Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Smoq & Water Barbeque!
Mark Koking, Co-Founder of Smoq & Water Barbeque: We are everyone’s bar. A unique neighborhood bar located in Norwood, Ohio. We serve affordable drinks, cocktails, and quality smoked bar food. Smoq & Water is “Your Bar.” We encourage everyone to come check us out.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Koking: Our inspiration is our passion for people. Our place our emphasis on customer service and treating everyone who comes to Smoq & Water as if they were in our home. Those who visit Smoq & Water for the first time usually come back and become regulars. We have an owner, management team and bartenders who love people and can’t wait to serve you.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Smoq & Water Barbeque?
Koking: Myself and my son Derek Koking originally started Smoq & Water as a catering business in 2016. In the spring of 2020, Smoq & Water partnered with RJ Distillery and Bob Slattery to open the bar.
Derek has 15 years of experience in restaurant management while I consider myself a 30 year bar connoisseur and enthusiast.
Cincy Chic: Where is Smoq & Water located?
Koking: Smoq & Water uniquely shares a building with RJ Distillery at 2810 Highland Avenue in Norwood, Ohio.
Cincy Chic: What makes Smoq & Water unique?
Koking: We are a place where everyone is welcome. We have great drink specials, high quality bar food, cornhole, shuffleboard, live music, karaoke and promotional events throughout the year. We feel like the best characteristic about Smoq & Water continues to be our customers and the environment.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Koking: We want to continue to promote our events and activities. We plan on initiating cornhole and shuffleboard tournaments. We also will be installing new dart boards and hope to begin dart leagues in the next few months. As we continue to navigate through Covid-19 restrictions, we look to bring back more live music performances and serve the community until 2 am.