8 of the Best New Bars in Cleveland

Cleveland, known locally for its propensity to host new restaurant and bar openings, like, every other day, has a lot of cool…

By Scene Staff

    Ohio City's new Platform Brewery, which officially opened in July in the emergent, so-called "SOLO district", has the distinction of owning the coolest logo of the new bars and breweries of 2014. If you haven't seen it — the logo — just walk over to the bar. All the taps, arrayed in bright primary colors, are emblazoned with the image, a light bulb laced with hops and a skyline filament inside a clean double circle. Kick-ass graphic design.
    And kick-ass brews too, praise God. The urban-chic, interior — wooden picnic tables, visible brewing equipment — feels more like a straight-up brewery than the club-skewing Town Halls and Market Gardens of W. 25th. It's almost like a tasting room, and rest assured that there are plenty of brews to taste. That was the idea for owners Paul Benner, Justin Carson, and Shaun Yasaki: beer beer beer, and more delicious beer.
    Scene's own Doug Trattner has noted, though, that despite the beertastic focus, Platform has managed to feed its guests awfully well, with guest chefs and caterers, plus rampant food trucks appearing Tuesday through Saturday. (And not to be outdone, Monday offers a competitive trivia night from the folks at Last Call USA).
    Beyond Platform's own brews — which are always interesting and big — the draft selection from a diverse list of breweries is extensive and actively curated. Platform also offers regular tasting events and exotic beer-and-recreation pairings: Brews & Yoga, anyone? And it's refreshing, especially if you live on or around the near west side, to hit up an Ohio City bar without dealing with the Market or Town Hall traffic.   
    4125 Lorain Ave. 216-202-1386, platformbeerco.com.
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