With the All-Star Game voting finished and the starting lineups chosen, we’re taking a look at the best bars around Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati. Whether you’re going to the game or just looking for a place to watch, keep these bars in mind next week during the festivities.
Lachey’s: 56 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Lachey’s is a high-end sports bar, lounge, and full-service restaurant located in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The bar is highlighted by 20 televisions, a running score ticker, and a menu curated by Bar Rescue’s celebrity chef Brian Duffy. Owned by former 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey and his brother Drew, Lachey’s is truly bringing new flavor to the Cincinnati metropolitan area.
What to eat: One of the most talked-about items on the menu at Lachey’s, the Tot Bowl, features their homemade tater tots that come in three flavors, including jerk rub, spicy garlic, or bacon and cheddar cheese. One of their signature burgers, the bison burger, is the go-to sandwich for most of the staff. The Hair of the Dog Burger is another favorite, with crispy goetta, American cheese, and a fried egg on a brioche bun giving you a little taste of Cincinnati.
What to drink: Lachey’s has a ton of signature drinks, including the Walnut Street Mule: Four Roses Bourbon, ginger-vanilla syrup, fresh lime, and dry cherry soda. They also have 17 beers on tap, ranging from domestics to various IPAs, so there is definitely something for everyone.
Walking distance to ball park: 15 min (.7mi)
Located in the Banks development on the Ohio River, Holy Grail sits only a minute from home plate at the Great American Ball Park. With 31 HDTVs, you can be sure you won’t miss a single second of the All-Star festivities. The owners are die-hard Cincinnati sports fan, so you can be sure to have a true fan experience. It truly lives up to its self-proclaimed title as Cincinnati’s hometown sports bar.
What to eat: For starters, Goebel’s Reuben Wontons are a fan and staff favorite: corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese wrapped, fried, and served with Thousand Island dressing. Their loaded french fries with ranch, bacon, cheddar, and chives are also a huge hit.
What to drink: At Holy Grail, they like to stay traditional when it comes to their drink menu. With about 16 beers on tap, you’ll never be thirsty come game time.
Walking distance to ball park: 1 min (246ft)
Knockback Nat’s: 10 W 7th St Cincinnati, OH 45202
Just under a 15-minute walk from the Ball Park, Knockback Nat’s is a great dive bar where you can enjoy the game. Their wings have been described by the Travel Channel as some of the best in downtown Cincinnati. Knockback Nat’s recently doubled in size, but don’t think that means you’ll be able to get a seat easily. This place fills up quick, so make sure to get there early.
What to eat: The smoked wings landed Knockback Nat’s on the Travel Channel’s list of the 101 best places to eat. Not only are the wings smoked on site using their secret dry rub, but there are at least nine different sauces to try them with.
What to drink: With beers on tap and knowledgeable bartenders, this great dive bar can create any sort of cocktail you want. While they know all the classics, why not head to Knockback Nat’s and experiment with something out of this world?
Walking distance to ball park: 13 min (.6mi)
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill: 145 2nd Street East, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Located right across the street from the home plate side of the Great American Ball Park, this bar and grill, owned by country music star Toby Keith, is a great place to enjoy a drink and some delicious food before a baseball game. Toby Keith’s boasts a large space that also serves as a concert venue, spotlighting local and touring country music acts.
What to eat: If you’re at Toby Keith’s before a game, their bar food is definitely the way to go. Whether you order the soft-baked pretzel poppers, the flash-fried pickle fries, crispy fried macaroni & cheese, or the abundance of other options, you won’t be disappointed with what Toby Keith’s has to offer.
What to Drink: Toby Keith’s has a great selection of featured drinks and shooters for any time of day! Whether you get the Number14, consisting of three olives cherry vodka, ginger ale, and a splash of grenadine, or the Opening Day, made with bacardi limon, midori, and lime juice, you will surely leave this place satisfied. If you are not looking for something with hard alcohol, you can always make a selection from Toby Keith’s large selection of bottled beers or wines by the glass.
Walking distance to ball park: 1 min (226ft)
Tin Roof: 160 E Freedom Way #150, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The original Tin Roof opened in 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee to give artists a place to go when they were not on stage. Ten years later, the Tin Roof opened a location just steps away from the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. There are always great artists playing at the Tin Roof, so if you’re looking for some entertainment with your Ball Park experience, go grab a beer, enjoy the game, and support the live music scene.
What to eat: The Tin Roof specializes in bringing exciting takes on bar food. For a more traditional experience, order the Smashville, an Angus burger topped with BBQ pulled pork, bacon, and coleslaw. If you’re looking to get a bit more experimental, check out the chicken and waffle nuggets served with bacon maple syrup.
What to drink: Be prepared for some tasty drinks with a punch at the Tin Roof. A Moonshine Margarita (American Born 103 proof moonshine, fresh lime, orange liqueur, and agave nectar) and the Cuban & Carolina (Bacardi Gold Rum, Licor 43, lemon juice, Cheerwine, lime wedge North Carolina’s most famous cherry beverage, spiked with rum & vanilla) are just two of the crazy cocktails you can find at this live music joint.
Walking distance to ball park: 2 min (.1mi)
Yard House is a larger-than-life bar and restaurant located just a couple of blocks away from the Great American Ball Park. This high end sports bar chain has a huge menu filled with New American food and an extensive list of draft beer.
What to eat: With Yard House’s huge menu you may have some trouble deciding on just one or a few things to order! The staff at the Yard House has two favorites: the Porcini Crusted Halibut features a crusted halibut in a porcini cream sauce with white truffle oil, asparagus, bok choy, served with parmesan mashed potatoes. The Chicken Enchilada Stack is chicken and pepper jack cheese in corn tortillas with pasilla, beans, sour cream, tomatillo & red chili sauce. These are two menu items you do not want to miss.
What to drink: The Yard House has a huge selection of drinks on their menu, but there are a few standouts. Be sure to try their selection of Mule drinks. Our favorites are the Moscow (russian standard vodka, house made ginger beer) and Mezcal mules (del maguey “vida” mezcal, house made ginger beer).
Walking distance to ball park: 3 min (.2mi)