15 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Warmer weather calls for cold drinks. And there’s no better place to enjoy one than at one of the rooftop bars in Cincinnati! 

Whether you’re looking for cocktails and dinner, some Saturday afternoon fun, or a spot to meet up with friends after work – there’s a rooftop bar waiting for you in Cincinnati.

Take in the view of the city from the downtown Cincinnati locations, cross the river to spend some time in nearby Northern Kentucky, or head to the ‘burbs… because you know your drinks will taste better with a view!

rooftop bars in cincinnati featuring the rhinegeist patio bar

For our fellow outdoor-lovin’, sunshine-seekin’, beer-drinkin’ friends, here’s our list of can’t-miss greater Cincinnati rooftop bars and patios.

Most locations are open seasonally and most are weather-permitting. Be sure to call ahead before your visit to ensure it is open. Several locations are family-friendly, but (as always) you must be 21 years or older to drink.

A look at the Rhinegeist rooftop space and surrounding views of OTR
photo credit: Rhinegeist


(rooftop is seasonal)
(513) 381-1367
1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

“Sun’s out, suds out.” No Cincinnati rooftop list would be complete without Rhinegeist! Enjoy the Over-the-Rhine and choose from a wide range of beer, cider, cocktails, and wine. Rhinegeist is a sunny day, laid back, go-to spot for those 21+. On your way up to the rooftop, stop in at their (enormous) indoor taproom to play cornhole or buy some of the popular Rhinegeist merch you’ve seen around town.

This one is right on the Cincinnati Streetcar route (stop is at the brewery’s door) with historic Findlay Market nearby.


The rooftop bar at Pins Mechanical Company in Over the Rhine

Pins Mechanical Company

(513) 964-7746
1124 Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

While Pins is usually known for their games inside, they are also making a name for themselves with their rooftop. Take in some of the best views of OTR or sit by the fire pits while sipping on some of the region’s best draft beer – or cocktails, punches, and wine if that’s more your thing. All ages are welcome until 8pm (after which it becomes 21+). Inside, enjoy a game of foosball, pinball, ping pong, and duckpin – if you really love pins, you can even sign up for a duckpin league.


the outdoor fireplace at Vista Lytle Park
photo credit: Vista at Lytle Park

Vista at Lytle Park

(513) 621-4500
311 Pike St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

If you’re looking for a beautiful views from a lovely downtown rooftop, you’re in luck. Vista at Lytle Park might just be your new fave! Enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, or mocktails from the rooftop of Lytle Park Hotel.

This is a great one to visit, no matter the weather. They have a four season rooftop with glass enclosures for cooler days and a large outdoor fireplace to take the chill off when it’s not as warm as you would like.


a view of the Ohio River and the downtown skyline
photo credit: Top of the Park

Top of the Park / Phelps

(513) 651-1234
506 East 4th St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Meet up with friends at the Top of the Park rooftop at the historic Phelps building for cocktails, tapas, and skyline views. The rooftop is also available to reserve for small private events, including wedding receptions and corporate functions.


a nightime view from the AC Upper Deck
photo credit to AC Upper Deck

AC Upper Deck

(513) 744-9900
135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

This downtown spot, close to the Reds stadium and the Ohio River, offers a wide range of wine, beer and cocktails. AC Upper Deck also offers a robust menu including favorites such as charcuterie, flatbread, and lots of other small plates. Groups can book the rooftop for happy hour, birthday parties, and other private events.


a look at the View at Shire's Garden and the skyline at night
photo credit: The View at Shire’s Garden

The View at Shire’s Garden

(513) 407-7501
309 Vine St., 10th Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Inspired by the area’s first amusement resort built in its very spot In 1842, The View at Shire’s Garden aims to keep the magical feel alive while reinventing the concept into one of the city’s most picturesque rooftops – which includes a 2,000 square foot patio with sweeping views of the Banks, stadiums, and the nearby riverfront. Indoor and outdoor seating include a variety of elevated menus to suit the occasion for cocktails, brunch, matinee hour, and dinner service (be sure to check the times for these menus before you visit).


the outdoor patio at Via Vite in downtown Cincinnati
photo credit: Via Vite

Via Vite

(513) 721-8483
520 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Located next to Fountain Square, Via Vite’s rooftop is the perfect spot to grab a drink (and dinner, too!) and enjoy the bustle of Fountain Square. The food menu features Italian classics and new favorites, as well as gluten free lunch and dinner options. Reservations can be made online, and private spaces can be booked for birthdays, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and other special events.


The rooftop patio at the Blind Pic
photo credit: The Blind Pig

The Blind Pig

(513) 381-3114
24 W 3rd St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

River views + great beer. What more do you need? This “modern-day speakeasy” is the perfect spot to swing by (or stay awhile) on your way to a game or the Banks. Look for weekly drink specials and grab a bite from their appetizer, salad, and sandwich menu. Walk it all off at neighboring Smale Park.


Hi-Wire Brewing Cincinnati

(513) 930-4050
4600 Beech St., Suites 100 & 300, Norwood, OH 45212

One of the newest rooftop bars in Cincinnati, Hi-Wire Brewing is the first spot to open in the up and coming Norwood entertainment district. Located in the space that used to be the old US Playing Card factory, this rooftop space overlooks the courtyard and apartments that make up Factory52. There’s lots of outdoor seating space, a walk-up bar, and a small indoor bar just off the rooftop.


Incline Public House

(513) 251-3000
2601 W 8th St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

Near downtown but not quite in it, you’ll find the Incline Public House. Offering one of the best overall views of the Cincinnati skyline from their patio, they have a 1,400 square foot deck that seats 60 people. Enjoy a variety of craft beer, wine, and cocktails and partake in something from their tasty food menu which includes gourmet sandwiches, pizzas, and salads.


photo credit: Bishop’s Quarter

Bishop’s Quarter

(513) 214-3882
212 W Loveland Ave., Loveland, Ohio 45140

Located in the heart of Loveland just off of the Loveland Bike Trail, Bishop’s Quarter is a three-story bar – each floor with its own focus. The first floor has a French Quarter feel with a classic cocktail bar, a back patio, and a selection of over 40 bourbons. The second floor is a cozy, comfortable spot (complete with a fireplace) to sip on a variety of wines.

The third level – the rooftop! – offers a bar with craft beer, TVs, and an outdoor area to hang out with friends, family, or a date. The restaurant’s menu is New Orleans inspired with Southern favorites. Reservations are not available, but the venue can be booked for special events.


Gaslight Bar & Grill

(513) 861-3663
351 Ludlow Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

A classic fixture in the heart of Clifton, the Gaslight’s building first housed the Clifton Branch Library for 60+ years. Today, its tall windows and rooftop views of Clifton offers a vibrant and eclectic gathering place for friends and family.

The Gaslight is one of the more upscale rooftops in Cincinnati, with a selection of 20+ wines and both local and national beers, ciders, sours, and seltzers – as well as a variety of small plates, soups, sandwiches, and entrees. The kitchen is open from 11am – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday with the full bar open late. Reservations are available online.


Overlook Kitchen and Bar

(513) 527-9900
5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

Aptly named, the Overlook Kitchen and Bar provides an overlook of the surrounding area. Located on the fourth floor of The Summit Hotel, you can enjoy a seat at the indoor bar or head out to the outdoor patio. Their menu changes with the season. Watch their site for burger night and other specials. Live music and other events too!

Rooftop Bar at Braxton Brewery

Braxton Brewing Co.

(859) 261-5600
27 W 7th St., Covington, Kentucky 41011

Braxton’s headquarters and “forever home” is one of the Northern Kentucky spost with a rooftop. Enjoy a Braxton beer or VIVE Hard Seltzer on the 5,000 square foot rooftop with plenty of seating, open lawn space, and one-of-a-kind views of Covington and nearby Cincinnati. 20 beer taps, VIVE Hard Seltzers and a cocktail menu means there’s something for everyone (ages 21 and older, of course). Open every day, and all ages are welcome before 8pm when the rooftop transitions to 21 and up.


a view of the outdoor patio on the roof at Lisse in Kentucky
photo credit: Lisse

Lisse Steakhuis

(859) 360-7008
530 Main Street, Covington, KY 41011

Enjoy the view from the outdoor patio on the roof at Lisse. This is one of the newer restaurants in the heart of Mainstrasse Village. Known for their steaks, you can enjoy Dutch inspired decor and menus at this rooftop spot.


21C Museum Hotel

(513) 578-6600
609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

21C Museum Hotel has a rooftop bar that is only available for private events at this time (last updated March, 2023). Because this spot used to be open to the public, we want to keep it on the list in case they do decide to reopen for regular service.


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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!