If you're looking for fun things to do in Cincinnati this fall, why not attend some of the Oktoberfest celebrations happening around the city? Cincinnati is a city rich in German heritage, so it's no surprise that it's home to one of America's biggest Oktoberfest celebrations: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.
If you happened to miss this event, don’t sweat it. Here are three of the best places in Cincinnati to grab a beer in honor of Oktoberfest:
1. Mecklenburg Gardens
302 E University Ave
19.5 miles from Springs at Liberty Township
Mecklenburg Gardens happens to be Cincinnati's oldest operating restaurant, having been in business more than 150 years! In the restaurant's early days, it served as a meeting place for local German residents to learn about the American way of life. Staying true to its heritage, Mecklenburg Gardens continues to serve delectable German cuisine, which pairs perfectly with a traditional German Lager, Dunkel, or Hefeweizen. People are attracted to Mecklenburg Gardens as it’s recognized nationally for having one of the best outdoor beer gardens.
2. Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way
17.6 miles from Springs at West Chester
Founded in 1853 by German immigrant Christian Moerlein, Moerlein Lager House began brewing hearty, European beers that quickly became a favorite in Cincinnati. The brewery was forced to close in 1897, but reopened again in 1981 to be on the leading edge of the craft beer revolution. Today Moerlein Lager House offers a full service restaurant in addition to its brewery, and its rich German history makes it a great destination for an Oktoberfest celebration.
3. Taft's Ale House
1429 Race St
22 miles from Springs at West Chester
While this restaurant/ale house may not be strictly German, it's still an incredibly cool place to grab a beer in honor of Oktoberfest. Taft's Ale House is actually located in the former St. Paul's Evangelical Church, which was once the oldest protestant church in the Queen City. The ale house is named in honor of Cincinnati's prodigal son, William Howard Taft. Taft’s is certainly a place that will inspire great conversation, while also filling your appetite.
This is our short list of some of the best places around Cincinnati to have your own Oktoberfest celebration. Can you think of any places we may have missed? If so, please leave them in our comments section below.