Prior to opening the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Collinwood some 14 years ago, co-owner Mark Leddy played organ with retro rockers Satan's Satellites and booked garage and punk bands at Pat's in the Flats. Co-owner Cindy Barber worked as a journalist (she was editor at Cleveland Free Times for six years and started there as assistant publisher in 1992). Diehard music fans, they turned their dream of running a club into a reality when they purchased the old Croatian dancehall and turned it into a music hotspot. Over the years, the club has catered to national and local acts. Bands like the White Stripes played the Tavern before graduating to bigger venues. The garage-blues duo the Black Keys played their first-ever show in the club's tavern. With its two rooms (the 500-capacity ballroom and the smaller tavern), the club has the ability to have two shows a night. And because Leddy and Barber have such eclectic taste in music, they book a great mix of music that puts the Beachland on par with some of the best clubs in the country.
15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com.
Staff Pick: Beachland Ballroom