Live music rules at the Savannah, with local and national play R&B, jazz, blues, Motown and oldies.
The Lampliter has served up cold beer and live music for a quarter-century. Bands here play everything from classic rock to modern dance, so feel free to bust a move on the floor.
If you've ever doubted that toasty, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are the universal comfort food, just check out this boisterous Lakewood bar, where the kitchen turns out more than two dozen scrumptious variations on the theme, and the clientele ranges from smiling grannies to pierced, inked, and also smiling local rockers. Impressive beer selection.
This aromatic eatery offers authentic Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes, flavored with ingredients like fresh Asian basil, lemongrass, and coconut milk. Much of the menu is devoted to noodles, including an assortment of pad Thai. Cash only. Carryout only.
The unassuming exterior belies a cozy bar that takes its karaoke seriously. Weekends, the amateurs step aside for live solo and duo acts, which perform oldies and contemporary pop hits on a small stage.
El Castillo Grande is the latest in a long list of restaurants to make a go of this quirky castle on the banks of Lake Erie. Order from the a la carte menu of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and taquitos, or from the more ambitious collection of house specialties. Items can be hit-or-miss at times, but for sheer value, this castle is king. Margaritas sold by the glass, jumbo, monster and pitcher.
An alternative rock hot spot in the ’80s and the goth/industrial hangout in the ’90s, the club known for its wooden-ship decor still hosts live music on weekends — mostly upstart local bands and visitors you’ve never heard. The downstairs Symposium boasts a corner bar vibe.
Diners at this locally based, quick-casual chain inside Great Northern Mall can design their salads from a near-endless selection of greens, toppings and dressings, which are then chopped by a mezzaluna-wielding staffer on a wooden block. More than a novelty, the chopping means that every bite offers the perfect blend of greens, toppings and dressing. Creations also can be folded into a large flour tortilla.
Open year-round, this park has 12 acres of go-kart tracks, bumper boats, mini golf, LazerXtreme, and large arcade.
Since 1946, John Christ has been dedicated to the production of fine-quality wine. The wines are produced and bottled on the premises, and the winemaker prides himself on making great wines to enhance the enjoyment of life among friends and family.
New ownership has revived the former Hive/Jigsaw Saloon. While hard rock still dominates — it’s in Parma, after all — booking has become more eclectic. The restaurant next to the large music room offers upscale pub food to fuel a night of music listening.
Since it opened in Lorain's struggling old downtown in 1999, Ghoulardi's has been a beacon of hope -- and a tourist attraction for fans paying homage to its horror-host namesake.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri-Sat
Lakewood’s last call before you hit Rocky River, Around the Corner boasts multiple rooms and patios filled with burger munchers, karaoke hounds, and music fans taking in danceable local rock, blues bands, and DJs.
The pool room has been turned into a music room, with both local and touring indie bands of all stripes. But the two-level ’60s-style lanes with hand pinsetting are still intact.
With nearly a half-million visitors each year, this may well be the most popular park in the Lorain County Metro Park system. The most notable feature is the Bridgeway Trail, a 3.5-mile, paved all-purpose trail that follows the Black River through its meanderings from Elyria to Lorain, spanning four city jurisdictions altogether.
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