Whiskey is one of the fastest growing trends in the U.S. food scene and Ohio has it in spades. Maybe due the state’s proximity to the home of bourbon (Kentucky) but Ohio has proven that it can do whiskey and do it well.
1. Century Bar – Dayton, OH
This downtown Dayton-located bar looks just like another hole-in-the-wall from the outside. In fact, it was a hole-in-the-wall until recently when the focused was changed to bourbon. It may be small, but the bartenders know their stuff and they have over 87 bourbons in house to sample from. They even hold whiskey and bourbon tastings, if you are trying to get into the drink. Don’t forget to look up while you are sipping on your drink, they have kept the original, beautiful ceilings and 19th century, cherry wood bar.
2. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar – Covington, KY/Cincinnati, OH
Technically in Kentucky and not in Ohio, but a hop, skip, and a jump to the Queen City, Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (affectionately known as OKBB to Cincinnati residents) is not to be missed. It is the perfect place to sip some bourbon in a relaxed location. There are so many different kinds of bourbon here that there is even a display on the ceiling.
3. Barrel 44 – Columbus, OH
Consistently named one of the best bars in Columbus, Barrel 44 has two Columbus locations to choose from. The Short North location has a seedy past but it’s a great place to get a stiff drink in the home of the Buckeyes. They even have food, which might be necessary if you REALLY like your whiskey.
4. Whiskey Dogg – North Olmsted, OH
What could a Cleveland-area traveller possibly want with their whiskey but a gourmet hot dog? You’re in luck, because this spot in North Olmstead serves hot dogs topped with with capicola and fried eggs with their impressive whiskey collection.
5. Stanley Mill Farm & Distillery – Mad River, OH
Want to try Ohio-made whiskey? The Indian Creek Distillery at the Staley Mill Farm is your place. This beautiful farm in the Dayton-area country houses a distillery where rye whiskey is still being distilled from the family stills that are almost 200 years old. Go for a tour and a taste of the rye and bring a bottle home for later.