January 21, 2022

The 25 Best Cleveland Cocktail Bars, According To Yelp Rankings

If you're looking for a cocktail bar, there are plenty of great options in town. According to Yelp rankings, these are the 25 best cocktail bars in town. They range from cider houses and tiki lounges to whiskey bars and circus-themed operations, and naturally the list includes the classic cocktail joints you've come to know and love over the years, so all bases are covered.

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The 25 Best Cleveland Cocktail Bars, According To Yelp Rankings
 Vosh
1414 Riverside Dr., Lakewood 
“Food is excellent and the night life is superb.  Went here for dinner on a Friday night and the food/prices were excellent.  We stayed for the live music afterwards - band was great and there was a good crowd/mix of people,” Dredrick T. on Yelp
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Vosh

1414 Riverside Dr., Lakewood

“Food is excellent and the night life is superb. Went here for dinner on a Friday night and the food/prices were excellent. We stayed for the live music afterwards - band was great and there was a good crowd/mix of people,” Dredrick T. on Yelp

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 The Spotted Owl
710 Jefferson Ave., Cleveland 
“LOVE this hidden spot in Tremont! If you blink you'll miss it as you drive or walk by but it's such a great bar if you have the chance to visit. The decor is so cool and unique and there's tons of seating. We went during golden hour (happy hour) which is M-F from 5-7 and cocktails are $10. I love the way they craft their cocktails - it's such an art. Everything I've had is delicious and I can't wait to go back!” Angeleah P. on Yelp
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The Spotted Owl

710 Jefferson Ave., Cleveland

“LOVE this hidden spot in Tremont! If you blink you'll miss it as you drive or walk by but it's such a great bar if you have the chance to visit. The decor is so cool and unique and there's tons of seating. We went during golden hour (happy hour) which is M-F from 5-7 and cocktails are $10. I love the way they craft their cocktails - it's such an art. Everything I've had is delicious and I can't wait to go back!” Angeleah P. on Yelp

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Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
2527 West 25th St., Cleveland 
“This spot is HOT!  Our friend we were visiting said it was fairly new.  The place was hopping and everyone was trying to get a drink after work! Their menu of drinks is amazing!  We took the server's recommendations and weren't disappointed in any of them.  The vibe inside is very Hawaiian tiki bar and chill.  Of course, after our few drinks we had, we needed some food.  They had a Taco person taking orders.  We tried their different tacos.  They were good.  Drinks were phenomenal, as was the service.  Great place to hang for a few drinks and chilling with friends,” Norman G. on Yelp
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Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

2527 West 25th St., Cleveland

“This spot is HOT! Our friend we were visiting said it was fairly new. The place was hopping and everyone was trying to get a drink after work! Their menu of drinks is amazing! We took the server's recommendations and weren't disappointed in any of them. The vibe inside is very Hawaiian tiki bar and chill. Of course, after our few drinks we had, we needed some food. They had a Taco person taking orders. We tried their different tacos. They were good. Drinks were phenomenal, as was the service. Great place to hang for a few drinks and chilling with friends,” Norman G. on Yelp

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 Lava Lounge
1307 Auburn Ave., Cleveland 
“Omg loved the place. Masthead Coffee stout is perhaps the best stout I've ever had. Another happy, happy, Happy Hour for my hubby and me. We ordered the pasta fagioli and a burger from the happy hour menu and roasted Brussels sprouts from the specials menu. Food was awesome. Cool intimate place. We will definitely go back,” Stephanie N. on Yelp
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Lava Lounge

1307 Auburn Ave., Cleveland

“Omg loved the place. Masthead Coffee stout is perhaps the best stout I've ever had. Another happy, happy, Happy Hour for my hubby and me. We ordered the pasta fagioli and a burger from the happy hour menu and roasted Brussels sprouts from the specials menu. Food was awesome. Cool intimate place. We will definitely go back,” Stephanie N. on Yelp

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 Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Rd., Cleveland 
“Boy do I look forward to special occasions because of VTR! It's a rare and classy place you go for a special day and my experience gets better every time. I'll start off by saying it is most certainly the #1 spot in Cleveland for your exotic cocktails. I've had a few here and there's not one that I would say gets below 5 stars. My go-to cocktail tends to be the Pisco Sour…In general, I adore this place for its cute hidden spot and it's inability to even look like a bar but instead just an average house on a street.. towards the back you'll find yourself in a dim and relaxed atmosphere. Couches if you're feeling it or 2 seat tables if you want a more focused attention atmosphere. This place woos me enough without their extraordinary live jazz band that just adds to it! Whether it's just happy hour or for a special event, this is your place. I promise you won't be disappointed,” Rosa Y. on Yelp
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Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Rd., Cleveland

“Boy do I look forward to special occasions because of VTR! It's a rare and classy place you go for a special day and my experience gets better every time. I'll start off by saying it is most certainly the #1 spot in Cleveland for your exotic cocktails. I've had a few here and there's not one that I would say gets below 5 stars. My go-to cocktail tends to be the Pisco Sour…In general, I adore this place for its cute hidden spot and it's inability to even look like a bar but instead just an average house on a street.. towards the back you'll find yourself in a dim and relaxed atmosphere. Couches if you're feeling it or 2 seat tables if you want a more focused attention atmosphere. This place woos me enough without their extraordinary live jazz band that just adds to it! Whether it's just happy hour or for a special event, this is your place. I promise you won't be disappointed,” Rosa Y. on Yelp

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 LBM Bar
12301 Madison Ave., Lakewood 
“Amazing drinks. Don't know if I've ever had better even at Velvet Tango Room. Staff was awesome. I've never had watery eyes from joy eating a burger like they have there. Making reservations is easy and they get right back to you. Epic place. Going back soon,” Colin W. on Yelp
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LBM Bar

12301 Madison Ave., Lakewood

“Amazing drinks. Don't know if I've ever had better even at Velvet Tango Room. Staff was awesome. I've never had watery eyes from joy eating a burger like they have there. Making reservations is easy and they get right back to you. Epic place. Going back soon,” Colin W. on Yelp

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 The Fairmount
2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 
“The food and the service here are amazing! 4 of us dropped in without a reservation and they snuck us in. We ordered drinks, apps, and even some stuff to go. The Buffalo tempura cauliflower is to die for and the flat bread pizzas are killer. Can't wait to head back there soon!” Mark B. on Yelp
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The Fairmount

2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

“The food and the service here are amazing! 4 of us dropped in without a reservation and they snuck us in. We ordered drinks, apps, and even some stuff to go. The Buffalo tempura cauliflower is to die for and the flat bread pizzas are killer. Can't wait to head back there soon!” Mark B. on Yelp

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 Bourbon Street Barrel Room
2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland 
“Stop what  you are doing right now and head to the best NOLA spot in Cle.This hidden gem is so worth it, we waited  20 minutes  for our table. Once seated, the server was super nice and attentive to our party's needs. We loved the atmosphere and great cocktails. We ordered some appetizers to start and had lots of seafood for dinner. The dessert was just the cherry on top, Creme Brulee with fresh fruit. This place is phenomenal. Every time I come in I remember why I love this establishment so much. Can't wait to go back and great the beignets,” Melissa P. on Yelp
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Bourbon Street Barrel Room

2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland

“Stop what you are doing right now and head to the best NOLA spot in Cle.This hidden gem is so worth it, we waited 20 minutes for our table. Once seated, the server was super nice and attentive to our party's needs. We loved the atmosphere and great cocktails. We ordered some appetizers to start and had lots of seafood for dinner. The dessert was just the cherry on top, Creme Brulee with fresh fruit. This place is phenomenal. Every time I come in I remember why I love this establishment so much. Can't wait to go back and great the beignets,” Melissa P. on Yelp

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 Brothers Lounge
11609 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 
“LOVE coming to Brothers Lounge! I like that they have almost 3 different areas that you can enjoy. The wine bar area for a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere with live music, the bar area to grab a quick bite to eat or drink, and then the live music venue in the back. The food is delicious and the drinks go down way too easy there,” Jill R. on Yelp
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Brothers Lounge

11609 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

“LOVE coming to Brothers Lounge! I like that they have almost 3 different areas that you can enjoy. The wine bar area for a more intimate and relaxing atmosphere with live music, the bar area to grab a quick bite to eat or drink, and then the live music venue in the back. The food is delicious and the drinks go down way too easy there,” Jill R. on Yelp

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