The bar and restaurant scene in Cincinnati is good. Really good. And newcomers are always welcome. That’s why we’re pretty excited about the newest bars and restaurants to hit the city. Here are the ones you have to check out this fall, and which ones to look forward to in the coming months.
You may have grabbed some pizza from the Fireside food truck, and now you can visit their permanent location in Walnut Hills. The wood-fire pizza restaurant has taken up residence in the oldest fire station in Cincinnati, which makes for a very cool and interesting dining experience. The beauty behind this restaurant lies in the simplicity of it. With only a handful of pizza and beer options, you aren’t going to feel overwhelmed making a decision. And the options you do have are all solid.
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Sprout Market & Eatery
There’s always need for more healthy eating in Cincinnati! At Sprout Market & Eatery, not only can you enjoy a delicious, seasonal meal prepared with local ingredients, but you can also shop local yourself. Not to mention, a great craft beer and wine list. If you eat and grocery shop here, your basically killing two birds with one stone, right? Oh, and you can also visit Roots, located below Sprout, on Fridays and Saturday from 8:00-11:00 PM for live music.
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The Mercer OTR
There’s a new restaurant on Vine Street, and this one is taking things up a notch. The Mercer OTR is owned by Jon Zipperstein, the genius behind Kaze and Embers, and the chef is Dan Stoltz, who previously worked at Nicola’s. With that kind of experience, it’s hard to imagine anything that could go wrong. The food is European and Italian inspired, and the restaurant has a very classy, upscale vibe.
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Liberty’s Bar & Bottle
The newest bar in OTR gets points for a great beer and wine selection, as well as an awesome set up. With twenty rotating drafts, forty craft bottles and cans, sixty bottles of wine and fifteen glass pours, there’s something for everybody at Liberty’s. They also sell bottles of wine, and serve a small selection of Shadeau breads and Avril-Bleh meat and cheese boards. Come here with friends when you’re looking for a place to drink that’s a bit more laid back.
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Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ
Daniel and Lana Wright, the owners of Senate and Abigail Street, are working on a new barbecue restaurant in OTR. Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ will focus on brisket, ribs, chicken, and of course, bourbon. Though we’ve been anticipating the opening of this restaurant for what feels like forever, progress pictures have been posted to their Facebook page, and the wait we’ll hopefully soon be over. This Vine Street restaurant is expected to open in January.
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Son Of A Preacher Man
Another southern restaurant is coming to Cincinnati, and this one is taking residence in O’Bryonville. Margaret Ranalli and Adam Cobb of Enoteca Emilia are opening up this new place, and are focusing on both dine-in and carry-out options. Additionally, their Facebook page says they’ll be serving bourbon, moonshine, and Cheerwine. It’s a good time to be a southerner in Cincinnati.
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Off The Vine Juice Bar
Veg heads, get pumped, because Off The Vine Juice Bar is coming to Vine Street soon! They’ve already made appearances at events like City Flea, but they’re making things a bit more permanent. This will be Cincinnati’s first cold pressed juice bar, and a great addition to OTR. They believe life is about balance, and are eager to invest in the health of their customers. We’re always excited to see a community-oriented business take off.
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Myrtle’s Punch House
If you aren’t already familiar with Molly Wellmann, you’re probably familiar with her bars. She’s the co-owner of Japps, Neons, and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. Now, she’s opening a new bar in Walnut Hills. Get ready for Myrtle’s Punch House, which will be serving some of Molly Wellmann’s very own punch and cocktails. We already know that it’s going to be one of our favorite spots to hang out. Set to open at the end of December.
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