1213 West 6th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 +1 216 363 1130
In his celebrated career, Bob Golic has played professional football, been a sports announcer, and most importantly, played a Residential Advisor in the classic Saved By The Bell: The College Years. That experience may or may not have been relevant in one of his more recent ventures, the opening of Bob Golic's Sports Bar and Grille in downtown Cleveland. The former Brown decorated his restaurant with Cleveland sports memorabilia and televisions to watch the games, as well as a menu filled with affordable burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Specialty pizzas feature Veggie and Meat Lovers options, as well as BBQ Chicken and Hawaiian. Golic has a burger named after him, with caramelized onions on a Kaiser bun. Bob Golic's also has dozens of beers available on tap. - Marjorie Jensen
408 West Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113 +1 216 285 9490
Osteria di Valerio & Al is an oddly named, award-winning upscale Italian restaurant in the Grand Arcade in Cleveland's Warehouse District. This tiny restaurant and bar offers a menu featuring northern Italian food and wines. Available fresh pasta dishes include Spinach Ravioli in Tomato Basil Sauce with peas and ricotta, or Penne alla Puttanesca with anchovies and spicy tomato sauce. Other entrees, aimed at carnivores, include Veal with mushrooms and truffle oil or a Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola sauce and mushrooms. Featured salads include a Belgian Endive with Gorgonzola and berries salad, and soups include Fresh Shellfish Stew. Osteria di Valerio & Al includes a full bar and has live Frank Sinatra covers on weekends. - Marjorie Jensen
Flannery's Irish Pub is a massive Irish-American pub in downtown Cleveland capable of serving over a hundred customers at a time. They have a wide range of beers on draft including, of course, Guiness, and several Guiness mixes like Black & Tans with Bass or Black Velvet with cider-all served in larger 20oz Imperial pints. Their dinner features specifically Irish entrées like Fish and Chips or Chicken Cottage Pie, but it also includes more general fare, like New York Strip Steak or Chicken Fettucine. Flannery's also serves a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Vegetarians can try their Grilled Portabella sandwich or a Fresh Spinach sandwich. Flannery's also has live music on Friday and Saturday nights. - Marjorie Jensen
740 West Superior Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113 +1 216 241 8200
This warehouse district venue offers pool and a full bar alongside Mexican and American fare. The menu includes Tostaditas, Taquitos, Fajitas, Burritos, and Enchiladas as well as sandwiches, wraps, subs, burgers, and pasta. There are a variety of vegetarian options from veggie wraps, subs, AND salads to Mexican Crispi (flour tortilla with cheese and salsa), burritos, and enchiladas. The bar - which offers a moderately large beer selection-stays open after the kitchen closes, and the restaurant is open on Sundays three hours before Brown home games. House of Cues also offers delivery and catering. Be sure to check their website for specials!
1228 West 6th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 +1 216 621 0001
Although the Blind Pig is a speak easy, there's a host of reasons why its patrons would want to shout with joy, and holler with delight. With its excellent live music performances, mouth-watering appetizers, happy hours 5 days a week, and vibrant atmosphere, it wouldn't take a genius to figure out why. Besides this, the Blind Pig also features Taco Tuesdays when visitors can gorge on tacos for $1, and burritos for $2. Call for event timings and additional information.
This café is one of several Phoenix Coffee locations in the Cleveland area. Their beans are roasted in the brewery on St. Clair. The Coventry menu features classic coffee drinks like espresso, café mocha and café au lait. Their specialties include Speedball, like a café mocha, but with two types of chocolate and two forms of coffee; Stuporball, which is like Speedball, but with extra espresso; and Milky Way: chocolate, caramel, and espresso. To accompany these tasty beverages, Phoenix Café offers locally-made scones, biscotti, bagels and muffins as well as other baked goods, including vegan snacks. Patrons can also try coffee milkshakes or bubble tea, with or without tapioca "bubbles." This venue also offers free wireless internet and has been known to host evens like an open mic series and pumpkin carving parties. - Marjorie Jensen
2044 East 4th Street Cleveland, OH 44115 +1 216 932 3050
Wonder Bar's sign declares that it offers three things: Food. Drink. Jazz. Though the "jazz" part of the deal occurs on Saturday nights, the other two are on offer five days a week. Wonder Bar's small kitchen necessitates a menu of upscale comfort food, such as Camembert Mac and Cheese or nachos with chicken and scallions. There are also several small pizzas offered: Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese, and Tomato pizza, or Pepperoni and Mushroom. They are also noted for their Cincinnati-style Chili, with add-ons like bacon or onions. Their drink menu features several house cocktails like The Man-tini with Johnny Walker Gold, Honey, and Sparkling Wine, or the Two Goose Martini with Grey Goose vodka and Spruce Goose Sparkling Pinot Noir. They also have several absinthe drinks, and a weekday happy hour menu. - Marjorie Jensen
11213 Detroit Avenue Cleveland, OH 44102 +1 216 221 8576
This self-proclaimed venue of style certainly has managed to live up to its name. And this comes as no surprise since this bar cum entertainment venue aptly named Now That's Class, exudes a unique elegance, and boasts of a style that's hard to define. Besides some really cool live music performances, this venue also showcases some excellent underground acts, screens cult movies, and hosts groovy DJ events. And better still, it also features daily happy hours when patrons can buy some of the cheap drinks for an even cheaper rate of $1 a can. The music at Now That's Class revolves around punk and rock, and usually attracts crowds that thrive on these genres. Call for event timings and additional information.
5801 Detroit Avenue Cleveland, OH 44102 +1 216 651 9474
When you are low on cash, but still want to experience great entertainment, then look no further than The Happy Dog. When you visit this venue, don't let its small space and unpretentious ambiance deceive you. That's because The Happy Dog more than makes up for these shortcomings with its excellent live music performances, delicious appetizers, and an extremely eclectic crowd that definitely knows how to cheer for a good performer. There's also an excellent drinks menu to help enhance the experience; a selection of which will definitely help you get from happy to ecstatic!
Prosperity Social Club is a somewhat hidden secret in Tremont, a neighborhood bar and restaurant which serves locals but could appeal to anyone. Prosperity has a full bar with a significant wine list and specialty martinis, or "Prosper-tinis," such as a pink grapefruit with Stoli Orange, Campari, and orange juice. Its food menu is a somewhat eclectic mix of appetizers and entrées. Starters include Ed's Pita Nachos, a Greek-themed fish with red pepper aoili, feta, and olives, or Pierogies with ricotta and onions. Featured entrées include Black Angus strip steak, or apple roasted pork loin, while vegetarians may enjoy roasted veggie empanadas. Prosperity Social Club also offers several happy hour and daily specials. -Marjorie Jensen
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