Arts & Entertainment: Music Venues
From the crowd to the dancers to the music, Secrets might be Cleveland's most diverse gents' club. And they keep the lights down low. 21 and over, casual.
The landmark home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and beautiful venue for other classical and popular music concerts.
Owners Eric Horak and John Lamparyk move chairs aside once a week to make room for the karaoke machine. What the club lacks in size, it makes up for in beer selection: The cooler is stocked with more than 40 varieties.
The namesake of football legend and Cleveland native Don Shula, Steak 2 is as tasteful as a sports bar gets. Sports memorabilia and televisions are everywhere, but the rich wood furnishings make the place feel like a college dean's office.
This back room of this semi-subterranean bar is a game room, and the front hosts an older crowd who appreciates occasional live bands that play really sincere classic rock covers. Monday nights, you'll not find a better $3 steak in Akron.
Workingman's blues ooze from the corner stage at Smedley's. When the bands take a midnight break, the ghosts of Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin spook the jukebox back to life.
Just a baseball toss away from Eastlake Stadium, Sneakee Pete's is big enough to host live wrestling, but lately the place concentrates more on bands -- tributes, country, polka, rock -- and its platoon of pool tables.
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