Talking about sports, like winning the lotto and undergoing surgery, goes better with a cold beer. Make every hour happy hour with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh pub grub and drinks at Bucks Tavern in Loveland, about half an hour from downtown Cincinnati.
Bucks Tavern combines the atmosphere of a cozy neighborhood sports bar with the menu of a locally minded gastropub. Start with an order of crispy potato skins—stuffed with cheese, bacon, and scallions, and served with sour cream ($9)—or a bowl of Bucks' homemade beef chili ($5) before tempting your taste buds into swimming up-tongue with a grilled-salmon salad (baby spinach, provolone, tomatoes, candied walnuts, and hard-boiled egg, topped with Atlantic salmon, $13). A hand-breaded, all-natural whitefish sandwich ($8.50) will satisfy lunchtime customers who suspiciously resemble a flock of seagulls in a trench coat. Even pub staples are delivered with an upscale twist. The grilled cheese showcases creamy havarti, tomato, fresh basil, and a drop of honey on a pedestal of wheatberry toast ($7), and Dan's burger tops a hand-sculpted beef patty with pepper jack, bacon, fried-onion straws, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce ($8). All sandwiches come with a side of Bucks’ slaw or seasoned fries—the raffish, fast-living, smooth-talking brother of waffle fries. A children's menu, meanwhile, delights toy-humans with favorites such as sliders, chicken fingers, and mac ‘n’ cheese, all served with a side of fries.
Play mealtime matchmaker by pairing your winsome plate with a sophisticated glass of wine or a dashing draught beer. The locally brewed Rivertown Hellas Lager ($4.50) and perennial favorites such as Kentucky Bourbon Stout ($6/20 oz.), Newcastle ($4.50), and Smithwick's ($5), all flow like foamy, off-color waterfalls from the full-service bar's taps. Bathed in the imaginary flicker of the stately fireplace and the real flicker of eight HD television screens, tavern tipplers can gaze at the various sports and entertainment gracing the walls of Bucks Tavern—plus one stoic buck's head that's grazing the walls—or Skype toast one's fellow publicans worldwide using the tavern's free WiFi and a pint of Wit Bier ($4.50). Bucks Tavern features live music every Thursday and Saturday, so bring along some friends who seem most likely to form impromptu doo-wop groups after a few drinks and listen to them sing along to a night at Bucks Tavern.
- Bucks Tavern fulfills the sports bar definition with its various TVs but has an upscale appeal with the cloth napkins, professionally dressed wait staff and décor. – Katie Maurer, Metromix
- Buck's is just what this neighborhood needed, a nice friendly watering hole with simple but tasty food. Burgers, sandwiches, soup and salads - all made fresh and very, very good. – Nantucket Guy, Urbanspoon
3299 W State Route 22/3
Loveland, Ohio 45140Get Directions