Stuff We Love: Peeing Next to a Picasso


The Best of Cleveland 2012 issue is online and on the streets now. Read it, love it. In addition to the usual categories, there were some offbeat staff picks. We'll be posting them here over the next few days.

Best Place to Pee Next to a Picasso: The Velvet Tango Room

Although it’s not the kind of joint that makes any particular effort to flag down thirsty passersby with blaring signage, the Velvet Tango Room has made a name for itself as if it did. With its speakeasy vibe, rare-in-C-Town dress code, tinkling piano accompaniment, and cocktail menu, the once-best-kept secret in Duck Island is now synonymous with high-end living. And that class doesn’t stop at the bathroom door. This place is so swank, they’ve got a genuine Picasso hanging above the urinal in the men’s room. Sure, it’s a drawing crude enough to be your kid nephew’s — just an androgynous ass shot done in four brush strokes —but when’s the last time you got to do your business in the presence of Modernism’s finest? As of press time, we haven’t had the opportunity to see if the ladies’ room offers a complementary Joan Miro.

2095 Columbus Rd., 216-241-8869,