West End Ciderhouse

234 W Washington St.
Athens, OH 45701
websiteWhat used to be more of a quiet events venue on the western edge of Athens has been transformed into a public gathering space for the first time in years. And it’s about time; Athens’ west end doesn’t have a lot of restaurants or hang out places if you live there — as I did for two years — and there wasn’t a lot to draw people around campus and to the east this far away. Now that’s changed. This spot isn’t just a bar, but also kind of a hang-out space, a little more low-key than what you will find uptown on Court Street. That’s a nice thing, especially during the day, and especially when you need somewhere to relax a little bit.

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The menu focuses mostly on ciders and meads — specializing it further from the standard kind of craft beer bar. That’s OK too, because the clientele isn’t just poor college kids, but a brace of locals who want something distinctly quality in what they drink. Much of that menu is not endemic to this cider house, but there are some great in-house things to try:

  • Zingiber: Technically considered a Ginger Beer, this cider is delightfully airy, with the ginger very slight in flavor — not too much to take away from that nice citrus, cider feel, in spite of dealing with a pungent ingredient.
  • Pawpaw Cider: A fruitier flavor, to be sure, but the Pawpaw Cider is good for its kind of brighter, more floral feel. Unlocking that great pawpaw flavor without too unpleasant an aftertaste. It’s a nice trick.
  • Kelly’s Dry: They aren’t exaggerating with that name, this cider has a bitter finish. The light citrus is a nice touch, though, it’s almost like a gin and tonic.
  • Moscow Mule: Fifth Element Vodka, ginger, fresh lime, and hopped grapefruit bitters, which give it that pinkish hue and a bitter note. But great all the same.
  • Margarita: This cocktail is such an easy ride, it’s perfect on that patio on warmer days.

The bar has a very low key feel, especially during the day. This makes it something of a unique hang-out in Athens, where you have a smattering of high-key college bars, local watering holes, and club-like establishments. This is the one that people like to go to during the day to hang out and do homework, or have a low key conversation with a friend. It’s altogether a spot that would give you a truly unique impression of this mountain town — low-key but full of a lot of pride in its roots. It’s a credit to the town to see such a place draw such a wide crowd.

Perhaps most of the new places that have sprung up in Athens in recent years, this one brings something new and exciting to town. It’s absolutely worth a visit.


  • Try the house ciders — of course there are a lot of great out of town flavors to try but the local stuff is just as good.
  • This is a great day spot to study, talk, anything low-key.
  • There are a lot of board games here too, which oddly is appealing by itself.

West End Ciderhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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