Arts & Entertainment: Music Venues
Nestled in the industrial Flats, Hoopples caters to clock-punchers who like their blues served steamy side up. The giant window behind the bar yields a sharp view of downtown.
Manja is a hip little martini of a bar, even with the addition of a foosball table. The jukebox -- heavy on ’80s and ’90s alternative -- is one of the best in town.
Weekends, the Mardi Gras Lounge and Grill returns to its roots, serving up live jazz and blues. The Bourbon Street beats make a great go-with for the club's spicy Creole cooking.
A red-orange-yellow decor and a steady flow of pop and top-40 keep a crowd of 20-somethings and college students chattering the Mars Bar; it’s quieter and darker in the rear lounge area.
Located in Akron's Merriman Valley, this expansive sports bar has five nine-foot pool tables, a dartboard, a friendly atmosphere and an equally sizable outdoor deck.
The size of a hockey rink, McCarthy's Avon Lake spot is equal parts Irish and Ohio sports bar.
With its Celtics pennants and Guinness drafts, McCarthy's is an Irish American refuge with a penchant for he-man shots -- among the largest on the West Side. They're the perfect complement to the club's boisterous rock and roll.
Mike McGinty and his sons have paid tribute to their ancestral homeland, a sparsely populated island off Ireland's northwestern coast. The pub's raised corner stage, complete with a gas fireplace, is a welcoming spot for the acoustic musicians who perform there weekly.
The flashing neon sign outside hints at <\\#213>50s retro, and Micheli's delivers. The booths in the red, red lounge are snug, like the rest of the bar.
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