Akron's only mechanical bull spins as fast as the Whiskey Ranch's hyperactive light show. Decorative saddles and fenceposts complete the C&W motif, in addition to rock and country loud enough to hear on the other side of the river -- in Tennessee.
There’s no shortage of history in this venerable Akron bar — and plenty of classic rock and blues performers too.
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.
Rare is the venue that boasts such warm acoustics as the Kent Stage. It’s why folksingers and singer-songwriters love playing here — and why their fans adore it too.
This comedy club south of Cleveland books many of the region’s best comics, in addition to top-flight headliners.
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.
This vintage Akron club hosts everything from indie bands and electronic DJs to punk nights and jam sessions.
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.
This bike-friendly blue-collar Handle Bar hosts weekly rock jams that draw a tight crowd of classic rock followers.
This groovy little strip-mall coffee shop's open mic nights draw everyone from 18-year-old guitarists to fiftysomething vocalists.
Now with a Sunday liquor license, Adams Street is a neighborhood leather-and-Levi club outfitted with Herb Ritts wall prints.
The Iron Saddle is still bike-friendly, but it's less of a roadhouse, and more of a rock bar, serving up old-school and new-school hot riffage.
Unplugged music, wireless internet access, hot coffee, and vegan fare make the Broadview Arabica Coffeehouse a great place to spend an evening or afternoon.
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