A newcomer in an old space, Taft's Ale House is located in a converted 1850s church and boasts an impressive beer lineup. The bar's name and design pay homage to President William Howard Taft, a Cincinnati native known for his proclivity for indulgence (legend has it he was so fat, he got stuck in his bathtub).
In addition to craft beer, the bar serves excellent food with a menu that emphasizes the tri-tip, a steak cut once associated with Santa Maria, Calif. Here the meat is aged, rubbed, and smoked in-house. The result is something so good that it would "bring a tear to Big Billy's eye."