Top 9 places for bourbon in the Tri-State

CINCINNATI - Friday is National Bourbon Day and we have compiled a list of the top 9 local spots to sip on your favorite bourbon.

But before we get to that, let's square away the laws that govern exactly what you can label as "bourbon."

At least 51 percent of the grain used in making the whiskey must be corn and bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years in new white oak barrels that have been charred, according to

Nothing can be added at bottling to enhance flavor, add sweetness or alter the color.

And in case you didn't already know: Bourbon can be made anywhere in the United States, though all but a couple brands are made in Kentucky.

Enough of the facts, here is the list (partially thanks to your reviews on of our Top 9 Tri-State locations to get a bourbon drink:

  1. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar- This bar is known for its wide selection of bourbons and knowledgeable bartenders.
  2. Japp's Since 1879 - Japp's offers a different mixed cocktail menu daily, many of which include a tasty version of this drink.
  3. Bakersfield OTR - You can top off your evening with $3 shots of bourbon at Bakersfield and there's a different variety featured each day.
  4. Neon's Unplugged -Neon's serves hot apple cider with bourbon that has customers coming back for more... and more.
  5. Streetpops - If you're in the mood for a refreshing Streetpop, try the honey bourbon vanilla, said to be one of the favorites among customers.
  6. Mainstay Rock Bar - Not only are bartenders here said to be generous while pouring their bourbon but they almost always have Woodford Reserve, Booker's and Bulleit bourbon behind the bar.
  7. Wiseguy Lounge - This lounge offers more than 150 different kinds of bourbon.
  8. Big Easy Cajun - Not only known for their bourbon, but also their bourbon chicken. Yum.
  9. The Pub at Rookwood Mews - With their 'bourbon taster' you get generous pours of three small-batch Kentucky bourbons. Plus plenty of availability to get a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


Where do you enjoy your favorite bourbon in the Tri-State? Tell us in the comment box below. Cheers!

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