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Newport, KY 41071
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Bars & Cafes
Gear up for an authentic German beer hall experience at this expansive brewery and restaurant in the heart of the city. An eponymous outpost of the legendary German brewery, Hofbräuhaus goes all out to create the atmosphere of the original in Munich. From costumed wait staff to the decor, there is such attention to authenticity and detail that it's easy to believe that you're in Germany; after a few beers of course. On the menu is a fine choice of German favorites from pretzels and wurst to schnitzel. House specialties include Heiderberger Rahm Spatzle, Hofbrauhaus Hot Brown and Bayerischer Schweinsbraten. Their iconic beer is brewed on site, supervised by a German brew master. The atmosphere is casual and geared towards fun, with regular live music sessions. The leafy and gigantic beer garden is a perennial favorite among patrons. Check website for more.
Mitchell's Fish Market – Newport is Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's one of the finest seafood restaurant. The restaurant is warm and inviting with its woody decor, soft lighting, open kitchen, a mahogany bar that has ocean blue walls with sea life murals and an outdoor riverfront seating patio. The restaurant overlooks the Ohio River, Cincinnati skyline and the Newport on the Levee plaza. It is one of the many chains of Mitchell's Fish Market restaurants in the country. A seafood lovers haven, Mitchell's offers you the freshest catch and serves the best available with more than 80 dishes such as Cedar Roasted Atlantic Salmon & Shang Hai Sea Bass. Come join their obsession for absolute fresh, delicious, seafood delicacies.
Vigils Cafe is a locally owned, operated, informal, gourmet restaurant focusing in New American, Cajun and Creole cuisines. They are known for their from scratch cooking, farm to table approach and innovative ideas. The restaurant is nestled in a renovated Edwardian house in the center of historic Bellevue and has an appealing interior. With its polished hardwood floors, drop lighting and cozy bar, Vigils is delight to every palate, from low sodium to gluten free choices, to a wide range of delicious fare for meat and seafood lovers, vegetarians and vegans. The menu changes seasonally however you will find some favorites most of the time such as the lovely Farmhouse Cheese & Fruit with homemade crackers, Frog Legs with jalapeno cheddar hush puppies, house-cured Pastrami on Rye with sauerkraut and Swiss Cheese, Shrimp Creole, Steak Frites, and Etouffee with chicken and homemade andouille sausage. They also have a monthly wine tasting dinner with a five course, Prix Fixe meal. A delightful place, Vigils Cafe has something for everybody with its wonderful spread, fine drinks, live music, warm ambience and a nice patio.
The Blind Lemon calls itself, "the most romantic bar in Cincinnati" - and it is true. The interior has dimmed lights, framed vintage photos and records on the walls. From the outside patio you can see the greenery that vines itself against the brick walls of the building and the many heat lamps near the tables. There are different cocktails available according to the season: summer cocktails include the Strawberry Colada and Lemonhead Iced Tea. Winter cocktails feature the Hot Buttered Rum and Irish Coffee. For a reasonable price and great time, The Blind Lemon is Cincinnati's go-to bar.
The Rookwood is housed in the historic Rookwood Pottery factory of Mt. Adams and brings a novel approach to the traditional bar & grill. The ambience is romantic and breezy with large kilns towering throughout the building and decorated individually with chic interior. You get a sense of being part of history, which you are. The menu is defined by its fresh and seasonal ingredients thereby changing with the seasons. You can enjoy from their vast selection of sandwiches, salads and entrees for lunch, dinner, handcrafted cocktails and anywhere in between. It is a great place to gather with friends for drinks, brunches (Sunday) or just to unwind with fabulous food and music and know why it is one of the hottest spots in Cincinnati.
Just when the dust settled after the closure of Southgate House's on 3rd Street, the brains behind this magnificent venture revived the glorious concert venue in an old dilapidated church on 6th Street. Considered to be one of the best places to listen to live music in the country, this live music venue/ bar continues the tradition of bringing the best talents in music for the music lovers of Newport. Having hosted magnificent and award-winning bands like The Black Keys, White Stripes and Guided by Voices, as well as bluegrass stalwarts like Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley, one can expect many such performances in the future. Grab the drinks specials from the bar and groove to outstanding live music given out by the artists and bands at The Southgate House Revival.
If you are in downtown Cincinnati you should definitely go to this beautiful, simple cafe. It has a clean design with white walls, lots of light and potted succulent plants on the tables. Make sure to visit the outside area: it has a cute teepee that you can eat inside of. Don't forget to try the ciabatta sandwich and the almond milk latte. This excellent cafe is a must visit in the neighborhood.
Situated on the Ohio River, with views of the water and Great American Ball Park, Moerlein Lager House offers visitors an extensive selection of beers as well as American and German-inspired fare. Enjoy a draft of one of the Moerlein beers, which are brewed onsite, or choose from their wide selection of other beers on tap, and in bottles and cans. You won't be disappointed by Moerlein's food, whether you're munching on standard pub-fare classics like nachos, fries, and wings, or going for a bigger entree like a burger, steak, or salad.
Watch beer being made at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, a downtown landmark, which is the only restaurant located on Fountain Square at the corner of Fifth and Vine. The wood-paneled restaurant & brewery has optional outdoor dining for summer days, a large bar with television for happy hours, and a comfortable, quiet dining area perfect for families. The menu is reasonably priced and features American fare, ranging from salad and burgers to fish and steaks. The sampler of house micro brews is a must for beer novices and connoisseurs alike. Do not miss out the Tuesday's Pint Nights.
Local 127 On Vine is a trendy New American restaurant in Cincinnati focusing on using quality, local and fresh produces for their menus. One of the highlights on their menu is the house made charcuterie and yes the food stands out for its creativity and flavor. Their full service bar serves a selection of wine list and various other beverages. With a cool interior and cozy ambience, Local 127 is increasing its fan base.
Japp's Since 1879 is an unpretentious bar located in the Over the Rhine. The interiors of the bar reflect the rich past of the area and has various items still belonging to the time when Japp's was a Wig Store. The décor is subtle while the drinks are amazing. The menu features a extensive variety of cocktails and drinks made from the hands of some experienced mixologist. They also have theme nights throughout the week, which ups the cool quotient of the place. Check their website to know more.
There is a reason why Neons Unplugged is the favorite neighborhood bar. For starters, there is an amazing selection of beers, special cocktails, and spirits. A particular favorite is a cocktail called "Kill Da Wabbit," a drink infused with cucumber vodka, lavender simple, egg white and peychaud bitters. Enjoy your drinks out on the fabulous patio, or in the cozy interior that boasts different live music shows throughout the week. As far as food is concerned, you don't have to worry - Eli's BBQ is delicious, and you can never go wrong with their famous pulled pork sandwich.