Everything Outdoor Fun in Cincinnati

Spring has officially sprung and warm weather is here to stay.

I’m not sure about you, but my favorite thing about the warm season is all of the great things to do outside in our city.

From rooftop drinks with a view and patio dining vibes, to family friendly days out and evenings with friends, there is something for everyone on this list of outdoor dining options and unique activities to do outdoors in Cincinnati.

Sure there are parks, pools, festivals, and sporting events, to attend (you should definitely do those, too!) but these are ways to enjoy time outside this warm season that maybe you hadn’t done or thought about before.

Drinking Al Fresco

Beer Gardens

Hofbräuhaus* Newport
Get in on the Gemütlichkeit with authentic Bavarian food and bier on the biergarten at America’s first authentic Hofbräuhaus.
hofbrauhausnewport.com

MadTree* Oakley
Dog-friendly beer garden at a centrally located brewery perfect for get-togethers, first dates, fun with friends and family, and so much more.
madtree.com

Mecklenburg Gardens Corryville
Historic German restaurant that was voted among the best beer gardens in the US by Thrillist and #1 in America’s Best Beer Gardens by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
mecklenburgs.com

Northern Row* OTR
Brewery and distillery with a historic taproom in the historic OTR Brewery District, serving excellent food with great outdoor seating.
northernrow.com

Narrow Path Brewing Co. Loveland
Craft brewery in the heart of downtown Loveland, enjoying an onsite food truck plus Loveland Bike Trail views and vibes.
narrowpathbrewing.com

OTR Biergarten at Findlay Market OTR
Take a break from market shopping with vendor fare and a beer on Findlay Market’s Biergarten. Beverages (including NA) served by Jane’s outdoor bar.
findlaymarket.org

OTR StillHouse OTR
OTR’s largest indoor/outdoor venue serving house-made brews and wines; complete with a large beer garden and onsite food truck.
otrstillhouse.com

The Porch at Washington Park OTR
Take a break from shopping at a park market or from enjoying the playground or splash pad to kick back and relax with a beverage on The Porch. Bring your own food.
washingtonpark.org

Queen City Radio OTR
For a more authentic biergarten experience, grab Lübecker fare to have with your drink(s). Prost!
QCR Bar and Beer Garden, The Lübecker

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom* OTR
The Samuel Adams Cincinnati Brewery has become Samuel Adams’ main production brewery. Enjoy innovative styles and experimental beers on the beer garden at the Cincy Taproom.
samadamscincy.com

Sonder Brewing Mason
Enjoy excellent brewery fare courtesy of Brewriver at Sonder while taking in the large dog-friendly beer garden.
sonderbrewing.com

Rooftops

21c Museum Hotel* Cocktail Terrace Central Business District (CBD)
Raw bar by Metropole, boozy slushies, and cocktails.
[temporarily closed]
21cmuseumhotels.com

AC Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati The Banks
Panoramic views of the riverfront, Northern Kentucky, Paycor Stadium, and Great American Ball Park.
Food: Tapas menu onsite
acupperdeck.com

Braxton Brewing Company Covington
5000-square-foot rooftop patio with seating, shade, full bar, and views of Covington and downtown.
Food: Dewey’s Pizza
braxtonbrewing.com

BrewDog Cincinnati Pendleton
Enjoy Mt. Adams and Downtown Cincinnati views from the rooftop just two hours south of BrewDog’s American HQ.
Food: Full menu onsite

Hi-Wire Brewing Norwood
Asheville-based brewery with rooftop views of Factory 52’s grand courtyard where there will be live music performances and movies.
Food: The Gatherall Food Hall is coming soon to Factory 52 
hiwirebrewing.com

Pins Mechanical OTR
Take a break from duckpin bowling with a signature cocktail and views of OTR’s historic architecture.
Food: Bring your own
pinsbar.com

Rhinegeist* OTR
Serving up craft beer and spanning vistas of OTR, the Central Business District, and the West End.
Food: Local Cantina in the taproom
rhinegeist.com

The View at Shires Garden* CBD
City views of Northern Kentucky and the Roebling Bridge, as well as Paycor Stadium and more.
Food: Full menu onsite

Patio Dining

Arnold’s Bar & Grill CBD
Cozy patio and courtyard with live music several days a week; serving elevated bar and American food.
arnoldsbarandgrill.com

Arthur’s Hyde Park
Cafe and bar with an urban oasis-like patio area, serving award-winning burgers and so much more.
arthurscincinnati.com

Cabana on the River Sayler Park
Ohio River views, live entertainment, and a menu of American food. (Reservations are not accepted.)
cabanaontheriver.com

Che* OTR
Serving Argentina’s favorite street foods, complete with an Argentinian countryside patio oasis.
checincinnati.com

Element Eatery Madisonville
More than 10 food experiences, 48-tap beer garden, live music, and community events, as well as 250 outdoor seats.
element-eatery.com

Incline Public House Price Hill
Standing atop the former Price Hill Incline, this bar and eatery serves scratch-made fare with panoramic views of downtown and the Ohio River from the 1400-square-foot patio.
inclinepublichouse.com

Kreimer’s Bier Haus Miamitown
A unique German-American cuisine experience, plus a festival-style atmosphere, which enjoys live music and scenic Great Miami River views.
bierhauswest.net 

MadTree Alcove* OTR
A nook of nature in the heart of OTR, serving farm-to-table foods, beer, and craft cocktails.
madtreebrewing.com

Moerlein Lager House* CBD
An original and mainstay of the Cincinnati culinary and brewing scene, the Lager House serves German-American fare and enjoys Riverfront and Roebling views. It is conveniently situated amid Smale Park, The Banks, and Great American Ball Park.
moerleinlagerhouse.com

Somm Wine Bar Price Hill
Wine bar and bistro in the Incline District of Price Hill, which enjoys an ambient garden patio and live music on Friday nights.
sommwinebarcincinnati.com

Streateries in OTR
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “streateries” program was created, which has supported more than 80 businesses downtown and has created 1500 new dining seats spread across parklets, sidewalk expansions, and street closures.
Examples: parklets at Krueger’s, LouVino*, and Taste of Belgium; street closures at 15th between Vine and Republic, and 14th between Republic and Race; plus many more.

Activities

Bark Park + Patio* Florence
Dog park and local craft beer taproom that provides a backyard experience and local food vendors.
barkparkpatio.com

Court Street Plaza* CBD
Enjoy events, food festivals, proximity to On the Rhine Eatery*, and outdoor seating at places such as Pilar and Mid City Restaurant.
courtstreetcincy.com

FC Cincinnati* West End
Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer team, which calls TQL Stadium in the West End home, is one of the most family friendly sports experiences in the area.
fccincinnati.com

Findlay Market OTR
Events, food tours, outdoor market, and vendors as part of Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions.
findlaymarket.org

Florence Y’alls* Florence
The area’s most family friendly sporting event. Every home Sunday game is Family Sunday, where kids can run the bases get autographs from available players after the game.

florenceyalls.com

Fountain Square* CBD
Enjoy events, live music, food trucks, and so much more (including the UC Health Ice Rink in the winter and Frisch’s Roller Rink this warm season) at one of Cincinnati’s most notable landmarks.
myfountainsquare.com 

SS Tiki Tours*
Private Ohio River Cruises that are great for sightseeing, events, celebrations, birthdays, and bachelor[ette] parties.
sstikitours.com

Summit Park Blue Ash
130-acre world class park featuring free workouts, markets, year-round events, and several options to Eat at Summit Park.
summitparkblueash.com

Sunday Afternoon Picnics*
Pop-up custom picnics for special occasions like birthday parties, date nights, or just because.
sundayafternoonpicnics.com

Washington Park* OTR
Live music, year-round events, markets, and so much more, as well as snacks at beverages at The Porch and a splash pad in the warm months.
washingtonpark.org 

Ziegler Park* Pendleton
Ziegler Park’s unique 4.5-acre footprint features east and west sections separated by Sycamore Street and features a pool, open play areas, workout classes, and summer camps for neighborhood youth.
zieglerpark.org

Be sure to save this post for the next time you are planning an outdoor event—whether it be a family friendly day out or an evening with friends.

Get to any of these by Metro* or the fare free Connector, especially if you want to avoid paying for parking and/or drinking and driving.

Have questions or want a custom recommendation based on event type, party size, and budget? Just ask!

*Everything Cincy partner

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Everything Kid-Friendly Cincy: Streetcar Edition

Looking for a fun day out with the littles?

Whether you are hosting family or friends, or have children of your own, let the fare free streetcar connect the dots of your next downtown adventure!

Park in one place for the day—either near Findlay Market or The Banks—or take the Cincinnati Metro* downtown before setting off on your OTR and Central Business District jaunt. There are so many great options to see museums, eat delicious food, take in historic architecture and landmarks, plus explore award-winning parks on the streetcar line** in the basin.

Download the Transit app*** to map your journey and to know when to catch the streetcar in real time.

Findlay Market*

Findlay Market is the oldest continuously operated market in Ohio. It is an award-winning landmark and a must for everyone to see and experience—residents and tourists alike.

From events, live music, and unique vendors to excellent food options, Findlay Market truly has something for everyone. And it is housed in a historic market house with colorful Italianate architecture surrounding.

Grab a treat from Dojo Gelato or Makers Bakers Co. after having a bite from OTR Bagel Bar or one of dozens of food vendors available in and around the market.

Looking for a specific type of cuisine to fit your budget? Just ask!

Findlay Market is sandwiched by two streetcar stations: 10 – Findlay Market (Elm) to its west on Elm Street (northbound) and 12 – Findlay Market (Race) to its east on Race Street (southbound).

Washington Park*

Washington Park was acquired by the city of Cincinnati in 1855 and was expanded and revitalized in 2012. It hosts free events, markets, live music, and other daily programming year round.

Washington Park is anchored in the center of vibrant OTR and is flanked by historic landmarks, and arts venues, as well as Italianate, Gothic, and Beaux Art architecture.

No matter the time of year, there is always something to do at Washington Park. In warm months the fountains are on and used as a splash pad, while the playground entertains the little ones year round. There is also a dog park, bandstand, and Porch where you can buy snacks and beverages. (Check their website for hours depending on the time of year.)

It is serviced by two different streetcar stops: 8 – 14th and Elm going northbound and 14 – Washington Park going southbound.

Fountain Square*

Fountain Square is a public city square in the heart of the Central Business District, and that has served as a symbolic center of the city since 1871. The Tyler Davidson Fountain (“Genius of Water”) is one of The Queen City’s most recognized and visited landmarks.

Fountain Square plays host to events, live music, and other programming throughout the year, including an ice rink in the cold months, fireworks displays, and a roller rink this spring 2023.

Fountain Square is surrounded by historically significant architecture, retail, hotels, and restaurants.

It is serviced by the 18 – Fountain Square streetcar stop, which is located just to the south of the Square on Walnut Street.

Moerlein Lager House*

Lager House opened in 2012 and has been a flagship restaurant in Cincinnati’s culinary resurgence. Christian Moerlein has been brewing beer in Cincinnati since 1853 and is a pillar of our robust brewing heritage. 

Lager House hosts events year round, including Brunch, Brews, and Baseball, Rockin’ the Roebling in warm months, and the Everything Cincy Pre-game Fest before all Bengals home games.

Moerlein Lager House is an institution in our great city and it often tops my list of recommendations for visitors to check out while they’re in town. The food is great, they have a microbrewery producing Moerlein craft beers onsite, and the views of the Roebling and surrounding cityscape are hard to top.

Lager House is serviced by streetcar stop 1 – The Banks, which is a short walk from the restaurant.

Click here to view their menu. A kids menu is also available. We like to get an order of Servatii pretzels with house-made beer cheese from their First Base menu and supplement with a side of fruit.

Smale Riverfront Park

The John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park is a public gathering place along the Ohio River featuring multiple splash pads and water features, swings, interactive and imaginative play areas, pollinator gardens, and Carol Ann’s Carousel ($2 per ride). There are several monuments and memorials as well as picturesque views of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, the Kentucky riverfront, and Downtown Cincinnati.

Smale Riverfront Park enjoys arts programming (such as Blink), Rockin’ the Roebling, live music, and free fitness in warmer months.

Smale Riverfront Park is connected to Yeatman’s Cove Park Sawyer Point Park, and International Friendship Park via the two-mile-long riverwalk boasting scenic river views and spanning vistas of the rolling hills of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

It is serviced by streetcar stop 1 – The Banks, which is a 1/3-mile walk from the park and includes crossing a busier road and potentially using stairs (though elevators are also available).

There are many options listed above and below, so it would be best to pick your favorite(s) according to what you love to do and choose your own adventure. And your guests are sure to be impressed with your Cincinnati tour guide knowledge.

If you ever have any specific questions or would like a customized recommendation catered to your preferences, all you have to do ask.

Enjoy!

There are so many great options for family friendly things to do downtown. Here are some additional kid-friendly places along the streetcar line:

21c Museum Hotel*
Streetcar stop 17 – Aronoff Center

Central Parkway YMCA*
Streetcar stop 15 – Central Parkway

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Library – Main Branch
Streetcar stop 16 – Public Library

Cincinnati Reds at GABP and Hall of Fame Museum
Streetcar stop 1 – The Banks

Contemporary Arts Center
Streetcar stop 17 – Aronoff Center

Court Street Plaza*
Streetcar stop 15 – Central Parkway

FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium*
Streetcar stop 8 – 14th and Elm or
Streetcar stop 9 – Liberty and Elm

Greater’s
Streetcar stop 18 – Fountain Square

The Play Library
Streetcar stop 6 – 12th and Main (Hanke Exchange)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Streetcar stop 1 – The Banks

On the Rhine Eatery*
Streetcar stop 5 –Court and Main
Streetcar stop 15 – Central Parkway

The Children’s Theatre at The Emery (coming 2025)
Streetcar stop 7 – 12th and Vine

*Everything Cincy partner
**Locations within a block or two of the streetcar line
***The Transit app also works for uploading fare and mapping your route on the Cincinnati Metro

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Everything Opening Day 2023

Whether or not it is recognized by the government or our employers, Opening Day is a holiday here in Cincinnati. We are the home of baseball’s first professional team and are almost always the home team on Opening Day. (There have been a handful of exceptions since 1869.) As proclaimed by an Enquirer editorial in 1949, “It is well-known fact that Cincinnati unquestionably is the best Opening Day city in either league; that’s why the Reds’ first game perennially is scheduled on the home lot.”

Just like goetta, fish frys, and creamy whips, baseball is part of our culture.

So in honor of Opening Day 2023, here are details of goings-on downtown* for the occasion:

104th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade

Departs Findlay Market at 12p
Grand marshals: Bronson Arroyo and Danny Graves
Route: 1.4 miles—south on Race to east on Fifth; ending at Taft Theatre

Opening Day Party presented by Taft’s

Washington Park, 10a–4p
Food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly activities.

19th Annual Rally on the Square:

Fountain Square Square, 10a–2p
Fountain Bar, parade viewing, and JonJon and Friends recording live from 10 to 1.

Reds Community Fund Charity Block Party

The Banks (Joe Nuxhall Way, Freedom Way and Walnut Street), 11a
Live music, entertainment, and food and drinks available for purchase.

Home Run Opening Day Hang Out:

Moerlein Lager House Schmidlapp Event Lawn, 12–8p
17’ screen, DJs, and JonJon recording his show live.

Reds Opening Day on the Levee:

Newport on the Levee, 3–7p
Watch the game on the big screen and enjoy drink and food specials at Bridgeview Box Park.

My advice? Download the Transit app to plan your trip downtown by Metro. You can also park somewhere north of Findlay Market and make your way down to The Banks by foot or by the fare free @connector_cincy after the parade. (Streetcar service will resume at the conclusion of the parade.)

*All of these Opening Day events are walkable or have close proximity to/from Great American Ball Park. Check with your neighborhood businesses for any festivities they have going on!

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, kid-friendly Cincinnati, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Everything St. Paddy’s Day in Cincinnati

As a ‘Major Party Town’, there’s no surprise we Cincinnatians love a good party like St. Patrick’s Day. And, seeing as the holiday falls on a Friday this year AND coincides with the first round of March Madness, it’s sure to be a great time.

To celebrate with all of you, Tour de Cincinnati and Everything Cincy have teamed up again to get you ready for the occasion, complete with things to do and events around the city, live music and performances, food and drink options, Irish pubs to check out, and retail and accessories to outfit you for St. Patrick’s Day.

March 11

Events

St. Patrick’s Day Party
Fountain Square*, 10a–6p
Food trucks, live Irish music, and green beer.
myfountainsquare.com

Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Parade
The Banks, 12p
55th annual.
facebook.com

Live Music and Performances

Lager House Welcomes The Prodigals
Moerlein Lager House, 12–3p
Complete with Irish whiskey drink features during the Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Parade at The Banks.
facebook.com

Colleen McKenna St. Patrick’s Day Parade Concert
Irish Heritage Center, 3:30p
colleen-mckenna.com

Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Performance
Irish Heritage Center, 4:30p

March 17

Events

Shamrocks & Shenanigans
Streetside Brewery, 7a
Drink specials, green beer, and a free t-shirt for the first 20 customers to get a Craft Burger Bros breakfast burrito and a pint.
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St. Patrick’s Day
Darkness Brewing, 8a
Beer releases, green beer, kegs and eggs at 8am with Live Irish Fiddle, nonstop live music from 3 to 11, and even more to do on the Avenue, including more live music and Irish clog dancing.
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St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Cheviot, 8a–midnight
Visit 8 bars and receive a t-shirt. Game Time, Skin’s Place, Public House, 2nd Street Saloon, Keller’s, Roswell’s, Dean’s Hops and Vines, Fogarty’s.

St. Paddy’s Day in the Taproom
West Side Brewing, 9a
Complete with Irish beers, treats from Maribelle Bakery, St. Catharine’s Fish Fry from 12 to 9, Irish flights, $5 Jameson, and Westwood’s 1-year DORA anniversary.
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WSB also has these shirts available for purchase in the taproom

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Braxton Brewing Company, 9a
Green Garage Beer, shot specials, rooftop DJ from 3 to 6, and taproom DJ from 7 to 10.
facebook.com

St. Paddy’s at HG
Higher Gravity at Summit Park, 10a
Several Irish drink specials.
facebook.com

St. Patrick’s Day at ABC
Alexandria Brewing Company, 10a–10p
Irish Traveler (dry Irish stout) release, kegs and eggs at 10a, drink specials, live music, and more.
facebook.com

St. Patrick’s Day at The Pub
The Pub Crestview Hills, 10a–11p
Eat, drink, and be Irish for a day! Featuring Irish fare, drink specials, live music, bagpipes, and more.
facebook.com

St. Patrick’s Day at The Pub
The Pub Rookwood, 10a–11p
Eat, drink, and be Irish for a day! Featuring Irish fare, drink specials, live music, bagpipes, and more.
facebook.com

Luck of the Levee
Newport on the Levee, 3–7p
Click here for a full lineup of events, including a performance by Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, free face painting, live music, McGing Irish Dancers, Irish-themed cocktails and specials, plus specials at participating businesses.
newportonthelevee.com

Shamrock N Roll St. Patrick’s Day on the Avenue
Fairfield Avenue Bellevue, 5:30–8p
Shop, sip, dine, and stroll while enjoying live music and the McGing Irish Dancers.
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Walnut Hills St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl
Peebles Corner Historic District, 6p
Esoteric, Decibel, Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, Gomez Salsa, Comfort Station, Fireside Pizza.
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Live Music and Performances

Easter Rising Live
Molly Malone’s, 12–3p
Nicholson’s, 4:15–6:15p
Fretboard Brewing, 8–11p

Ben Levin on St. Paddy’s Day
Element Eatery, 4–7p
Come for the food, stay for the green beer and blues.
facebook.com

Erickson Academy of Irish Dance Performance
Irish Heritage Center, 5p

Colleen McKenna St. Patrick’s Day Concert
Irish Heritage Center, 6–7p
colleen-mckenna.com

Céad Míle Fáilte
The Dublin Defense at Bircus Brewing Company, 7:30–11:30p
eventbrite.com

Food + Drink

Aglamesis Bros*
Special TBD

Biggby Coffee Cincy Madisonville, Monfort Heights, Mariemont, St. Bernard
Locally owned Biggby Coffee features several St. Patrick’s Day-inspired drinks this month, including:

  • Mint Chip Cream Freeze
  • Irish Cream
  • Lucky Charm (Irish Cream + Mellow)
  • Chocolate Covered Leprechaun (Irish Cream + Mocha)

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Busken Bakery multiple locations
St. Patrick’s Day goodies for in-store pickup, including cakes, breads, cookies, donuts, coffee cakes, and more.
busken.com

Del Gardo’s Cannoli* Covington

  • Pot of Gold – Baileys and Amaretto 
  • Irish Love – Guinness Chocolate Drizzle with Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • St. Patrick – Guinness Chocolate Drizzle with Bailey’s and Jameson 
  • Irish Luck – Jameson with Andes Mints

Humble Monk Brewing Co.* Northside
St. Brendan Irish red ale

MadTree* Oakley
Mac the Willis Irish red ale

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom* OTR
Boston Brick Red (classic Irish red)

Servatii multiple locations
Buttercream cookies

West Side Brewing Westwood
Dry Stout
GIL (German-Irish lager), tapping 3/7

Irish Pubs

Crowley’s Irish Pub Mt. Adams
Cincinnati’s oldest Irish pub
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Dingle House Irish Pub and Grub West Chester
Open 7a–midnight, featuring live music, Irish dancers, bagpipes. Kegs and eggs from 7 to 11 and $5 door charge starting at 8.
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Molly Malones Covington
Kegs and eggs at 7a, free souvenir shirt for first 100 guests, Irish food and drinks, live Irish music all day (two stages), Irish dancers, bagpipes, green beer, and more.
mollymalonesirishpub.com

O’Malley’s in the Alley* Central Business District
omalleyscincy.com 

RP McMurphy’s Oakley
rpmcmurphyspub.com

Retail and Accessories

From St. Patrick’s Day-specific duds to everyday green items to wear throughout the year, below are all the local places you need to get outfitted for St. Paddy’s Day.

Cappel’s Downtown, Anderson Twp, Blue Ash
Family-owned party supplies store that is great for accessories and St. Patrick’s Day-specific goods.
cappelsinc.com

Cincy Shirts Hyde Park, Fort Mitchell, online
Check out their entire lineup of St. Patrick’s Day, green, and Celtic tees.
cincyshirts.com

Ellebrux virtual and markets
Jewelry, art, and gifts, featuring some great options for St. Paddy’s Day and beyond.

Gumdrop Covington
Children’s boutique with clothing, gifts, and accessories, featuring green clothing items to outfit the littles on March 17 and always.

gumdroptots.com

Handzy Shop + Studio Covington
Feminine apparel, gifts, and accessories, featuring several great green options for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

handzyshopstudio.com

HOMAGE OTR
While they may not have a full collection of St. Paddy’s Day garb, they do have a handful of green and pop culture-inspired duds to outfit you for St. Patrick’s Day. Click here to check them out.
homage.com

Lemons and Limes Boutique Loveland, Mason
Apparel, gifts, and home decor. Check out their St. Patrick’s Day goods here.
lemonslimesboutique.com

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, kid-friendly Cincinnati, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

*Everything Cincy partner

Things To Do: Everything Kid-friendly Cincy

Looking for a fun day out with the littles?

Head to Happy Hangout on the the westside!

Complete with an indoor playground, toddler play area, miniature city for pretend play, classes, and party rooms, Happy Hangout encourages playing, using your imagination, and finding community in a safe, clean environment.

Happy Hangout is open six days a week from 9am to 3pm (closed on Wednesdays). Two-hour play passes are $10 for ages walking–12 years old and free for adults and babies.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, particularly for peak times, and memberships and gift cards are also available.

[Adults: there’s also a comfy lounge area with outlets to work or to BYO food or coffee. Pro tip 👉🏻 there’s a Servatii right across the street where you can pick up pastries, fresh breads and pretzels, or coffee.]

If you are looking to supplement your day out with additional things to do, here are more kid-friendly ways to spend your time on the westside:

Dewey’s Pizza Green Twp

Assuming you’ve worked up an appetite, head to kid-friendly local chain Dewey’s, where you can create your own or order a specialty pizza, calzone, or salad.

Zip Dip Green Twp

Treat yourself to one of the best creamy whips on the westside, serving up soft serve, yogurt, an assortment of cones and toppings, dip tops, sundaes, flurries, shakes and malts, several food items, and more.

Note: Opens for the season March 3, 2023

Gamble-Nippert YMCA Westwood

Get in some fun or relaxation at Gamble-Nippert YMCA* by enjoying the indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, or steam room. As a member, you even take advantage of school-age childcare*.

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library – Westwood Branch Westwood

The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library – Westwood Branch is just a half mile away, where you can use free WiFi, the laptop kiosk, or meeting room, and the little ones can play in the children’s area, featuring the Krayon Kiosk, play area, and books.

If you are around in the morning on Wednesday, the Westwood Branch Library has Movers and Shakers from 10:15–11a. It is recommended for ages 1–4 and the children get to sing, dance, listen to music, stories, and play with toys when the class is over.

West Side Brewing Westwood

If the weather allows, grab a DORA beer from West Side Brewing and head across the street to Westwood Town Hall Park where there is a playground the kids can play on.

Note: DORA beverages are not allowed inside the fencing of the play area

You don’t have to break the bank to spend a kid-friendly day out in our great city. Are you looking for specific recommendations? Just ask!

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

*Membership required. Gamble-Nippert has before and after school programs for school-age children (ages 5–12), as well as full day childcare for school-aged children on days CPS is closed, and preschool classrooms (ages 3–5).

Everything Black-owned Cincinnati

According to the US Census Bureau, only about 10% of US businesses are Black owned. And, unfortunately, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, minority owned businesses were disproportionately affected, resulting in over 40% of Black-owned businesses closing. Black entrepreneurship in America has a rich history and strong ties to the overall economic impact of African-American communities, and businesses owned by BIPOC are crucial to growing the economy. If you are looking for an impactful way to celebrate Black History Month, show solidarity with Black entrepreneurs by supporting Black-owned businesses this month and beyond.

Supporting Black-owned businesses doesn’t just contribute to creating entrepreneurial opportunities (thus fueling economic prosperity), Black businesses are more likely to hire Black workers, which positively impacts the disparity among broader community wealth and opportunity.

Supporting Black-owned businesses acknowledges the wealth gap by creating a path for establishing sustained, multi-generational wealth in the Black community. It also celebrates Black culture.

Below is a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in Greater Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

FOOD + DRINK

RESTAURANTS

6 ’N the Mornin’ (Kenwood)
Southern-style breakfast restaurant
6inthemornin.com

221 Restaurant Westwood
Senegalese cuisine
Website

Agape Cafe Madisonville
American cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
agapecafeoh.com

The Aperture Coming to Walnut Hills in summer 2023
Mediterranean, Levantine, and American south influences
theaperturecinci.com

Big Jay’s Place Finneytown
Catering, soul food, Caribbean
Facebook

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Union
Contemporary take on classic American frontier food
boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

Burnett’s Soul Food Walnut Hills
Soul food
Menu

Conscious Kitchen Corryville [temporarily closed]
Vegan and health food restaurant
consciouskitchen.org

COPA Lounge OTR
Nightclub with Sunday brunch
Facebook

Crown’s Kitchen Cheviot
Wings, sandwiches, soul food
Menu

Darou Salam Northside
African Halal and Senegalese cuisine
Menu

Divine Appetite Cafe West Chester
African food—everything from Waakye to Jollof Rice
Website

Elephant Walk Corryville
Indian and Ethiopian cuisine
elephantwalkcincy.com

Emma’s All In One Occasions Westwood
Soul food, breakfast, and catering
Facebook

Essen Kitchen OTR
Plant-based food, vegan; breakfast, lunch, and dinner
essenkitchen.com

Express Wings Roselawn
Chicken wings, sandwiches, seafood
Menu

Gee’s Caribbean Style Groesbeck
Fresh, authentic Caribbean cuisine
Facebook

Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Westwood
Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes
Menu

Island Frydays Corryville
Jamaican cuisine
islandfrydays.com
Pickup window available

K&J Seafood Bond Hill
Louisiana-style fresh seafood
kjseafood.com 

Katch the Kitchen Northside
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
ktkrestaurant.com

Maize OTR
Venezuelen and Latin American comfort food
maizeotr.com

Mango’s Tropical Oasis Fairfield
Sports bar and grill
Facebook

Millie’s Place Madisonville
Southern, soul food, diner
Menu

Mz. Jade’s Soul Food Middletown
Fresh, homemade southern dishes
mzjadessoulfood.com

Nolia Kitchen OTR
Classic southern flavors and unconventional twists on familiar staples
noliakitchen.com

Ollie’s Trolley West End
Burgers, ribs, and other southern dishes
Facebook

Park Place Restaurant Forest Park
American restaurant and lounge
Facebook

Rasheedah’s Cafe College Hill
Soul food and halal meats since 1993
rasheedahscafe.com

Richie’s Avondale, Bond Hill, Colerain, West End
Soul food featuring spicy fried chicken, deep fried fish, rib tips, and classic soul food sides and desserts
richieschicken.com

SeneGrill West Chester
Senegalese and American fusion
senegrill.com

Teranga Restaurant Hartwell
African and American fusion
terangacinci.com

Wing Champ Sharonville
Wings, ribs, ice cream, and events
originalwingchamp.com

BBQ

Alabama Que Corryville
alabama-q.com

Benin’s BBQ & Steak Westwood
bbqnsteak.com

C&M BBQ Grill Kennedy Heights
Caribbean BBQ
cmbbqgrill.com

Goodies Mt. Healthy
Southern BBQ
Facebook

Ike’s BBQ Evanston, Silverton
Facebook

J & W Bar-B-Que Walnut Hills
Facebook

Just Cooking BBQ Bond Hill
justcookingbbq.com 

Just Q’in Walnut Hills
justqin.com
Dine in, carryout, catering

Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery Loveland
midwestbestbbq.com
Lunch, dinner, catering

COFFEE SHOPS

BlaCk Coffee Lounge Central Business District
Coffee, sandwiches, pastries, pressed juice
Facebook

Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse Evanston
Hot and cold coffee drinks, and light bites
creamandsugarcoffeehouse.com
Catering available

Drip Coffee Lounge Camp Washington
Coffee bar serving locally roasted specialty coffee, plus a unique selection of mixed drinks and quick bites
dripcoffeelounge.com

Muse Cafe Westwood
Coffee, fine wine, jazz, sandwiches, cheese plates, and salads
musecafecincy.com

Sunny Blu Coffeehouse OTR
Coffee drinks, light bites, and ice cream
sunnyblucoffee.com

BARS AND DRINKERIES

Danyelle’s Bellevue Tavern Bellevue
Bar and tavern
danyelles.com

Esoteric Brewing Company Walnut Hills
Brewery with Decibel Korean-fried Chicken onsite
esotericbrewing.com

Kombuchinnati
Non-alcoholic, probiotic kombucha
Website and where to buy

Newport Ultra Lounge Newport
Dance club with craft beer and cocktails
Facebook

Nostalgia Wine and Jazz Lounge OTR
Facebook page

Revel OTR Urban Winery OTR
revelotr.com

CATERING AND CHEF SERVICES

Afromeals OTR
Cooking classes and catering services, featuring African and Caribbean cuisine.
afromeals.com

Dada Smokes BBQ
Catering
dadasmokes.com

Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ
eddiesbarbque.com

The Passion Plate
Personal chef and caterer featuring everyday gourmet and boutique catering
thepassionplate.com

Soleil Kitchen
Personal chef and boutique catering company
soleilkitchen.com
Occasional pop-ups

Soul Secrets Catering Findlay Kitchen
Corporate catering
soulsecretscincy.com
Occasional pop-ups

Southern Grace Cincy
Breakfast, catering
southerngracecincy.com 

FOOD TRUCKS AND TAKEOUT

AJ’s Cheesesteaks
Cheesesteaks, wings, fries
ajscheesesteak.com
Streetfood Finder

Best Thing Smokin’
BBQ and classic favorites
Facebook

BOL Acai Bowl Bar
bolonline.org
Streetfood Finder
Catering available

Burger World
Facebook
Streetfood Finder

Pata Roja Taqueria OTR
Mexico City-style street tacos
patarojatacos.com
Catering available

Smokin’ Inferno BBQ & Catering
Facebook

Triple J’s BBQ
thetriplejbarbq.com
Catering available

Turkeys R Us
Chicken, Turkey, pork, sandwiches, fries
turkeysrus.net
Catering available

Tip: Follow the truck on social media to get their schedule and to see where they will be next!

SWEETS

A Mother’s Touch Cakes virtual and pop-ups
Vegan, organic, sugar-free, and gluten-free desserts. Can be found weekly at Market Wagon, Black Coffee Lounge, Madeira Farmer’s Market, Ajani’s Gourmet Strawberries Sweet Boutique, and Findlay Market.
amotherstouchcakes.com

Aunt Flora’s Cobbler Pie Co Northbrook
Caterer and bakery specializing in cobbler pies, cakes, and Southern comfort food
aunt-flora.com

Cora’s Cakery online
Cupcakes, meringues, cake pops, sugar cookies, and more
corascakery.org

Davis Cookie Collection Bond Hill
Cookies, brownies, and other desserts
daviscookiecollection.com

Jazzy Sweeties Bakery Walnut Hills
jazzysweetiesbakery.com

Kishia’s Kakes
Website

Keys Cheesecake and Pies online
Facebook

Lala’s Blissful Bites Madisonville
lalasbliss.com

Makers Bakers Co. Findlay Market
Artisan cheesecakes, handmade cakes and pies, and other bakery items
makersbakersco.com 

Maya’s Bakes pop-ups, Findlay Market
Cookies and other goodies
mayasbakes.com
Catering available

Sugar OTR
Cookies, cakes, weddings, catering, and more
sugarcincinnati.com 

Sweet Jazz Treats Lockland
Cake pops, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, party platters, dessert jars
sweetjazztreats.com

Sweet Mae’s Cookie Co.
Stuffed cookies with a thick southern accent
sweetmaescookies.com
Available at regional Target stores and these locations

Sweet Petit Desserts Evanston
Cookies, cakes and pies, cheesecake, lemon bars, macarons, and more
sweetpetitdesserts.com
Pre-orders only; now available at Cream+Sugar Coffeehouse

Sweets by LaDawn Silverton
Wedding cakes and more
Facebook

RETAIL+

Alexis Nickelle Co
Soy candles
alexisnickelleco.com

All Cheri’s Intriguing Crystals
Accessories, jewelry, and art
allcheri.com
Formerly Art by Autumn M

Alumni Ink virtual
Online apparel company
alumniink.com

am|PM Exchange
Women’s apparel and beauty products
ampm.exchange

Art on Vine
Monthly market featuring fine art and handmade goods from dozens of artists throughout the Ohio region
artonvinecincy.com

Barcode Glam Montgomery
Beauty meets fashion
barcodeglam.com

BlaCk OWned Outerwear Central Business District
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
blackowned19xx.com

Blossoms Florist Reading
Full-service florist servicing Cincinnati for over 30 years
blossomsfloristinc.com

Brittney Kelley Brands
apparel and makeup
brittneykelley.com

The Confetti Room OTR
Event venue
confettiroomcincy.com

The Culture Locker
Provide a positive influence and discovery of black-owned businesses
theculturelocker.com

Curious Concoctions
Soaps, scrubs, body butters, candles, and more
curiousconcoctions.net

Detailed Days Events Design
Event planner
detaileddays.com

Diamyn’s Crystal Bar Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Crystals, jewelry, and sage
diamynscrystalbar.com

District 78 Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Luxury candles and lifestyle brand
bydistrict78.com

Everyday Black
Apparel
everydayblack.net

Fill More Waste Less
Refillable soaps, shampoo, cleaning products, and more
fillmorewasteless.com

Flora Lee Naturals
Plant-based skincare
floraleenaturals.com

Fly By Nature OTR
Apparel
flybynatureclothing.com

From the Sidewalk OTR
Creative hub of streetwear and culture; home of Jet Black Vintage
thesidewalkshop.com

Gee Horton
Hyper-realist visual artist
geehorton.com

Gingham & Glam
Fashion, jewelry, accessories
ginghamandglam.com

GO(O)D Co. OTR
Hats, accessories, and apparel for men, women, and children
goodcoapparel.com

Hard Ta Knock Shoppe Camp Washington
Apparel

Heads Up Trading Co. Camp Washington
Fair trade headbands, head wraps, and Guatemalan jewelry
headsuptc.com

HoopNerdz
Apparel for men, women, and children
thenerdzbrand.com

Hutch Baby OTR
Children’s boutique
hutchbaby.com 

Jet Black Vintage OTR
Curated sustainable fashion
jetblackvintage.com

Junebug Jewelry Designs
Jewelry design
junebugjewelrydesigns.com

Legacy Genius
Black history trivia
legacygenius.com

Make.Do. Pleasant Ridge
Yarn, fabric, fibers, and classes
heymakedo.com

Matunda Juicery Pause Cincy (Corryville)
Smoothie and juice bar
Facebook

Me by Lee
Formal fashion boutique
mebylee.com

Minor Obsession
Vegan soap
minorobsession.co

Murelle’s Florist Central Business District
Website 

Native Moon Apothecary Mt. Healthy
Alternative and holistic health
nativemoonherbals.com

Originalitees
Apparel and accessories for men, women, and children
originalitees.com

OTR Funplex OTR
Entertainment venue
otrfunplex.com

Pause Corryville
Health, wellness, and relaxation, made up of Diamyn’s Crystal Bar, District 78, and Matunda Juicery
Instagram

Peony Jean Boutique
Customizable clothing for the entire family
peonyjeanboutique.com

RaJean Beauty
Shea butter, sugar scrub, and men’s products
rajeanbeauty.com

Red’s Westside VenYou
Event space
redswestsidevenyou.com

RJS Fashion
Accessory design and styling
beyondfreshrjs.com

Ryan Nichole Studios
Visual artist and art educator
ryannicholestudios.com

Switch Central Business District
Lighting, furniture, and design
switchcollection.com

Touch of Heaven Floral Shoppe Mt. Healthy
Website

TIQUE by Victory Lane Boutique Springfield Twp
victorylaneboutique.com

The Voice of Your Customer Walnut Hills
HUBZone, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE
Marketing consulting firm
thevoiceofyourcustomer.com

WELLNESS + FITNESS

1 More Rep Madisonville
Gym
1-more-rep.com

A Better You Counseling Springdale
Therapy practice specializing in treating individuals, couples, and families.
abetterucounseling.com

A Crystal Mind LLC Sharonville
Psychiatric and mental health practice. In-office and telehealth options available.
acrystalmind.com

A Ruth Creations virtual+
Artist and educator specializing in visual art and poetry.
annieruth.com

A Sound Mind Counseling Hartwell
Behavioral health practice providing therapy to people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
asoundmindcounseling.com

Adrienne’s Love Fairfield
Postpartum products, services, and doulas.
adrienneslove.com

Art of Fitness North College Hill
Facebook

Cincinnati Muscle Therapy College Hill
cincinnatimuscletherapy.com

Curvy Cardio
Fitness
morganaowens.com

Fitness 1o1 Liberty Twp
Personalized group training
fitness1o1.com

Grind Shop Sports Performance Training Lockland
Fitness facility
grindshoptraining.com

If you ever have any questions about any of these businesses or need a custom recommendation specific to what you’re looking for, all you have to do is ask!

I would like to encourage you all to support Black-owned businesses and creators all month long (and beyond).

Go to the link in my bio for a list of Black-owned businesses in Cincinnati, including Food + Drink, Retail, and Wellness.

For more resources for and to support Black Cincinnati, follow:
@blackcincy 
@cincy.cocoabloggers
@voiceblackcincy 
@thecincinnatiaachamber 

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Sources: census.gov, nationalgeographic.com

Everything Local Gift Guide

Avoid parking lots and shopping malls for Black Friday and beyond. Instead, preserve your mental and physical health by shopping small and contributing to your local economy for the holidays this year.

In addition to presumed health benefits, shopping local ensures that nearly 70 cents on every dollar remains in the local economy. When you shop small, you help to build a better local economy, reduce environmental impact, put your taxes to good use, create jobs, get better customer service, keep the community unique, and you encourage local prosperity. Whew—that’s a lot of good!

It is extremely important to share some of our favorite local businesses and gift ideas, as well as encourage everyone to Shop Small on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday*, and beyond (holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and more).

Gifts and Retail

Can’t decide what you want to give, but want to provide a number of local options? Check out the Queen City Card, which features dozens of participating restaurants, drinkeries, shops, markets, hotels, experiences, museums, and more. Click here to buy yours and to see a complete list of participating merchants.

In addition to its OTR location, the Columbus-based retro and vintage sports clothierHOMAGE, also calls Liberty Center home. HOMAGE always has great deals after the holiday, so keep your eye out to support local for Small Business Saturday.

If you’ve got any music lovers in your life, treat them to analog tunes courtesy of Everybody’s Records, Plaid Room Records, or Shake It Records. For home decor, visit Wildfire Hygge GoodsHigh Street, and Sara’s House. If you have a loved one with a green thumb, consider a plant from Frond or a local nursery, the gift of classes from The Budding Florist or Fern, or even a flower or plant subscription to Sadie Blossoms.

Peruse gifts at MiCA 12/v, a local art, fine craft, and design-based gift shop in OTR. Additional apparel, gift, and accessory shops include BlaCk Owned Outerwear, Buff City Soap, The Candle LabCincy ShirtsCorporate, Handzy Shop + Studio, Hi-Bred, Inspired Fashion, Jet Black Vintage, Junebug Jewelry Designs, Koch Sporting Goods, Manitou Candle Co., Originalitees, Queen City Alchemy, REKKIERivertown Inkery, WolfpackYellow Dahlia Candle Co., and many more.

For the readers, peruse the Ohio section of local reads and goods or buy a book written by a local author from Joseph-Beth Booksellers, or head to Downbound Books in Northside for books, games, or stationery. Some favorite local books include SENATE: Street & Savory, a cookbook by local chef, Daniel Wright; The Cincinnati Anthology, edited by Zan McQuade; and Walking Cincinnati, a guide to urban hikes in many of Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods. For any Queen City lovers in your life, a subscription to Cincinnati Magazine is an excellent option.

Head to Findlay Market for one of their many events, a free tour, retail goods, or for Tablespoon Cooking Co. classes. Like food? Check out a Cincinnati Food Tour, kitchenware at Artichoke, everyday gourmet or boutique catering options through The Passion Plate, or serve up a gift to the award-winning The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s.

Shop ethically and sustainably at Flora Lee Naturals (garden-based skincare), Deerhaus Decor (sustainable general store), zero waste refillery Fill More Waste Less, or by buying a gift card to organic, natural Spruce Nail Shop (nail and skin services). You can also stop by &Sundries, a handcrafted soapworks and home goods maker, for the bath and body lover in your life.

For the Kids

King Arthur’s Court Toys, Learning Express Toys and Gifts, and Stoney Village Toy Shoppe all purvey toys and games for young people of all ages, including STEAM toys, board games, puzzles, and so much more.

Gumdrop, a shop for tots (and sister store to Handzy Shop + Studio), is located in Covington and purveys beautiful and thoughtful goods, such as apparel, toys, and games. Hutch Baby, an upscale, sustainable children’s boutique from NB to youth sizes 14–16, is located on Vine Street in OTR.

You can also head to O’Bryonville for LilyPad, where you engage children through purposeful play, classes, parties, and other events; Northside to enjoy an afternoon or make a donation on behalf of your gift recipient at Happen, Inc.; give a membership to The Play Library in OTR, where, you can Play & Borrow (and Play it Forward!) with a monthly or yearly subscription, or by buying playdates in bulk; give the gift of language to play dates and classes (including virtual options) through Spanish Play Dates; or purchase a membership or gift card to Happy Hangout, an indoor play space on the westside.

Markets and Craft Fairs

Patronize local and regional vendors and local food trucks at Cincinnati’s famed urban flea market, The City Flea (Holiday Market December 11) as well Art on Vine in November and December and Crafty Supermarket. The latter will be back in the Music Hall Ballroom featuring dozens of makers—local and regional—on November 26.

More area craft shows and various flea markets can be found here.

Art

If you’re looking to give the gift of local art, ideas include James Billiter (letterpress, woodcut, greeting cards, cross stitch, etc.), Janneke Beuerlein Art (abstract visual artist), Gee Horton (hyperrealist visual artist), Christen Collins Art, and Ellebrux, (jewelry, fine art, and handmade gifts). Work by James Billiter and Ellebrux can be found at The City Flea and various shops in greater Cincinnati. You can also have alpdesign create a custom home illustration, support local institution Rookwood Pottery, or give the gift of classes to Queen City Clay.

Fabulous Frames & Art is not only the world’s largest Charley Harper dealer, it also features custom framing and Rookwood and Cincinnati gifts. Visit one of their four Cincinnati locations to see their goods.

If you’ve got someone in your life interested in musical arts, give the gift of music lessons through Cincinnati School of Music, which has options for all ages. You can also give the experience of painting at Color Me Mine in Crestview Hills, Not Your Average Paint & Sip class, or youth classes and workshops through Liberty Exhibition Hall.

Pets

Our four-legged friends are family and, thus, we like to spoil them as such. I recommend doing so at Argos All-Natural Pet Food and SupplyFindlay Market, Fuzzybutts Dry Goods, Jungle Jim’s Market, or by finding your neighborhood Pet Wants. For a complete list of community vendors where Brewhaus Dog Bones are sold, click here.

Experiences, Not Things

Give the gift of wonder from the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, EnterTRAINment JunctionChildren’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Kings Island, Coney Island, Newport Aquarium, or Madcap Education Center.

For the 21+ crowd, consider giving a Cincy Brew Bus, Brewing Heritage Trail, or an American Legacy Tours tour; creating a custom six pack at Higher Gravity or Root Cellar; picking up a hard-to-find bomber from Cappy’s; or attending a beer or wine tasting at Jungle Jim’s Market or Marty’s Hops and Vines.

Check out one of Cincinnati’s excellent museums in the Cincinnati Museum Center, Taft Museum of Art, National Underground Railround and Freedom Center, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Observatory, or give a membership for a loved one to the American Sign Museum. (General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, Contemporary Arts Center, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, and the William Howard Taft National Historic Site is free.)

Celebrate Cincinnati’s robust arts scene with a show at the Aronoff Center, Know Theatre, Ensemble TheatreCincinnati Shakespeare Company, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati POPS Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, or the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Memorial Hall’s Longworth-Anderson Series features Grammy Award-winning talent in a “perfect jewel” of a theater.

Want to give the gift of fitness while supporting community? Consider giving a Y membership. Looking for an adventure? Full Throttle Adrenaline Park has a rage room, virtual reality, go-karting, axe throwing, and paint ball all in one fun-filled destination. Similarly, the OTR Funplex has a smash room, paint splatter room, karaoke, escape room, slime making room, cocktail/mocktail crafting, and more. Gifts cards are available to both.

Consumable Gifts

Instead of buying more things, I recommend getting a gift card to a small business or restaurant so that they can try a new place or patronize a favorite. A gift card may not seem fun, but I assure you that they are practical!

You can also consider a tea sampler from Churchill’s Fine Teas; coffee beans and a mug from a local coffee shop or roaster such as Coffee Emporium, Deeper Roots, and Urbana Cafe; or spices from Colonel De’s in Findlay Market.

Wellness

Treat yourself or a loved one to to a spa day at 21c Museum Hotel or The Woodhouse Day Spa; retreat getaway, fitness event, empowerment workshop, or social with The Beauty Boost; professional makeup and medspa services for skincare, lips, lashes, and brows at Omega Beauty; or medusa services with Victory Wellness MedSpa or Pure Vive Med Spa. Savannah’s Hyde Away offers massage services and has a Black Friday deal of 10% off all gift cards through November 28. (Use code blackfriday at checkout.)

Let the Metro, fare free Connector, Red Bike, or an electric scooter connect your trip to shops, restaurants, parks, and drinkeries when you spend time in the urban core this holiday season!

*Small Business Saturday is on November 26, 2022 and it is an initiative to shop small and to support local businesses. In fact,“For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy.”

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Everything Holidays

For all of your holiday 2022 needs—markets, wondrous local fun, performances, magic, twinkling lights, gift-buying, and more—check out the list below of the many fun goings on over the next several weeks, as well as a comprehensive list for where you can host a holiday party. All events are linked to a site with more information regarding admission costs, dates and times, and location.

No matter your preference for the holiday season, whether it be celebrating with light displays, a large corporate gathering, or by supporting the arts, we have you covered.

Categories included below are:

  • Events
  • Markets
  • Lights and Displays
  • Winter Fun
  • Performing Arts
  • Venues

Events

Black Violin: Give Thanks Holiday Tour
November 15, 7:30p
Aronoff Center
Hip-hop meets classical with the acclaimed band Black Violin, led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), who are joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes.
cincinnatiarts.org

North Pole Express by LM&M Railroad
November 18–20, 23, 26–27, December 1–4, 7–11, 14–23
Experience the wonder of the holiday season by journeying down the train tracks of Warren County, Ohio. Passengers spend time with Santa and his elves on the one hour and 15 minute festive train ride.
lebanonrr.com
Tickets start at $22

Metamora Old Fashioned Christmas Walk Opening Day
November 25–December 18
Festive decorations, live music, shopping, and more.
facebook.com

UDF’s Downtown Dazzle on Fountain Square
November 26 and December 3, 10, 17
See Santa rappel from a Cincinnati skyrise and watch a fireworks display. Music and festivities start at 6:30p and the Downtown Dazzle show begins at 7. Enjoy a drink or hot cocoa at Fountain Square’s Bar or have fun at the ice rink.
myfountainsquare.com

UDF’s Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park
November 26 and December 3, 10, 17
Bring your family, your dog, your friends to meet Santa, but most all—be sure to bring your cameras. 
washingtonpark.org

BB Riverboats Holiday Lunch Cruise
November 30, 12–2p (boarding at 11a)
Two-hour cruise featuring games, entertainment, and a buffet.
bbriverboats.com

Krampus!
West Side Brewing, 5p

An evening of hellish delights with the demons of Krampuslauf Zinzinnati, including Krampus Coal (Vanilla Baltic Porter) release and Craft Burger Bros serving up burgers. A portion of proceeds will be donated to charity.
facebook.com

BB Riverboats Holiday Dinner Cruise
December 2, 7:30–9:30p (boarding at 6:30p)
Take in the skyline, watch the river go by, and enjoy a fantastic holiday meal. All seating is reserved.
bbriverboats.com

BB Riverboats Holiday Brunch Cruise
December 4, 12–2p (boarding at 11a)
Dine on a hearty seasonal spread, then sit back and enjoy a perfectly relaxing afternoon while taking in the sights and listening to Dixieland Jazz Band. All seating is reserved.
bbriverboats.com

Mt. Adams Reindog Parade at The Monastery
December 10, 2–3p
A Mt. Adams tradition for over 20 years. Dogs (and owners) dress in their Holiday Best, and prizes are awarded in a variety of categories. Food and vendors will be available before the parade. Registration is from 12:30–1:45p.
mtadamscincy.org

LatkaPalooza
December 24
Cincinnati’s annual Hanukkah bash at a local bar [TBD] for drinks, a DJ, and dreidel with friends—old and new. No cover. Cash bar. Kosher food. Open to ages 21-39.
jewishcincinnati.org

Findlay Market Holiday Market 2021

Markets

Germania Society Christkindlmarkt
November 4–6
The region’s oldest German Christmas market, based on traditional Christmas markets popular throughout Germany. German beer, mulled wine, and shopping unique gifts from local crafters under a covered pavilion and heated tents.
germaniasociety.com
$5 per person (credit/debit only), free admission for ages 12 and under and active/retired military with current ID

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Duke Energy Convention Center
November 11–13
300 vendors selling decor, gifts, apparel, toys, treats, and more.
cincinnatiholidaymarket.com
Save $2 by buying tickets online

Lakota East Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
November 12–13
Unique gifts for everyone on your list.
lakotaeastcraftshow.com
$2 admission ($5 early bird on Saturday), under 18 free

Holiday Market
November 13, 11a–4p

Third Eye Brewing
Sip on holiday cocktails, mimosas, and award-winning beer while knocking off items from your shopping list.
facebook.com 

Art on Vine
November 13, 12–7p
Rhinegeist
Local artists and makers showcasing and selling fine arts and handmade goods every first Sunday of the month.
artonvinecincy.com

Holiday Shopping Expo at the Lawrenceburg Event Center
November 18–20
Weekend of shopping from a selection of boutiques, crafters, upcycled and repurposed goods, specialty stores, local business, and more. Local group performances, wine tasting, and door prizes.
facebook.com

Oak Hills Band Association Fall Craft Fair
November 19, 9a–3p
Oak Hills High School
Get a start on your holiday shopping featuring more than 250 crafters and artisans. 
facebook.com
$5 per person (ages 10 and under free)

Fall Sycamore Arts & Crafts Show
November 19, 9a–4p
Sycamore High School
Arts and crafts, live student musical performances, and food offerings.
sbob.org

The OFF Market Holiday Market
November 19, 10a–4p
Summit Park
Monthly marketplace bringing together small businesses, artisans, brewers, bakers, farmers, and more—held in the same footprint as the summer market with the addition of an ice skating rink and other holiday festivities.
theoffmarket.org

Holiday Bazaar at Queen City Clay
November 19–20
Handmade ceramics and gifts.
queencityclay.com

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair
November 25–27
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Experience artful shopping organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a nonprofit organization that supports artists and the community through year-round programming.
winterfair.org
$7 (children 12 and under free), available online or at the door. Ticket is valid for all three days.

Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt
November 25–December 31, Thursday–Sunday
Moerlein Lager House Schmidlapp Event Lawn
Holiday themed Christmas festival featuring food, beverages, merchandise, holiday lights, and choral and musical entertainment.
cincinnatichristkindlmarkt.com

Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show
November 26
Music Hall Ballroom, 11a–5p
This event marks 13 years of bringing you the best handmade goods around from over 100 makers from all over Ohio, the midwest, and beyond—just in time for holiday shopping or simply treating yourself.
craftysupermarket.com

WestSide Holiday Market
November 26
Westwood Town Hall, 12–5p
100+ local vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa, holiday music, free swag bags for the first 200 people, and a free fitness class.
facebook.com

Shop Local on the Levee
November 26–27
Newport on the Levee
Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Shop Local on the Levee as local artisans and makers offer holiday hand-crafted goods.
newportonthelevee.com

Winter Market at Washington Park
November 26–27, December 3–4, 10–11, 17–18
The Winter Market will feature regional artisans and crafters in cozily designed huts, with local organizations to curate each weekend. Vendors will vary from weekend to weekend—lineup TBA.
washingtonpark.org

Holiday Market at Findlay Market
December 3–4
Dozens of farmers and outdoor vendors plus over 50 full-time merchants selling holiday gifts, food and decor. The Market will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland at Jane’s. Get a FREE commemorative ornament locally made by Lucca with every tree purchase.
findlaymarket.org

Art on Vine
December 11
Rhinegeist, 12–7p
Local artists and makers showcasing and selling fine arts and handmade goods every first Sunday of the month.
artonvinecincy.com

The City Flea
December 17–18
Washington Park
December 17: Evening Holiday Market, 4–9p (11a early bird mini market)
December 18: Daylight Holiday Market, 11a–5p
Cincinnati’s original curated urban flea market, small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate.
thecityflea.com

Holiday at the Junction, EnterTRAINment Junction

Lights and Displays

The Christmas Casino
November 2–January 2
Every year the casino resort is transformed into a whimsical and enchanting winter wonderland certain to dazzle and delight with added NEW holiday attractions every year.
thechristmascasino.com

Celestial Holiday at Krohn Conservatory
November 5–January 8, 2023
Krohn will be transformed into a glowing winter wonderland surrounded by shimmering lights and twinkling stars.
$10 for adults, $7 for youths (5–17), and children (4 and under) free
cincinnatiparks.com

Light Up the Fair
November 11–December 31
Lighting up the Boone County skies with over one million lights from the comfort of your vehicle along a two-mile path.
lightupthefair.com
$15 per couple, $25 per carload (3–7 occupants), military and first responders free

Coney Island’s Nights of Lights
November 11–January 2
2.5-mile drive through light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio.
coneyislandpark.com

Holiday Junction
November 11–January 2
Cincinnati Museum Center
Celebrate 76 years of winterland whimsy, featuring track-level views of over 300 rail cars and 60 locomotives, the Northern Lights display, Holiday Scavenger Hunt, Brickopolis LEGO scenes.
cincymuseum.org
Free for members, $10 for non-members, or $5 with any other museum admission

Christmas at the Junction
November 12–January 1, 2023
EnterTRAINment Junction
Take a magical journey through a Winter Wonderland to the North Pole where you can see the Reindeer & Elf Workshop. Then, visit Mrs. Claus in her kitchen and, of course, visit Santa in his study.
entertrainmentjunction.com

Holly Jolly Days at Behringer-Crawford Museum
November 12–January 8, 2023

White Christmas exhibit from the Rosemary Clooney house, holiday toy trains, and Winter Wonderland in NaturePlay.
bcmuseum.org
Admission included with museum admission (free for members, $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60+ and $5 for children ages 3–17). Face masks recommended.

The Christmas Ranch
November 18–December 23 (closed Thanksgiving)
Lights, shops, bonfires, and train and wagon rides.
$22 per car load, $33 per oversized van (10+ visitors), no buses or RVs, free parking
thechristmasranch.com
Reservations required for admission

Holidays at the Farm
November 18–December 23

Caroling, classic movies, pony rides, train display, reindeer scavenger hunt, live entertainment, trails, hay wagon ride, marshmallows toasting, and more.
greatparks.org

Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
November 18–January 1, 2023 (Tuesday–Thursday, 6–9p and Friday–Sunday, 6–10p, closed Mondays)
Driving display featuring an artful adventure through the holiday lights. To enjoy the new, festive soundtrack by Butler Philharmonic Orchestra and vocals by Cincinnati Boychoir, please download the OTOCAST APP before arriving to the show.
journeyborealis.com 
Admission is $25 per carload for non-members and $15 per carload for members
City of Hamilton residents get in FREE on Tuesdays (please bring your ID or a current utility bill)

Holiday in Lights at Armco Park in Warren County (formerly Sharon Woods)
November 18–December 30
Outdoor light display viewed from your vehicle, built with over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays, and has been an established holiday family tradition in Cincinnati for over 32 years. Purchase special effects glasses at the gate to enhance your experience—$2 for one or 3 for $5
holidayinlights.com
Admission is $20 per vehicle; $60 for buses and 15-passenger vans
No cash is accepted
$1 off coupon here

PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
November 18–January 8, 2023
Open Sunday–Thursday until 9p; Friday and Saturday until 10p (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas)
The 40th annual Festival of Lights, featuring 4 million LED lights, the North Polar Express train ride (starting at 4p), the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, and snacks at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.
cincinnatizoo.org
Included with zoo admission

Light Up Middletown
November 24–December 31
Drive through fantasy light display celebrating 23 years. Open in all weather and holidays.
lightupmiddletown.org
Admission by cash donation–you set the price

ProLink Staffing’s Light Up the Square presented by Macy’s
November 25, 6–11p
Kick off the holiday season with Fountain Square’s annual tree lighting celebration. Festivities begin at 6p with live music, followed by a special appearance by Santa Claus, then a dazzling fireworks display.
myfountainsquare.com

Yuletide Village
November 25–December 17

Fridays (5–9p) and Saturdays (3–9p)
Renaissance Park
A glowing 16th century Yuletide Village awaits. Food services begins at 5.
yuletidevillage.com

Deck the Y’alls Lightfest
November 25–January 1, 2023
Experience more than 2 million lights, themed areas, holiday shopping, great food, Santa Claus, ice skating, carnival, and more
decktheyalls.com

Light Up the Levee at Newport on the Levee 
November 26, 4–7p (click here for the schedule of events)
An evening of festive fun including a holiday market, live music, fireworks, and a visit from Santa Claus as they light their 50-foot tree.
newportonthelevee.com

Light in the Forest
December 1–January 1 (select dates)
Enjoy a peaceful walk in the winter woods with an expanded trail featuring a lit forest, new installations by five regional artists, children’s activities, live music, bonfire, holiday shopping, and more.
cincynature.org
Click here for admission prices

Hanukkah at Fountain Square
December 18, 6–7:30p
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Cincinnati Jewish Community, featuring an outdoor menorah lighting, ice skating, bumper cars, and so much more.
jewishcincinnati.org

Menorah Lights on the Levee
December 18
Newport on the Levee
Join in the Festival of Lights as we light the menorah and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.
newportonthelevee.com

Bumper Cars at the Ice Rink on Fountain Square

Winter Fun

Ice Skating at Fifty West
November 1–February 23, 2023
Ice skate before grabbing a bite to eat from the 50W Burger Bar while enjoying the heated tent and great craft beer.
fiftywestbrew.com
$10 per person for one hour of ice time and skate rental (free for children under 4)

Skating + Bumper Cars at the UC Health Ice Rink presented by 5/3 on Fountain Square
November 5–February 20, 2023
Figure and hockey rental skates are available, plus the concession tent will serve snacks and beverages. The ice rink will feature two different kinds of sessions: bumpers and skating ($15) and skating only ($10).
myfountainsquare.com

Warm 98.5 Ice Rink at Summit Park
November 12–January 8
After a spin on the ice, grab a hot chocolate, a DORA beverage, or a meal from one of the four on-site restaurants or the nearby Neighborhoods at Summit Park.
summitparkblueash.com
$7 per person (skate rental included), children under 3 free

The Station on the Levee
November and December (multiple dates)
Newport on the Levee
All aboard The Station on the Levee! Families are invited to take a ride on the holiday train inside The Gallery.
newportonthelevee.com
$5

Kings Island WinterFest
November 25–December 31 (select nights)
Step into a world of holiday magic featuring experiences and activities and festive food. Voted in 2021 as one of the top Theme Park Holiday Events in the country by USA TODAY readers.
visitkingsisland.com
Admission starting at $29.99

Performing Arts

Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the Ghosts of Christmas Eve
November 19, 3p
Heritage Bank Center
Multi-platinum, progressive rock group playing its “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour.
heritagebankcenter.com

Memorial Hall presents Christmas with The Celts
November 29, 7:30p
memorialhallotr.com
$30–50

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!) at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
December 8–31
Fresh and fun annual tradition that sends up everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity.
cincyshakes.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.
December 10–19
The Children’s Theatre (Taft Theater)
60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved classic television special.
thechildrenstheatre.com

Holiday Pops at Music Hall
December 9–11
Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition returns with music, warmth, laughter, and seasonal inspiration for the entire family. Share unforgettable memories in the grandeur of a Music Hall.
cincinnatisymphony.org
$25–115
This concert is eligible for Pay What You Wish Pricing. To learn more, visit Music for All.

The Nutcracker at Music Hall
December 15–24
Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition.
cballet.org

An Acoustic Christmas with Over the Rhine
December 16–18
Presented by Nederlander Entertainment and Memorial Hall.
memorialhallotr.com
$44–74

Fowling Warehouse

Venues

Whether for a company holiday function or a fun way to get out with a group of friends, there are several options around the city to host your next party—from small to large gatherings. Here is a list of just some of the many ideas.

Restaurant Spaces

There are many restaurants in Cincinnati that offer private room rentals. Here are several options for where to book yours.

Butcher and Barrel
Central Business District
A variety of seating options for corporate events, birthday celebrations, or rehearsal diners.
thebutcherbarrel.com

Ché OTR
OTR
The Cellar at Ché OTR can accommodate 24–30 guests.
checincinnati.com

Galla Park Gastro
The Banks
Booking options include private room (30 seated, 60 social), half venue (200 guests), and full venue (500 guests).
gallapark.com

Khora at Kinley Hotel
Central Business District
Perfectly sized for large gatherings with delicious heart-felt dishes.
khorarestaurant.com

Metropole at 21c
Central Business District
Nine unique event spaces, including a private dining room, and spaces that double as 21c Museum galleries. Space is available for private parties of 10 to 350.
metropoleonwalnut.com

Moerlein Lager House
The Banks
Several private dining options to accommodate groups from 20 guests to 150 to 300 and even 1500 on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn.
moerleinlagerhouse.com

On the Rhine Eatery
Central Business District
Set up shop at the OTR Eatery food hall.
ontherhineeatery.com

Pampas
O’Bryonville
From small and intimate gatherings to larger-scale private events and rentals.
pampascincinnati.com

Prime Cincinnati
Central Business District
Several private dining options available for party sizes 8 to 80.
primecincinnati.com

Entertainment

These aren’t your ordinary event spaces. These venues have built in entertainment as well, from bowling, rage rooms, and arcades, to sightseeing and go-karting.

BB Riverboats
Newport
Group events and dining, sightseeing, kids, holiday, and specialty cruises.
bbriverboats.com

Fowling Warehouse
Norwood
fowlingwarehouse.com

Full Throttle Adrenaline Park
Florence
Corporate events, party packages, meeting space, and catering. High-speed go-karting, paintball, axe throwing, rage room, and virtual reality.
gofullthrottle.com

Pins Mechanical
OTR
Groups of 15 or more; pricing based on group size and allocated event space.
pinsbar.com https://www.pinsbar.com/cincy-events

Queen City Riverboats
Dayton, KY
Private events, public events, concert cruises, and game day shuttles.
queencityriverboats.com

Rotolo | Bowling Bocce Eatery
Newport
Equipped with private event space and amenities for group sizes of 20 to 500.
rotolobowling.com

Selfie Galaxy
Westwood
10–50 guests
selfiegalaxy.com

WONDERCADE
Westwood
Book a party room for up to 16 total people (kids and adults) for two hours. Entire arcade is also available for rent.
wondercadecincy.com

Large Group Event Spaces

These local venues can accommodate larger gatherings for over 50 people and up to 375.

American Sign Museum
Camp Washington
Workshops, trade shows, meetings, and weddings, including seated dinners for up to 175 guests.
americansignmuseum.org

The Columns
Findlay Market
Up to 150-person cocktail party.
thecolumnscincy.com

Hotel Covington
Covington
Accommodates groups of 10 to 250.
hotelcovington.com

The Madison Event Center
Covington
Weddings, corporate events, and social events. Can accommodate events from 100 guests to 375.
madisoneventcenter.com

The Metropolitan Club
Covington
Several event space options, for seating from 2 to 200.
metropolitanclub.net

New Riff Distilling
Newport
Rentals for up to 90 guests.
newriffdistilling.com

Oakley Kitchen Food Hall
Oakley
Accommodates up to 300 guests.
oakley-kitchen.com

Peterloon
Montgomery
Nonprofit events, fundraising events, musical performances and recitals, corporate meetings and events, brunches, luncheons, dinners, receptions, and weddings
peterloon.org

Revel Urban Winery
OTR
Rent out the entire building or the second floor.
revelotr.com

The Skeleton Root
OTR
Unique event spaces for up to 100 guests.
skeletonroot.com

Somerhaus
OTR
Up to 72 guests
somerhaus.space

The Summit
Madisonville
From small meetings to big conferences—indoors, outdoors, or on the roof. Group sizes from 15 to 320.
thesummithotel.com

The Turn Vintage Warehouse
Newport
Up to 85 guests
theturnvintage.com

The View at Shires’ Garden
Central Business District
Small and intimate gatherings to events with up to 200 guests.
theviewatshiresgarden.com

The Woodward
OTR
From 60 to 600 guests.
woodwardtheater.com

Small Group Event Spaces

These local venues can accommodate smaller gatherings for 50 people or less.

Gather Cincy
East Walnut Hills
Party space can accommodate up to 30.
gathercincy.com

The Growler House
East Walnut Hills
Parties from 1 to 50; private tastings or “Beer 101” classes available.
thegrowlerhouse.com

Mom ’n ‘Em
Camp Washington, Madisonville
Baby showers, birthdays, corporate meetings, pop-ups, and small weddings. A mobile coffee cart is also available.
momnemcoffee.com

It is also helpful to consider breweries with event spaces, such as Big Ash, Braxton, Esoteric, Little Miami, Listermann, MadTree, Rhinegeist, West Side, and more. If you are unsure about whether or not a restaurant, brewery, or other business may have a space that is available to rent for a private party, just ask!

Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Bourbon Heritage Month

September is Bourbon Heritage Month and Cincinnati is ready to celebrate!

Bourbon is a type of whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbon. In order to be bourbon, it must contain at least 51% corn in its mash, it must be aged in new, charred-oak barrels, and it must be stored at no more than 125 proof and bottled at no less than 80 proof. Though bourbon can technically be made anywhere in the US, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, our neighbor just to the south.

It is for that reason that we have a lot of great bourbon bars, events, and even bourbon-inspired foods in our area. Below is a comprehensive list of all things bourbon to try during Bourbon Heritage Month and beyond.

Old Fashioned cocktail from Mid City Restaurant
Old Fashioned cocktail from Mid City Restaurant

Food

There are so many excellent bourbon-inspired menu items across the region. Here are a handful of suggestions of what to get at nearby local restaurants.

Bourbon House Pizza (Florence, Newport)

Bourbon BBQ Wings and Chicken

bourbonhousepizza.com

BRU Burger Bar (downtown, Montgomery – Coming Soon)

Bourbon burger with peppercorn-bourbon glaze

bruburgerbar.com

The Eagle (OTR)

Kale Salad with bourbon-soaked raisins

eaglerestaurant.com

The Littlefield (Northside)

Sour Cream Doughnut Holes

Cinnamon sugar dusted, served with a bourbon caramel sauce (during Sat/Sun brunch).

littlefieldns.com

LouVino (OTR)

LouVino Triple Stack with bourbon maple and whipped cream

louvino.com

Purple Poulet Southern Bourbon Bistro (Newport)

Several bourbon-inspired menu items

purplepoulet.com

Note: Menus are always changing and can be viewed on the link shared for each restaurant.

Bourbon peach confit jumbo wings from HighGrain Brewing Co.
Bourbon peach confit jumbo wings from HighGrain Brewing Co.

Desserts

The creativity that goes into making a bourbon-inspired dish is fascinating, and the relationship between Bourbon and dessert will always be a fun combination.

Bouquet Restaurant (Covington)

Bread Pudding Stuffed Croissant topped with bourbon glaze

bouquetrestaurant.com

Graeter’s (multiple locations)

Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan

graeters.com

Happy Chicks Bakery (Northside)

Bourbon Apricot cake and cupcakes

happychicksbakery.com

Libby’s Gourmet Desserts (Forest Park)

Bourbon Butter Cake

libbysgourmetdesserts.com

Maverick Chocolate (Findlay Market, Rookwood)

Prohibition Milk Chocolate bar, made with real Kentucky Bourbon

maverickchocolate.com

Senate (Blue Ash)

Chocolate & Bourbon Bread Pudding

senatepub.com

Note: Menus are always changing and can be viewed on the link shared for each restaurant.

Graeter's Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan ice cream
Graeter’s Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan ice cream

Bars

There are a lot of great bourbon bars in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but, thanks to their varied and unique selections, these really stand out.

Bourbon Haus 1841 (Covington)

Local and rare varieties, plus craft cocktails.

bourbonhaus1841.com

The Littlefield (Northside)

Cozy bourbon bar and kitchen.

littlefieldns.com

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (Covington)

Craft cocktails and an extensive selection of whiskey in an upbeat setting.

oldkybourbonbar.com

Prohibition Bourbon Bar (Newport)

1920s-era speakeasy-style bourbon bar.

newberrybroscoffee.com

Revival Vintage Bottle Shop (Covington)

A retail and bottle shop with a one-of-a-kind shopping and tasting experience.

revivalky.com

Wiseguy Lounge (OTR, Covington)

Elite bourbons and craft cocktails with a roaring twenties vibe.

goodfellaspizzeria.com

Rare vintage bottle of bourbon (Nelson Groves) at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington
Rare vintage bottle of bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington

Distilleries

We all know about the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but we have some pretty great distilleries nearby, too. Here are several local options, including the type of bourbon they produce onsite.

Boone County Distilling (Boone County)

Kentucky Pot Still Bourbon

Small Batch Bourbon

boonedistilling.com

Knox Joseph Distillery at OTR StillHouse (OTR)

Straight Bourbon Whiskey

otrstillhouse.com

New Riff Distilling (Newport)

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Single Barrel Bourbon

newriffdistilling.com

Northside Distilling (downtown)

Bourbon whiskey

northsidedistilling.com

Old Pogue Distillery (Maysville, KY)

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

oldpogue.com

Pensive Distilling (Newport)

Bourbon

pensivedistilling.com

Second Sight Spirits (Ludlow, KY)

Oak Eye Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon-barreled rum

secondsightspirits.com

Wenzel Whiskey (Covington)

Whiskey blending warehouse and event space.

facebook.com

Woodstone Creek (St. Bernard)

Straight bourbon whiskey

Five grain bourbon

woodstonecreek.com

Tours and Tastings

The B-Line

Northern Kentucky’s Self-Guided Bourbon Trail featuring 19 “sipping points”: taverns, distilleries, restaurants, and bars.

thebline.com

Bourbon and Bootleg Dinner

Specialty selected bourbon cocktails followed by a curated dinner and bourbon tasting, while learning about Newport’s bootlegging past.

americanlegacytours.com

Bourbon and Distillery Tasting Tour

Cincy Brew Bus

Start at New Riff, then tour and sample at Second Sight Spirits, Boone County Distilling, and Wooden Cask.

cincybrewbus.com

Kentucky Bourbon Adventure

(Private Tour Inquiry Only)

Cincy Brew Bus

Two- or three-stop option. Choose from: Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, and Four Roses. Minimum group size is 8.

cincybrewbus.com

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Choose your own adventure featuring 41 distilleries, tours, tastings, activities, big-city nightlife, quaint country towns, Bourbon-themed hotels, historic bed & breakfast accommodations, and more.

kybourbontrail.com

Wall of rare bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington
Wall of rare bourbon at Revival Vintage Bottle Shop in Covington

Events

May

Bourbon Flights

Cincinnati Zoo

Stroll the Zoo sampling a variety of bourbons (neat, on the rocks, or with mixers).

cincinnatizoo.com

July

Bacon, Bourbon, and Brew Festival

Newport

Dedicated to our rich history and connections to the brewing and pork industries as well as our region’s long ties to the bourbon industry.

thingstodocincinnati.com

September 7

Bourbon Heritage Tasting

Hotel Covington, 5–10p

Rare bourbon, open craft beer bar, and complimentary small bites.

Tickets

September 8

Neeley Family Distillery/Hidden Barn Dinner

Rich’s Proper Food and Drink, 6:30p

Three course dinner and pairings, plus the first opportunity to purchase the Rich’s Proper Hidden Barn Private Barrel.

Tickets

September 10

Heaven Hill Bourbon Dinner

Newport Syndicate, 6:30p

Signature cocktail and three bourbon tastings guided by a Heaven Hill representative alongside a 3-course plated meal.

newportsyndicate.com

September 15

Old Pogue Tasting

Bourbon Haus 1841, 7–9p

Exclusive tasting and discussion with the owner of Old Pogue, Peter Pogue.

facebook.com

September 16

On the Rocks

Bourbon Tasting Event

MegaCorp Pavilion, 6–9p

Inaugural celebration of Cincinnati’s adult beverage scene, including bourbon, vodka, and gin.

cincinnatimagazine.com

September 22

The Spirits Are Alive and Well

Tousey House Tavern, 5–10p

Tousey House’s 200-year anniversary open house celebration with Chef’s culinary showcase, history, and Boone County Bourbon.

thebline.com

October 7

Dinner Featuring Knob Creek & Wine Pairings

Newport Syndicate, 6:30–9p

Dinner featuring a bourbon pairing by Knob Creek and wine.

thebline.com

October 22

Bourbon in the Bluegrass

Farm Haven (Union, KY)

Local bourbon, live bluegrass, food trucks, plus more family friendly fun.

cityofunionky.org

October 29

Boots, Bourbon, and Biscuits

Receptions – Erlanger, 11a–2p

Biscuit bar, brunch, live music, entertainment, auction, bourbon tasting, open bar, and more. Supporting the Children’s Law Center.

childrenslawky.org

Date TBA

Bourbon and Bacon

Exclusive bourbon tasting package, featuring six different bourbons plus some of Cincinnati’s favorite eateries and brands.

bourbonandbaconcincy.com

View more events courtesy of thebline.com.


Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.