Arts & Entertainment: Music Venues
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.
When games aren't on -- and they're usually on -- the kitchen and a DJ spinning diverse tunes draw a crowd that's, on average, closer to 30 than 20.
This coffee shop looks like an art studio, decorated with live plants, hand-carved drums, and bright tiles.
A loud -- but not too loud -- jukebox plays gritty rock and a little country, and the crowd is as casual as it gets.
An alternative rock hot spot in the ’80s and the goth/industrial hangout in the ’90s, the club known for its wooden-ship decor still hosts live music on weekends — mostly upstart local bands and visitors you’ve never heard. The downstairs Symposium boasts a corner bar vibe.
This seldom-used, multi-tier vintage theater was once legendary for big shows by visitors like Los Lobos and local giants like Nine Inch Nails.
Formerly Lakewood Lanes, Put In Bay Lakewood still has the lanes, and now hosts live bands, DJs, and bowling specials.
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