Local restaurants and bars are doing everything they can to ensure a safe and cozy environment for outdoor dining throughout the winter. Make your reservations soon, these are sure to be the hottest tickets in town this season!
The AC Upper Deck
Amazing views of the Ohio River, Roebling Bridge and downtown Cincinnati await you at The AC Upper Deck at The Banks. Igloos are available Thursday through Saturday evenings with a $30 booking fee and $125 minimum spend for Thursday and $250 minimum spend for Friday and Saturday. Up to eight people can enjoy the intimate space with appetizers, cocktails, spiked hot choclate and more. Reservations are required.
Escape the bitterness of a Midwest winter and retreat to a private, heated oasis at Braxton Brewing's Igloobar on the Rooftop. Igloos accommodate up to eight people and include a dedicated bartender. Spice up the night with tunes on the Bluetooth speaker and add a food and drink package for more revelry. Reservations required with $30 reservation fee required to hold the spot and applied to your overall bill.
Catch-A-Fire Pizza Blue Ash
Choose from one of three cozy igloo themes – Fireglow, Northern Lights, or Snowglobe – and enjoy a local brew and hot pizza at Catch-A-Fire's Blue Ash location. Reservable for two-hour time slots, the igloos include Bluetooth speakers, full service from a dedicated server, and can hold up to eight people. A deposit of $25 is required and will be applied to final bill. (There is a minimum spending requirement on select days and times.)
Enjoy tacos, Korean BBQ, beers and cocktails at Covington's newest neighborhood hangout that has added heated igloos to its outdoor seating options. Igloos are first come, first served.
DeSha's American Tavern
Stay warm dining outdoors at DeSha's American Tavern. Small electric heaters keep the cold away for groups of up to eight people. There is a booking fee of $25-$50 (depending on day and time) and reservations are required.
Fifty West Brewing Company
In addition to sipping on a locally-crafted beer, Fifty West West Brewing Company has created a winter wonderland of family fun including bonfire pits, heated tents and igloos to keep guests warm. Hot chocolate and ice skating rounds out the wintry experience.
Enjoy classic and modern cocktails in a retro vibe at HomeMakers Bar's Winter Igloo Getaway. A $30 deposit reserves you a two-hour time slot for up to eight people. Snack on sandwiches, buffalo chicken dip, mac and cheese and more while safe and warm inside your igloo styled by Queen City Vignette.
Kon-Tiki on the Levee
From tiki torches to the Fire Lounge Igloo experience, Kon-Tiki at Newport on the Levee is continuing the party all winter with six igloos for small group outings. With a heating source, Blue tooth speaker, board games and blankets, you'll stay warm and entertained all evening. Igloos accommodate up to eight people and require a minimum order.
The View at Shires’ Garden
With panoramic views of the city and riverfront, The View at Shires' Garden is in-demand even in the winter with the Garden Igloo and Terrace Greenhouse experiences. Bring up to eight people for a full-service dining experience. Minimum order is required.
In historic Mariemont Square, the Quarter Bistro offers a comfortable setting for both a night on the town or a relaxing afternoon on an enchanting patio. With heat lamps and fire pits, the outside patio is the perfect place to grab a bite outdoors, even when the temperature drops.
Even if you can’t snag an igloo reservation, many venues in the region are warming up the outdoors with covered patios, tents and space heaters. Check with local restaurants and bars to see how they're cozying things up this winter.