Best of Drinks & Nightlife
Best New Bar for the Little Brother’s Crowd
Ace of Cups
How many times have you heard laments about the good old days at the iconic indie music venue? Somebody finally opened a place that can legitimately claim its title as The Next Little Brother’s.
Best Cocktail Evangelist
Not only does she shake cocktails at M, this hardworking mixologist inspires other restaurants to craft inspired drinks lists—and even recruits and trains bartenders to make them.
Best Bar Snack
Bacon at Sidebar 122
As a complimentary bar snack, the swanky small-plates spot sets out glasses of crispy, greasy, fried-up bacon. So much better than peanuts.
Grumpy Troll tavern
Skee-Ball ain’t just for Chuck E. Cheese pizza parties; it also fits nicely with grownup fun of the beers-and-buddies variety.
Best Vintage Beer Can Collection:
Yearning for the era of Olde Frothingslosh? Peep the wall of classic containers inside Clintonville’s Pace-High Carryout.
Best Beer Selection:
Kenny Road Market
From the outside, Kenny Road Market on the Northwest Side looks like any generic carryout. Inside, though, beer lovers find a selection of more than 500 labels.
Best News for Local Drinkers
State legislation doesn’t usually get a shout-out on our Best-of list. But Ohio liquor laws are notoriously complex, and House Bill 243 untangled part of the mess in March. The law allows more small-scale distilleries to nab A-3a licenses, which permit on-site bottle sales, and irons out the process for A-3a license-holders to offer tasting samples after tours. The law also allows breweries to sell beer for carryout or on-site consumption. It even helped state liquor agencies, which now can sell tasting samples of high-powered hooch.
Best Bike Tour:
Grab a stool and enjoy the ride. The 16-person, pedal-powered Cycle Tavern offers bar-goers a fun alternative to cabbing it.