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Issue Date: April 2011

The City List: 2011 - West Side Nightlife

87 West at Crocker Park

287 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 440-250-2334, Comfortable furniture and a coffee-house feel, featuring 2-ounce wine pours rather than cappuccino.

806 Martini & Wine Bar

806 Literary Road, Cleveland, 216-862-2912, No TVs, no games, no distractions. Just romance in the air.

ABC Tavern

1872 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-3857, This renovated Ohio City standard is raising the bar on the dive-bar scene.

Around the Corner Saloon & Café

18616-20 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-4413, One of the West Side's most happening places. The large patio is a must-visit spot on summer nights and has heat lamps for chilly ones.

Beer Engine

15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-2337, An extensive beer list that connoisseurs will love, plus gourmet burgers and vegetarian options.

The Brothers Lounge

11609 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-226-2767, Three-venue establishment: upscale wine bar with a piano stage, neighborhood pub and music venue.

Clark Bar

1201 Clark Ave, Cleveland, 216-344-9999. Its location has kept it out of the way of Tremont's hipster influx.

The Cornerstone Brewing Co.

58 Front St, Berea, 440-239-9820, This relative newbie to the microbrew scene (it's been open just six years) features eight beers on tap, including the house rootbeer.

Dragonfly Lounge

1865 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-669-7774, From the couple who brought us the Garage Bar comes a hip, sleek club right next door.

Edison's Pub

2373 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-522-0006, Squeeze into the small barroom, spread out in the booths in back, or bring the whole gang and take over the backyard patio.

Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

24581 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, 440-801-1001, A Pittsburgh import, but Cleveland seems to have forgiven them: The place is always packed.

The Flying Monkey Pub

819 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-6659, Corner bar with a laid-back vibe and tons of regulars.

Garage Bar

1859 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-696-7772, The happy-hour crew congregates with rockers and bikers. In warm weather, the large patio is a big draw.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, 216-771-4404, The landmark city brewery has heavy-hitting beers and features an indoor patio and outdoor seating.

The Harp

4408 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-939-0200, A laid-back Irish pub with a large patio and live music.

Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-651-9474. This Detroit Shoreway spot gels grit with grooves and serves a killer hot dog. Live music on weekends.

Hotz's Café

2529 W 10th St, Cleveland, 216-771-7004, A down-home neighborhood establishment with plenty of locals and a shuffleboard table.

Johnny Malloy's

17103 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 216-529-1400; 33475 Lake Road, Avon Lake, 440-933-7000; 34263 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, 440-327-5300; 11636 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-961-9818, A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.

Kenilworth Tavern

18204 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6882, A Lakewood bar through and through. Old, relaxed, everyone knows your name.

Lava Lounge

1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-9112, DJs spin some of the hottest music every night of the week. Enjoy martinis, wine and an eclectic menu in an intimate living room setting.

Lincoln Park Pub

2609 W 14th St, Cleveland, 216-621-2240, Legendary taco Tuesdays and a vibrant, communal dining room contribute to the always-convivial atmosphere.

Major Hoopple's Riverbed Café

1930 Columbus Road, Cleveland, 216-575-0483. The spot for regulars, with a fantastic view of downtown and the Cuyahoga River.


1137 Linda St, Rocky River, 440-799-4292, The upscale sports bar offers a hearty craft beer selection and a bar food menu.

Market Avenue Wine Bar

2521 Market Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-9463, Tiny, Victorian-style wine bar with a knowledgeable staff and a fantastic wine selection.

McNulty's Bier Markt

1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1010, A sleek bar open 364 days a year, serving 99 types of Belgian and Belgian-style beer.

The Old Angle

1848 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-5643, A classy, low-key Irish pub that often features live acoustic acts.

Panini's Bar & Grill

17209 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-938-8930; 23800 Detroit Ave, Westlake, 440-250-5550, Laid-back local hangout.

The Parkview

1261 W 58th St, Cleveland, 216-961-1341, Hard on the outside, music to your ears on the inside.

P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub

17119 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-941-9311, An Irish pub in very Irish West Park. Features free Wi-Fi and local bands with an Irish flair.

Prosperity Social Club

1109 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, 216-937-1938, This Art Deco bar features a daily fish fry, local bands and tons of funky tchotchkes.

The Pub Rocky River

19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River, 440-356-6933, A vibrant, British-themed bar with a generous helping of fun and flair.

The Public House

17219 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-252-6608. An Irish pub in West Park that's a favorite among locals.

The Avenue Tap House

18206 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-228-1442. Take a break from the frenetic front room, and bowl a few rounds with friends in the back alley.


1261 W 76th St, Cleveland, 216-651-6969, Tough meets sexy at this neighborhood spot tucked into the Detroit Shoreway. Loud, crowded and high-energy, with a gorgeous, leafy patio and great bar food.

Rivals' Sports Grille

6710 Smith Road, Middleburg Heights, 216-267-0005, New sports pub with two separate bars, free Wi-Fi and an upscale neighborhood feel.

The Rush Inn

17800 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-221-3224; 35840 Chester Road, Avon, 440-937-3252, West Siders have long held a soft spot for the original Rush Inn. Now a second location has joined the fray.

Savannah Bar & Grille

30676 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-892-2266, Big drinks and the blues make a perfect combo. Features live music seven nights a week.

The South Side

2207 W 11th St, Cleveland, 216-937-2288, A huge patio and indie musicians contribute good vibes to this local favorite. Wear a suit. Wear jeans. Whatever you decide, you won't feel out of place.


1948 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-274-1010, A sexy, low-lit downstairs bar serving up culinary cocktails and DJs spinning eclectic music.

Stone Mad

1306 W 65th St, Cleveland, 216-281-6500. A clay bocce court meshes well with the Irish-themed pub. The stone patio is also a not-to-miss summer spot.

Sullivan's Irish Pub

13368 Madison Ave, Cleveland, 216-529-8969, Warm up by the stove, eat fish and chips, and ponder the wall covered in Ireland's native last names.

Touch Supper Club

2710 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-631-5200, Dance to nationally known DJs at this modern take on a 1940s supper club.

The Treehouse

820 College Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-2505, A laid-back Tremont watering hole that attracts locals to its huge patio.

Tremont Tap House

2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, 216-298-4451, 100-plus beers and killer food make this off-the-beaten-path bar a must-visit.

Twist Social Club

11633 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-221-2333, A hopping nightclub that's a favorite with the hip gay crowd.

Union Café and Bounce Nightclub

2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-357-2997, A gay bar to rival Chicago's best.

Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-8869, velvet Cleveland's worst-kept secret. Expert bartenders mix classic cocktails found nowhere else in town. You'll enjoy being civilized.

West End Tavern

18514 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-7684, West Side bar hoppers come here for a break from the party scene. It's chill but busy, with a fantastic bloody mary bar on weekends.

West Park Station

17015 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-476-2000, Local hot spot for the West Park crowd, a melting pot of ethnicities and age groups.

The Winchester Music Hall

12112 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-5681, Music fans hang at this 1924 music hall that plays host to local and national acts.

Wine Bar Rocky River

1313 Linda Street, Rocky River, 440-799-4300, The pickup place and date spot for middle-agers.

Winking Lizard Tavern

14018 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6693, More than 100 varieties of beer are available at this neighborhood standard that has great bar food and plenty of televisions.

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