If you've ever doubted that toasty, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are the universal comfort food, just check out this boisterous Lakewood bar, where the kitchen turns out more than two dozen scrumptious variations on the theme, and the clientele ranges from smiling grannies to pierced, inked, and also smiling local rockers. Impressive beer selection.
The pool room has been turned into a music room, with both local and touring indie bands of all stripes. But the two-level ’60s-style lanes with hand pinsetting are still intact.
This little gem of an ice-cream parlor and candy store couldn't be sweeter. Done up in cotton-candy colors, with an Alice in Wonderland tea-party theme, Malley's makes jumbo sundaes, ice cream sodas, milkshakes, parfaits, and special treats like strawberry shortcakes with generous scoops of ice cream, real whipped cream, and homemade sauces. Long hours ensure you can always get your daily ice-cream fix.
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.
Market partners John Owen and Dave Rudiger have transformed a former municipal impound lot into an upscale sports bar. To go with the 100 beers and the requisite banks of flat screens, Market offers shareable starters, big salads, great sandwiches, and plenty of steaks, pastas, and seafood. A heated patio extends outdoor dining well into fall.
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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