The Moerlein Lager House exists in two time periods: the ultramodern building, a composition of steel and glass that looks out on the Ohio River. From here you can see new city parks, the Red's baseball stadium, and gastropubs with more taps than you could actually count. Then you have the history of Cincinnati's brewing tradition, which is infused throughout the building. Most of the rooms are named for old Cincy breweries (most now defunct) and the walls are adorned with signage, old posters, photos, licenses and more from the bygone breweries. Inside the front door next to the brewing room they even have a huge glass display case filled with old brewing paraphernalia.
The menu also pays homage to Cincy's roots, with a fair amount of slaws, sausages and cheeses that recall the city's once massive German population.
This is a great place for date night, getting a bite before the game, or big events for family or work. It's an easy walk to most downtown attractions, including the Reds' baseball stadium, Paul Brown football stadium, and The Underground Railroad Museum. Fountain Square is walkable too (albeit a bit longer).
Oh, and my burger in the photo? It is the MOER BURGER: cheddar, pastrami, applewood bacon, fried egg, sweet onion relish and black pepper mayo. Note, vegetarian options are available, but are limited.