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Best Club for Underground Sounds
Indie bands come in all shapes and colors at this popular Coventry club. There's something going on every night of the week, whether it's a CD-release show by local indie-pop group Bears, a performance by indie-rock heroes Cursive, or something in between, like a concert featuring buzzworthy Clevelanders Cloud Nothings.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588, grogshop.gs
Staff Pick: Now That's Class
Best Comedy Club
Found inside the Pickwick & Frolic complex, this roomy club shines a spotlight on comedy legends (like Saturday Night Live vets) as well as hilarious up-and-comers (those guys you see on Comedy Central at 4 a.m.). The mood is always festive at Hilarities, even when one of the smart-ass funny guys decides he's going to pick on you all night. You had it coming anyway.
2035 East Fourth St., 216-736-4242,
Staff Pick: The Improv
Best Gentlemen's Club
We get it: You love your girlfriend, she's the best in the world, blah blah blah. But sometimes you just need to see another woman naked. And if that's the case, you might as well cozy up to the place where the hottest ladies in town ply their trade. Besides, Cleveland's best and classiest gentlemen's club is really no different than one of those luxurious steakhouses you'd spend a night at with your buddies. That's the line we're sticking with anyway.
1180 Main Ave., 216-574-6222, christiescabaret.com
Staff Pick: Christie's Cabaret
Best Gay-Lesbian Bar
Bounce Night Club
Get ready to bust a move — and maybe hook up — at this wildly popular club, where DJs spin the freshest dance tracks for the throbbing masses. And if you have two left feet and would rather not let everyone else in the club know it, you can take in one of Bounce's famous drag shows, among the best in town.
2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997
Staff Pick: Bounce Night Club
Best Sports Bar
The Winking Lizard
No matter where you turn inside any of the many Winking Lizards around town, you'll find giant televisions on the wall beaming everything from March Madness festivities to weekly football grudge matches to leisurely Tribe games. (There's even soccer for fans of socialist pastimes.) The Lizard also boasts one of the largest beer selections in all of Cleveland, so you can choose the perfect brew to suit your mood.
Various locations, winkinglizard.com
Staff Pick: Harpo's Sports Café