Cincinnati’s Craft Cocktail Scene
By Heather Rader

Cincinnati’s craft cocktail scene has come into its own the past few years, with several quality craft cocktail bars popping up throughout the Queen City. Whether joining friends for happy hour, commemorating a life milestone or having a romantic date night, sipping on a delightful hand-crafted concoction in one of Cincinnati’s best cocktail bars is the perfect way to celebrate!

Here are a few of my favorite places to enjoy Cincinnati’s craft cocktail scene:

The Video Archive:

This one-of-a-kind hidden bar is located in a “video rental store” in Walnut Hills. Peruse the video rental store shelves of cult classics and if you discover the secret door, you’ll be led into the hidden bar in the back. The Video Archive pays homage to Hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and references of his movies can be found throughout the bar. Grab a seat at the bar to enjoy tasty libations while watching a Tarantino film. We enjoyed a vodka and bubbles-based Berry Darling and the bourbon-based Jackie Brown.

Cincinnati's Craft Cocktail Scene

Myrtle’s Punch House:

Located in the heart of the East Walnut Hills neighborhood, Myrtle’s Punch House is one of the many fine drinking establishments owned by Cincinnati’s beloved mixologist, Molly Wellmann. Featuring new and traditional punch recipes (some date back to the 1700’s), this neighborhood bar is the perfect spot to gather with your friends while conversing over a shared bowl of tasty libations. We decided to try a punch flight and sampled four punches, the Jamaican Classic, Bengal Punch, Edenpark Punch and the Old Alderman.

Cincinnati's Craft Cocktail Scene

Sundry & Vice:

Sundry and Vice is located in the heart of the Over-the-Rhine district. This apothecary style cocktail bar serves up classic cocktails with a twist, cocktails on tap and boozy milkshakes. Sip on a tasty libation while enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the vintage apothecary décor. We sipped on the Strawberry Aperol Spritz (cocktail on draft) and the bourbon-based Night Cure.

Cincinnati's Craft Cocktail Scene


Arnold’s Bar and Grill was established in 1861 and is Cincinnati’s oldest tavern. During prohibition, the bar was converted to a café and local legend states that the upstairs bathtub was used to make illegal “bathtub gin.” While Arnold’s isn’t serving “bathtub gin” anymore, the notorious bathtub remains today. Grab a seat at the bar to enjoy the eclectic atmosphere and tasty craft cocktails. We sipped on an Old Fashion and a refreshing Cicada Lemonada.

Cincinnati's Craft Cocktail Scene

Looking for more cocktail bars in Cincinnati? Visit one of these awesome bars: Japp’s, The Overlook Lodge, The Blind Lemon, Low Spark, Igby’s and The Lackman. Please remember to always drink responsibly and never drink and drive! 

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