If the name doesn't give away its theme, Instant Replay's collection of NFL helmets surely does. With arched brick doorways and walls full of sports collectibles, Instant Replay houses both a smallish bar and a restaurant, which is the meeting place for weekly karaoke.
Akron's most spacious gay nightspot, Interbelt is a former 1950s movie theater, with a giant outdoor deck that's become a smoking zone.
The Iron Saddle is still bike-friendly, but it's less of a roadhouse, and more of a rock bar, serving up old-school and new-school hot riffage.
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.
This groovy little strip-mall coffee shop's open mic nights draw everyone from 18-year-old guitarists to fiftysomething vocalists.
From its large pool room to its bar/dining area ringed with 11 big-screen TVs, Jillian's piques but doesn't assault the senses. The adjacent Groove Shack is decorated with Blue Note album art and painted midnight blue.
Rare is the venue that boasts such warm acoustics as the Kent Stage. It’s why folksingers and singer-songwriters love playing here — and why their fans adore it too.
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