The Best Venues in Cleveland

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On this page, you’ll find the official shortlist of all the bars in Cleveland. (More in-depth further below). And, each with why it’s best to go.

Feel free to check out each bar’s official profile to find out more and to find out which is best for you.

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14. Porco Lounge & Tiki Room Bar Cleveland

Tropical drinks and a Polynesian vibe welcome you as soon you step into the Porco Lounge & Tiki Room. The music and drinks instantly make you feel relaxing on a tropical island. From bartenders schooled in each drink’s history to decorations from the Tiki islands, this place has it all. Completely packed from 5 pm till 11 pm on working days, you’ll need a reservation to enjoy what this bar offers.

The mellow and laid-back feeling as soon as you enter remains till the time you leave. Bartenders are very skillful in their art, and they add tropical twists to the drinks, which will leave you refreshed. Each glass has a fruity punch added to give off a soothing vibe, such as the ‘Heart of darkness, shining wizard, and the pink flamingo, all of which include fruits such as coconut and passionfruit pineapple, and many more. If you’re coming as a group, they’ve got you covered! Offering the Scorpion Bowl and the Maiden Voyage have a healthy dose of rum with a particular fruit punch. The menu doesn’t end there; from their famous meatballs to pizza squares and pepperoni bread, they’ve got yummy food on their menu as well. The delicious starters like the soft pretzels and potato skins will leave you longing for more.

The Porco lounge and tiki room have your back if you prefer open-air sitting. The tropical island-themed patio has an open-air setting for you to relax whether you’re with family or friends.

13. Fairmount Cocktail Bar Cleveland

If you’re looking for a night out in the town, you’ve come to the right place. This bar has everything from a classic wooden design to one of the best collections of wine, beer, and spirit. Located near the University Circle, tourists come by to have a drink after exploring Cleveland, Ohio’s museums and botanical gardens. Having a well-developed outdoor setting as well, this bar has it all.

The Fairmount Cocktail Bar has a drink to lift your spirits, no matter the mood. From a wide selection of beers such as ‘Coors Light,’ ‘Red Stripe,’ and ‘Labatt Blue’ to a variety of Martinis including ‘Greek,’ ‘Blueberry Cosmo,’ and ‘Island Martini.’ The drinks don’t end here, offering a range of cocktails like ‘Manhattan,’ ‘Winchester,’ and ‘Dark and Stormy.’ So whether you’re in for something solid or fruity, they have it all. They’ve also got groups covered, offering shared cocktails like ‘Moscow Mule Pitcher and ‘Winter White.’ The surprising range of food available matches the quality of their drinks. From starters such as ‘Nachos,’ ‘Tacos,’ and ‘Pork Fries,’ to mains including ‘House Ground Burger’ and the ‘Pulled Pork Sandwich. They even have a special section for vegans, which includes mouth-watering dishes such as ‘Portobella Sandwich,’ ‘Vegan Banh Mi,’ and ‘Vegan Pasta.’

They have an exhibit space inside, which promotes the local artists of Cleveland and booking for events such as office meetings or bridal showers. Outside is the patio of the Fairmount Cocktail Bar, which is known for the atmosphere and vibe that it brings along. The deck is a huge attraction, from seating to music to a dedicated outside bar.

12. Platform Beer Co Bar Cleveland

Being one of the top breweries in Cleveland, Platform Beer Co. provides a variety of drinks and food to those who have come to enjoy the view of the city. The exposed bricks and metal beams give the place an industrial feel. Open from 3 till 11 pm on working days; you’ll always have a good time here with family or friends. The drinks menu mainly focuses on beers such as ‘Besotted’ and ‘Passionista’ in the light section and ‘Alouette’ and ‘Cleverly Named’ in the house beer section. They even have featured beers of the week that keep rotating, so pick what the locals suggest if you have trouble choosing. The beers brewed here are known for their taste as Platform Beer Co. produces its canned drinks. If you’re in for a quick starter like their ‘Pork Nachos’ or ‘Beef Jerky’ or an item on their menu such as the ‘Cleveland Bagel Sandwich’ or ‘Breakfast Burrito,’ then don’t worry, because their food is known to be as good as their drinks. They have even started pizza nights on specific days. Although the place is a bar for its drinks, the food doesn’t disappoint.

So whether you’re touring the city and visiting as a family or with friends, the endless variety of beers, food, and ambiance will freshen you quickly along with a picturesque view of the city.

11. Society Lounge Bar Cleveland

Society Lounge is the perfect spot to spend the evening if you’re looking for a classy place with exquisite decor, chandeliers, and dark wooden accents. Soon as you step in, the retro theme kicks in. With red velvet sofas, huge paintings covering entire walls, and a classic bar, this is the perfect place to end the day.

Famous for the strong whiskey, the drinks don’t end there. From a variety of stirred drinks such as the ‘Triple Threat’ and ‘Cafe Carre,’ both of which contain blended whiskey with a mix of ingredients like coffee, honey, and more, to the Society OGs including ‘Death In New York, ‘Lebowski’ and ‘4th St. Sour’ which contains vodka, bourbon, lemon, pomegranate, absinthe and a blend of other mouth-watering ingredients. The combination of these is what makes Society Lounge known for its drinks. There’s a whole section with an endless choice of spirits and cocktails, some of which are limited release, whether fruity, intense or even both. So the experienced bartenders have you covered and will recommend you the best drink on the House. It doesn’t end here; food items, including varieties of pasta, salmon, and steak, are also available here in case you were looking for a meal with your drinks.

The speakeasy vibe of the Society Lounge takes you back to the old days, and the music and ambiance match it perfectly to have a good time with your significant other or family.

10. LBM Bar Cleveland

A nordic themed bar unlike any other located in Madison Avenue Lakewood, LBM provides an excellent bar experience to all those that visit. Viking-themed carvings on the decor with a touch of modern lighting add a fun vibe to this bar. From classic wooden furniture to barrels, skulls, and spooky decorations, this spot makes you feel as if you’re not in Cleveland. The bar has a variety of spirits and liquor on display which are used to make delicious drinks. Active from 4-12 am, LBM will make sure that the time you spend is worth it all.

The place is known for its cocktails with a unique twist. The House Cocktails are made of gin and whiskey topped with a sweet touch and a citrus punch, such as the ‘Hellhound’ and the ‘Gunslinger.’ Other cocktails, such as the Seasonal ones, are well known as they contain fresh ingredients which are only available for that specific season, like the ‘Totem Sacrifice’ and the ‘Spirit Crusher. Many of these usually have gin or tequila along with seasonal fruits. The food menu here is also not ordinary, featuring items such as Duck, Oysters, Shrimp, Pork Belly, and Bone Marrow which might pique your interest.

Along with the loud music, funky lighting and decorations, and the classic Viking theme that LBM follows, you’ve entered a different era as soon as you step in.

9. Happy Dog Bar Cleveland

Located on Detroit Avenue and 58th Street in Garden Square, Happy Dog is the place for you if you’re looking for a fun and casual bar atmosphere. Setup clean and tidy, with an oval wood bar in the middle with chrome barstools for you to enjoy your drinks and food while watching the tv, or a classic dinner-style sofa with tables if you’re with a group. The live bands and artists perform while you enjoy your time here in the Happy Dog.

Judging by the name, the place is known for its hot dogs. You have a bunch of options to choose which ingredients you prefer. Meat choices include ‘Applewood Smoked Bacon, ‘Confit Pulled Pork’ and many more. You can add various types of cheese to it as well. To top it all off, you have fresh, savory, and pickled toppings to choose from and different sauces to create a delicious combination of flavors. There is also a burger option if you’re not feeling a hotdog for that day. The yummy slides include tots and fries with different sauces on top to give you that extra flavor. You may think that’s it, but it doesn’t end here. There is also a range of drinks available, and the place is known for the beer it serves, especially the ‘Pilsner,’ which adds a refreshing feel to your meal.

This is the place to be if you’re looking for a fun and relaxed time with friends and family while listening to live music and enjoying the quality experience that Happy Dog has for you.

8. Harbor Inn Café Bar Cleveland

Established in 1895, the Harbor Inn Cafe is the oldest serving bar in Cleveland, holding historical importance. The place follows the theme of a harbor, with some classic-looking furniture, lifebuoys, helm for decoration, fun games such as darts, and a small bowling alley. You’re sure to meet new and exciting people and have a fun time chatting with the locals here. Open from 11 am-2 am, you can stop by whenever and be sure to have a casual, fun experience.

The place has over 150 beers, including imported beers, so If you’re a beer fan, this is the right place for you. It’s also known for its cheaper rates, so you won’t have to worry about ordering a single drink or shot and then stopping. They book the place for groups as large as even 200. They’re also known to host various competitions which are fun and involving, such as the ‘5k Marathon’ and the ‘Weird Olympics.

This may not be a bar if you’re in a party mood or want to dance to some music, but the history of the bar, the beers, and the ambiance will make sure your time spent here is fun and casual plus, the locals will hold a good conversation, and you can even play games with strangers to pass the time.

7. The Velvet Tango Room Bar Cleveland

One of the more upscale bars in Cleveland, The Velvet Tango Room, is located on Columbus Road in Ohio. It gives off a speakeasy bar vibe with an all-wooden bar with the bottles displayed. The wooden furniture matches the bar and gives an overall classy look. There’s a fireplace with classic burgundy-colored sofas where you can sit back and relax. With the Secret Garden Area now ready, you can enjoy the perks of The Velvet Tango Room in the fresh air.

Being known for their cocktails and variety of spirits collections, you can’t go wrong with a drink in this bar. Cocktails such as the ‘Cactus Flower,’ ‘Rangpur Gimlet,’ and ‘Champagne Charlie’ are known classics. If you’re in the mood to add a sweet touch, they have you covered and offering drinks such as the ‘Brandy Alexander’ and ‘Grasshopper.’ They have a noticeable variety of gin, scotch, brandy, vodka, tequila, and many more in a range of prices for you to select. One of the different drinks on their menu is the ‘Fizz’ category which is rare in a bar. A few of the well-known of these are the ‘Ramos Gin FIzz’ and the ‘India Lime Fizz.’ They offer classic combinations of snacks alongside these drinks, like the ‘Cheese Trio,’ a trio of cheese served with fresh and dried fruit, and the ‘Smoked Salmon Platter,’ which is also served with cheese and crackers.

The live jazz trio and the pianist lift your mood and enhance the place’s vibe. The whole ambiance and music of the place complement each other so well that you will revisit The Velvet Tango Room.                    

6. Jukebox Bar Cleveland

As the name suggests, JUKEBOX is a music-centered bar in Ohio’s Hingetown community. It has a neighborhood tavern-type feel with a beautifully developed outdoor sitting with live music ongoing as you enjoy your stay. The special vinyl nights on Tuesdays are even more fun as people can bring in their vinyl or choose from the given ones and enjoy some classic tunes.

The place is known for its signature cocktails featuring the ‘Tonyrita,’ ‘Dog Daze,’ ‘Dad Bod Summer,’ and many more. The choices don’t just end here, from a variety of ciders and ales such as the ‘Downeast Original Unfiltered Cider’ and the ‘Belle’s Two Hearted Ale’ to various fine, red and white wine choices such as ‘Corvidae Lenore Syrah’ and the ‘Amie Roquesante Rose.’ They’ve also covered the non-alcoholics, offering various juices and sparkling drinks such as the ‘La Croix Peach Pear. For groups, they offer their Bucket Specials such as the ‘Great Lake Beer Bucket’ and the ‘Onda Sparkling Tequila Bucket.’ If you’re in the party mood, then the wide selection of tequila and various other shots will not disappoint you. If you think their drinks menu is impressive, wait until the food comes in; from gluten-free to vegan to regular food items, they have it all. They are offering Pierogi sandwiches, salads, and soups. They also make delicious ice-cream sandwiches, and their famous Cookies and Ice Cream has two chocolate chip cookies served with a Mitchell’s Vegan Salted Caramel Pecan.

The Jukebox is known for its atmosphere. The outside setting has a live band playing music while you enjoy their food and drinks, and they also host weekly events such as the DJ Tone Def’s Music Trivia, where you can participate and even win prizes.

5. Prosperity Social Club Bar Cleveland

In continuous operation since 1938, Prosperity Social Club is known as the ‘Cleveland Bar in Cleveland.’ The place has a retro-style design, art decor on the dark chestnut walls, and vintage beer memorabilia. When the weather is warm and cozy, they open up their vacation-themed patio where you can enjoy what they have to give and have a relaxed time. Being one of the oldest bars in Cleveland, they have continuously provided customers with the best experience.

While waiting on deciding your drinks, you can munch on their starters like their ‘Southwest’ and ‘Sunshine’ salads or even their tacos and tofu wings. They have their excellent sandwiches, such as the ‘Cheddar Bacon Burger’ and many more served with hand-cut fries, and you can add mac and cheese and a salad to go along with it. They have a range of entrees for you to select from, such as the ‘Beer Battered Fish Fry’ or the ‘Ethnic Platter,’ which consists of either a Hungarian stuffed cabbage roll or a potato pancake with a side of their yummy apple cranberry chutney. Now comes the drink menu. Serving their signature cocktails like the ‘White Mango Cosmo,’ which has mango vodka, Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry, lime juice, and the ‘Rye Of The Tiger, ‘ which is made from Rye whiskey, House made cherry cordial, and grapefruit bitters. They also serve classic cocktails and cans of beer and ale, such as the ‘Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust American Pale Ale.’ The drink choices don’t end there; they also offer a variety of red and white wines to go along with the food.

The Prosperity Social Club ensures a relaxed vibe with the theme of their interior and the choice of music to make sure you forget your worries as soon as you enter.

4. The Spotted Owl Bar Cleveland

Giving off a cozy vibe, The Spotted Owl is located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood. The interior is designed with exposed bricks, a dark wooden accent, and stained glass art behind the bar. The decor and the ambiance of the place give it a Harry Potter-type vibe, not just because of that but also because of the magical cocktails they make. The menu of The Spotted Owl follows a French restaurant style.

The bartenders are known for their art of making cocktails such as the ‘Christmapolitan’ and the ‘Bad Santa,’ which are made up of dry vermouth, vodka, gin, and rum, along with a few more ingredients. They also have a selection of beers paired with shots like the ‘Failure Beer’ and the ‘Low-Hanging Fruit. If you’re having trouble deciding on a drink, they also feature the cocktail wheel experience, where you define your mood and select the flavors you like, and the bartender will make you a drink based on that. They also serve white, rose, red, and sparkling wine if you’re in the mood for that. You can also pair your drinks with one of their snacks, such as the ‘Hummus and Pickles’ or the ‘Smoked Fish Dip,’ which consists of smoked white fish salad served with soda crackers.

The outdoor patio section known as the ‘Twin Palms’ offers you refreshing drinks and snacks in the open air that adds a breath of fresh air to your mood.

 The dark, intimate atmosphere of The Spotted Owl, along with the exotic drink combinations of the bartenders, will undoubtedly leave you hanging for more.

3. Rowley Inn Bar Cleveland

Tucked in a corner in Tremont, Rowley Inn is an absolute hidden gem. Known for the cozy atmosphere and its food and drink quality, Rowley Inn is a must-visit whenever you’re in Cleveland. Serving from 7 am-10 pm, you can best believe that this place is packed most of the time. Launched in 1906, this place has helped customers with their needs, whether in food, drinks, or entertainment.

The menu here is never-ending with various starter options, including ‘Bacon-Wrapped Tots,’ ‘Lemon Tarragon Shrimp,’ ‘Buffalo Pierogi,’ and many more. The sandwiches and burgers of this place are known to have a quality taste, featuring the ‘Kinda Blue and the ‘Rowley Melt’ in which you can add bacon to enhance the taste even more. They also have a kids section where the children can enjoy their Cheese mac and chicken tenders. Their funnel cake sundae is known for the yummy taste it holds, so make sure you try that as well. The menu isn’t just extensive for food; the drinks of Rowley Inn are known to be refreshing and worth it, such as the ‘Stagger Lee’ and the ‘Bloody Mary.’ You have options for vodka, wine, rum, and any other alcoholic beverage. If you bring a group and want the place completely booked for yourself, then that can also be arranged at the Rowley Inn.

The chill and casual atmosphere, along with the various games for your entertainment, make Rowley Inn a place you want to check out whenever you’re nearby.

2. Noble Beast Brewing Co Bar Cleveland

Noble Beast Brewing Co. is a family-run brewery with some of the finest craft beer in all of Cleveland. With enough seating in the front, back, and outside, this place is the one if you’re bringing a group. Classic wood-designed roof with a bar at the end and beer brewers at the other; this gives the place an industrial vibe. TVs are set up for you to enjoy alongside the drinks with an opening in the roof with vines hanging from it which lifts the mood of the place.

Noble Beast Brewing Co. is known for the beers but keep in mind that the food is of absolute quality as well. Their famous ‘Pork Bun’ and ‘Roast Beef Sando’ is known for their mouth-watering taste, and they will leave you hanging for more. The ‘Dalmation’ and the ‘Panzanella Salad’ are also known for their yummy flavor. All of these are made from fresh, hand-picked ingredients to make sure it provides not only great taste but quality as well. Even the snacks such as the corndogs, wings, and pretzels are delicious. A few of their famous drinks are the ‘You Are Here, ‘ a pale ale, ‘ the ‘Graf Vienna,’ a Lager, ‘ and beer cans such as ‘Evil Motives’ and the ‘Dearly Departed.

This is the perfect place if you’re looking for excellent food and a fresh and chilled drink to cool you off the weather. Whether you’re here with friends or family, Noble Beast Brewing Co. staff will ensure that your time goes by smoothly.

1. Bar 32 Cleveland

Located on the 32nd floor of Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Bar 32 is known for the magical cocktails and delectable bites. It doesn’t get any better with a patio to enjoy the views of Cleveland to the glass walls so you can enjoy it all while sitting inside. The modern furniture, golden lights, and elegant chandeliers make this place look majestic. TVs set up for you if you’re chilling at the bar combined with beautiful bottles and glasses make this place look like it was from a movie.

Their menu is divided into sections to offer you food and drinks from the East, West, Gulf, and the North Coast, all here in Cleveland. Pretzels, Lobster Rolls, Sushi Bake, and Grilled Flank Steak are a few of the dishes featured here. They also have a raw bar section that serves Fresh Oysters and Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp. Their dessert, ‘Warm Carrot Leaf,’ is an absolute joy to eat, served with Mitchell’s Ice Cream and Candied Pecans. Their cocktails are known to be as good as the view, featuring the ‘Top Floor Lemonade,’ ‘Lake Effect,’ and the ‘Sailor’s Delight.’ They also have beer options to choose from, such as the Bud Light and the Blue Moon. Wines, whether red, white or rose, are also available for you.

Remember, Bar 32 is one of the must-visit places in Cleveland not only because it’s a bar but because of the fantastic view of Lake Erie and the Browns stadium. So make sure that you stop at this place when you’re nearby with friends or family.

Conclsuion:

Cleveland is a city that enjoys beer, liquor, and all sorts of drinking. There are sports, music, and art here, which adds to the fun time here. The nightlife here is lively and entertaining if you choose to go out. Don’t wait for an occasion; go by yourself on a workday or grab some of your friends for a relaxing time at a bar. There are many drink options for you, like cocktails, beers, and fine wines. This city in Ohio will be worth your time if you’re a tourist.

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