Tossing out the (nonexistent) window the notion that a little natural light is a key ingredient to any atmosphere, the folks over at La Cave Du Vin deliver Continental sophistication without a whiff of sunshine — a cultural beacon amid nocturnal environs. The place is tucked away in a windowless basement beneath the Grog Shop on Coventry, but squint just right in the half-light and you could be at any Old World European locale, from a German beer garden to the antechamber of an Amsterdam bordello. The subterranean digs also boast one of the East Side's most eclectic beer and wine lists, which are best sampled alongside one of the establishment's cheese plates.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. (SE Lower Level), Cleveland Heights, 216-932-6411, lacaveduvin.com