January 23, 2015

19 Cleveland Bars to Drink At Tonight

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XYZ the Tavern - Eclectic and affordable pub-style comfort food is the name of the game at XYZ, with great burgers, corned beef and chicken sandies filling the bill. Don’t miss the housemade chips and the killer chicken and waffles. More than 70 varieties of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and rye and a smashing craft beer list make this lively American pub a true neighborhood gem.
6419 Detroit Ave., 216-706-1104. $$
XYZ the Tavern - Eclectic and affordable pub-style comfort food is the name of the game at XYZ, with great burgers, corned beef and chicken sandies filling the bill. Don’t miss the housemade chips and the killer chicken and waffles. More than 70 varieties of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and rye and a smashing craft beer list make this lively American pub a true neighborhood gem. 6419 Detroit Ave., 216-706-1104. $$
Johnny's Little Bar - Yup, it’s a little bar all right: dim and a tad dingy. But that said, it’s worth seeking out for its first-rate burgers, juicy ribs, freshly cut French fries, and more.
614 Frankfort Ave., 216-861-2166. $$ (Photo via Flickr CC - Matthew Hurst)
Johnny's Little Bar - Yup, it’s a little bar all right: dim and a tad dingy. But that said, it’s worth seeking out for its first-rate burgers, juicy ribs, freshly cut French fries, and more. 614 Frankfort Ave., 216-861-2166. $$ (Photo via Flickr CC - Matthew Hurst)
Deagan's Kitchen and Bar - “Gastropubs” are where ambitious cuisine collides with informality and kick-ass beer. To see what one looks, feels, and tastes like, head to Deagan’s in the heart of Lakewood. It’s a food-lover’s pub, where the chef-driven fare is good enough to earn a spot at a so-called fancy restaurant.
14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5775. $$
Deagan's Kitchen and Bar - “Gastropubs” are where ambitious cuisine collides with informality and kick-ass beer. To see what one looks, feels, and tastes like, head to Deagan’s in the heart of Lakewood. It’s a food-lover’s pub, where the chef-driven fare is good enough to earn a spot at a so-called fancy restaurant. 14810 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5775. $$
Brothers Lounge - A while back, a million-dollar renovation transformed this historic but derelict space into a sharp-dressed neighborhood entertainment complex. In addition to the large music hall, this sprawling den features a cozy pub, ritzy wine bar, and alfresco patio, each with its own mood. Appetizers are beer-friendly beauties, but the best deals are the mid-priced entrées. Ambitious wine list. And great live music.
11609 Detroit Ave. 216-226-2767 $-$$
Brothers Lounge - A while back, a million-dollar renovation transformed this historic but derelict space into a sharp-dressed neighborhood entertainment complex. In addition to the large music hall, this sprawling den features a cozy pub, ritzy wine bar, and alfresco patio, each with its own mood. Appetizers are beer-friendly beauties, but the best deals are the mid-priced entrées. Ambitious wine list. And great live music. 11609 Detroit Ave. 216-226-2767 $-$$
Market Garden Brewery - This massive Ohio City brewpub seats well over 300 guests in multiple dining rooms, at various bars, and in a gem-like beer garden. Upscale pub grub joins an ever-evolving list of world-class suds, cooked up by an award-winning brewmaster. Don’t miss the house chips, meat boards, Cubano, and ridiculously delicious southern fried chicken.
1947 West 25th St., 216-621-4000. $$$
Market Garden Brewery - This massive Ohio City brewpub seats well over 300 guests in multiple dining rooms, at various bars, and in a gem-like beer garden. Upscale pub grub joins an ever-evolving list of world-class suds, cooked up by an award-winning brewmaster. Don’t miss the house chips, meat boards, Cubano, and ridiculously delicious southern fried chicken. 1947 West 25th St., 216-621-4000. $$$
Butcher and the Brewer - Tremont Taphouse principals Jason Workman, Chris Lieb and Jeff Leonard have opened a rambunctious bar, restaurant and brewery in the heart of downtown. The informal venue features communal tables for guests to grab and graze on bar snacks, charcuterie and cheese plates, sandwiches and entrees. And their brewmaster is turning out great beers to go with the grub.
2043 East Fourth St., 216-331-0805. $$-$$$
Butcher and the Brewer - Tremont Taphouse principals Jason Workman, Chris Lieb and Jeff Leonard have opened a rambunctious bar, restaurant and brewery in the heart of downtown. The informal venue features communal tables for guests to grab and graze on bar snacks, charcuterie and cheese plates, sandwiches and entrees. And their brewmaster is turning out great beers to go with the grub. 2043 East Fourth St., 216-331-0805. $$-$$$
Academy Tavern - Like a well-worn couch, this vintage corner tavern may show its age, but its comfort is undeniable. For proof, just look at the diverse clientele, chowing down on big portions of hearty, inexpensive food. 
12800 Larchmere Blvd., 216-229-1171. $$
Academy Tavern - Like a well-worn couch, this vintage corner tavern may show its age, but its comfort is undeniable. For proof, just look at the diverse clientele, chowing down on big portions of hearty, inexpensive food. 12800 Larchmere Blvd., 216-229-1171. $$
Tremont Tap House - In the spirit of the region’s finest neighborhood taverns, the Tap House serves its neighbors well with boldly flavored, cleverly packaged and downright affordable American fare. Entrees like grilled hanger steak are proof that this is no pub-grub pub. Beer list is easily among city’s top five. Late-night food. Patio.
2572 Scranton Rd., 216-298-4451. $$
Tremont Tap House - In the spirit of the region’s finest neighborhood taverns, the Tap House serves its neighbors well with boldly flavored, cleverly packaged and downright affordable American fare. Entrees like grilled hanger steak are proof that this is no pub-grub pub. Beer list is easily among city’s top five. Late-night food. Patio. 2572 Scranton Rd., 216-298-4451. $$
Jammy Buggars - While most of his Lakewood neighbors aim high or low, Jim Sprenger steers for the middle, serving good-quality grub at rational prices in a comfortable setting. Family-friendly comfort food like chicken paprikash, fish and chips, and amazing grass-fed-beef burgers share the menu with creative sandwiches and bacon-and-cheese-topped fries. Toss in quality craft brews and attentive service, and you are indeed eatin’ good in the neighborhood.
15625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5922. $$
Jammy Buggars - While most of his Lakewood neighbors aim high or low, Jim Sprenger steers for the middle, serving good-quality grub at rational prices in a comfortable setting. Family-friendly comfort food like chicken paprikash, fish and chips, and amazing grass-fed-beef burgers share the menu with creative sandwiches and bacon-and-cheese-topped fries. Toss in quality craft brews and attentive service, and you are indeed eatin’ good in the neighborhood. 15625 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-767-5922. $$
The Rowley Inn - For the last 60 years, the Rowley has been tucked away in the South Side (yeah, Tremont, but folks by the Rowley still call it the South Side), serving bargain booze and good atmosphere from 5:30 a.m. every morning until 2:30 a.m. Most folks know it now as the neighbor of the Christmas Story house. 
1104 Rowley Ave. 216-795-5345. $-$$
The Rowley Inn - For the last 60 years, the Rowley has been tucked away in the South Side (yeah, Tremont, but folks by the Rowley still call it the South Side), serving bargain booze and good atmosphere from 5:30 a.m. every morning until 2:30 a.m. Most folks know it now as the neighbor of the Christmas Story house. 1104 Rowley Ave. 216-795-5345. $-$$