Bay Horse Café re-opens on Main Street

The historic shot and a beer saloon Bay Horse Café has been all shined up for another century or two of business and re-opened its doors yesterday on Main Street.

The Bay Horse has a rich history tracing its roots through the William Brother’s dating back to 1817 when its original location was on the riverfront at Water Street. Numerous floods of the Ohio River forced relocation of the Bay Horse to Longworth Street, then to Fifth Street in 1829 and eventually to its longtime home at 625 Main Street.

The name of the Bay Horse comes from its Fifth Street location in the horse auction “horse trading” location of Cincinnati and was known for its larger than life characters. “That earthy part of town was the place you could buy, sell or rent a horse prior to automobiles, and there to hear and tell a few tall tales” said Fred Berger one of the proprietors. 

The Bay Horse Cafe will be operated by Lori Meeker who for many years was the face of the Vernon Manor Hotel bar. 

The Bay Horse will have a full bar featuring old school Bourbons and Cincinnati boilermakers that include a shot of bourbon and a side car of 7oz. Little Kings Cream Ale. The bar will also feature a selection of local craft beers and pay homage to local retro beers like, Little Kings, Hudepohl, and Hudy Delight The bar will have other national and regional craft and domestic beer favorites too.

The Bay Horse will also be known for its Panini sandwiches in baskets named after famous thoroughbreds and horse racing terms including; the Triple Crown, a Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef and three cheese sandwich on grilled ciabatta with red onion and fresh brushed spinach with Italian dressing; The Man O War, a lean roast beef sandwich with sharp cheddar cheese, red onion on a dark rye grilled with a creamy mayo horseradish sauce; all will include a pickle and chips. A selection of sides of potato salad, coleslaw, small plates will be offered to round out the menu. The café will also introduce a weekly feature of unique small plate appetizers like deviled eggs and caviar, limburger and onion sliders, and Mediterranean olives and feta. Patrons are encouraged to check out the chalkboard for daily specials and current small plates.

Alex ReillyCHEERS