Bars & Cafes
Housed in a former color company building in the Gateway Quarter of Cincinnati is the Kazo Restaurant. It promises true Japanese food and the chef dishes out some of the most amazing delicacies. The sushi is amazing and there is a large variety to choose from. The also have full-bar at the backside with an extensive drink menu. You can also accompany your meal with one of the their special sake. Enjoy the delicious food while sitting in the beautiful patio area. They also are known to have one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood. Visit their website to know more.
After a satisfying meal at Cincy By The Slice, walk upstairs for a soothing live music experience. Replacing the happening live music club Overflow, 1207 carries on the tradition of hosting the performances of indie artists and bands on stage. Open from Thursday to Saturday, one can relax in a cozy, dimly-lit ambiance and listen to the upcoming local and national talents. And that's not all, as libations of all kind are served at 1207 to keep everyone in high spirits. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Lavomatic Cafe & Urban Wine Bar is a chic New American restaurant with a funky decor and a rooftop terrace. Since its inception in 2008, Lavomatic Cafe continues to allure locals with its fresh, tasty and affordable dishes and wines.
Japp's Since 1879 is an unpretentious bar located in the Over the Rhine neighborhood. The interiors of the bar reflect the rich past of the area and has various items still belonging to the time when Japp's was a Wig Store. The décor is calm and subtle while the drinks are amazing. The menu features a extensive variety of cocktails and drinks made from the hands of some experienced mixologist. The bar provides you with the atmosphere where you can completely concentrate and enjoy your drink. They also have theme nights throughout the week which ups the coolness quotient of the place. Check their website to know more.
Baba Budan's Bearcat Café has been a Cincinnati institution since opening back in 1921. This family-owned establishment is more than a bar and coffee house, and occasionally doubles up as an entertainment venue. Enjoy unrivalled coffee, or beer, wine and spirits, to complement a delicious assortment of bar fare. It also stages live performances by regional and touring musicians. Eclectic decor, friendly service and a relaxed vibe make it arguably the most-frequented bar in town.
Jean-Robert's Table is an innovative French restaurant by chef-owner Jean-Robert de Cavel and has an intimate yet casual setting to it. The menu reflects the elegant French culinary tradition such as cotes du rhone, truffle sauce, duck breast and confit rabbit ravioli. The restaurant has a full bar service which has its 'The French Lunch Tray' menu that changes weekly. The bar timing differs from the restaurant's, so please check the website for the information. You will revel in this lovely restaurant with its amazing food and wine and great service.
Sung Korean Bistro is located in downtown Cincinnati and is a classy Korean restaurant. Entering the bistro is like stepping into a different terrain entirely, with a serene aura and the bustle of downtown barred by fashionable window covers. They serve authentic Korean food with some twists to it with a full service bar and sushi bar. Some of the menu highlights are Ojingau Tueegim (deep fried squid in wheat flour batter), Dhuk Mandu Guk (vegetable dumpling soup with egg and beef broth), Jab Chae (Stir-fried sweet potato noodles with vegetables and meat), Dolsot Bibimbab, a variety of vegetables over rice in a heated stone bowl with spicy chili paste and Doeji Galbi (sweet and spicy barbecue pork ribs grilled with Go-chu-jang (Korean spicy chili bean paste) and other sauces). They have many grilled varieties as well. The exotic flavors of the food does is a delight to the palate. Since the meal is spicy so do go for their sweet desserts.
Built in 1975, Bogart hosts bands belonging to various genres of music, including jazz, pop and rock. Every few days, an upcoming or famous band plays in front of screaming fans. Some of the big names who have performed here include Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, BR-549, Nancy Griffith, Ministry, Patti Smith, B.B. King, Robert Cray the Queers, Cowboy Junkies, SugarCult and Guided By Voices.
The Rookwood is housed in the historic Rookwood Pottery factory of Mt. Adams and brings a novel approach to the traditional bar & grill. The ambience is romantic and breezy with large kilns towering throughout the building and decorated individually with chic interior. You get a sense of being part of history, which you are. The menu is defined by its fresh and seasonal ingredients thereby changing with the seasons. You can enjoy from their vast selection of sandwiches, salads and entrees for lunch, dinner, handcrafted cocktails and anywhere in between. It is a great place to gather with friends for drinks, brunches (Sunday) or just to unwind with fabulous food and music and know why it is one of the hottest spots in Cincinnati.