Queen City Favorites (Cincy Style)

For the past 5 years, I have lived in a “Queen City.” From Cincinnati to Charlotte, I have experienced plenty of fine (and not so fine) drinking establishments. Though not to slight one “Queen City” over the other, I certainly love my Cincinnati “Queen City” and all that is has to offer. Maybe a little homesick, or perhaps just yearning for a Shocktop Sunday at one of my favorite bars with some of my favorite people, one will never know. With that, here is my rundown of Favorite Cincinnati Bars!

10.) Next Chapter – Mount Adams, Cincinnati, OH


Next Chapter was part of my 1st chapter in Cincinnati. Up on Mount Adams, there was plenty of fun to be had. From the look of the pictures online, it’s been renovated a bit, but I am sure it still has the “college charm” to it that made it so familiar during my Freshman year of life. Dancing, Budlight, and a whole lot of fun.

9.) Igby’s – Downtown Cincinnati, OH


Igby’s – the place you go and see everyone you went to college with. It’s swanky vibe, multiple floors with different themed decor on each level and trendy drinks (I think I had my first Moscow Mule here) provide for a unique time. Best known for it’s shared bathroom sinks for guys & girls, I’m sure plenty of ruckus has taken place down there!

8.) Cock & Bull – Hyde Park, Cincinnati, OH


Cock & Bull solely stocked our pint glass cabinet. Every Thursday they host Pint Night. Not only do you get the beer, you get the pint glass too! And, the outside look of the pub reminds me of one in London. Andddd…I love London.

7. ) Millions – Mount Lookout, Cincinnati, OH

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When we lived in Mount Lookout, this hole in the wall was right down the hill. It was either the first stop of the night, or the last stop! The bookend bar!

6.) MLTs – Mount Lookout, Cincinnati, OH


MLTs always brought back the blurry college mems. Β The sticky, slippery floor… perfect for dancing, the stale beer smell that was somehow refreshing at the time. The lines. Always the lines. Yet, somehow, we always skipped the lines. Nostalgia at its finest.

5.) Oak Tavern – Oakley, Cincinnati, OH


Two words: The wings.

4.) Taft’s Ale House – Over The Rhine, Cincinnati, OH

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Good beer. Good food. Love the space. Nestled in Over The Rhine, this is quintessential OTR. A hipsters paradise at its core but not at all, either. They say, “flawless liquids are the first priority of this establishment.” That it is, an establishment.

3.) Rhinegeist – Over The Rhine, Cincinnati, OH

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Walk into Rhinegeist on any given Saturday and it’s packed to the brim with every group of people imaginable. Families having birthday parties and college kids enjoying all that OTR has to offer, you’ll find them all. Impeccable beer. Some of my favs hail from Rhinegeist – try Truth & Zen, asap.

2.) Madtree – Oakley, Cincinnati, OH


Madtree opened up a new facility and I am chomping at the bit to get back to Cincy and give it a go. More room, more beers. Yes, please! My favorite beer…ever…PSA was born and raised in this spot.

1.) Oakley Pub & Grill – Oakley, Cincinnati, OH

Shocktop Sunday.. and every other big moment in Cincinnati was followed by a visit to OPG. The fact that there is nothing special about OPG is why I love OPG. It was one of the first spots I ever grabbed beer at when I moved to Cincinnati, from there, Mark and I made it home.

“Where do you want to meet?” -them

“OPG.” -us

Insert “crying eyes emojiis” (Yes, plural.) because we still don’t have an “OPG” in CLT yet. We will find one, that I am not worried about.

Bottom line, everyone deserves to have their own “OPG.” That hole in the wall, spot in the corner that you call home. Friends flock, beer flows, memories live there and always will.Β 


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