Some of the hottest bars in Cincy have one thing in common. They’re all inside hotels. And as a summertime bonus, several have rooftops upon which you can enjoy a cold beer or casually sip a cleverly-crafted cocktail in the setting sun.
Never been to a rooftop bar in the city before? Let’s get you acquainted with three of them.
Top of the Park
506 E 4th Street (45202)
It’s a rooftop bar located atop the Marriott Residence Inn with one of the best views of Cincinnati. As a place to which many YPs and business professionals flock for happy hour, Top of the Park features music and two levels of front row seats to the tremendous city views surrounding it.
Summertime cocktails such as the Rooftop Lemonade and Cincy Sunset are favorites among the bar’s thirsty post-workday patrons.
And outstanding customer service paired with its special open-air atmosphere blend together to craft a memorable evening for both locals and hotel guests alike.
The Symphony Hotel Bar
210 W 14th Street (45202)
Nestled in the shadow of Music Hall inside the Symphony Hotel, this is definitely a hidden gem . The bar is akin to a high-end (without breaking the bank) jazz club; it features a chill, music-filled atmosphere that’s complemented by a secluded rooftop poised to host a quiet drink under the stars.
The drink menu reads like a short novel. Even with a multitude of options, the Cosmopolitan is a favorite, and the Cosmo, anything but a girly cocktail, holds up as a classic drink for a classy bar.
As a bonus, the bar used to be an alley between the hotel and the building next door. Now converted into its own space, the exposed brick screams “cool jazz bar.”
609 Walnut Street (45202)
This bar, located on the 11th floor of the 21C Museum Hotel, is a work of art forged in the medium of brilliant cocktails. Laid back and relaxed, the L-shaped rooftop exudes a VIP energy due to its elevator being accessible on neighboring Gano Street below.
The drinks are refreshingly unique, too. The Peach Mango Pop and the Beauty Queen Drop Out are light, flowery cocktails that keep the drink menu fun and delicious.
Plus, few other public places in the city provide such a grand view of Mt. Adams and the east side of Downtown Cincinnati. After enjoying the visual treats of the 21C Museum Hotel, the entire experience is (literally) topped off by the Cocktail Terrace.