November 2009 -- I like some of the Rock Bottoms, but this was probably the worst visit I’ve had to one in 10 years. Beers sucked. Didn’t eat. Nice location and I’d give them another chance though because despite the madness, the bartenders were OK. The waitresses on the other hand ...
Located in Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Parking can be iffy depending on when you try to go. There is both street parking and pay lots nearby. It is also in walking distance of most of the major downtown hotels.
This location has a rather large patio in front, and is very large inside as well. The bar area is on the left and the restaurant area is on the right. There is a board above the host(ess) stand that shows what beers are available which is always nice. The atmosphere consists of outdoors-y murals and paintings and growlers, growlers, growlers. The entire brewpub is covered with them. Considering they are only $6.95 including the jug why not.
The beers are best described as thoroughly average. There is a sampler available. The year-round offerings are pretty much run-of-the mill chain brewpub fare, with a couple seasonals that are pretty good.
Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers they offered, and was prepared to describe them all before learning we had been there before and wanted the sampler.
The food was good. The Hickory burger was tasty and my one complaint is that the bun was too freaking big. Overall this is worth a stop if you are in Cincy.
Part of the Rock Bottom chain, right on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. In-house beers aren’t bad, if not particularly special. Food is above average bar fare with no standouts, but I’ve never been disappointed. $2 drafts during happy hour.
A fun brewpub (one of the few) in downtown Cincinnati in Fountain Square. A decent sized place with a long bar and plenty of tables, though it fills up pretty quickly. Tap list features 5 regulars (kolsch, witbier, red, ipa, and a "dark" that rotates) plus at least a couple seasonals (pumpkin ale, winter wheat, brandy barrel aged triple) and a couple of cask options. So really, there is plenty of beer options (I came here on 2 separate occasions and still did not sample everything). Food menu is pretty good (I’ve had the hazelnut crusted chicken, which is pure awesomeness, and the crab and artichoke dip which is pretty good). All in all, had a fun time and the beer was good. Please don’t pass over this one just because it’s a chain-the beer is well made and they put out some interesting seasonals.
The beers are alright, but the food is great, the staff is solid, and it’s one of the best values to pre game in downtown Cincinnati! Or just to go out for a beer and some braised short ribs for that matter...
I stopped here in the hopes that it was different than the typical Rock Bottom but it is similar to the ones I’ve visited in Milwaukee and outside Chicago. There were five beers on tap so selection was limited but covered a nice range of styles. I had the Christmas ale which was decent. Prepare to pay dearly for your pints though - unless it is happy hour or a special they are $4.75 each. Food is on par with any other Rock Bottom which is to say large portions and solid meals.
If you are staying downtown like I was (across the street) it might be worth a visit. Otherwise I would drive across the river to Kentucky for some beer and drink it at home/in your hotel.
This was the last stop on the pub crawl with Shigadeyo. The female bartender that served us was very nice and knowledgeable, gladly giving us free samples. The ambiance is predictable, very clean and trendy high-end chain brewpub. Nothing wrong with that. The three beers I had were very good. I did not eat. Parking seems to be a hassle (unless you want to pay) depending on what time you stop in. I would have no problem stopping by again to try some other beers and give their food a shot, depending on what seasonals/ non-house beers are online.
Standard corporate restaurant style brew pub. Their beers are solid examples of the respective styles, they only had 8 taps. Food is good with fancy salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Sort of pricey. What you would expect from Rock Bottom.
Went on a Thursday night (after giving up on two separate crowded weekend nights), so it was a light crowd. Only Rock Bottom Beers available, but several are quite good. Food is typical of national chains, but well prepared. Our server was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the beer. Overall, good.