Wild Eagle Saloon (921 Huron Rd., 216-465-3225), a Playhouse Square bar that puts a modern spin on a traditional saloon. The concept, the latest for Geis Hospitality Group, offers 6,400 square feet of food, drink and fun in the heart of downtown.
Set inside the restored Howell Building, a 1920s-era structure, the roomy two-level bar and restaurant is unlike anything else in town. The biggest differentiator comes in the form of "Inebriation Stations," self-serve beer stations designed to put the guest in charge of his or her own experience – or, if you’re a cynic, to cut back on the number of staffers needed to run the place. Scattered around the complex are 24 taps offering up a selection of craft beer from the likes of Dogfish, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Fat Heads and Revolution.
In addition to the food and drink, Wild Eagle offers guests a plethora of entertainment options, like indoor bocce, pool tables, vintage arcade and pinball games, air hockey, darts, karaoke and Skee Ball. When things get a little rowdy, guests can hit the "Rumble Room," which is equipped with a punching bag, arm wrestling machine and an additional "Inebriation Station." There will be live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
"Clevelanders don't have to choose between a quality food and beverage experience, or a quality social experience anymore. By combining both of these experiences, we've created two floors of playful environments with ample nooks and crannies for mischief," explains Keith Halfmann, Principal & COO of Geis Hospitality Group. "We are really pushing the envelope with this concept. It won't be a place for our guests to take their grandmothers."
Wild Eagle Saloon opens to the public at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 30.