AC Upper Deck
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. Stop by before a Reds game, or come to 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.
This popular Northern Kentucky brewery just got even better. Braxton Brewing Company has officially unveiled its newest addition: a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying the summer sunshine. The 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
This hidden gem is a popular choice for nightlife in downtown Cincinnati. 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. Food is available through Metropole, the 21c Museum Hotel's restaurant.
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. Seating is plentiful, perfect for a group outing or drinks before a show at the Esquire Theatre
The trendy rooftop bar at Krueger's Tavern is right on Vine Street in historic Over-the-Rhine, making it the perfect place to watch all the action happening down below. Grab a drink at the full patio bar, or stay a while and enjoy a delicious burger with your brew. The string lights hanging from the building create the perfect place to take an insta-worthy pic, with the sunset serving as the ultimate background. We recommend getting there early, as the patio fills quickly.
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.
Pins Mechanical Company
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!
A Cincinnati original, Rhinegeist Brewery is located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Enjoy the newly opened rooftop bar while sipping locally-crafted brews. Or, head inside to the huge indoor tavern room, which has plenty of tables, corn hole, and foosball. This casual, relaxed establishment welcomes all ages, so bring the whole family! Feel free to bring in your own food and games. Rhinegeist is a great place for parties and large groups.
Symphony Hotel Restaurant and Jazz Bar
The Symphony Hotel Restaurant and Jazz Bar is the perfect place to start your night before an event at Music Hall, or end your day exploring Over-the-Rhine and Washington Park. The intimate patio features couches and chairs complete with a fire pit, perfect for warming up on a chilly night. The drink menu presents a mix of cocktails, wine and beer. Feeling hungry? The restaurant serves a variety of food items, like burgers, soups, and appetizer plates. Also, make sure to check out the live jazz performances happening all summer!
Top of the Park
Located atop the Residence Inn, Top 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 Tuesday-Thursday evenings.
The View at Shires Garden
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, SkyStar Observation Wheel, Paul Brown Stadium and more. The greenery-trimmed rooftop escape offers lunch, dinner and a full bar.
Yonder at Commonwealth Bistro
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