Japp’s on Main St in Over-the-Rhine, officially opens today! I got the joy of swinging by last night to check them out.
For those that have lived/worked/drank in OtR, the staff may seem a bit familiar. Not only is there a bartender or 2 from Neon’s, but Cincinnati’s own Molly Wellmann, now has a regular gig.
I decided to be brave and try the Van Gogh. Mainly for the last part of the description:
Absinthe, Iced Coffee, orgeat, Orange Peel, and Raw Sugar, on fire over ice.
That was truly an experience. I thought it would be overly licorice/absinthe tasting, but for a bit it was more coffee overpowered (which i was grateful for trust me). Slipping the orange in the drink did it just right for me though. Who would have ever thought that coffee, absinthe, and orange would go so great together!
Now this is not your run of the mill, crazy, loud bar. It’s more the relaxed, chill, yet more towards classy atmosphere.
In fact thats why I love it! The atmosphere is amazing! The drinks are a little on the higher end, but when you think about the time, and care, and amazing ingredients they put into them, its all worth it. And thats another thing, if you’ve never had Molly make you a drink you’re in for a treat. Yes this place won’t have your drink straight up to you in a matter of seconds, but that’s ok with me. They make it right, and right for you.
This place I think will cater to a slightly different crowd that the other bars in OtR, and its a perfect fit in the neighborhood. I can’t wait to see what concoctions and craft coffee cocktails they come up with next. And that, along with the great staff, is what will keep me coming back