Editor’s Note: As of 2018, this restaurant has closed.
56 E. 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
A very interesting partnership of celebrity personalities Nick and Drew Lachey, this bar opened in Over The Rhine at the start of 2015; and Lachey’s Bar has driven forward since then on the star power of its very musical owners. The bar, built in a former Pabst Bedding Warehouse, is a modern and very sleek sports bar concept offering a tight menu of bar food favorites mixed with American and comfort food. The spot looks good there’s no doubt, and it’s got a decent quality of product. But the ultimate skill for the place really comes in style over substance.
Some of the items I have tried from the menu:
- Hair of the dog burger: This burger standard is a half-pound beef patty — a veggie and bison option are both available, but the Hair of the Dog is topped with two very classic Cincinnati flavors: an over-easy egg and the always-popular goetta. I like it but the burger, which is supposed to be cooked to order, always comes well done when I order it medium rare.
- Brussels sprouts: Not your average veggie by any stretch of the imagination. Topped with bacon, pecans and lemon, though I think the strong smoky bacon and aggressive lemon tend to clash.
- Tangy cabbage slaw: This slaw is a creamy recipe heavy on the carrots and greens, but what makes it most interesting is the jalapenos on top, which give it a definite heat. Well balanced, though.
- Tater tots: Apparently these are some of the best sellers at this bar, but my experience was they weren’t unique. Not bad, just nothing to make them different from any others.
- OTR Seasoned Fries: Great fries, these come with three sauces, a ketchup, a horseradish and a cheese-like confection you’ll find yourself putting on everything.
- Black bean hummus: A mixture of black beans and hummus for a thick, savory dip and served with pita and vegetables. A nice, lighter starter dish.
Service at the bar was exceptional. The people were quick to get drinks ordered, food served and overall the concept gives off a very clean felling. That said, the spot has price points a bit above average, and while I’d agree its neat interior appeals to the trendy competition along Vine Street, I don’t know that the food justifies a higher price. The flavors are good, though, so for many who love their sports bars, I think this place will do nicely.
- The bar has a priority on serving a lot of local beers so it will be easy to find Rhinegeist or one of the other popular names on tap.
- The sides and appetizers are actually pretty substantial on their own, and not to be ignored if the rest of the food doesn’t work.
- The spot is walking distance from some of the other trendy OTR bars that don’t serve food, so it might be a good place to start a night.