CINCINNATI -- As 2016 wraps up, the Queen City's craft cocktail scene is receiving multiple kudos from national publications' year-end reviews.
On Dec. 2, Elle Decor magazine named Sundry and Vice's "Magical Mystery" cocktail one of "The 28 best cocktails and mixed drinks of 2016." The $11 drink blends strawberry and rye whiskey, lemon, egg white, and Amaro Montenegro, according to Sundry and Vice bartender Joseph Richard Kern III.
The apothecary-themed bar located in Over-the-Rhine also received a nod in a Nov. 28 Vogue magazine travel article "5 Industrial Cities Making America’s Rust Belt Shine Again." When ranking the Cincinnati area as a must-see gem, Vogue suggested visitors check out Sundry and Vice, along with other places such as Taft's Ale House, Bocca, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Covington.
Earlier in November, Paste.com published its own travel article, "City in a Glass: Cincinnati," where writer Alyson Sheppard profiled Sundry and Vice, along with Walnut Hill's Video Archive and Over-the-Rhine's Japp's Since 1879. Bartenders from each location recommended their favorite cocktails in the story. Sundry and Vice general manager Justin Simmons recommended visitors try the Mezcal + Rootbeer Highball that was added to the bar's menu on Election Day.
Video Archive was also featured in a Nov. 21 New York Times article about the rise of movie-inspired cocktail bars popping up across the country. Owner Jacob Trevino said he drew inspiration for the Walnut Hills speakeasy from Quentin Tarantino movies. He also opened his first bar, the Overlook Lodge in Pleasant Ridge, as an ode to "The Shining" in the fall of 2015.