Cincinnati Dive Bar Guide

Dive Bars Winding With The River

Cincinnati is a confluence of forces in a number of way, inclusive of the Ohio River of course but also in the cultural combinations that create interesting dive bars throughout the city. At the juncture of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, influences can be found from any number of sources, including geography that is anything but flat. City View Tavern and other dive bars in Mount Adams and elsewhere benefit from some of that variation.

Xavier institution Dana Gardens adds another dimension to the dive bar mix, adding a classic college dive bar to a host of other options. Nearby Pilot Inn looks and feels like it has been serving lunch since the city was founded and neighbor Edge Inn Tavern looks like it could have been about the first building constructed (ok, not quite that old).

Dive drinking options encircle the city of course, but downtown Cincinnati hides one gem in plain sight, the aptly named O'Malley's in the Alley that sits, you guessed it, down a quiet alley. Options expand to all reaches of Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky, in particular, just across the river, making for a varied dive bar scavenger hunt across hills, flatland and three different states.

Cincinnati Dive Bar Reviews

Ranked Order

Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Dana Gardens

Signature-covered Xavier University tradition with one epic roof design.
Review Rating: 9 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Edge Inn Tavern

The building may look closed, but try the handle to be sure for a worthwhile experience.
Review Rating: 8 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Pilot Inn

Like a lunch counter crossed with a dive bar that has changed little over the years.
Review Rating: 8 of 10

Cincinnati Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Bellevue

B List

343 Division St
Bellevue, KY 41073
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Camp Washington

JD's Honky Tonk & Emporium

2406 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45214
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Columbia

Stanley's Pub

323 Stanley Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45226
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Covington

Larry's

536 W 9th St
Covington, KY 41011
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Covington

Up/Over

624 Main St
Covington, KY 41011
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Downtown

O'Malley's in the Alley

25 W Ogden Pl
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Glendale

Friendly Stop Bar & Grill

985 Congress Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45246
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Loveland

Cindy's Lounge

125 Karl Brown Way # A
Loveland, OH 45140
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Mt. Adams

City View Tavern

403 Oregon St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Mt. Adams

Crowley's Irish Pub

958 Pavilion St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Mt. Auburn

Miltons the Prospect Hill Tavern

301 Milton St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Newport

Coach's Corner

317 E 6th St
Newport, KY 41071
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Over-The-Rhine

Dunlap Café

1926 Dunlap St
Cincinnati, OH 45214
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University Heights

Murphy's Pub

2329 W Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45219
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Other Dive Bar Options

Boswell Alley

10 E Columbia Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45215
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Bramble Patch

1686 Blue Rock St
Cincinnati, OH 45223
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Brother's Café

6768 Bramble Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45227
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C&D Tavern

7208 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
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Crazy Fox Saloon

1714 Hanfield St # 1
Cincinnati, OH 45223
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Crow's Nest

5744 Springdale Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45247
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Flying Pig Irish Pub

901 Washington Ave
Newport, KY 41071
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Fries Café

4544 W 8th St
Cincinnati, OH 45238
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Gypsy's

3265 Brotherton Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45209
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Happy Hollow Inn

3247 Jefferson Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
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Knockback Nats

641 Main St
Covington, KY 41011
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Liberty Inn

2430 Park Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212
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Madonna's Bar & Grill

10 W 7th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Montgomery Towne Tavern

7163 Princeton Rd
Liberty Township, OH 45044
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Northside Tavern

11 E 7th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Old Time Saloon

10813 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
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Old Towne Tavern

4163 Hamilton Ave A
Cincinnati, OH 45223
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rhinehaus

4901 Cleves Warsaw Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45238
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Tammy's Airport Inn

35 W Pike St
Covington, KY 41011
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The Arena Lounge

119 E 12th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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The Backyard Bar

4101 Airport Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45226
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The Comet

4208 Plainville Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45227
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The Pike Bar & Grill

4579 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223
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The Vogue

10010 Springfield Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45215
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The Wood Bar

8441 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45216
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Trios

1763 Sherman Ave
Norwood, OH 45212
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Twenty Mile Tavern

3221 Montgomery Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
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