There’s no shortage of history in this venerable Akron bar — and plenty of classic rock and blues performers too.
They won't bat an eyelash at extremely casual wear at Highland Square Tavern, where the crowd prefer music that rocks -- and their equally liberal working definition of "rocks" includes Sublime, Snoop and Journey.
The former Cabaret Dada comedy troupe is now Something Dada, with a new cabaret in the Tower Press Building.
Located below the Grog Shop, this sleek dance club provides a steady menu of the best local turntablists along with occasional guest stints by big-name DJs.
The accountrements are quintessential Lakewood: unpretentious atmosphere, happy-hour drink specials, filling and unfancy bar food. But the music calendar is filled with some of the area’s best singer-songwriters, blues acts, and rootsy rockers.
You’ll see the big stars at this anchor of the Flats’ west bank, but also no shortage of upstart young comics and the best local talent. A move to the nearby Sugar Warehouse after 22 years in the Powerhouse only bolsters the iconic club’s reputation.
There’s something so Cleveland about the Winchester. Maybe it’s the way it books the familiar (’70s singer-songwriters), the reliable (veteran rockers), and the safe (acoustic duos). Its music room, hidden behind a tiny bar, is surprisingly large and comfortable.
Nestled on the edge of the industrial Flats, Pat's is an unlikely haven for high-minded experimental music and punk shows.
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.
With its Celtics pennants and Guinness drafts, McCarthy's is an Irish American refuge with a penchant for he-man shots -- among the largest on the West Side. They're the perfect complement to the club's boisterous rock and roll.
This sprawling sports bar has a little tavern feel.
This bike-friendly blue-collar Handle Bar hosts weekly rock jams that draw a tight crowd of classic rock followers.
This groovy little strip-mall coffee shop's open mic nights draw everyone from 18-year-old guitarists to fiftysomething vocalists.
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