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??
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
:: Abigail Street
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
, and The Hillside
. I’m in, I’m on board, let’s go back.