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The joke is that “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” That’s certainly true in CityBeat‘s Drinking Issue, dedicated to appreciating Cincinnati’s bar scene.

In the main portion of the guide, CityBeat staffers compiled 25 places they’re drinking right now, from hot spots to favorite dives, and what to order there. But we also asked some of our favorite local bar owners where they like to drink when they aren’t imbibing at their own establishments.

Here’s what they said.

Steven Clement
Co-owner, Lost & Found, 22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, lostandfoundotr.com
Hart & Cru. The wine list is thought out with heart and a lot of options. Walking in, it feels like you’ve entered someone’s home. It’s cozy and no-frills with the most knowledgeable staff the city has to offer. They are wine “producer” driven, supporting winemakers all over the world that greatly care about the grapes they grow and methods in making. And MOTR Pub. It always feels safe to be yourself here. Though it’s not a “cocktail” bar, MOTR is a place to blow off some steam over a beer, look at some different art on the walls and see someone you know while being easy on your wallet. Hart & Cru, 1206 Broadway St., Pendleton, hartandcru.com. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.

Sarah Finney
Co-owner, 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab, 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 1215vine.com
My favorite place to grab a drink is The Loon (formerly the Listing Loon). This neighborhood bar is dark and cozy, and it might just be the most chill spot in Northside. They have a perfectly secluded patio, with a firepit going during the colder months. While they have a good wine selection, my personal go-to is the “blip and sip” — a shot of liquor and a tall can of beer. It’s a great deal and pairs perfectly with the laid-back atmosphere, made for catching up with friends.The Loon, 4124 Hamilton Ave., Northside, theloonwinebar.com.

Stuart MacKenzie
Co-owner, Northside Yacht Club, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, northsideyachtclub.com; Jerry’s Jug House, 414 E. Seventh St., Newport, jerrysjughouse.com
This is hard because I love all bars — and pretty much anywhere that serves alcohol — but right now I’m going to say The Hub. This rebellious little bar is still causing trouble in OTR, bullying Dusty Rhodes off Twitter and hosting all sorts of wild events like mud-wrestling fundraisers, live dating games and fringe original music. There’s a pool table and a serious collection of questionable taxidermy. I like to go for happy hour when it’s chill and you can sometimes catch the owner, Lindsey, behind the bar. What to order? Habanero-infused tequila, beers, shots, rinse, repeat. The Hub, 1209 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, totallythehubotr.com.

Julia Petiprin
Owner, HomeMaker’s Bar and Fifty Fifty Gin Club, 39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, homemakersbar.com, fiftyfiftyginclub.com; Sundry and Vice, 18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, sundryandvice.com
La Ofrenda is a hidden gem tucked away next to Findlay Market. This tequila and mezcal bar is truly authentic and owned by la familia Treviño (Jacob Trevino of Gorilla Cinema Presents). It has a great outdoor space and live Latin music on the weekends. Try their tacos if you need a snack to chase your agave spirit. You can’t go wrong with any of their margaritas. I’m a sucker for a classic and they let you put a Tajin rim on any of them, but what I love the most at La Ofrenda is getting a cerveza and neat pour of anything from their tequila or mezcal list with a side of their house Sangrita. Yummy! La Ofrenda, 30 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine, laofrendatequila.com.

Tammie Scott
Owner, Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge, 1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/NostalgiaOTR
When I have time away from Nostalgia and have a chance to meet up with friends for a drink or catch some time alone, Comfort Station is my spot! It’s a quick trip away from OTR with a diverse crowd, nice vibe and great cocktails. What I order changes pretty regularly, because I like to switch things up, but my go-to drink there is the “Sunday Kind of Love” — light, refreshing and I stan a great cocktail name. Comfort Station, 793 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, comfortstationcincinnati.com.

Mike Stankovich
Owner, Longfellow, 1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, longfellowbar.com; Mid-City Restaurant, 40 E. Court St., Downtown, midcitycinti.com
Other than supporting the bars near Longfellow when I get done working for the day,  I enjoy going to Gas Light Cafe in Pleasant Ridge. Order a tall Dewar’s and soda and a patty melt.  You will enjoy yourself. Gas Light Cafe, 6104 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, facebook.com/gaslightcincy.

Jacob Trevino
Owner, Gorilla Cinema Presents (Tokyo Kitty, La Ofrenda, Overlook Lodge, Tiki Tiki Bang Bang, Lonely Pine Steakhouse, Cosmic Gorilla), gorillacinemapresents.com
When I am not drinking at one of my establishments, I really like to support the other bars of people who have built me up over the years, either through their mentorship or friendship. My favorites are Gas Light Cafe in Pleasant Ridge, Goose & Elder in Findlay Market, HomeMakers Bar with Julia Petiprin, Japp’s with Molly Wellmann* and Lost & Found with Steven Clement. Gas Light Cafe, 6104 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, facebook.com/gaslightcincy. Goose & Elder, 1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, gooseandelder.com. HomeMakers Bar, 39 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, homemakersbar.com. Japp’s, 1134 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, jappsotr.com. Lost & Found, 22 E. 14th St., Over-the-Rhine, lostandfoundotr.com.

Read the full Drinking Issue at CityBeat.com.

*Editor’s note: Molly Wellmann recently sold Japp’s to 4EG.

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An earlier version of this story did not list Julia Petiprin as the co-owner of Sundry and Vice.

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