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An underground whisper beckons... - Ghost Baby, Cincinnati, OH

Ghost Baby

4.5
4.5
598 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The front bar does not require reservations and is seated on a first come first serve basis, based on available seating.

If you have a reservation, please check in with the host at the front door before waiting in line. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes.

Ghost Baby exists to rattle the extraordinary. Buried five stories under Vine Street, this cocktail lounge and music venue claims a 170-year-old space that once served as a lagering tunnel for Champion Brewing. Come as you are and enjoy an inventive cocktail, a stiff drink, your favorite canned beer, or a glass of our hand-selected wine or champagne. We also offer a selection of light bites and desserts. Reserve your spot for an intimate, unique performance in the Den or join us in the front bar on a walk-in basis.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–12:00 am Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:45 am Sat 4:00 pm–1:45 am

  • Phone number

    (513) 381-5333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Cross street

    14th Street

  • Parking details

    Washington Park Garage & Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 598 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Hot Spot

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Late Night Find

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cincinnati

    Hot Spot

  • Cincinnati

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Letty

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Great place!! They don’t serve food but awesome drinks!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried some new drinks and the band was great!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Place is hip very original space true speak easy feel. Took a girl there in a first date and she loved it!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had a great experience at ghost baby! Fantastic music and atmosphere! The service was a little slow but not horrible. Overall great experience and we will definitely be back.
  5. BC

    BrianC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the other reviews cited poor service; we did not experience that at all. From the doorman to the hostess to our waitress- all were outstanding. Great, unique time; very glad we went,
  6. MP

    MarshaP

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chill vibe. Very organized and got us to our table quick
  7. A

    Amber

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Ghost baby is a great experience. Staff was great, food and drinks were great, music was great. Just a solid experience.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Beautiful place. Walked in with that speakeasy feel, excitedly took our seats and then never got served. And then one waitress took our order and never came back after we told another we’d finally ordered. The country band was kitschy but not terribly good and one song nearly lulled us all to sleep. Music ended yes ended at 11:15 which os pretty early. It’s a beautiful place but with zero authenticity. They need to step up their talent and service game. It was pretty laughable.
  9. m

    mgoony

    Cincinnati

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cool venue. Don’t care for the music tonight but that’s just me.
  10. e

    ef123

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a fantastic night at Ghost Baby. Food and cocktails were amazing, the band was fun, and we had great service. We will definitely be back.
  11. EM

    ElizabethM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Our server was wasted, like, embarrassingly hammered. She couldn't even take our order
  12. J

    Jjjj

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    After not being serviced for a while tried to order at bar but because we made reservations they told us server would come to our table. Waited 50 min to be served WATER in which we had to stop someone when we could after several failed attempts. Then once we finally got someone to take our drink order it took another 30 min in which we had to stop yet another random server to get our server to make our drinks. When she finally came she said her computer had to reboot. Back to back lame excuses they made no accommodations paid full price for terrible service. SKIP IT save your time and money. Ambiance is beautiful service trash. Drinks were just okay not worth it. There are plenty of other bars with better service don't waste your time or money! Management definitely need to work on a better system do better
  13. CT

    ChrisT

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Cool vibe but very loud. Not a place to chill and talk son an intimate day. Cool for a group.
  14. KC

    KarenC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food3service2ambience5
    The setting in the old lagering tunnel was 40 feet underground, and it was awesome. We went in July, not sure what the temp would be in the tunnel. It was actually a bit cold. The live music was outstanding. The drinks were mixed well. The food was good but a bit limited in choices. The service was on the slow side - not sure if it was a staffing shortage or a procedural shortcoming. It is hidden on a side street, with no markings on the outside at all, just a purplish light.
  15. ES

    ErinS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Molly, was friendly, polite and prompt! There is nothing like Ghost Baby - make sure you get a reservation when they have live music!
  16. JR

    JRog

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The Ethan Murphy Group was not a good of band to Grace the stage at Ghost Baby - after being there more than a dozen times with no complaints, finally I saw a band that made we want to leave within 15 minutes of sitting down. Very young, and only playing to their friends there. Seemed like a college band.
  17. A

    Anonymous

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The vibe was cool but it’s so loud you can’t talk unless u are shouting. The drinks are expensive but they are good. Honestly I wish I wasn’t in the main room as the other bar area looked a lot more chill and the volume didn’t hurt.
  18. R

    Rose

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Love music was atrocious. We were sat next to the band too close and couldn't even hear our guests. We asked for a table for four and has reservations for over a month. We were sat at two separate tables. Band was horrible.
  19. KR

    KellyR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The drinks list, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic, is extensive. But food selection is limited. Come here for the experience, service & music events.
  20. ML

    MeganL

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The ambiance and feel of Ghost baby is so much fun. You feel like you’re in a speakeasy or as my husband put it “the secret club that Penguin owns in The Batman”. My only complaint is the live music was super loud to where conversation was difficult. It sounded great but just wish the volume was a bit lower.
  21. CC

    CarlosC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    I didn't eat any food but this place is amazing and comfy
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Didn’t have a lot of time to spend the evening but for the time we were there for after dinner drinks it was an awesome time love the experience
  23. DM

    DavidsonM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The charcuterie was pleasant. The drinks were great.
  24. D

    Diane

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ghost Baby is a unique underground experience with an amazing atmosphere. This place never disappoints. The live music is always superb.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Unusual and very fun space designed to resemble a Prohibition-style cocktail bar. Cocktail menu and other drinks are exceptional. Overall premise is wonderful but the experience would be improved by comfortable seating: wooden chairs are unbearably uncomfortable, tables small, banquettes need some updates too. Service is outstanding.
  26. TM

    TinaMarie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Party of six. We were sat in a half moon shaped booth. Super close together, hot and uncomfortable. The music was awful. The drinks were expensive and none of my party enjoyed what they ordered. We also got one chocolate cannoli which wasn’t anything to write home about. The place is absolutely beautiful and that’s why we went. Would not go back.
  27. TM

    TriciaM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Very cool and unique bar! I would definitely go back. Drinks were a little high but expected and more options for food would be nice.
  28. H

    Helen

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Atmosphere, service and cocktails were good but no live music until 8pm (we arrived at 6.15pm) meant that it was just another nice cocktail bar.
  29. HN

    HunterN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can never get over this place. Favorite spot for any night of the week!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music, ambiance, drinks all superb! Will continue to go & show off to friends from out of town.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Was looking for more of a jazz club vibe, but the music was too loud to talk to each other. Especially for those in a group. Whomever was on the ends would not be able to hear the other. Love the location though
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening!! Thanks again
  33. KS

    KeriS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  34. D

    Dante

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    The band last night was terrible.
  35. D

    Dianne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience5
    Really cool place, but my drink was pretty horrible. I ordered the Ocean Eyes and the aftertaste was exactly like Nyquil. I'm assuming there was a mistake made since my friend had ordered the same thing and said hers did not taste that bad. The charcuterie is not worth it since the cheese was pretty hard and the portion is small. Music was very loud which is to be expected with live music, but felt like I was yelling any time I was talking to my friends.
  36. BA

    BrentA

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible venue to enjoy specialty cocktails , light bites and an atmosphere you dream of.
  37. M

    Melissam

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very unique space, drinks good, charcuterie board good and local, staff very friendly and helpful only downside is noise level even without band playing. Will go back
  38. f

    foodie

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Fun place to hang with friends. Great drink menu.
  39. KA

    KATHERINEC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a unique venue with historic charm and character. Good drinks and great music. Disappointing that most folks were talking over the musicians but sound quality was great. Highly recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food and music

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ghost Baby is rated 4.5 stars by 598 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today
Google Map for Ghost Baby

1314 Republic St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    14th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–12:00 am Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri 5:00 pm–1:45 am Sat 4:00 pm–1:45 am

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Washington Park Garage & Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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