From trendy brunch spots to late-night speakeasy cocktails, gather your besties, pack your bags, and get ready for an epic girls' getaway in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Cheers to brunch in Cincinnati

Taste of Belgium (photo: Wendy Pramik)

Taste of Belgium (photo: Wendy Pramik)

Mimosa, bloody Mary, sangria–whatever your drink of choice is, Cincy has you covered for brunch out with your ladies!

Discover an excellent list of must-visit spots like Taste of Belgium, where your whole squad can dine on rich Belgium waffles. Looking for brunch in Cincy North? Check out Cozy’s Café & Pub for an eggs benedict or apple bacon cinnamon roll and bloody Marys on Saturdays and Sundays in a charming refurbished farmhouse. Northstar Café is a favorite with a locally-sourced and organic menu that includes housemade granola and the hearty Cowboy Breakfast, while you sip on a unique cocktail at the bar.

In the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood stands LouVino OTR, where you and your girls can indulge in either country doughnuts, pancake tacos, or chicken biscuit sliders while sipping on a pitcher of upgraded "premium" mimosas with added Grand Marnier and vodka.

French toast at LouVino OTR (photo: LouVino OTR)French toast at LouVino OTR (photo: LouVino OTR)

Last but not least, head south into Northern Kentucky and visit Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar inside the beautiful Hotel Covington for an upscale brunch experience with tots for the table, a classic breakfast sandwich, or the Roebling Benedict topped with a Cincinnati classic – goetta. Boomtown Biscuits and Whisky is another decadent option in Union Kentucky. Fluffy biscuits, hearty dishes, and craft cocktails–this spot is a winner.

Shop unique boutiques in Cincy

If you and your girls need some retail therapy, prepare to shop til you drop! 

Rookwood Commons is overflowing with shops, boutiques, and other fun stores perfect for perusing, including Ulta Beauty, Nordstrom Rack, Athleta, Joseph Beth Booksellers, and even local chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate Co.

Maverick Chocolate in Rookwood (photo: Provided)

Head to Over-the-Rhine where you will find boutiques, small shops, and locally-owned businesses like MiCA 12/v, a unique mix of hand-made and design-based gifts, Artichoke where you can find funky and handmade kitchen tools, and Findlay Market with local artisans, butchers, and other fun market gems. Create a one-of-a-kind candle at Candle Lab OTR where you choose the scents! If dessert and wine are more your creative outlet, sign up for American Legacy Tour’s Wine & Dessert tour where you will taste three different desserts and four wines in Over-the-Rhine.

Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine (photo: Provided by 3CDC)Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine (photo: Provided by 3CDC)

Heading up north? Be sure to take some time at Liberty Center for a full retail immersion filled with popular retail chains like Francesca’s, Lush, and H&M, or check out local shops Rose & Remington for cute clothes with a country chic feel, Celebrate Local, and Homage where you can find locally-made and cherished goods.

Low on libations for your hotel hang-out downtime? The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky is the perfect spot to shop for party supplies, wine, spirits, and adventure through a library of beer and find the best place for top-shelf spirits at discounted prices. If you’re on the hunt for unique and rare bourbons and other spirits, check out Revival Vintage in Covington for a one-of-a-kind shopping and tasting experience. 

Explore Cincy's colorful art scene 

Swing Around the Rosie © 2016 ArtWorks / Natalie Lanese / 1606 Pleasant St. / Photo by J. Miles WolfSwing Around the Rosie © 2016 ArtWorks / Natalie Lanese / 1606 Pleasant St. / Photo by J. Miles Wolf

The region has its fair share of gorgeous and wonderful art museums and exhibits like the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and the more than 100 ArtWorks Murals that can be found on both sides of the river throughout the region's neighborhoods!

Taft Museum of Art hosts a free House Party every second Thursday of the month, where you can dine on bites, have an adult beverage, and tour the grounds with your girls while enjoying some tunes from local musicians in the secret garden! 

Have some outdoor fun in Cincy 

Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)

Enjoy a drink with an epic view at one of Cincy's rooftop bars! Bridgeview Box Park is a fun spot on The Levee in NKY. This open-air container park hosts year-round events with funky food and beverage locales and has an awesome view of the Ohio River, Roebling Suspension Bridge, and Cincinnati skyline. 

Grab your group of girls (up to 15) to pedal, sip, and party through the streets of Over-the-Rhine or Covington, Ky., with Pedal Wagon where you BYOB and can choose from one of many tours offered. Now in the region is the Cincinnati Cycleboat with the same party atmosphere as the pedal wagon but on the Ohio River with up to 16 passengers! 

Get pampered in Cincinnati spas

Sometimes you need to relax on a girl's trip. For a lavish experience and full-on relaxation, there’s nowhere better than the spa at 21c Cincinnati. From facials to massages to aromatherapy, book a luxurious treatment and relish some me time. Don’t have time for a full spa day, check out Umber 87 for good vibes and a great wax. For a glamorous and fun start to the night, book a party with Reign Beauty before a night out. 

Enjoy a night out in Cincy

Ghost baby in OTR

No matter your vibe–you’ll have a good time in Cincinnati. Love karaoke? Book a private room at Tokyo Kitty. For swanky cocktails, check out Ghost Baby a unique subterranean lounge. If you have wine connoisseurs in your group, check out Oakley Wines or Revel OTR for wine tasting and light bights. Bourbon lovers must check out NKY's best bourbon bars and restaurants like Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar and Bouquet Bistro. Check out the B-Line® for an immersive and self-guided experience.

If you’re looking for more trip ideas, explore our guide to grown-up fun in Cincy!

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