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.
Part of a three-club complex (along with the staid Man's World in the back and leather-only Crossover in the basement), the woodsy Shed is home base for Cleveland's only gay country line-dance group. On Sundays, the evening starts with dance lessons for beginners.
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.
Located on the West Bank of the Flats, the expansive McCarthy's Dowtown is, as you might expect, very green. Danceable bands and DJs entertain during the weekends; during the week, plasma screens assume that duty.
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.
Enormous Modä is as theatrical as the 1920s movie house it inhabits.
Formerly the Matinee Cleveland, Mr. Cranky's is still a no-frills, no-attitude indie rock bar
This snug record store hosts occasional musical events, and always has a good selection of cheap music.
This unassuming downtown bar is a good spot to play Golden Tee, watch a game or warm up before a game.
An Old Brooklyn Favorite for over 16 years, the Nickel is a little bit sports bar and a little bit dance club for the 21-and-over crowd, with big-screen TVs, a dance floor and regular karaoke nights.
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