A little walk, a little buzz, and a whole lotta skyline views await you on this ultimate Cincinnati rooftop bar crawl. If you think you have what it takes to visit seven rooftop bars in one night, this 2.6-mile route will lead you on a very merry stroll through the Queen City with stops at our favorite haunts along the way.
1. AC Upper Deck
ADDRESS: 135 Joe Nuxhall Way (45202)
Gather your group to start your bar crawl along The Banks at AC Upper Deck where you can pair cocktails and craft beer with an oversized soft pretzel or a sharable platter of nachos to fuel up for the trek ahead.
2. Top of the Park at the Phelps
ADDRESS: 506 E 4th Street (45202)
Then head north on Main Street and take a right on E 4th Street to reach the 2nd bar—Top of the Park at the Phelps, where the views are fab any day of the week, but especially when the Reds are playing and the lit-up stadium is laid out beneath your feet. Order hand-crafted cocktails with a twist (like the Queen City Mule). This part of the journey takes 11 minutes.
3. 21c Cincinnati Cocktail Terrace
ADDRESS: 609 Walnut Street (45202)
Head west down E 4th Street (where you came from) and take a right on Walnut Street because we’re heading to 21c Cincinnati Cocktail Terrace. The 12-minute walk is worth it because here you and the crew can do some temperature control (which is especially necessary when day-drinking) and cool down with specialty pop-tails and boozy slushies like the “Kiss from Frosé” drink with rosé, pomegranate, rose water, and strawberry. Uh, yum.
4. Pins Mechanical Co.
ADDRESS: 1124 Main Street (45202)
Ready to get a little more active? Continue heading towards Downtown on Walnut Street, turn right onto W 7th Street, followed by a left on Main Street—which you’ll stay on for a few blocks. After around 10 minutes, you’ll arrive at Pins Mechanical Co.—a bar that boasts “everything that’s awesome about a night out, but with way more balls.” Besides having tons of great craft beer on tap, Pins Mechanical Co. also has bocce ball, giant Jenga, and fire pits on the roof, and duckpin bowling, pinball machines, and more in the bar below.
5. Krueger’s Tavern
ADDRESS: 1211 Vine Street (45202)
After a few rounds of friendly competition, it’s time to move on (only five minutes this time) to Krueger’s Tavern. Turn right out of Pins, take a quick left onto E 12th Street, followed by a right onto Vine Street to get there. The bar is named after the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Co., which was the first company to can beer in 1935, and pays homage not just with their name, but with 32 canned beers on the menu, as well.
6. Symphony Hotel and Restaurant
ADDRESS: 210 W 14th Street (45202)
Once you’ve enjoyed a brew or three on the Krueger’s rooftop,
stumble walk seven minutes northwest around Washington Park to get to W 14th Street where you’ll find Symphony Hotel and Restaurant. Aptly named for its Cincinnati Music Hall neighbor, the Symphony Hotel is home to the Jazz Bar and Lounge with live music and a cozy rooftop patio, perfect for winding down with a few tunes before heading to your final stop of the night.
7. Rhinegeist Brewery
ADDRESS: 1910 Elm Street (45202)
If you’ve made it this far, round out your ultimate Cincinnati rooftop bar crawl at Rhinegeist. Make your way back towards Washington Park, take a left onto Elm Street, and then you’re an 11-minute straight shot to the last stop. Arguably one of the most popular rooftops in the city, Rhinegeist offers a casual atmosphere with expansive views of the city. Best of all, the craft brewery is open until 2 AM on weekends, so you and your friends can celebrate your achievement (seven bars is no joke) late into the night with a few Cincinnati-brewed beers under the stars.