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The Comet

Not Rated.
The CometThe Comet
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 110
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4579 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223-1752
United States
phone: (513) 541-8900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cometbar

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Reviews by wyattshotmaker:
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

the main problem the comet lacks is that it's horribly understaffed.they have one person in the kitchen who also delivers food and one person bartending.the bartender was a nice guy,however the person in the kitchen seemed kind of unfriendly.

this was my first time here,and the atmosphere is okay.not very well lit,but some people dig that.the music is hit or miss,depending on who picks what on the jukebox.

the food was good,and reasonably priced.the beer was reasonably priced,on draft that is.however,i don't go to bars to drink bottled beer unless it is something rare,so that's not a problem.

maybe if i was a regular i would have gotten better service,but i waited about 50 minutes for a burrito and an order of chile con queso.the people who ordered right before me received their food about 20 minutes before me.good service is rewarded by tipping,i don't fellate someone for doing a poor job.nobody gives me money when i just do my job properly,that's not the way things work.

overall,the service would get a 3 or 4 if they had one more worker to help out.

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Photo of SlimW
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. It's a true local "hole in the wall" if you will. The best selection of beer that I've seen in CIncinnati. I believe there are 12-15 rotating taps, and around 110 different bottle selections. The bartenders are knowledgable if you have questions about what you are drinking. The food is pretty darn good as well. They serve burritos, nachos, quesadillas; with beef, chicken, and some killer Jerk tofu, and they have a salsa of the month. They've always got great local bands, especially the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars on Sundays. I suggest if you're near Northside, then you need to check them out, especially on Sundays. The crowd is mostly college kids, but well behaved college kids.

Photo of Samoht126
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is the primo spot in Cincinnati if you are looking for unique bands, unique people, and unique beer. They have a large selection of brews, and it is all good. Sometimes it is so busy, the service isn't so great, and you have to wait for a drink, and the food can take a very long time if they are busy. They have a GREAT Sunday Brunch. The Comet Bluegrass Allstars play there every Sunday evening, which is close to my heart. I tell anyone coming to Cincinnati for a visit, make sure to check this place out.

Photo of robwestcott
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

holy cow. visiting in cincinnati for the weekend. waiting on the wife to finish up her shopping at high street and i pulled up BA on the iphone. happened to see a post along the lines of "where do i go on the northside of cincy".

taking a look through the replies, i noticed the comet was mentioned and i took a quick look at the website. burritos, beer, homemade ginger ale... ok, we'll give it a go.

we headed up and drove through a nice neighborhood and pulled up in front of the place. cool art studio / school and a vintage clothing / furniture / furnishings both next door. my wife checked out the vintage store and i went in and found a spot at the bar.

apparently, there's usually music, but tonight there was a break in the usual schedule due to a festival nearby. good enough for me - i preferred quiet tonight.

what a great place. neighborhood bar vibe. super-friendly and knowledgeable staff.

small menu - burritos, rice and beans and homemade salsas. we ordered rice and beans and a burrito along with the salsa sampler. great food at an incredibly fair price. the wife had a couple homemade ginger ales - and damn, they were good.

only 7 taps, but damn, they were filled with good beer. aside from guinness, all craft. new holland was the feature / farmhouse hatter, rye hatter, and oak aged mad hatter all on tap. also a local IPA and another couple i dont remember. after the farmhouse and oak aged mad hatter, i noticed a cask at the end of the bar. 'what's in the cask' i asked - new holland, the post / oatmeal stout was the answer. and damn, it was a generous full pint pour. oh yeah, bottles galore in 3 coolers and a bevador.

great food, great taps, cask, fully functional photo booth.

two bug thumbs up for the comet.

Photo of MikeytotheB
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Probably my favorite stop in the Northside! One of the best juke boxes in town, great bottle selection, rotating taps and great burritos!

During peak hours the seating is hard to come by and the service deffinitely lacks. I do not get why people wait in one line at a bar! Bars are long and narrow so that good bartenders can get mutiple customers orders at once. If you find yourself a seat at the bar, don't move! It's the best spot in the house.

Order your food at the bar, drop it off at the kitchen window, let them know where you are sitting and they will bring it out to you. Don't forget to check what their Salsa of the Month is!

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been here for bluegrass music several times over the past year and I really like the place. Their tofu burrito (with the seasonal salsa) is awesome! They always have a nice variety of beers on tap and in the bottle with some locals always available. The place is a pretty dark bar and some may find it seedy, but I really enjoy it.

Let it be known that it'll take a long time during popular hours to find a seat and then longer to actually get your food (especially if you've got a group). You have to come here for the night.

They also make their own ginger ale so Wild Turkey + ginger ale is a great alternative if you're not looking for a beer here.

Photo of Kelly88
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on a Sunday to listen to the house band, the bluegrass comet allstars. Band started at 730 we got there at 630 and it was already packed. Seating seems adequate if it wasn't a band night. About 10 seats at the bar and the whole right side is tables where bands play.
The atmosphere is a good one a very diverse clientele, people with dreads, hipsters, pot heads, hippies, really old people, you name it theyre there at the comet. All this makes for a good bar feel in my opinion.
Quality is pretty good. The bar seems a bit like a hole in the wall but it has a very Retro vibe, tap handles line the walls and a bevadore cooler holds beer in the far left corner. Selection of beers is high quality as well.
Selection in bottles was great they probably had around 50. Good stuff to, I had nugget nectar. The comet also has some 750's as well. They only have about 7 taps But They are all solid :
Guinness
Two hearted
Troegs troeggenator doppelbock
Bear republic nor' Cal
Bigfoot
And some other stuff
Service was ok. Always seemed like it took forever to get a beer. Food took awhile but its really only Just a bar so no big deal.
The food was good. Just burritos tacos and nachos. Good spicy salsa really improves the food. A pretty good place for good prices.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A well priced mostly beer centered bar in Northside. A bit out of the way as its distinctly past all of the typical bars and such on the strip but close enough to make it a quick easy stop. A top notch beer selection and they often have really unique stuff on tap. The service is above average and the entertainment is pretty good. A bit divy with fairly limited seating especially on the weekend but a good atmosphere. I've seen some great bands here too. One of my favourite places in town and highly recommended

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to The Comet twice now. The first time was in 2007. The second time was just last night (2011). Little has changed, and that is a really good thing.

First, the atmosphere. The Comet is almost a hole-in-the-wall place. When you walk in the door, the bar is to the left, just after a series of coolers hosting a wide range of bottled beer. A pool table, some table and chairs, and the small bathrooms are straight ahead.

The Comet is split into two sides. On the other side (just through the door) there is a lot of seating, an old-fashioned photo booth (usually in operation), a small space for bands to perform, and the kitchen.

Service here is very good...it may take a little while depending on the time, but when the bartender comes your way, they are friendly and quite knowledgeable. I ordered a Goose Island Dominique, asked what it was, and my bartender knew exactly. Couldn't be any better.

The beer selection is pretty great. There were, I think, about six taps, each filled with some pretty great stuff. They had 90 minute, two Goose Island selections (the aforementioned Dominique and Matilda), Bell's Pale, Guiness, and Southern Tier's Chokolat. I was impressed: good variety, solid beers, and reasonably priced. They also have a good happy hour for everything on tap.

The food at The Comet is also pretty good. They make their own salsas, guac, and make a damn good burrito (black or pinto bean, or chicken).

Overall, this place is pretty great...if it were closer to home, I would be there at least once a week. Check it out.

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been going to the comet since I was 16 at first for the burritos, now for the beer as well. The Comet is in Northside on Hamilton ave. A little bar which has a basement and a "dining" area with bar on the top floor. Locally a lot of people have reservations about Northside due to it being super trendy so Its not always the everyone cup of tea. but who cares. This was one of the first bars I went to with decent beers on tap. Good selection always with great imports and craft beers as well. They always have good bottles also. They play live music as well if you enjoy that kind of thing. The food is really good I love the burritos and they serve them really late as well which is nice to be able to pair with great beers. Overall The Comet is a nice little bar in Cincinnati that I would suggest for any age and style.

Photo of TheStove
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Thanks to BA I found this one and selected it as my drinking spot due to the late hours.

I don't remember the taps that well, Guinness was on there a few other things I didn't find too unique. However that isn't always the case especially with the tap handles on the walls of things that have been poured in the past and the list is pretty impressive.

The cases are pretty amazing as well. Plenty of Belgians and bunches of micro and craft brews. Decent amount of Unibroue, Rogue stuff, a few bombers of the Southern Tier black water series and some Founders for good measure.

Thankfully the place is just a chill laid back place to hang out. It resembles half restaurant half old diner with plenty of good schwag on the walls. Outdoor seating helps you enjoy the Ohio heat with a cold one of your favorites.

The service is great too. Bill tells interesting stories about the bar and Cincinnati. He doesn't chew your ear about beer but what he does say it interesting to hear.

Low key, unassuming, great beer. I'm sold.

Photo of bamadog
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to here a few times now, mostly on Sundays for the bluegrass band that is phenomenal. I've tried to review it a couple of times as well and have had no luck uploading my thoughts to the site - hopefully this proves to be my successful attempt.

Atmosphere: A little dark and definitely a local flare to it - nothing corporate at all about it and you've gotta like that. Good people abound as well and they're all pretty friendly - does get VERY busy on Sunday nights though.

Quality: Outstanding selection of outstanding beers. Not much else to say here. Oh wait, their rotation is great too!

Service: Well, the bartenders are very good, but you do have to take your own food orders back to the kitchen and you might wait close to an hour, or you might wait 10 minutes. Bar = GREAT! Kitchen = ...well, the food is going to be good.

Selection: Great selection that rotates frequently.

Food: Great food! The burritos are amazing and they're especially filling. Not much of a selection, but hey, it's a bar with quite possibly the smallest kitchen in the world - so for what they've got, they do an amazing job! If you're in the area and are looking for a nice small watering hole, this is a great venue to check out.

Photo of kels
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been to The Comet on numerous occasions and thought I ought to get around to writing a review.

Atmosphere: The Comet is without a doubt one of the most random, eclectic destinations in Cincinnati (or anywhere else, for that matter). Located in the Northside neighborhood, its patrons are a huge mix of people from all backgrounds, interests and walks of life. You will find everyone from punks to preps, well beyond and everything in between. It is definitely a cozy spot with a vintage, thrift-store like feel. Tap handles line the wall and the bar is flanked by huge coolers with an unending number of selections. For beyond-beer fun, there are two pool tables, and there is regular live music that packs the house.

Quality: The quality of the beer has always been very good at The Comet. There is definitely great attention given to glassware, pouring, temperatures, etc.

Service: The service has its ups and downs due to the atmosphere. You really get the sense that the bartenders probably know most of the people in the place personally, but that can make it hard to get service when they're in the middle of a conversation (most usually about beer, so who can really complain?). The place also gets packed on certain nights of the week, and it can be hard to even get to the bar. On the other hand, the staff is SERIOUS about the beer. They know what they've got and they definitely want to talk about it. I feel like I've learned a lot just ordering beers here.

Selection: The selection is great. The taps rotate so often due to the number of craft beer drinkers in the place that you almost need an hourly update. I believe there are 6 taps. I was in last night and they had Founders Porter, Victory's Golden Monkey and Hop Devil, Bell's Two Hearted, Barrelhouse's Winter (local) and Guinness (they always have this and do a lot of blends with it). Halfway through the night they were already switching taps. There's also a crazy number of bottles. I can't even begin to guess how many. Selections on tap and in bottle cover a wide range of breweries and tastes.

Food: If you like burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas, you'll like the food at the Comet. They make some of the best salsa in town, and the food is really good and cheap. It can be a wait as the tiny kitchen wasn't really made for the demand, but there's plenty of beer to drink in the meantime.

Overall, The Comet is a must-stop for anyone who loves beer in Cincinnati. Keep an eye out for posts from them about beer events they host - they had a huge three-day, continuous keg-rotating Hopnosis celebration and a Founders Breakfast Stout brunch in the past few months.

Photo of Alkiser
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by The Comet on June 18th for a Dogfish Head sample night. Festina Pêche through a randal of peaches and assorted fruits was amazing. As well as the only keg of Burton Baton to grace the state. The guys from Cavalier did a great job, everything was well taken care of.

Atmosphere was decent, all the uber beer guys showed up exactly at 6 and were out the door by 7ish. Some more laid back people hung around for a good night of fun. Wednesday night was karaoke so the place had a decent amount of people but was not overly crowded. A couple of pool tables and a too small single bathroom rounded the place out. The bathroom wasn't really a downer as the sink was out front of them, so there was never a line all night.

Service was good, not great but good. I ordered a couple of pints, aswell as a few bottle of Palo Santo that I asked for some sample glases to split up with everyone. After I stopped drinking and moved to water only doing tastes it got a bit harder to get a refill.

The selection was good. Other than the Baton and Peche they had 5 taps that had Raison along with a few others. Looked like a decent bottle beer selection, didn't get a chance to check it out well but a lot of people pulled out bottles from it to sample. Those bottles impressed me. All the dogfish head you should expect to see, as well as some of the limited bottles (This was a dogfish night!).

All in all I would frequent the place if it wasn't 25 minutes away. Other than that I will be coming to any other special nights they have.

Reviewed on: 6-18-2008

Photo of ShareANevada
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Having lived about a block from this place, I have been there many times over the years. This is definitely one of the very best beer bars in Cincinnati, fairly surprising for the near hole-in-the-wall that it is. A haven for scooter riders and the idie-rock scene, there is frequently live music, as well as never a cover.

The setting is dim, a couple pool tables, and local artists works decorate the walls, all priced pretty well above reasonable. The jukebox consistenly wins awards, with a great selection of classic reggae, rock, and blues.

Now for the reason we're all here: The Beer. Immediately inside the door, there are 3 coolers, loaded with singles. Prices are taped on the shelf below them, at least for most. The selection changes fairly frequently, but theres always a solid German section, and the bulk is micros. Several Unibroues, Bells, Stoudts(6 on my last visit), Lion Stout, Anderson Valley, Anchor, and many more. Most recently I say they had added DFH Pangaea and Jiahu as well as a Cantillon (all $15).

An old-fashioned cooler on the other side generally features Belgians (tho much more limited in the past years), Sam Smiths, Bells sparkling, lindemanns, and other high enders.

The tap selection rotates, and in addition to the standard Guinness/Harp, I have seen Hop Rod and some other goodies, seldomly even on sale. (There are NEVER sales on any other beers..??)

Be prepared, its quite discouraging that a large proportion of patrons will be drinking PBR. For some reason, that crap is in style in the indie crowd.

I can only think fondly of the bar where I was first introduced to Immort Ale, (as well as Monster, and EKU 28, and then some) however the crowd up here is very clicque-y and if you are not wearing horn-rims and chuck taylors, don't expect to make a lot of friends here.

The burritos here, although some rave about, I consider fairly average, especially for $7-8, and often stuffed with rice and little meat, and sometimes annihilated with spice. They do offer salsa features each week (on the chalkboard), as well as a sampler of 7 or so salsas.

All in all, a great beer bar, well worth a visit if youre in town.
Not that it is a huge threat, but keep your senses keen when visiting, this is not one of the nicest neighborhoods in cincy.

PS - Sundays are Bluegrass night, featuring the Comet Bluegrass Allstars. This longstanding tradition usually runs about 7-10, and is pretty well attended, often with a little more of a family feel going on. Good time.

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Update

It seems lately the Comet has stepped up its game, on tap.

In the past month or so, I've stumbled across
Dragon's Milk
Breakfast Stout
Curmudgeon
Bear Republics Black Mamba
Southern Tier Oat

I think all were ~$4.50 for a stemmed goblet. Very nice.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I thought this was a cool little place when I stopped in. The atmosphere was pretty laid back and there were really only about a dozen or so people inside. The selection looked pretty good, at least to these eyes. Lots of Stone, Avery, Left Hand, Pyramid, Bell’s and Founders, not to mention the Great Lakes. Really a fine representation of a good selection for the area. The staff was very friendly and courteous, and when I told them I was from out of town, they took the time to tell me anything they thought I had not seen before. Did not have any food, so I cannot really go there. This seemed like a really cool place and everyone seemed to know what they were talking about. I would definitely visit in here again, if I lived here, you may not actually get me out.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I am revising my review based on three visits since my original visit.

The main change is to the service score. The last visit was a Saturday in early March from 4 - 6:30. Just having had a baby, we figured this was an ideal time to stop by for a pint or two to use a soon-to-be-expired Groupon. I knew from ordering food in the past, especially when the place is crowded, it takes a while...a long while. After a first round of beers, we put in an order for the salsa sampler. There were about 7 other groups in the bar at that time, one "chef," and one bartender. It took about 40 minutes to get chips and salsa. You order food and drinks at the bar. With only seven groups there, the sole bartender couldn't remember my name/tab even after five visits to the bar. When the chips took forever and the place started to fill up, we rushed to get our food order in. The "chef" gave me some mumbled lip when I neglected to take my number placard to identify our table as an order. The place was filling up - probably 50 people at this point and they still had one bartender, one "chef" and a guy who was sitting at the bar and periodically walking around picking up empty glasses. I could overhear people complaining about the long food wait, and the adventure of trying to get a beer.

All of this hassle for a good, not great, burrito and a tap list of Guinness, 60 Minute, Dark Horse Raspberry Ale, and a Goose Island Pepe Noir...no thanks.

Take note that they charge you an extra $1 to use a credit card.

Ambivalent service, run down atmosphere, no TV('s) and a messy bathroom is cool only when it's not at the sake of cheap management.

It will take special beer events and a meal in advance to get me back to The Comet.
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My wife and another couple made a long-awaited, much-anticipated visit to The Comet in late December. As a Cincinnati eastsider, I most often spend my beer time at the Dilly Deli but wanted to expand my horizons in the city. My wife and I had never been to the northside neighborhood where The Comet is located. We were a bit dissapointed when we drove past the main village area to "suburban northside" where we found The Comet in what I can best describe as a run down, two unit strip mall. The crowd was eclectic and artsy and they appeared to have an open mic night in the other half opposite the bar. The Comet qualifies as a dive bar with very little effort devoted to decor. The beer selection is a very good representation of the best widely distributed beers. I was unable to find any exceptional beers among their selections and seleted for Anderson Valley Golden on tap and Anderson Valley Sesonal in a bottle. Other beers on tap included the local Barrelhouse Winter, Bells Expedition Stout.

Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here this past weekend for Stone's Pint Night. Place was hoppin when I got there around 6pm. Atmosphere was pretty laid back. Everyone wearing Stone t's and there were 2 pool tables. I was there to drink some Stone so I didn't notice everything they had on tap but what I saw was Stone IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, GLBC Nosferatu, Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, and a few more. Also had bottles of Ruination, Oaked Arrongant Bastard, and RIS next to the taps. Pints were very reasonably priced and we were to keep the glasses. Got an Arrogant Bastard with quick enough service considering the crowd and it was great. Next I got a Bomber of 11th Anniversary, served at proper temp and also great. They had a large selection of singles considering the size of the place. I noticed a lot of Stone products along with some Avery, Founders, Bell's, and many others. Menu had some real food instead of just pub grub. I had already eaten but a friend had a Quesadilla and said it was very good. Took quite awhile to get the food but like I said, the were hoppin. I've had the burritos and they are very tasty. I'll definitely be going back.

Edit:
I've truely grown to love this place. The service is still iffy at times, though some of the bartenders are great. The kitchen is still usually slow because the demand can get crazy. The Bluegrass Allstars are fantastic on Sundays(get there very early). Dave took notice of all the beer geeks coming in and has further improved his selection and quality. They host events on a pretty regular basis. Everything is still pretty cheap, espeically $3 pints from 4-7. The crowd can be kinda wierd at times, but everyone should feel very welcomed here. I'm not sure who took the picture but that's my fat ass on the corner, lol.

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The Comet in Cincinnati, OH
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.