since opening in 2015, they've been developing the highest quality craft beer for each style in their portfolio. They have locations in both Cleveland and Cincinnati, so no matter where you are in Ohio you're just a short drive away from their quality brews.

Bircus Brewing Company

322 Elm Street, Ludlow Cincinnati Breweries

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Bircus is where the hypnotic world of the circus meets the simple love of beer. Here, you'll enjoy great beer and a thirst-defying brewery experience. In this unique venue, you can also find the Ludlow Theatre, where you'll see performers juggle clubs, breathe fire, walk on kegs and amaze on the trapeze.

Braxton Brewing Company

27 West 7th Street, Convington | 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue When Braxton owner Evan Rouse was 16-years-old, he fell in love with the craft of brewing beer. Not even of age yet, he built a home brewery in his family's garage. Braxton is his dream come true! Here, you'll find some truly tantalizing beer, every pint brewed with passion and determination.

Brink Brewing Company

5905 Hamilton Avenue This brother-owned brewery has been nationally celebrated. Named one of the nation's best beers by Forbes and one of the winners of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Brink Brewing Company offers quality beers and a welcoming, comfortable taproom where you can share stories and make new friends.

Christain Moerlein Brewing Company

1621 Moore Street Experience great architecture and great beer at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's original 1860's malt house taproom. Sample their fresh Moerlein beers, all beef hot dogs, brats, meat and cheese boards, and get a free tour of their historic brewery.

Crooked Handle Brewing Company

760 North Main Street, Springboro Cincinnati Breweries

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Springboro's first brewery, Crooked Handle is owned by two couples that are best friends and share a passion for craft brewing. Since they opened their doors in 2015, Crooked Handle has received overwhelming support from the community and to give back, they support two nonprofit organizations each month.

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue This small brewery is located in Bellevue and specializes in dark beers. While you may drive right past them the first time you visit, we promise once you taste their fantastic brews, you won't have a tough time finding them again. Their dark taproom is the perfect place to relax with a great beer and a delicious pretzel or a beer cupcake.

Dogberry Brewing

9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester Dogberry Brewing combines art and science in the best way possible. Using the freshest ingredients possible from local producers, the creative beer scientists at DogBerry craft some truly mouth-watering brews. From creations like Vanilla Nat's Nightcap to Campfire Story, they'll have a flavor perfect for your palette.

Fifty West Brewing Company

7668 Wooster Pike | 7605 Wooster Pike Located in a former roadside speakeasy on US Route 50 heading west, Fifty West Brewing Company creates handmade beers brewed in small batches that focus on craftsmanship, tradition, innovation and patience. Check out their calendar so you can make sure to stay up to date on their fun and creative events like Burger and Beer Day, trivia nights, wing days, and more!

Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Avenue Cincinnati Breweries

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Getting its start as a home brewing parts company, Listermann Brewing has transformed into something much more. For more than 10 years, they have been consistently crafting award-winning brews. Try some at their fabulous taproom and pick up your own home brewing kit to try your hand at creating beer afterward!

MadTree Brewing Company

3301 Madison Road No one loves the beer enthusiast community more than MadTree Brewing. Fueled by the community's demand for great beer, they are constantly experimenting and pushing themselves to create the best beer around. Visit their taproom and grab a drink with friends and a delicious meal from their onsite restaurant, Catch-a-Fire Cafe.

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

4362 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road What started out as a small, two-vessel system nestled in a storm cellar became Cincinnati's oldest craft microbrewery. You can find Mt. Carmel Brewing in the westernmost county of Appalachia, where you're welcome to stop by and enjoy a cold, freshly brewed beer on the porch.  

Municipal Brew Works

20 High Street, Hamilton Located in the historic Fredrick Mueller building in downtown Hamilton, Municipal Brew Works offers as many as 20 beers on tap at a time which you can enjoy in their welcoming taproom. They also have a large patio area that is dog and family friendly for soaking up the sun on a warm afternoon.  

Off Track Brewing Company

227 Stark Street Cincinnati Breweries This neighborhood craft nano-brewery is located in the historic Over the Rhine Brewery District. Off Track Brewing was started by two friends who love brewing together. Today, they occupy a 1,800 square foot garage and run a five barrel steam powered brewing system. While you can't visit their space to try their beers, you can enjoy them right down the street at Dunlap Cafe, which also offers an all-day breakfast along with a full bar and beer garden.

Rhinegeist

1910 Elm Street As of 2017, Rhinegeist was the 33rd largest independent craft brewery in the United States, distributing their beer all around the country — and their Truth IPA is recognized as one of the 100 best beers in the world by Men's Journal. Experience their renowned brews in their eclectic, industrial taproom, which was once the location of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's bottling plant from 1895.

Rivertown Brewing Company

6550 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Monroe This family-owned, independent craft brewery doesn't confine themselves to only one style of beer — that's why they brew a bit of everything from traditional lagers to barrel-aged sours and every style in between! In their taproom, you can sample their innovative beers and a full-service BBQ eatery.

Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Avenue Rooted in Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood, Columbia-Tusculum, Streetside Brewery provides a down-to-earth experience with a vast selection of exceptional craft beers. In their taproom, you can find everything from IPAs and lagers to stouts and specialty beers, as well as guest taps that help support other local Cincinnati breweries.

Taft's Brewing Company

1429 Race Street | 4831 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati Breweries

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With their large facility and taproom located in the old Cincinnati Car Company Factory building and their Alehouse located in the old St. Paul's Evangelical Church building, you can experience the history of Cincinnati while sipping on a cold pint of Taft's signature creations. Be sure to grab a slice of their "Apizza" at their new Brewporium or a tri-tip steak from the Alehouse when you go!

Urban Artifact

1660 Blue Rock Street Urban Artifact's taproom is located on the lower level of St. Patrick's church in Northside, with their brewing facility located behind the building. They offer a full bar along with live music, and you can enjoy your drink in their family-friendly, picturesque courtyard.

The Woodburn Brewery & Taproom

2800 Woodburn Avenue The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom was created by a Los Angeles transplant and lifelong Cincinnatian, combining East side hustle and West Coast swagger to create innovative beers that celebrate Cincinnati's heritage. Visit their taproom to experience their fantastic creations and don't miss all of the fun events they have going on all year long.  

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