B-Line Stops Voted Best of Cincinnati – 2024

Ok, call us biased, but Cincinnati’s CityBeat Magazine published their 2024 winners for their yearly “Best of Cincinnati” and confirmed what we already know, stops located on The B-Line​​®, are winners! Our bars, restaurants and distilleries showcase great cocktails, delicious food and of course, top of the line Kentucky Bourbon. Whether you are looking for the number one hotel bar, best bourbon cocktail or a great place to enjoy wings, The B-Line showcases the best of the best in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

And the Best of Cincinnati on The B-Line Are…

Here is the full listing of our winners and the categories they were nominated for. 

Neeley Family Distillery:

A man rolls a barrel towards the camera in a large, wooden, rickhouse.

Staff Pick – Best French Absinthe coming out of a Northern Kentucky Distillery

The staff at CityBeat awarded Neeley Family Distillery this award for its “Absinthe Verte” made on a pre-ban French absinthe still from the 1890’s using an Old World Swiss-style recipe. Royce Neeley (lead distiller) uses his family’s moonshine base with eight botanicals, becoming the first North American absinthe to win double gold at the San Fransico World Spirits Competition in 2021.

Second Sight Spirits:

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Staff Picks – Best Spirited Coffee Shop

While Second Sight Spirits is known for its vaudeville inspired interior and delicious booze, they also can dazzle your palate with their craft coffee bar on the weekends. We suggest making your coffee Irish, by adding a little of their Hazelnut Liqueur.

New Riff:

Guests are smelling the mash in an open air tank at the New Riff Distillery.

Number 1 – Local Distillery

New Riff Distilling has been creating world class Kentucky Bourbon right here in Newport, Kentucky for 10 years! Their tours are fun and informative, and they recently renovated their third floor into their brand new “The Aquifer Tasting Room”. Here you can capture great views of the surrounding area while sipping featured cocktails, flights, and their award-winning spirits.

Knowledge Bar and Social Room:

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Staff Pick – Best food-based cocktails at a bourbon bar

Located inside North by Hotel Covington, Knowledge Bar and Social Room features lite bites, crafted cocktails, the finest Kentucky Bourbon and a warm, upscale interior.

Rich’s Proper Food & Drink:

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Top 5 – Oysters

Rich’s Proper Food & Drink is in the heart of Covington’s thriving Madison Street District. Here you can enjoy a Southern inspired menu, fresh Oysters (half off on Wednesdays!), award-winning drinks, and a great outside patio to enjoy outside dining on those warm, spring days.

Boone County Distilling:

Steph Curry sitting on a whiskey barrel while holding a bottle of Gentleman's Cut Bourbon Whiskey.

Staff Pick – Best Bourbon collab with an NBA player

Top 3 – Local Distillery

NBA Champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry could have chosen any Bourbon Distillery in the state (so many!) to collaborate with, but he chose Northern Kentucky’s own Boone County Distilling! Together they launched their Gentleman’s Cut Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 5–7-year bourbon whiskey, aged in charred, white oak barrels giving the whiskey flavors of cinnamon, caramel, and chestnut.

We’re also so proud that Boone County Distilling was named in the Top 3 for Best Local Distilleries

Bouquet Restaurant:

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Top 10 – Overall Restaurant (Northern Kentucky) and…

Restaurant to Take a Foodie

Bouquet Restaurant is an elevated, relaxed neighborhood restaurant that features seasonal cuisine and embraces local and sustainable farming. A multiple award-winner, this farm to table staple has supplied the community with amazing food and drinks since 2007.

Libby’s Southern Comfort:

Image is a plate of fried chicken with a biscuit and a side dish of mac-n-cheese and mashed potatoes.

Top 10 – Chicken and…

Overall Restaurant (Northern Kentucky)

If you’re in Kentucky, you have to try our fried chicken, of course, and one of the best restaurants to try it is at Libby’s Southern Comfort. With Southern classics like fried chicken, collard greens and fried green tomatoes, this restaurant serves up comfort food you will truly enjoy.


Image is of a table with a few different foods and a pompilios menu.

Top 5 – Italian and…

Overall Restaurant (Northern Kentucky) and…

Number 1 – Neighborhood Restaurant (Northern Kentucky)

Pompilios is a locally favorite staple in Newport, Kentucky and has been serving the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region for more than 90 years! Here, you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine (try the risotto balls) in a relaxed and warm setting.

Wiseguy Lounge:

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Top 5 – Bourbon Cocktail, Bourbon Selection (Bar) and…

Number 1 – Bourbon Selection Restaurant

Wiseguy Lounge, located atop of their Goodfellas Pizzeria in the charming Mainstrausse Village in Covington, Ky. is a bar known for great cocktails, bourbon selections and of course… pizza!

Revival Vintage Spirits and Bottle Shop:

Wall of open bourbon barrels holding old and rare bourbons.

Staff Pick – Best Booze-Filled Ben Franklin and…

Top 10 – Bourbon Selection (Bar) and…

Top 5 – Bourbon Selection (Retail)

This isn’t your average bourbon shop! Here at Revival Vintage Spirits and Bottle Shop, you can try bourbon and whiskey from bottles that are over 50 years old! Ever wondered what bourbon from your mom’s birth year tasted like? Here, you can find out!

Smoke Justis:

Smoke Justis Meat

Top 10 – Barbecue, Wings and…

Top 5 – Bourbon Selection Restaurant, Bourbon Selection (Bar)

Smoke Justis is a restaurant and bourbon bar located at the base of the iconic Roebling Bridge that serves some of the best barbecue and wings in the region. They also have a bourbon lounge with well over 500 types of bourbon and host a weekly bourbon social event every Wednesday evening.

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington:

Couple sitting outside on the patio enjoy laughs and a cocktail.

Top 10 – Brunch and…

Top 5 – Overall Restaurant (Northern Kentucky) and…

Top 5 – Veggie Burger and…

Top 5 – Business Lunch and…

Number 1 – Hotel Restaurant and…

Number 1 Hotel Bar!

Whew, so many accolades for our favorite hotel in Kentucky! You’ll find Coppin’s Restaurant in the Hotel Covington –  also named Best Hotel in Kentucky by U.S. News and World Report. Coppin’s serves delicious food and drinks served all day long in an elegant setting including a beautiful all seasons patio. 

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar:

OKBB Bourbon Bar

Top 10 – Overall Bar/Club (Not Brewery/Taproom) and…

Top 5 – Bar/Club (Northern Kentucky), Cocktail Bar/Lounge, No-Frills Watering Hole and…

Number 1 – Bourbon Cocktail, Bourbon Selection (Bar)

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, also know as OKBB, is a beloved, local watering hole that is serves well over 700 different types of bourbon and 200 American whiskeys in a cozy bar that also has an outdoor patio. Try one of their many signature cocktails or ask one of their creative and knowledgeable bartenders to curate a cocktail to your liking.

We offer hearty congratulations to all of our winners. Each one is well deserved.

While the bars, restaurants and distilleries indicated in this article are all amazing, every stop on The B-Line​​® is top notch and we highly recommend you explore each one and see for yourself.  

Ready to venture out on The B-Line®? Click here to download your official B-Line Guide. Also remember to keep an eye on our events page for fun things to do on NKY’s self-guided bourbon experience.

Until next time friends, go forth and explore our great region, one sip and bite at a time!