[ Downtown ]
Anatomy Nightclub & Ultralounge
1299 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-363-1113, anatomycleveland.com. Intimate bar and lounge for a late-night tryst or a sexy cocktail and dancing.
1265 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-623-1700, thebarleybar.com. Warehouse District hot spot.
The Blind Pig
1228 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-0001, theblindpig.com. Nine-to-fivers stand shoulder to shoulder to check out a variety of music — and one another.
Bob Golic's Sports Bar & Grille
1213 W Sixth St, 216-363-1132, bobgolics.com. Traditional, upscale bar food in an environment decorated with Cleveland sports memorabilia.
200 Euclid Ave, 216-685-0000, cadillacranchcleveland.com. The 30,000-square-foot space has 32 flat-screen TVs, nine bars, a mechanical bull and BarRoom Cleveland — a Las Vegas-style ultralounge open Fri and Sat nights.
The Cleveland Improv
Sugar Warehouse Entertainment Complex, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-4677, improvupcoming.com. Chuckle at the nation's best comedians with a beer-drinking crowd.
834 Huron Road E, Cleveland, 216-771-3723, clevelanderbar.com. This watering hole near Progressive Field and The Q turns up the volume on game days.
The Corner Alley
402 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-298-4070, thecorneralley.com. An upscale bowling alley combined with a fully stocked martini bar.
1214 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7827, divebarcleveland.com. Heading to the basement is a surefire sign you're stepping into a dive bar. Thursday-night Skee-Ball leagues and 42 beers on tap.
D'Vine Wine Bar
836 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-8463, dvinewinebar.com. Trendy wine bar in the heart of the Warehouse District offers a break from the dance club scene.
323 E Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-781-7782, flannerys.com. The finest Irish food, drink and entertainment this side of the Atlantic.
Gillespie's Map Room
1281 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7747, maproomcleveland.com. Casual, old-school pub serving pizza, sandwiches, soup, salad and munchies. It's the Warehouse District's version of a neighborhood bar; and yes, there does happen to be an airplane hanging in the middle of it.
Hilarities 4th Street Theatre
2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-736-4242, hilarities.com. Live, national stand-up acts in a 400-seat theater.
House of Blues
308 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-523-2583, hob.com/cleveland. An opulent venue that features national and regional music acts on a large main stage and in the intimate Cambridge Room.
Kevin's Martini Bar
2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. An upscale bar inside Pickwick & Frolic that serves innovative martinis and a selection of champagnes.
Liquid/SuiteSixx/Ultra Night Club
1212 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-479-7717, liquidcleveland.com. This updated Warehouse District favorite features a sports bar, lounge and dance club.
Little Bar & Grille
614 Frankfurt Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-2166, johnnyscleveland.com. Also known as Johnny's Little Bar, this small pub just steps from West Sixth Street has been a Cleveland staple for generations.
2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland, 440-247-2722, livenation.com. National acts that don't fill arenas — but still draw a respectable crowd — play in this well-known outdoor venue on the west bank of the Flats.
Panini's Bar & Grill
1290 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-523-7070; 840 Huron Road, Cleveland, 216-522-1510, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.
Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club
2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. The restaurant seats 220, dinner/show packages are available for the 125-seat cabaret, and Kevin's Martini Bar & Champagne Bar is inside.
Shooters on the Water
1148 Main Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-6900, shootersflats.com. On the first warm day of spring, nine-to-fivers pack the massive deck.
The Tequila Ranch
1229 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-566-8226, tequilaranchcleveland.com. A mechanical bull, live music and loads of tequila.
The Velvet Dog
1280 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-664-1116, velvetdogcleveland.com. Professionals lounge on plush furniture and sip martinis in this three-level club with a rooftop patio.
Vinebar and View Ultralounge & Nightclub
618 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-664-1815, viewnightclub.com. Modeled after Vegas and Miami clubs. Rooftop deck features a cabana with 360-degree views of the city.
Winking Lizard Tavern
811 Huron Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-0313, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are offered at this neighborhood standard.
2044 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-298-4050, wonderbarcleveland.com. Mellow, intimate music venue with a great kitchen.
[ East ]
Barking Spider Tavern
11310 Juniper Road, Cleveland, 216-421-2863, barkingspidertavern.com. A low-key, wood-paneled music venue popular with students and music fans of all varieties.
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com. Main-stage and smaller acts, from indie rock to blues to alt-country.
B-side Liquor Lounge
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-1966, bsideliquorlounge.com. College students and professionals mix in this club with live poetry, rock and electronic dance music spun by local and national DJs.
2299 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-1010, brennanscolony.com. The Heights' top neighborhood bar, cozy in the winter with a buzzing patio come summertime.
City and East
2781 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-8400. Hookah hot spot as well as an upscale bar that caters to the East Side crowd.
2448 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-229-9463. Classy wine bar with a huge patio.
The Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs. Hip, uber-cool musical acts stop here on their way to the big time, or at least the next gig.
Grotto Wine Bar
13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-751-9463, grottoshakersquare.com. An award-winning wine bar featuring a late-night kitchen with Italian-inspired dishes.
House of Swing
4490 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, 216-382-2771. Jazz and swing are king here. Between sets, listen to classics from the House's deep collection of 15,000 jazz records.
4350 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, 216-691-1000, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.
La Cave du Vin
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-6411, lacaveduvin.com. Underground wine bar perfect for romance, also has an extensive beer selection.
1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-9996, mcnultyspub.com. Relaxed hangout for the college crowd with beer specials and a cozy atmosphere.
12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com. Cabaret club with a 1940s feel.
Panini's Bar and Grill
1825 Coventry Blvd, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-6444; 6283 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, 440-605-0404; 937 222nd St, Euclid, 216-812-9852; 37333 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, 440-951-9852, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.
2167 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-3469. Irish pub where you can catch a soccer game or just hang out with friends over a Guinness or 10 kinds of Irish whiskey.
Peabody's Concert Club
2045 E 21st St, Cleveland, 216-776-9999, peabodys.com. Indie bands and local musicians play at this gritty venue near Cleveland State University.
Willoughby Brewing Co.
4057 Erie St, Willoughby, 440-975-0202, willoughbybrewing.com. A converted rail-car depot that's worth the drive to Lake County.
Winking Lizard Tavern
1852 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-8380, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are available at this neighborhood standard.
[ West ]
87 West at Crocker Park
287 Crocker Park Blvd, Westlake, 440-250-2334, 87west2.com. 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, 806cleveland.com. No TVs, no games, no distractions. Just romance in the air.
1872 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-861-3857, abcthetavern.com. 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, atccafe.com. 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.
15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-2337, buckeyebeerengine.com. An extensive beer list that connoisseurs will love, plus gourmet burgers and vegetarian options.
The Brothers Lounge
11609 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-226-2767, brotherslounge.com. Three-venue establishment: upscale wine bar with a piano stage, neighborhood pub and music venue.
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, cornerstonebrewing.com. This relative newbie to the microbrew scene (it's been open just six years) features eight beers on tap, including the house rootbeer.
1865 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-669-7774, dragonflycleveland.com. From the couple who brought us the Garage Bar comes a hip, sleek club right next door.
2373 Professor Ave, Cleveland, 216-522-0006, edisonspub.com. 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, fatheadscleveland.com. 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, flyingmonkeypub.com. Corner bar with a laid-back vibe and tons of regulars.
1859 W 25th St, Cleveland, 216-696-7772, thegaragebar.net. 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, greatlakesbrewing.com. The landmark city brewery has heavy-hitting beers and features an indoor patio and outdoor seating.
4408 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-939-0200, the-harp.com. A laid-back Irish pub with a large patio and live music.
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.
2529 W 10th St, Cleveland, 216-771-7004, hotzcafe.com. A down-home neighborhood establishment with plenty of locals and a shuffleboard table.
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, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.
18204 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6882, areyoukenilworthy.com. A Lakewood bar through and through. Old, relaxed, everyone knows your name.
1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland, 216-589-9112, coolplacestoeat.com. 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, lpptremont.com. 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, marketbeer.com. 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, marketavewinebar.com. 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, bier-markt.com. 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, oldangletavern.com. 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, paninisgrill.com. Laid-back local hangout.
1261 W 58th St, Cleveland, 216-961-1341, parkviewniteclub.com. Hard on the outside, music to your ears on the inside.
P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub
17119 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 216-941-9311, pjmcintyres.com. 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, prosperitysocialclub.com. 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, luvthepub.com. 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, thereddstone.com. 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, rivalscleveland.com. 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, therushinn.com. 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, thesavannah.com. 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, southsidecleveland.com. 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, speakeasy216.com. A sexy, low-lit downstairs bar serving up culinary cocktails and DJs spinning eclectic music.
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, sullivansirishpub.net. 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, touchohiocity.com. Dance to nationally known DJs at this modern take on a 1940s supper club.
820 College Ave, Cleveland, 216-696-2505, treehousecleveland.com. A laid-back Tremont watering hole that attracts locals to its huge patio.
Tremont Tap House
2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland, 216-298-4451, tremonttaphouse.com. 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, twistsocialclub.com. A hopping nightclub that's a favorite with the hip gay crowd.
Union Café and Bounce Nightclub
2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, 216-357-2997, clevelandcocktails.com. A gay bar to rival Chicago's best.
Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Ave, Cleveland, 216-241-8869, velvet
tangoroom.com. 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, westendtav.com. 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, westparkstation.com. 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, thewinchester.net. 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, winebarrr.com. The pickup place and date spot for middle-agers.
Winking Lizard Tavern
14018 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-226-6693, winkinglizard.com. More than 100 varieties of beer are available at this neighborhood standard that has great bar food and plenty of televisions.
[ South ]
The Brew Kettle
8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-239-8788, thebrewkettle.com. Restaurant and brewery with 31 beers on tap. Brew your own beer or make your own wine.
The Blonde — Martini & Wine Establishment
6901 Rockside Road, Independence, 216-328-8780, gototheblonde.com. "Classy little joint," serving martinis, wine and cocktails.
1038 North Court, Medina, 330-723-4100, 1954 Buchholzer Blvd, Akron, 330-633-0100; 15323 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-9555; 7729 W Ridgewood Drive, Parma, 440-845-0600, johnnymalloys.com. A local sports bar chain where the game's always on the big screen.
Harpo's Sports Café
5777 Smith Road, Brook Park, 216-267-7777, goharpos.com. Packed with 82 TVs that can be programmed to show your game right in front of you. It's a man cave, only better.
Panini's Bar & Grill
5530 Brecksville Road, Independence, 216-524-5240; 14952 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-878-2200; 480 W Aurora Road, Sagamore Hills, 330-468-6200, paninisgrill.com. Local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.
Thirst & Ten
15299 Sheldon Road, Cleveland, 216-362-8000; 786 Front St, Middleburg Heights, 440-234-1010. A sports bar that shares our obsession with every win and loss.
5746 State Road, Parma, 440-888-2337. A blue-collar crowd mixes with business professionals at this comfortable beauty of a bar.