I always love to get a new perspective and cool off by visiting any one of the growing number of rooftop bars and patios in the Queen City. The AC Upper Deck at AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks and the rooftop deck at Commonwealth Bistro join places like the Cocktail Terrace at the 21c Museum Hotel and Top of the Park at the Phelps as great places for summer sipping this season. Check out my list of favorite rooftop locations here.
Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club
860 Elm St, Ludlow, KY
My summer wouldn't be complete without visiting the Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club at least a few times. The floating barge's decor is kitschy, the bar is always well stocked and the kitchen serves different dinner specials most weeknights. The yacht club isn't the only place on the river worth a visit. I'm also a fan of the Sandbar, Cabana on the River, the Monkey Bar & Grille (located on the Little Miami River) and Pirates Cove. I also plan to check out the recently opened 13 Below Brewery in Sayler Park soon.
Hyde Park Blast
Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
The Hyde Park Blast is a daylong event in Hyde Park that takes place in June each summer. The day begins with a run/walk, followed by a team chariot competition and then a professional cycling race. There is also food, drinks and live entertainment throughout the day along Erie Avenue. I went to my first Blast last year and was literally blown away (see video above) while cheering participants during the evening bicycle race. This year's Blast will take place 8 a.m.-midnight June 30.
Soft-serve Ice Cream