The Grog is one of the prime places in town to hear hot indie, punk, and pop bands. It’s hosted a ton of buzz bands on their way up, as well as some of the best locals.
Now That’s Class specializes in D.I.Y. vibe — but with professionalism and welcome predictability. And the music? It could be anything from punk to avant-jazz to hardcore — or some combination.
See how the VIPs live at Rockstar Cleveland, the upstairs bar at Peabody's. A DJ's always on duty, it's usually Rock Night, and touring rock stars regularly drop in after their concert.
Small and intimate, the Pirate's Cove boasts a great sound system -- the better to hear everyone from crusty underground punks to glam-metal hams.
The system still booms at the onetime Club Atlantis, where rock videos now spin on flat screens, and the stage hosts tough-as-nails local bands and national acts on the way up or down.
House of Blues is the place to see megawatt artists on their way up (or down) the charts. The Music Hall holds more than 1,000, while the more intimate Cambridge Room hosts local bands and national acts still cultivating their following.
The Agora's hot-pink neon sign is a Cleveland rock icon. Divided into a spacious theater and a more comfortable ballroom, the club has three bars, and it's as big as the names who play there.
This seldom-used, multi-tier vintage theater was once legendary for big shows by visitors like Los Lobos and local giants like Nine Inch Nails.
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.
The city’s top metal and hardcore club gives fans their money’s worth: Most shows include at least four bands, and usually many more. The venue also includes the Pirates Cove side stage and upstairs Rockstar bar.