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Best Bars in Cleveland

Cleveland’s nightlife environment is diverse and varied with wine bars, pulsating clubs, vintage pubs, trendy lounges, rock venues and down home rustic watering holes. The atmosphere can depend on what neighborhood or district you are in, but rest easy and be sure that you can find whatever you are looking for in Cleveland if you place yourself on the right strip. Here are our favorites in the bar category:

Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-8869

There once was a time when patrons understood the art of cocktails. It is not just a drink; it is a mood, a place, and poetic statement. That time continues to live on at the Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland, Ohio. They at the Velvet Tango Room eschew the trendy, the mass produced, and the status quo. They strive to continue to be torchbearers of tradition. They sincerely pledge to you that each and every cocktail you order will surely be made from scratch, measured to the exact gram, using their proprietary recipes for syrups, sodas and bitters. These drinks are created with careful deliberation and craft before being served to you, a delicious rare link in the alive and well history of the art of the American cocktail. You deserve and get nothing less.

Harbor Inn Café

1219 Main Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-3232

The Harbor Inn Café is a truly classic Cleveland dive bar. It has been tested and weathered over the years and known by many as the oldest bar in these parts. No fuss. No muss. No pretentiousness, just great beer, friendly people and plenty of good vibe. They offer added fun such as and arcade style bowling machine, dart boards and photo booth The Harbor Inn Café not only has a welcoming upstairs room to rent out for large gatherings, it also has a downstairs, which is the true heart of the Harbor Inn where the magic happens and the drinks are cheap.

Market Avenue Wine Bar

2521 Market Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-9463

The Market Avenue Wine Bar makes drinking wine non-intimidating. They offer wine tasting and easily educate you on all wine questions you may have always wanted to ask. The service is spot on and the food is phenomenal. The atmosphere is beautiful and welcoming. You will leave here full and satisfied and wanting to return. Need we say more?!


1930 Columbus Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 575-0483

Dive into Hooples for a good time. The atmosphere is fun with bowling and games, live entertainment and comedy shows. They have an excellent selection of beers and know how to serve a strong, cheap drink, if you know what we mean. It is a fun place, nicely worn with a warm feeling and offering some awesome views of Cleveland.


1762 E 18th St
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 621-0055

Located just north of E. 18th street and Chester Avenue, and steps from the campus of Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square, they are aptly named “Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar.” They serve an eclectic array of patrons including actors, stagehands, police officers, lawyers, county workers, students, etc. Becky’s began in the spring of 1986 and quickly became a local favorite. Their award winning wings, signature burgers, and welcoming, fun staff are legendary. It’s their friendly environment and delicious food that turns strangers into regulars quickly! Their daily lunch specials begin at 11am when they open for business. Carry out or eat in, their entire menu is served until 1am on a daily basis. In addition they offer catering for your next party. They offer multiple big screen HDTVs, arcade games, a jukebox, and dart boards. Be sure to ask your bartender about drink specials during Browns, Cavaliers and Indians games.




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