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Issue Date: April 2011

The City List: 2011 - Nightlife

[ Downtown ]

Anatomy Nightclub & Ultralounge

1299 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-363-1113, Intimate bar and lounge for a late-night tryst or a sexy cocktail and dancing.

Barley House

1265 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-623-1700, Warehouse District hot spot.

The Blind Pig

1228 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-0001, 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, Traditional, upscale bar food in an environment decorated with Cleveland sports memorabilia.

Cadillac Ranch

200 Euclid Ave, 216-685-0000, 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, Chuckle at the nation's best comedians with a beer-drinking crowd.

The Clevelander

834 Huron Road E, Cleveland, 216-771-3723, 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, An upscale bowling alley combined with a fully stocked martini bar.

Dive Bar

1214 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7827, 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, Trendy wine bar in the heart of the Warehouse District offers a break from the dance club scene.

Flannery's Pub

323 E Prospect Ave, Cleveland, 216-781-7782, The finest Irish food, drink and entertainment this side of the Atlantic.

Gillespie's Map Room

1281 W Ninth St, Cleveland, 216-621-7747, 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, Live, national stand-up acts in a 400-seat theater.

House of Blues

308 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216-523-2583, 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, 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, This updated Warehouse District favorite features a sports bar, lounge and dance club.

Little Bar & Grille

614 Frankfurt Ave, Cleveland, 216-861-2166, Also known as Johnny's Little Bar, this small pub just steps from West Sixth Street has been a Cleveland staple for generations.

Nautica Pavilion

2014 Sycamore St, Cleveland, 440-247-2722, 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, Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.

Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club

2035 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-241-7425, 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, 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, A mechanical bull, live music and loads of tequila.

The Velvet Dog

1280 W Sixth St, Cleveland, 216-664-1116, 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, 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, More than 100 varieties of beer are offered at this neighborhood standard.

Wonder Bar

2044 E Fourth St, Cleveland, 216-298-4050, Mellow, intimate music venue with a great kitchen.

[ East ]

Barking Spider Tavern

11310 Juniper Road, Cleveland, 216-421-2863, 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, 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, College students and professionals mix in this club with live poetry, rock and electronic dance music spun by local and national DJs.

Brennan's Colony

2299 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-1010, 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.

The Fairmount

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, 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, 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.

Johnny Malloy's

4350 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, 216-691-1000, 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, Underground wine bar perfect for romance, also has an extensive beer selection.

McNulty's Pub

1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-9996, Relaxed hangout for the college crowd with beer specials and a cozy atmosphere.


12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-795-0550, 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, Laid-back local hangout known for its signature sandwiches.

Parnell's Pub

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, Indie bands and local musicians play at this gritty venue near Cleveland State University.

Willoughby Brewing Co.

4057 Erie St, Willoughby, 440-975-0202, A converted rail-car depot that's worth the drive to Lake County.

Winking Lizard Tavern

1852 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-397-8380, 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, 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.

[ South ]

The Brew Kettle

8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-239-8788, 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, "Classy little joint," serving martinis, wine and cocktails.

Johnny Malloy's

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, 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, 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, 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.

Tradesman Tavern

5746 State Road, Parma, 440-888-2337. A blue-collar crowd mixes with business professionals at this comfortable beauty of a bar.

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