But everyone loves a good board game, and their resurgence (there's more than a handful of board game bars popping up dedicated to booze and games) has been a welcome arrival. The Side Quest has a wall stocked with hundreds of games, and more importantly, you won't find a more friendly bar in Cleveland. Whatever you fancy, Side Quest has it stocked, and tables full of players are there to answer questions or invite you to a game or two. This isn't some half-assed operation with two Scrabble boards from 1985 sitting on a back table either. The games are new, the options myriad, and the bar itself a place you wouldn't mind hanging out even if Settlers of Catan isn't in your immediate future.
17900 Detroit Ave., 216-228-1212, thesidequestbar.com.