Jazz & Blues
The Bar at Palm Court Cincinnati
May 11, 2018
Located off the lobby of the opulent Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, The Bar at Palm Court is an ageless wonder that offers a step back in time and sublime libations to all who grace its walls. The history of this bar is a rich one indeed, and since the inception of the hotel in 1931, it has been one of the finest places to be seen sipping in the Queen City. The Art Deco aesthetics are still stunning today; a large Rookwood Pottery fountain, massive Romanesque murals, lush palms, deep Brazilian rosewood, and dazzling columns to name a few, in addition to a grand piano perched above it all. Yes, the decor will take you back to the glitter of yesteryear, but the cocktail in your hand will likely snap you right back to the present. Yes, while you could go for a dry martini to suit the era and sit back and listen to the jazz waft through the air, we can’t recommend enough their modern takes on cocktails, some featuring techniques that would have blown 1930s imbibers off their barstool. A couple of our favorite examples are the Quite Contrary (mezcal, honeydew, rosemary, agave, lemon, decorated with a sprig of burned rosemary) and the Flora’s Secret (premium vodka, lavender-thyme syrup, lemon, and club soda). The Bar at Palm Court also stocks a spellbinding list of liqueurs, aperitifs, and cordials, in addition to plenty of fine world wine and an impressive list of beer, sourced from both world-famous breweries and local craft legends.