A venerable Berea beer joint in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Karaoke is the Eastland's top draw during the week, and blues musicians often take over on the weekends.
The plush seats and rounded bar are vintage, and so are many of the grandfatherly types who tip brews here. The tattooed punks who gather for the live, loud, local bands on weekends bridge the generation gap, and so do the classic rock jukebox and the DJs who spin on other nights.
The decades go by, and this narrow little room changes its name and its decor and keeps plugging away. Once Hennesseyâ€™s, the Blind Lemon, the Hi-Fi, the Breakfast Club, and even, briefly, a gastropub, itâ€™s back in business offering straight-up rock and metal.
Since it opened in Lorain's struggling old downtown in 1999, Ghoulardi's has been a beacon of hope -- and a tourist attraction for fans paying homage to its horror-host namesake.
With one stage, this small club is dark, but glows with purple blacklights. The music is mostly hip-hop, with room for the dancers' suggestions. Sports are always on in the background. No cover, 21+, casual.
This casual bar's back room has plenty to do, with vintage videogames, pool tables and a dartboard.
The Lampliter has served up cold beer and live music for a quarter-century. Bands here play everything from classic rock to modern dance, so feel free to bust a move on the floor.
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.
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.
The size of a hockey rink, McCarthy's Avon Lake spot is equal parts Irish and Ohio sports bar.
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.
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