October 09, 2015

9 Vintage Photos of Cleveland's Bustling Bar Scene

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project and Cleveland Press.

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Two men stop in for a drink at empty bar on Waterloo Avenue during Prohibition.
Two men stop in for a drink at empty bar on Waterloo Avenue during Prohibition.
Otto Moser tends bar in downtown Cleveland, 1933.
Otto Moser tends bar in downtown Cleveland, 1933.
Khoury's Bar beckons patrons, 1939.
Khoury's Bar beckons patrons, 1939.
Imbibers seated around a bar, 1958.
Imbibers seated around a bar, 1958.
Bartender serves up specials at the Mayfair Casino bar. Here, folks could partake in the Five O'Clock Penny Club special -- a version of "happy hour" where patrons could order up drinks for a penny,  1937.
Bartender serves up specials at the Mayfair Casino bar. Here, folks could partake in the Five O'Clock Penny Club special -- a version of "happy hour" where patrons could order up drinks for a penny, 1937.
Herman Pirchner, the owner of the Alpine Village, carries 56 sixteen ounce steins of beer without a tray, circa 1940.
Herman Pirchner, the owner of the Alpine Village, carries 56 sixteen ounce steins of beer without a tray, circa 1940.
State Liquor Control agent close down Champion Cafe, 1949.
State Liquor Control agent close down Champion Cafe, 1949.
Drinks at Firehouse Restaurant, 1980.
Drinks at Firehouse Restaurant, 1980.
Old-Time Saloon opened in the lobby of the Ohio Theatre, 1926.
Old-Time Saloon opened in the lobby of the Ohio Theatre, 1926.