Visit Cincinnati Patios when it’s cold

Winter is coming.

And that means cold and snow. But we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, so there are recommendations to eat outside and not be in groups of 10 or more.

Cincinnati bars and restaurants are getting creative this year when it comes to keeping diners warm. There are plastic igloos, heaters, fire pits, and awnings, all with the intent to make you feel comfortable.

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Here are the Cincinnati courtyards with plans to keep you warm:

The view of Shires’ Garden

If you want to try something different, check out the View at Shires’ Garden. In the theme of the seasons, the View at Shires’ Garden features plastic igloos and “greenhouse terraces” that serve as isolated spaces for small groups of up to 8 people. The igloos and terraces are heated and equipped with a Bluetooth speaker.

309 Vine St., 10th floor, downtown.

MadTree Brewing Company

With 32 MadTree beers on tap, you can enjoy a cold one while you stay warm. The brewery has heaters over certain tables and tents throughout the outside area during the winter months to help contain the cold. In addition, MadTree has a fireplace and indoor seating.

3301 Madison Road, Oakley.

The AC Hotel at the Banks now has heated igloos on the top deck on the roof.

AC upper deck

In addition to panoramic views of downtown and northern Kentucky, the AC Upper Deck has fire pits and heaters to keep you warm in any bad weather. Until the end of October, the upper deck wasn’t sure whether it wanted to return the plastic igloos it had in 2019.

135 Joe Nuxhall Way, downtown.

Braxton Brewing Company

Braxton added plastic igloos to their rooftop bar. Each heated igloo can comfortably accommodate up to 8 people and has comfortable seating, a special bluetooth speaker, warm and cozy decor and a special bartender.

27 W. Seventh St., Covington.

The Comfort Station still shows the old male and female entrances.

Comfort station

This bar is located in a former public toilet. Seriously. It still has the entrances of the old men and women.

How do you prepare for winter? With four large fire pits, ideal for groups that want to gather together during the cold months.

793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

Outside of Miscellaneous and Vice in Over the Rhine.  Provided by Amy Elisabeth Spasoff.

Miscellaneous and Vice

This bar has a makeshift terrace with limited seating, but that doesn’t mean you will stay outside in the cold. Sundry and Vice installs heaters so guests can feel the warmth while drinking.

18 W. 13th St., across the Rhine.

Blind Pig's deck has elevated views of Third Street and Paul Brown Stadium, as well as gas heaters for all-weather comfort.

Blind pig

Blind Pig keeps the front garage door closed during the winter months. If you want to venture out onto the terrace, the bar plans to tent parts of it in addition to fire pits.

24 W. Third St., downtown.


In the winter months, Cincinnati’s oldest tavern extends out onto the outdoor terrace. Additionally, the bar adds heaters to keep the back patio nice and cozy.

210 E. Eighth St., downtown.

Hofbräuhaus Newport

The Germany-inspired bar will add a tent to its beer garden to keep the space closed and heated.

200 Third St., Newport.

Pepp and Delores and the sacred animal

This Italian restaurant, owned by the Thunderdome Restaurant Group, has a makeshift terrace on 15th Street shared with Sacred Beast.

The area has a tent and is insulated and heated. The tent that was opened during the pandemic will be closed in the winter months.

1501 Vine St., over the Rhine.

Ivory house

The new Westwood Restaurant has an outdoor terrace that is covered above but open to the sides. Ivory House has added outdoor heaters but has no plans to keep them open all winter.

2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood.

Oak tavern

This Oakley staple has limited seating due to the pandemic, but there is still a tent and heaters ready. If you’re looking for another reason, Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Sarah Brookbank tasted her wings and said this about her, “What I got was a delicious, no-frills chicken wing that put a chain restaurant wing to shame, it’s the kind of chicken wing that You want when you have a desire. “

3089 Madison Road, Oakley.

Washington Park porch

Open from Friday to Sunday. Keep up to date with the opening times on their Facebook page. At the moment there are a handful of heaters.

1230 Elm St., over the Rhine.


The outside area was an addition during the pandemic. The terrace has taken over a parking space behind the building. The terrace has several heaters.

39 E. 13th St., across the Rhine.

Samuel Adams taproom

The Cincinnati Brewery has a deck with heaters and a fire pit, and plenty of space to keep your distance.

1727 Logan St., across the Rhine.

Vista in Lytle Park

Vista in Lytle Park

This rooftop bar and event space overlooks Lytle Park, downtown Cincinnati, and the Ohio River. This winter Vista will be decorated with festive lights, fur throws and pillows and a fireplace.

311 Pike St., downtown.

Street brows

Streetside has a huge outdoor tent as well as heaters. “Streetside is serious about keeping the area warm and well-ventilated,” said Kathie Hickie, founder of Streetside. The bar also has two large TVs and an outdoor bar on weekends.

4003 Eastern Ave., 45226.

Coaches Corner Bar & Grill

This Newport Bar has a spacious outdoor deck with heaters and a fire pit. It also has food and city views.

317 E 6th St., Newport, KY 41071.

Do you know heated terraces? Please contact Briana Rice at [email protected].

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