The Best Place to Sip Craft Brews or Just Grab a Cold One After Work in Cincy
Cincinnati is known as a home for great sports, art, and famously the Cincinnati Zoo, but this culture-infused city actually offers so much more. For the best in food in drink, you can hop down to many of Cincinnati’s bustling restaurants and breweries. But for those interested in grabbing beer, this one’s for you; we’ve rounded up the best beers in Cincinnati.
The best part about grabbing a beer in Cincinnati? Once you’ve decided on a spot to hit with your friends, you can head to GiftYa and grab an e-gift card. The beauty of GiftYa is you’ll never need to worry about using a physical card, meaning that’s one less thing to carry on your night out. Drinks on you (or a friend); the gift card links to the recipient’s debit card so you’ll never be without it. GiftYa also offers numerous ways to personalize the gift card so it will be special for any occasion. Whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, or a thank you, GiftYa can make your night out special.
Stop by during the day to sip on coffee and get some work done, or stop in after you clock out to sample some craft brews. Image courtesy of Yelp.
331 East 13th Street
3 Points Urban Brewery is one of Cincinnati’s oldest brewery spots and first master brewers, of course serving up house beers and coffee in a funky gallery setting. Grab a seat and enjoy some beer, all of course brewed right in Cincinnati. 3 Points Urban Brewery prides themselves on their saying: “We honor the past, and press forward to a bolder future” in their constant strive for innovation in brewing unique beers and offering a spot people want to gather and chat.
To that end, they offer free WiFi and also sell drip coffee for those who are looking for a non-alcoholic beverage. 3 Points is also a mecca for the best in Cincinnati art; they work with local artists to create stunning concept art and visualize a story for each beer. Incredibly uniquely, the space also functions as a coworking space at 9 am to truly embody a hub of communication and idea transfusion. What are you waiting for? Pop on down and grab a pint.
“Service was good, beers were tasty, with standard offerings and more creative ones. Overall just a nice experience and I'm glad I finally got to check it out!” - Yelp Review
If you like listening to live music while you unwind with a beer, The Drinkery might be your new favorite sport. Image courtesy of Yelp.
1150 Main Street
The Drinkery is another cultural hotspot for drinks, art, and music in Cincinnati’s historic neighborhood Over-the-Rhine. Known for their national and local bands and DJs, this bar pumps out live music almost as fast as they pour up some of the best in beer. They feature both craft and non-craft beer from cities across the United States, and truly embody the spirit of a neighborhood bar.
In addition to live music, they also offer stand-up comedy and best of all, free nachos during Bengals games. Grab a seat or hit the dance floor; there’s an option for everyone at this classic Cincinnati spot.
“This place is awesome. The drinks are great, prices are great, fun atmosphere, great crowd, cool music. Everything someone could possibly want in a bar experience.” - Yelp Review
Sit back and relax with some live music at this local favorite. Image courtesy of Nick Buckley.
160 Freedom Way #150
The Tin Roof prides themselves on their live music, and is all about giving musicians a place to hangout when they aren’t on stage. Want to talk tunes over a beer with some of Cincinnati’s hottest musicians? This is the place for you. Tin Roof offers a Southern flair, hosting on weekend nights some of country music’s finest, while weekday nights offer some acoustic sets and local and regional musicians.
The Roof’s slogan is “where everybody is somebody!” because both regulars and newbies feel right at home grabbing a drink in this swingin’ spot. They’re also open daily for lunch, dinner, and drinks, so there’s never a wrong time to grab a beer. Every Monday, Tin Roof offers $1 off Bud Light drafts, and Tuesday features $3 off DosXX 16 oz cans. Wednesday is $5 Domestic 32 ounce drafts, Friday is $3 PBR Tall Boys, and Saturday is five for $15 Bud Light Buckets till 5 pm, and $3 PBR Tall Boys all night long. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 2 pm to 7 pm, so stop by while there’s so much offered!
“This place is a fun time! Definitely a young crowd. Beers a little pricy but still definitely somewhere for some young kids should go on the weekend for a fun night out with dancing and some awesome live music!” - Yelp Review
Enjoy a fully stocked bar with a friendly, community feel when you stop by Rosedale in Over-the-Rhine. Image courtesy of Rosedale OTR on Facebook.
208 E. 12th Street
Rosedale OTR prides themselves on being Over-the-Rhine’s chief backyard bar. Rosedale is a concept bar designed with community and inclusivity in mind, and features an outdoor food space known as the MORTAR Mess Hall that spotlights up-and-coming chefs and unique cuisine. The bar itself includes a patio with bocce ball courts, courtside seating, outdoor games, and fire pits for guests to relax and enjoy drinks next to.
Indoor entertainment includes a pool table, arcade games, and TVs to show sporting events. Rosedale OTR inverts the classic bar and turns a casual night out into an experience you won’t soon forget. Happy Hour is every Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm, featuring all drinks at half-price (yes, that includes all the beers).
On Monday, all draft beers are also half-price after 7 pm! Rosedale OTR serves up a rotating list of premium draft beers and and some bottled and canned options. Either way, get ready for a premium drinking experience at Rosedale OTR.
“Love that our kids and our dogs are welcome and we can bring our own food in (even thought they serve some food). Love the atmosphere and the lights hung from the trees are super cool!” - Yelp Review
Snack while you sip at Pies & Pints. Image courtesy of Yelp.
56 West Freedom Way
Pies & Pints, or in other words, delicious fresh pizza and craft brews. Pies and Pints was designed to help people celebrate, and offers an extensive list of alcoholic beverages. The beer list alone is massive at any of the three locations in Cincinnati, offering up on tap selections, bottles, and cans.
Draft beers are almost always available as a 16 ounce draft or a 60 ounce draft pitcher, meaning there are options for just you or splitting with your friends. The pints pair nicely with the homemade house pies, meaning everyone should stop in and make your own with the numerous options. Happy Hour is on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm and offers $1 off draft beers. Come on down and enjoy a delicious slice and some perfectly paired beer.
“For a casual, after-a-Reds-or-Bengals-game pizza and beer there's no better place around than Pies and Pints.” - Yelp Review
Locoba’s bright, inviting atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Image courtesy of Yelp.
1201 Main Street
LOCOBA stands for Local Coffee Barrels and is a unique 50+ taproom located in the historic Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati neighborhood. The taproom operates from morning through evening, and offers onsite brewing. The beer is made in small batches aged in barrels. The taproom also serves up artesian coffee as a non-alcoholic beverage, as well as all-day food, craft cocktails, and of course, Platform beer.
Happy Hour offers $1 off drafts and runs all day Sunday and from 3-7 pm on Monday through Friday. Their beer menu includes all drafts made by Platform Beer Co. Platform was founded on the belief that collaboration belongs in every facet of their work, and so they pride themselves on brewing and aging the beer knowing that drinking beer is a special event that should be shared.
“Locoba is such a nice atmosphere. It's bright and clean and every time I've been it was quiet. It's great to relax with a beer or coffee here and not deal with a rowdy crowd.” - Yelp Review
Watch the game, play some trivia, or just relax with some friends at this popular watering hole. Image courtesy of Yelp.
119 East 12th Street
Rhinehaus prides themselves on being the first (and one of the only) sports bars in Over-the-Rhine. Rhinehaus has a strong belief in inclusion and community spirit, and offers a lively spot to drink the best in beer and relax, watching sports with your friends.
Rhinehaus is especially known as one of the best spots to watch soccer, and is equipped with fourteen 55-inch 4K televisions, so you will never miss the action. As a sports bar, Rhinehaus keeps their focus on beers, and offers bottled beers and local draft beers.
Their weekend opening hours are even based on the European soccer schedule, so they change every weekend to accommodate the sports, cementing themselves as a premiere sports spot in Cincinnati.
“Good beer, good people, good prices… They'll turn on pretty much any sport you'd like to watch, and the trivia is always a good time.” - Yelp Review
From live music to pinball, MOTR has something for everyone. Image courtesy of Yelp.
1345 Main Street
MOTR Pub is another hopping spot in Cincinnati’s music scene, offering live and original music every night of the week. MOTR also offers several comedy nights as well as reading nights for local writers and poets. They proudly feature a local artist every month, allowing them to display their art on all the walls of the dining area.
The scene is described as eclectically cultural, and MOTR is beloved not only for their contributions to diffusing music and art but also for their reputation as a premiere neighborhood bar. MOTR serves up canned, bottled, and draft beers, and Happy Hour is seven days a week from 4 pm to 7 pm, offering half-off draft beers and half-off Rhinegeist cans.
They are also proud to provide a spot for idea exchange, as MOTR Pub hosts WebTech DrinkUp the first Thursday of every month at 5 pm. Industry professionals come together to discuss technology, software development, design, and digital marketing, all while enjoying a pint and discussing their love for beer.
“Great place for live music and pub food… The food and drinks were good and the prices are very reasonable, and there was no cover charge.” - Yelp Review
Interested in checking out these spots? Luckily, all of these hip spots sell their gift cards using GiftYa. Head to GiftYa, download the app, and snag a gift card that hooks right to the recipient’s debit card today. They’ll receive a text and further instructions, and you’ll (hopefully) get them to order a round of beers.