If you’re looking for the best neighborhood for an exciting night out in Cincy? Don’t miss going out in Over-the-Rhine. This neighborhood is packed with delicious restaurants, fun bars and clubs, a beautiful park, an iconic concert hall, and more.
Where is Over-The-Rhine?
The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood—or “OTR,” as it’s often locally dubbed—is located on the north edge of downtown Cincinnati and boasts trendy restaurants, local boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife. The neighborhood, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is easily traversed on foot or, if you’re looking to cover a bit more ground, you can either nab a rental Red Bike, or electric scooter or even hop on the ultra-convenient and free Cincinnati Streetcar.
Take a stroll through Washington Park
Washington Park, sprawling directly in front of the iconic Music Hall, is a central hub of activity and urban green space. Catch a free concert during various music series, peruse the City Flea for wares from local makers and artisans, or pop open a craft beer at the unique, full-service Porch bar.
Shop Findlay Market
Foodies will want to stop by Findlay Market, a year-round market and hub of all things Cincinnati. Be sure to sample the goods at Maverick Chocolate Company, the city’s first bean-to-bar chocolate makers, and Macaron Bar, the only local bakery dedicated solely to French macarons. Buy unique spice blends by the ounce at Colonel De's, or enjoy a decadent scoop of Dojo Gelato. There are food vendors aplenty, so your lunch options are limitless, and during the summer you can lunch at the on-site beer garden, too. This is the oldest public market in Ohio, so soak in the history of one of the city's most iconic landmarks.
OTR is an eclectic neighborhood with a wide variety of unique shops and boutiques in OTR you don't want to miss.
Dinner in Over-the-Rhine
There are endless options for an excellent meal in OTR. If you’re in the mood for family-style Italian, Pepp & Delores is the place. With handmade pasta and creative cocktails, there’s a reason it was the only restaurant to land on Open Table’s most beloved restaurants in America.
Pepp and Dolores
Transport yourself to New Orleans for a night with a meal at Nolia. Named one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati, Chef Jeff Harris creates flavorful small plates inspired by his upbringing in New Orleans. If you’re looking for hip, homemade Italian (think: decadent pasta and craft cocktails) visit Pepp & Dolores.
Other favorite restaurants in OTR
- The Eagle OTR- fried chicken & beer
- Bakersfield OTR - tacos & tequila
- Taste of Belgium - Belgian waffles, beer & more
- Abigail Street - Mediterranean small plates with beer & wine on tap
Bars in OTR
After dinner grab a cold one at one of OTR’s several historic breweries, many of which were originally founded in the early 19th century. Rhinegeist on Elm Street is the cornerstone of craft beer in OTR. If you’re looking for a great view, head to the rooftop bar. A Cincy sunset from that vantage point pairs perfectly with an ice-cold Rhinegeist Truth.
Alcove by MadTree Brewing is a great spot if you love beer and craft cocktails. Plus the space is gorgeous, featuring a living plant wall and a unique year-round greenhouse. Visit Longfellows for elevated and inspired cocktails - and if you’re still hungry try the Scrap Sandwich. Wodka Bar features all things Eastern European. A flight of infused vodka pairs well with a plate of homemade pierogis for a late-night snack. Check out Pins Mechanical for drinks and old-style video arcade games and foosball, pinball, ping pong, and duckbill bowling.
Performing arts in Over the Rhine
After you've wined and dined, take in a performance at the Know Theatre. It hosts everything from musicals to plays to the annual 12-day Cincy Fringe Festival, which brings in more than 130 acts— think push-the-envelope performances encompassing dance, visual art, film, music, and more— from all over the country. Or see the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or Cincinnati Opera (the second oldest opera company in the U.S.) at Music Hall.
OTR is a can't-miss neighborhood in Cincy. Check out our local’s guide to OTR for even more recommendations.