postcards: cincinnati, ohio

We drove up to Cincinnati this past weekend for a college friend’s wedding and although I’ve been up there a few times before, I feel like I experienced the city for the first time. In fact, I could just be getting started. I wanted to drive around forever.

What drew me in were the old buildings. There were streets upon streets of un-touched architecture just WAITING to be restored and I loved seeing that potential for growth. We frequented an up-and-coming neighborhood called Over The Rhine [OTR] which really sealed the deal for me. It was clearly the first stepping stones in the restoration of Cincinnati. On Friday night, we started our Cincinnati experience at a brewery unlike anything I’ve ever seen called Rhinegeist.
This MASSIVE warehouse located in a not-so-safe part of town was SUCH a surprise. The exterior is  a simple door with their logo on it. Once you head up three flights of stairs and head through a set of doors, you’re in a football field-sized room. One end is the actual brewery and one end is filled with corn hole, ping-pong, and bier-garden-style tables. I couldn’t get over their branding and purchased a LOT of Rhinegeist Merchandise. Such an experience.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, we headed back to OTR for some lunch…choosing A Tavola pizza, and, boy, did we choose correctly. Their margherita pizza was the best I’ve ever had. Ever. We also had a pizza topped with Wagyu beef meatballs…whaaaattt??
A Tavola was located the main drag of OTR called Vine Street that was filled with a large variety of food choices. I wish we had had time to sample all of them. Here are a few I’ll definitely try upon my return:  Bakersfield :: Senate :: Abigail Street :: Kaze

 

Vine is also home to Holtman’s Famous Donut Shop…I popped in for a sticker and to grab a few photos. Such a cute shop. I have a donut problem.

 

 

 

Finally, one boutique really stood out amongst the rest: Article. Funnily enough, it was a menswear store. The store, itself, had me at hello. The window was adorned with a vintage Ducati and there were American flags and firewood placed in appropriate locations. As for their inventory, they carry brands like Billy Reid, Filson, Shinola, and The Hillside. I’m in, I’m on board, let’s go back.

 

 

 

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