AC Upper Deck

AC Hotel (photo: AC Hotel)
AC Hotel (photo: AC Hotel)

Situated at The Banks, AC Upper Deck at the AC Hotel Cincinnati gives visitors great views of Great American Ball Park, Covington, and the riverfront. Watch the river traffic pass by as you admire the sunset after a day of sightseeing. String lights create a romantic and stylish setting, perfect for date night. Enjoy light bites, such as the Ballpark Pretzel or Home Run Hummus.

Braxton Brewing Co. 

Braxton Brewing
Braxton Brewing
This popular Northern Kentucky brewery is now even better thanks to its rooftop bar that's perfect for enjoying the summer sunshine. Braxton Brewing Company's rooftop bar features 20 beers on tap, a large cocktail menu, and breathtaking views of both Covington and the Queen City. There is also plenty of seating, a living plant wall, and live music. What more could you ask for? Stop by for a cold brew and a great time with friends and family. 

Cocktail Terrace at 21c Museum Hotel

21c Cocktail Terrace (photo: 21c Museum Hotel)
21c Cocktail Terrace (photo: 21c Museum Hotel)

This hidden gem is a popular choice for nightlife in downtown Cincinnati stis atop 21c Museum Hotel. Enjoy the summer weather while sipping adult slushies, popsicles, and hand-crafted cocktails. Cocktail Terrace is the perfect place for a ladies night out, complete with comfy couches and a relaxed yet upscale feel. NOW OPEN

Gaslight Bar & Grill

Home to the old Clifton branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, Gaslight Bar & Grill has recently added a beautiful new rooftop patio, which makes it the neighborhood's first rooftop bar. The extensive drink menu pays homage to its literary roots with cocktails named after classic books, like Old Man and the Sea, and Farenheit 451

Lisse

Rooftop bar at Lisse (photo: @lissesteakhuis)
Rooftop bar at Lisse (photo: @lissesteakhuis)

Looking for a new date night spot? Check out Lisse in Northern Kentucky! This classy, upscale steakhouse with Dutch influences features a rooftop bar that offers breathtaking views of the Cincinnati skyline. Sip on a signature cocktail and enjoy great conversation on the intimate patio, or indulge in one of the many mouthwatering dishes available from the menu. We recommend making a reservation, as the dining area and rooftop fill up quickly.

Overlook Kitchen + Bar

Overlook Kitchen + Bar (photo: The Summit Hotel)
Overlook Kitchen + Bar (photo: The Summit Hotel)

Located on the 4th floor of The Summit Hotel, Overlook Kitchen + Bar has a vast 3,800 sq ft outdoor patio that offers views of the surrounding neighborhood and greenery. Order cocktails to sip during sunset or indulge with a 3-course meal while enjoying the breeze. 

Pins Mechanical Company

Rooftop bar at Pins Mechanical (photo: @lunalyss)
Rooftop bar at Pins Mechanical (photo: @lunalyss)

The lively, dynamic rooftop bar at Pins Mechanical is a great spot to grab a drink and enjoy the fresh air in historic Over-the-Rhine. Sip on a signature cocktail and play jumbo Jenga, or head inside and give bowling or foosball a try. Dress is casual, with employees participating in the theme by wearing retro bowling jerseys. With a variety of things to do, Pins Mechanical is fun for the whole family! 

Rhinegeist Brewery

Rhinegeist rooftop bar (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Rhinegeist rooftop bar (photo: Wendy Pramik)

A Cincinnati original, Rhinegeist Brewery is located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Enjoy this large rooftop bar offering panoramic views while sipping locally-crafted brews. This casual, relaxed establishment welcomes all ages, so bring the whole family and enjoy some food from newly opened OTR Chili Company. 

Top of the Park

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

Located atop the Residence InnTop of the Park offers stunning views of the city. Enjoy tapas and signature cocktails in an upscale, elegant setting. Try the signature Rooftop Lemonade, or go the more traditional route with a beer or glass of bubbly. Live entertainment is available several nights each week.

The View at Shires Garden

The View at Shires (photo: Stuart MacKenzie)
The View at Shires (photo: Stuart MacKenzie)

The View at Shires Garden is perched atop the City Club Apartments on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati on the grounds of a former amusement resort owned by an English aristocrat that burned down in 1848. The new venue features beautiful city views from its 2,000-square-foot outdoor space with a bird's-eye view of the Ohio River, Roebling Suspension Bridge, Paul Brown Stadium and more. The greenery-trimmed rooftop escape offers lunch, dinner and a full bar.

Vista at Lytle Park

Vista at The Lytle Park Hotel (photo: Photofusion, Gabe Roth)
Vista at The Lytle Park Hotel (photo: Photofusion, Gabe Roth)

Enjoy delicious food, hand-crafted cocktails and panoramic views at this new rooftop bar that is the crowning jewel atop The Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection.

Yonder at Commonwealth Bistro

Yonder at Commonwealth Bistro (photo: Catherine Grace Viox)
Yonder at Commonwealth Bistro (photo: Catherine Grace Viox)

Can’t make it to Red River Gorge this weekend? No problem! Yonder, the rooftop bar at Commonwealth Bistro, brings the best parts of nature to Covington. The rustic feel, which can be seen in the chairs, tables and cedar walls, invites guests to relax and enjoy nature – and a drink – after a long week. Yonder has its own bar, serving both mocktails and cocktails. There is also a rotating food menu that changes every week, depending on the fresh ingredients in house. In addition to weekend evenings, Yonder is open during Sunday brunch hours at Commonwealth, so you can sip and relax while waiting for a table. 


Written by: Megan Bierer, updated by Julie Brock