This downtown Akron club books bands that never would have found the Rubber City a few years ago — say, Dinosaur Jr. and the Drive-By Truckers. Between the touring acts, original locals take the stage.
The city’s best jazz club books headliners from every corner of the genre. The dining room where acts perform — you can have dinner while you listen — was recently redesigned for even better sound and sightlines.
Sports fans and would be American Idols meet at this popular pub in the heart of West Park.
Only in Cleveland could you find a functional bowling alley that doubles as an upscale restaurant and martini-friendly bar.
Located on the West Bank of the Flats, the expansive McCarthy's Dowtown is, as you might expect, very green. Danceable bands and DJs entertain during the weekends; during the week, plasma screens assume that duty.
Formerly the Akron Scorcher's and the Tap House, the sport-and-rock-themed Ripper Owens' Tap House now has the former Judas Priest singer as a partner. When he's not on the road, he makes appearances.
Live music rules at the Savannah, with local and national play R&B, jazz, blues, Motown and oldies.
A former Croatian Hall now nationally known as a top live venue, the Beachland made its bones with rootsy Americana bands, but regularly hosts sounds of all kinds. The Tavern next door is a great place to grab a beer and catch an up-and-comer.
In addition to offering hot dogs with dozens of toppings, the Dog slathers on the live music — with an emphasis on local indie-style bands, mixed with some cool out-of-town rockers you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
In the former Snickers building, this warm room has ornate wooden fixtures, and feels like a Victorian tavern -- but with red lights, a cool jukebox and a spicy menu.
For happy hour, nine-to-fivers and no-collar workers mingle inside the Clevelander and at its outdoor patio.
In the center of Downtown Cleveland's nightlife, the upscale-casual is a relaxed spot for sharply-dressed diners to enjoy microbrews, thick steaks, and live jazz on weekends.
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