Corner of Court & Elm Streets · 513-421-0110 in downtown Cincinnati


History of Washington Platform Saloon & Resturant

The home of Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant in downtown Cincinnati was built in 1860. Orginally established as The Johan Armleder Wine and Lager Beer Saloon. The building also housed several boarders. Johan Armleder, an immigrant from Wurttenberg, Germany, operated the saloon until his death in 1872.

The saloon was a lucrative business, supported by the heavy population of small industries and residences surrounding the Miami-Erie Canal. The canal linked Cincinnati to Lake Erie, and it's course ran the path of what is now Central Parkway. The influx of German immigrants to the area, in the 1850's and 1860's, helped to establish the enterprise as a favorite gathering place.

The next proprietor, Fiedel Bader, established the name "Washington Platform" in 1875. He continued to operate the popular neighborhood bar until 1882. Several saloon keepers followed. Notably, the property was purchased by the John Hauck Brewing Company in 1912, and the establishment continued to operate as the Washington Platform until Prohibition in 1919 brought about its demise. Thereafter the building was used for a myriad of ventures, including a produce shop and a Chinese hand laundry.

The building was re-established as the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant in 1986. In late 1990, the property was improved with the addition of a new dining room, "The Canal Room". Today, this restored piece of Cincinnati's proud heritage is, again, a favorite gathering place for those who enjoy quality food and drink, gracious service, reasonable prices, and a relaxed atmosphere - the hallmarks of the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant's "Deliciously Friendly" reputation.

We hope you enjoy your visit, and thank you for your continued patronage.