- 1101 St. Gregory St., Cincinnati, OH, 45202
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- 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday.
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I love Mount Adams nightlife. The energy and people in the streets makes me feel young. Until, that is, I actually walk into a bar and I suddenly feel like an old lady. To avoid this awful feeling, we often ended up at Wine Cellar . On my last night out in Mt. Adams, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find The Grotto in its place.
The mood: The new ownership gutted the old space and made it come alive with granite and marble accents, community tables, a stone wall fireplace, full bar, great beer list and youthful employees. The wine rack display is modern and the other décor is a much-needed revitalization. Well done to the design team, now pass the wine list.
The drinks: The wine list has around 10 red and white glass options as well as a great bottle list. They still offer the $5 glasses like the old place, but they upped the ante on the other options; ranging up to $18 a glass and $20-$150 a bottle.
The bottle list grabbed my attention more than the glass list but I started with the il Follo Prosecco from Italy ($6). I needed something bubbly to take the edge off a tough day. Prosecco has a lighter, cleaner taste and finish in my book verses a sparkling wine or Champagne.
My friend went for the Colores del Sol Malbec from Argentina ($8) as her usual standby. She said it had a nice rich flavor and plum on the finish.
On the next round I went with the Zuani Vineyards white wine blend from Italy made from Friulano, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon grapes ($8). I love white blends and this was a nice Italian version. It was a clean finish with grapefruit and minerals on the nose. I don’t think I could drink it all night like some other blends but it was good to try something new.
My drinking bud went in a bold direction with the Frescobaldi Remole Supertuscan ($8). This is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet. It is too bold and spicy for me but she swears it had a clean finish.
The bites: We opted for the Formaggi ($12), aka Cheese Plate, to accompany our second round. Turns out it is half-off for happy hour! They offer four cheeses, local honey and a fig spread with Shadeau Breads. They matched well with the wine selections and took the wine buzz edge off. They also offer cured meats, olives and chocolate snacks as well.
The verdict: I am so happy to have a modern “grown-up” bar in Mt. Adams that is inviting and a fun atmosphere. They are still working on live entertainment and themed specials. Stay tuned for more fun on the hill.