Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House (Photo: Wendy Pramik)
Moerlein Lager House (Photo: Wendy Pramik)

A solid menu, a noteworthy collection of beers and two levels of open-air dining with a river view make this a go-to spot on a nice day—especially before or after a Reds game. Be sure to try one of the local craft brews!

Via Vite

Via Vite Patio (photo: David Sorcher)
Via Vite Patio (photo: David Sorcher)

An intimate open-air second-story dining area and piazza overlooking Fountain Square paired with classic Italian dishes, plus a weekday half-off happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.— what’s not to love?

Top of the Park

Top of the Park at Residence Inn (Photo: OMS Photography)
Top of the Park at Residence Inn (Photo: OMS Photography)

This outdoor lounge atop The Phelps, a Residence Inn, boasts two levels with an almost 360- degree view of Cincinnati. Sip on wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails with a small bites menu, or enjoy a fire pit on the second level.

The Gruff

The Gruff
The Gruff

Nestled nearly underneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge, this casual spot is both a restaurant and a market selling gourmet foods, including many from local purveyors like Graeter's and Maverick Chocolate Co.

Frida 602

Frida 602
Frida 602

Foosball and margaritas make an unexpectedly fun combination, especially alongside deliciously unconventional taco fillings. And be sure to check out the largest selection of Mezcal in the region.

Hofbräuhaus

Hofbrauhaus
Hofbrauhaus

The biergarten is the perfect spot for enjoying a generous beer in the same iconic glass stein served in the original Munich location as well as traditional German dishes. The Newport location was the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in the country, modeled after Munich's.

Newberry Bros. Café & Prohibition Bourbon Bar

Newberry Bros.
Newberry Bros.

Coffee or bourbon? At this European-flavored neighborhood bistro and bar complete with sidewalk tables, you don’t have to choose. The organic, fair-trade coffee is roasted on-site each week in small batches and the bourbon bar features the largest collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys you'll find anywhere – more than 1,300 options!

Queen City Radio

Queen City Radio Exterior
Queen City Radio Exterior

This 1920s-era filling station turned-radio installation company is now an expansive beer garden and bar with 14 beers on tap. 

Che

Che Restaurant, empanadas
Che Restaurant, empanadas

Craving empanadas? You’ll find plenty of crave-worthy options to choose from at this Argentine eatery, along with daily specials from the grill, salads, soups and cheese-and-meat boards.

Rhinegeist

Rhinegeist Rooftop Deck (Photo: Meg Vogel)
Rhinegeist Rooftop Deck (Photo: Meg Vogel)

The draw at this brewery during summer is definitely the spacious rooftop deck. One must-try brew? Cougar, an easy-drinking crisp and refreshing blonde ale. And if the weather is quite right for outdoor drinking, play cornhole or table tennis inside.

Incline Public House

Incline Public House, burger
Incline Public House, burger

This one’s worth a trip for the picture-perfect view alone. Stay for a drink and a bite from the menu featuring classic American fare such as brick oven pizzas and gourmet sandwiches. 

Eli’s BBQ

Pulled Pork Sandwhich at Eli's BBQ (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)
Pulled Pork Sandwhich at Eli's BBQ (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)

BYOB to this uber-casual, family-friendly spot where eating mostly takes place at picnic tables outside, which means plenty of room for kids to run around and let off steam. Oh, and the food is amazingly good. (Also located in Findlay Market.)

Unwind Wine Bar

Unwind Wine Bar (Photo: Joe Simon)
Unwind Wine Bar (Photo: Joe Simon)

A beautiful little oasis tucked into Hyde Park, serving just about any wine you could wish for. The rustic upscale wine bar also offers light fare such as a cheese board, flatbreads and crostini.

The Littlefield Bourbon Bar and Kitchen

The Littlefield (Photo: David Sorcher)
The Littlefield (Photo: David Sorcher)

A generous outdoor patio offers a sweetly sunny spot for sipping bourbon and grabbing a bite in this Northside neighborhood bourbon bar.

Brown Dog Café

Brown Dog Cafe Patio (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)
Brown Dog Cafe Patio (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)

A spacious covered patio overlooking Summit Park makes this cafe a great spot to nosh for breakfast, lunch or dinner—or weekend brunch.

Wildflower Café & Coffee House

Wildflower Cafe Outdoor (Photo: Cara Owsley)
Wildflower Cafe Outdoor (Photo: Cara Owsley)
Fresh, local and organic is the mantra at this restaurant and coffee house, with a menu best described as eclectic American with a menu that changes daily based on what is fresh and seasonal. Reservations encouraged.

By Jessica Gordon.