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.
Formerly Club Paraiso, Latin Touch is now spicier, with a stage for live music, and DJs who supply a constant flow of reggaeton, merengue, bachata and salsa. The crowd is on the upside of casual, and they’re always ready to dance.
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.
The Agora's hot-pink neon sign is a Cleveland rock icon. Divided into a spacious theater and a more comfortable ballroom, the club has three bars, and it's as big as the names who play there.
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.
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.
Live music rules at the Savannah, with local and national play R&B, jazz, blues, Motown and oldies.
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.
The unassuming exterior belies a cozy bar that takes its karaoke seriously. Weekends, the amateurs step aside for live solo and duo acts, which perform oldies and contemporary pop hits on a small stage.
Now That’s Class specializes in D.I.Y. vibe — but with professionalism and welcome predictability. And the music? It could be anything from punk to avant-jazz to hardcore — or some combination.
The Bop Stop is back, now with a full bar and food service, and the acoustics are as crisp as ever.
The emo-punk haven formerly known as the Orange Street still has all the familiar faces, in addition to a new liquor license.
Weekends, after the dinner crowd thins out, and this upscale Italian restaurant becomes a hotbed for hip, bluesy jazz.
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.
Located below the Grog Shop, this sleek dance club provides a steady menu of the best local turntablists along with occasional guest stints by big-name DJs.
New ownership has revived the former Hive/Jigsaw Saloon. While hard rock still dominates — it’s in Parma, after all — booking has become more eclectic. The restaurant next to the large music room offers upscale pub food to fuel a night of music listening.
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.
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