Queen City Radio is an every-person bar and beer garden built inside of a 1920’s-era gas and car service station. Located on the corner of W 12th Street and Central Parkway in Cincinnati’s Historic Over the Rhine neighborhood, the bar carries on the namesake of the original business which was instrumental in radio hardware and technology in the mid 20th century. The original Queen City Radio installed aftermarket radios in cars before their standardization into new car builds in the 1930s and 40s and was known around the city as the premier spot for car-radio service. They also assisted in the development and advancement of several of the city’s hilltop radio towers.
Today, the post-renovation building still has an industrial look, featuring the original garage bay doors, two large patios, and two indoor bars. Every week, happy drinkers enjoy the modern Queen City Radio’s services of domestic and craft beer, cocktails, boozy slushies and even boozy popsicles in the summer time. The bar’s vibe offers something for everyone, transforming from a relaxing outdoor happy hour or weekend afternoon to a vibrant Saturday nightlife. Private spaces within the bar such as the upper patio, living room and mezzanine can also be rented for parties and special events.
Chris Reckman is a native of Cincinnati, OH. He has been an active contractor and developer-- not to mention resident--in Over-the-Rhine for almost a decade. As owner/operator of Urban Expansion, Chris and his team saw great opportunity to turn historic Queen City Radio automobile service station into a bar and beer garden. While keeping the same name and retro rotating sign, Chris has expanded the Over-the Rhine’s bar scene from Vine Street over to the west end. He continues making improvements and modifications to his business, such as adding a sweet remodeled Airstream bar for the patio during the spring and summer, and a bar in the Living Room for private parties. You will likely see Chris popping in and out of QCR to say hello and have a Coors Light.
Lime White Claw and Bourbon
Morgan joined the QCR family late July 2020 as a part-time bartender, and shortly after as a manager. During that short time, she quickly stepped up to the challenges of being the leader QCR deserves. You may have run into her in OTR, between her years with Taft's or just out and about enjoying and supporting local establishments. Now, you can see Morgan either behind the bar serving amazing drinks, or running about the bar keeping things moving.
Tall Gin & Soda with cucumber
Casey is an active advocate and resident of the Over-the-Rhine community as well as the Vice President of Urban Expansion. At Queen City Radio, he oversees the behind the scenes finances of the business. When he’s not at QCR, he’s busy acting on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Preservation Association; a featured contributor and co-founder with online news magazine Soapbox or running the Urban Basin Bicycle Club, a downtown Cincinnati bike club with in excess of 600 members (which meets at QCR on Tuesdays before their ride!) You can usually spot Casey with his perfectly groomed cocker spaniels, Pleakley and Bentley.