Arts & Entertainment: Music Venues
Nestled in the industrial Flats, Hoopples caters to clock-punchers who like their blues served steamy side up. The giant window behind the bar yields a sharp view of downtown.
Manja is a hip little martini of a bar, even with the addition of a foosball table. The jukebox -- heavy on ’80s and ’90s alternative -- is one of the best in town.
Part of a three-club complex (along with the staid Man's World in the back and leather-only Crossover in the basement), the woodsy Shed is home base for Cleveland's only gay country line-dance group. On Sundays, the evening starts with dance lessons for beginners.
Weekends, the Mardi Gras Lounge and Grill returns to its roots, serving up live jazz and blues. The Bourbon Street beats make a great go-with for the club's spicy Creole cooking.
A red-orange-yellow decor and a steady flow of pop and top-40 keep a crowd of 20-somethings and college students chattering the Mars Bar; it’s quieter and darker in the rear lounge area.
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