3 Can’t-Miss Cincinnati Cocktail Bars

Cincinnati’s Best Cocktail Bars Best Cincinnati Cocktail Bars

Cincinnati offers great options in the way of nightlife, and if you’re looking to find a delicious, well-crafted cocktail to unwind after a long week and kick off the weekend, we’ve got you covered. This blog features 3 of Cincinnati’s top rated cocktail bars, specializing in creative, well-crafted drinks. But before you and your friends head out, make sure to book a Cincinnati limousine from A Savannah Nite and invest in your safety, style and comfort. Our professionally trained chauffeurs will get you to any cocktail bar you wish to visit, as well as provide a safe, sober ride home at the end of the night. Keep reading to learn about our 3 top picks, as well as how to book your limo.

Japp’s Since 1879

Japp’s is a polished neighborhood bar that features classic cocktails of the 1700′s through the 1950′s, innovative new craft cocktails featuring fresh homemade ingredients, and a wide selection of bottled craft beers.

What you won’t find at Japp’s are televisions. The environment was designed to focus on the authentic Cincinnati cocktail experience. No ear-splitting Top 40 music, no jello shots. Just some of the world’s finest drinks at affordable prices in a relaxed setting.

Molly Wellmann heads Japp’s team of mixologists, who are not only experts at making delicious cocktails, but are well versed in their history and the history of the spirits that go into them. At Japp’s, you’ll find many unique liquors, as they emphasize small, craft distillers in their cocktails.

The architecture complements the over 100-year history of Japp’s as a Hair Store, the unique history of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and provides the ideal setting for you to enjoy drinks, as well as a conversation.

Recommended cocktails: Oyo, Corner Creek, Makers Mark, Buffalo Trace, Dickal Rye

Cocktail Terrace at 21

This trendy rooftop bar — sorry…this trendy cocktail terrace, as the name states — is the perfect place for high rollers who enjoy creative, well-crafted cocktails and a great view of Downtown. You enter as though it’s a speakeasy … down an alley, through a door that is hardly marked, up an elevator that has only a martini-glass icon to identify your destination. Once you arrive, it is a lovely rooftop space.

Cocktail Terrace offers stunning views of downtown Cincinnati. The menu focuses on creative cocktails and also offers a small selection wine, beer, and bar snacks from chef Michael Paley.

There are 4 couch areas that have a retractable covered roof as well as some bar stools and tables at the far end. The couches are communal so you can network and mingle to your heart’s content.

We recommend you try any of their “Poptails”, which are drinks that combine popsicles and liquor. Each Poptail is made from scratch using fruit which is either blended or simmered down to a fine liquid. They are then transferred to trays and frozen for at least eight hours. Once ordered, each Poptail is then placed into a glass of chilled liquor. Vodka and limoncello for the lavender blueberry, tequila and triple sec for the avocado, and bourbon for the strawberry mint. They can be eaten solo or stirred into the spirits to create a cocktail.

We also recommend The Alfonso, which is made with Finlandia, mango cayenne vanilla shrub, byrrh.

Need some respite from all the action and drinks? You can get a 15-min. chair massage for $25.

Cocktail Terrace is open seasonally (and weather permitting) Tuesday – Saturday at 5pm.

The Rookwood

Housed in the former studio and manufacturing facility of the world-renown Rookwood Pottery Co., The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant opened its doors in 2008 and features a menu of freshly prepared food and craft beverages.

A source of pride for every Cincinnatian, this unique Mt. Adams location housed one of the greatest ceramics brands the world has seen.

Rookwood pottery was started in the late 1870s by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer as a way to market her hobby – the painting of blank china. Through years of experimentation with glazes and kiln temperatures, she eventually built her own kiln, hired a number of excellent chemists and artists who were able to develop premium color glazes that could be applied on a massive scale.

Rookwood sports a great patio area with an amazing view; cozy patio furniture and a fire pit.

Recommended cocktails: Corpse Reviver #2, Jack Rose, The Tailored Misfit

Investing in a Fun Night and a Safe Ride

A night of enjoying creative, unique and well-crafted cocktails isn’t complete without a safe ride home. The fun ends the moment an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. To make sure you end your night safely and in style, book a limousine to transport you and your friends to and from your cocktail bar of choice. If you decide to go bar-hopping, even better!

Your professionally trained chauffeur will make sure you get to each bar safely and on time. To begin your night out, let the reservationist know which bars you’d like to go to. If you want to add something to this list, ask your chauffeur for his or her recommendations, and they’ll gladly take you to their favorite spots.

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