DJs spin a little bit of everything beneath ultra-chic Vivo, where V Lounge is a subterranean brick tunnel made cozy with overstuffed furniture and specialty cocktails.
Far nicer than its deceptively grungy exterior, this lounge is lined with shirts from local organizations, and the jukebox is stocked with rock.
Decorated with exposed wood and animal heads, the Diamond Lodge has a VIP room with a fireplace, where dancers bare it all. We thought it was getting warm in here. 18 and over, dress code casual.
The tiny bar formerly known as Benny's now has two-dozen bar stools and has a classy lounge vibe.
There’s no shortage of history in this venerable Akron bar — and plenty of classic rock and blues performers too.
Ringed inside and out with purple neon, the Diamond Royale offers expensive cigars, cheap lunches and everything you'd need for a big bachelor party. 21 and over, dress code casual.
Hidden under office buildings, JJ's is a natural happy-hour stop for downtown's white-collar crowd. Later in the evening, the pool tables and video games in the game room are a quiet hideaway from the busy dance floor.
Formerly the Akron Scorcher's and the Tap House, the sport-and-rock-themed Ripper Owens' Tap House now has the former Judas Priest singer as a partner. When he's not on the road, he makes appearances.
This ritzy martini lounge is decorated with dark wood, and specializes in elaborate drinks and finer wine.
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.
This downtown Akron club books bands that never would have found the Rubber City a few years ago — say, Dinosaur Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers. Between the touring acts, original locals take the stage.
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