Crafty Cocktails and Charcuterie at OTR’s Longfellow

By Dayna De Leon Johnson, Contributing Writer

The newest bar to open in Over-the-Rhine is Longfellow, located at the corner of Clay and 13th Streets, across from Gia and the Blooms. This low key cocktail bar and cafe has a “locals/neighborhood” vibe with expertly crafted drinks, a rock solid beer and wine list and eclectic old world inspired food menu. 

We were given the challenge to do happy hour for two under $40. We decided to try a few of their signature cocktails, a Reverse Manhattan ($10) and a Secret Handshake ($6). 

The Secret Handshake, a popular drink from the colonial times, is your choice of a baby draft beer and a shot of their cherry bounce, homemade by soaking wild cherries in an apple brandy and some sugar to make the cherries bounce, a process that takes about 4-6 months. If you prefer craft beers they have a rock solid beer menu with all of their drafts priced at $6. 

You can’t have craft cocktails without a small bite to eat and who can say no to charcuterie? We ordered the Tomme ($5) and Salami Cotto ($5) with bread and homemade jam. Our bartender also recommended the Boquerones ($8), anchovies marinated with olive oil and sherry vinegar, a dish inspired by the Spanish and a common bar snack in Spain. The owner told us to try them first alone and then with some Hen of the Woods chips. They were delicious alone but the chips really added a nice texture and complimented the flavors of the Boquerones. 

They also serve late night pierogies from Babushka Pierogies if you need a snack before heading home.

Not only did we complete our challenge but did so with cleverly crafted cocktails and eclectic small bites. 

So if you’re looking for a chill spot for happy hour or a place to hang while you wait for your dinner reservation, Longfellow is the perfect spot.