Top Cleveland Bars for the City’s Best Brews and SpiritsMichelle McQuade | August 2, 2018
Cleveland’s night life scene is dominated by a melting pot of bars, from unassuming taverns to upscale bars frequented by the city’s most stylish crowd. Here are the best bars in Cleveland if you’re looking for some of the best drinks in the city. You’ll paint the town red in no time at all.
- Bar 32
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH
If you fancy fantastic views of Downtown Cleveland along with your drink, Bar 32 is the best place to go. Located on the 32nd floor of the swanky Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Bar 32 offers a wide range of drinks, from old-fashioned cocktails to inventive mixes.
The bar also offers an impressive wine selection, beer on tap (featuring the likes of Stella Artois and Blue Moon), as well as small plates such as their highly recommended spinach and artichoke bowl. You can view their full menu here.
- The Spotted Owl
710 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, OH
Travel back to the 1850s in The Spotted Owl, a trendy bar with a drinks menu that offers a selection of creative cocktails, beer, and wine. If ever you’re unsure of which cocktail to get, use their cocktail wheel. It uses your current disposition as a guide to help you pick the drink that will best suit your mood. For instance, if you’re feeling introspective, a stiff drink can help you out. Something bubbly would definitely work if you’re in a celebratory mood.
- The Rowley Inn
1104 Rowley Ave, Cleveland OH
If ever you find yourself in Tremont, a visit to The Rowley Inn is a must. This long-time neighborhood favorite is old-school, unassuming, and has withstood the test of time.
Established in 1906, The Rowley Inn’s menu of so-called “Cleveland-style comfort food” has earned the pub many fans across three generations. People keep coming back for their staples, such as jumbo wings, buffalo pierogis, poutine, and what they call Cleveland’s best grilled cheese. Of course, The Rowley Inn also offers a variety of specialty cocktails, wines, and a large selection of beers, from lagers and stouts to fruity ones.
- The Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH
With over 20 years of business under its belt, Velvet Tango Room joins Cleveland’s group of storied pubs and lounges. It’s one of the best places in the city to go to for an unforgettable night out drinking with friends and loved ones.
Whether you’re in the mood for some bourbon and rye, scotch, or cognac, Velvet Tango Room and its army of dapper bartenders have got you covered. Small places featuring bar favorites such as smoked salmon, cheese plate, charcuterie, and pate are also offered. With such an extensive drinks list, Velvet Tango Room is definitely a must-visit.
- Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
2527 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland sure is far from the tropics, but you can transport yourself there anyway as soon as you step within the hallowed grounds of Porco Lounge & Tiki Room. Filled to the brim with Polynesian decor and curios, it’s the only remaining bar in Cleveland where you can experience an authentic tiki bar experience.