Saturdays Suds: Pubs near the Park #11 – Bootleggers

2 04 2016

I don’t usually do a post on an in-the-ballpark-place.  But this one has some history behind it.

Bootleggers GABP Front

Establishment:  Bootlegger’s Bar

Ballpark:  Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati

Location:  Great American Ballpark – 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, in the walkway behind the first base line

Bootleggers GABP


Beers served:  A number of craft beer selections, including local Cincinnati breweries Christian Moerlein, Rhinegeist and Rivertown.

Menu (if applicable):  No food here – beer only!  But  you can find local favorites like Skyline chili, La Rosa’s pizza or Penn Station in the other sides of the concession structure.

LaRosas logo

Is it baseball-themed?  Or is it just close to the ballpark?   It’s in the ballpark, though it does have a lot associated with other parts of Cincinnati’s past as well as with baseball.

Bootleggers GABP Brewing HeritageDescription:  In preparation of the All-Star Game in 2015, the Reds upgraded Great American Ballpark in a number of ways.  One new feature was on the first base side, where a large concession area was built up like a speakeasy.  The Reds designed it based on Wielert’s beer garden.  Wielert’s was an Over-the-Rhine establishment frequented for political meetings at the turn of the last century by Cincinnati’s “Boss” George B. Cox, and Reds’ president August “Garry” Herrmann.  Herrmann was the de facto commissioner before Kennesaw Landis and became known as the father of the World Series.  There’s more about that here, but I may save the original Wielert’s for another Saturday Suds post later on!

Today’s bar is a great place to get craft beers at the Reds game.  It’s got a marker from Cincinnati’s Brewing Heritage Trail, and it’s a pretty nice area in the concourse where you could kill an inning sipping on a cold beer – because there’s plenty of places set up to place your beer, stand, chat and watch the game from the TVs there.  Though, as you can see from this pic during the All-Star game – it could be very crowded when there’s a sell-out crowd!

Bootleggers GABP inside




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