The 20 Best Cleveland Bars and Breweries That Opened in 2018

Yeah, it's easy to just head down to the neighborhood bar and grab your favorite beer. But for when you branch out…

By Scene Staff

 Southern Tier Brewing Company
    811 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
    
     Occupying the space of the shortlived 811, this Lakewood, New York-based brewery opened towards the end of summer. The two-level brewpub features a brewhouse, tanks and barrels that are visible upstairs and down with 30 beers on tap, mostly from their own brewery and from sister brewery Victory Brewing. The lunch/dinner menu, described by executive chef Richard Sinwald as “upper-scale pub grub,” is designed to complement the beer. 
    
    Photo via Scene Archives
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9 Places in Cleveland to Watch the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't always had the easiest time taking on the Golden State Warriors in the past four years, but here are…

By Scene Staff

Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks
    
    Mon, Jan. 20
    Photo by Emanuel Wallace
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12 Irish Bars to Hit in Cleveland this St. Patrick's Day

On March 17, everyone is Irish. Here are 12 real deal Irish pubs in Northeast Ohio ready to supply you with all…

By Scene Staff

 PJ McIntyre's Irish Pub
    17119 Lorain Ave.
    A beacon in the heart of the Irish-inspired neighborhood of West Park, PJ McIntyre's sets the standard for a St. Pat's Day experience with the perfect pint of Guinness. 
    
    Photo via Yelp/Cara L.
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10 Cleveland Bars Open on Christmas Day

Let's face it: on Christmas night, after all the food has been eaten and all the gifts have been unwrapped,  the one…

By Scene Staff

Around the Corner - 18616, Detroit Avenue
    
    Stop in for a nightcap at 8 p.m. on Christmas. (Photo via Maya83, Flickr Creative Commons)
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55 Photos from Santa's Bar Blast in Willoughby

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

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55 Photos from Santa's Bar Blast in Willoughby
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13 Cleveland Kid-Friendly Restaurants for Parents to Eat Out and (Most Importantly) Drink

Kids are great. Their cute little doe-eyed faces give every parent a reason to wake up in the morning. But every once…

By Scene Staff

13 Cleveland Kid-Friendly Restaurants for Parents to Eat Out and (Most Importantly) Drink
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45 photos from Brewzilla at the Wolstein Center

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

By Scene Staff

45 photos from Brewzilla at the Wolstein Center
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29 Photos from the Great Beer Chase 5K in Ohio City

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

By Scene Staff

29 Photos from the Great Beer Chase 5K in Ohio City
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9 Vintage Photos of Cleveland's Bustling Bar Scene

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Memory Project and Cleveland Press.

By Scene Staff

Otto Moser tends bar in downtown Cleveland, 1933.
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9 Can't-Miss Cleveland Beer Week Events

Raise your glass because the wait is over and it's finally here: Cleveland Beer Week kicks off Friday. Events include drinking on…

By Scene Staff

Culture Yourself - Tuesday, October 13, 6-9 p.m. 
    
    We lied. There's something better than a beer on a boat and it's cheese. 16 brewery beers are paired with artisanal cheeses for this fan favorite event. There will be 25 drink samples with cheese pairings. Find the cheese at the Great Lakes Brewing Tasting Room (2701 Carroll Avenue Cleveland). Tickets are $40. You can purchase them here.
    
    (Photo via Hutch545, Instagram)
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40 Photos from the Crocker Park Wine Festival

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

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40 Photos from the Crocker Park Wine Festival
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75 Photos from the 7th Annual Scene Ale Fest at Lincoln Park

Photos by Emanuel Wallace unless otherwise noted.

By Scene Staff

75 Photos from the 7th Annual Scene Ale Fest at Lincoln Park
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Photos: Cleveland Dive Bars We Love

You never know when it's going to be time for your favorite spot's last call, after all, so enjoy 'em while you…

By Scene Staff

Mars Bar
    
    15314 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-4500
    
    On the corner Madison Avenue and Mars Avenue in Lakewood is a simple, single-story brick building, home to one of the coziest, most laid-back bars in the suburb.
    
    It's a small red-and-yellow room — a few small tables and a modern bar — with four huge flat-screen televisions that make it a perfect place to watch the game. And then there's the gyro meat rotating in the heat, emanating irresistible smells to those near the machine in the corner behind the bar.
    
    They've got some of the best gyros around, perhaps because they are authentically Greek. I first met Mars Bar owner George Gountis last summer when I came there to watch the Greece-Colombia World Cup game. There, a handful of neighborhood guys wearing old Greece soccer jerseys were sipping beers, eating gyros and taking shots of "Ouzo of Plomari." Gountis explained the gyros were so great because of the tzatziki sauce made from scratch by his mother, who went to painstaking lengths to use only the freshest of yogurt.
    
    It's more than just gyros though. Mars Bar is a great place to relax outdoors, with tables out front and a full patio in the back. On a recent early Sunday afternoon, a couple of regulars were taking turns playing corny pop songs on the digital jukebox before taking their beers outside to smoke some cigarettes and get some fresh air.
    
    It wasn't long before they were back inside, of course. Back to the safe confines of a bar stool and the luminescent glow of low-watt lights. Back to the warm embrace of cold booze and idle conversation. Back to friends and family.
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12 Cleveland Patios to Lounge and Enjoy the Warm Weather

Take a little bit of our advice: We've been on just about every patio in Northeast Ohio —and we love them all…

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When you want to drink good beer with 1,000 friends - Hofbrauhaus 
    
    Hofbräuhaus Cleveland (1550 Chester Ave., 216-621-BEER, HofbrauhausCleveland.com) is one of just a handful of officially sanctioned offshoots of the Munich original here in the States. And it's one of the best, especially now that the 1,000-seat beer garden has been unveiled. Grab a liter of hefeweizen, a few pretzels, and settle in for an authentic beer garden experience. (Photo via Hofbrauhaus, Facebook)
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40 Photos from World Beer Fest at Jacobs Pavilion

Photos by Emanuel Wallace

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40 Photos from World Beer Fest at Jacobs Pavilion
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9 Cleveland Bars with Prohibition Era Flair to Jazz Up Your Night

Whether it's to throwback to a simpler time or to jazz up an ordinary evening out, bar-hopping at these local speakeasies is…

By Scene Staff

GIGI’S ON FAIRMOUNT
    3477 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights
    
    Gigi’s on Fairmount is a unique kind of speakeasy. Instead of serving up boozy cocktails, Gigi’s focuses on wine tasting and fine dining. During the day, patrons can stop by to enjoy an evening meal. Once the sun goes down, Gigi’s transforms into a wine lounge, driven to deliver the best of local wineries. Gigi’s on Fairmount is also hosting plenty of viewing parties for the upcoming NBA Championships.
    (Photo courtesy of Gigi's on Fairmount)
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10 of the Oldest Bars in Cleveland

These Cleveland watering holes have stood the test of time. By Jason Beudert

By Scene Staff

HOTZ CAFE - 
    This Tremont bar first opened in 1919, and was visited by Babe Ruth.
    
    Stop in at 2529 W 10th St., Cleveland. (Photo via Facebook)
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Wine Bars to Visit in Greater Cleveland

Having an approachable and deep wine list is critical to the success of any wine bar. But, having a legit food menu…

By Scene Staff

750 ML Wine Bar -  2287 W Market St, Akron - Must try: Sriracha hummus served with vegetables and fresh pita.  (Photo via 750 ML Wine Bar)
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The 18 Essential Cleveland Bars to Take an Out-of-Towner

Our essential bars, culled from many debates and more nights out than we can remember, represent Cleveland — the people who go…

By Scene Staff

Tina's Nite Club - 
    
    A lot of places do karaoke. No one does karaoke like Tina's. Or, to be more specific, Little Lou, who is your grandfather's age and who runs the stereo rig on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Which isn't to say the mic loses its luster any of the other nights, just that Little Lou is our favorite. Dig into the massive lists of bygone hits after you find the building, which is very much off the Detroit-Shoreway main drag and which takes unassuming to new levels, and belt out your guts in front of your fellow wannabe stars. Karaoke's not the appetizer here. Karaoke is the reason the bar fills up every week. So come prepared to sing. (Photo via FourSquare, John F.)
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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

PLATFORM BREWERY - 
    
    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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