Brothers has grown away from its funky blues-club vibe of days past. Now it features three rooms: a restaurant/tavern, a wine bar that specializes in acoustic sounds, and the roomy Music Hall, which hosts rock, blues, jazz, and reggae acts.
On weekends, local jazz and R&B bands play on a small stage in the back of this eclectic American steakhouse, which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Reopened and under new management.
Only in Cleveland could you find a functional bowling alley that doubles as an upscale restaurant and martini-friendly bar.
At the former Country Club, Southern rock peppers steady servings of popular country.
This bike-friendly blue-collar Handle Bar hosts weekly rock jams that draw a tight crowd of classic rock followers.
This House looks like any unassuming neighborhood bar — except for the jazz photos and posters, and the 15,000 jazz LPs stocked near the turntables. A mix of blues and jazz bands play every week, with guest DJs taking turns spinning the vintage platters.
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.
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.
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.
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