Retro bowling machines, “Polka Happy Hour,” a contemporary underground wine “cave,” artisan coffee selections and endless beer menus all make-up Cleveland’s counter-culture hangout scene. Here, visitors can unwind like a local while sipping on high-end wines or just a PBR as gourmet chefs create artistic delicacies inside a cozy neighborhood corner bar.
Market Avenue Wine Bar
Situated on a cute brick lined street in Ohio City, Market Avenue Wine Bar is an intimate, homey space featuring a wide selection of wines, vegetarian appetizer plates and a great outdoor patio.
Visitors can come to Edison’s Pub in Tremont blues night on Saturdays and discover how they covers their slices crust to crust with a liberal amount of fresh toppings such as their thick, quarter-sized pepperoni. In addition, each pizza is served with a couple honey packets to dip the crust in, a tasty “salty and sweet” complement to finish the slice. Additionally, their Beer Wall features approximately 100 beers from around the world.
The Root Cafe
Located in Lakewood, The Root is a popular indie coffeehouse with a vegan and vegetarian kitchen, an organic bakery, Asian teas, tisanes and smoothies and an espresso bar featuring Rising Star Coffee. Additionally, the space features a number of local artists, musicians and events.
Perfectly situated in the artsy, blue-collared neighborhood of Tremont, Lucky’s Café is brimming with charisma and quirkiness with its home-cooked breakfasts, lunches, pastries and coffees. Their biscuits and gravy are practically world famous and the Shipwreck (hash browns, eggs, seasonal veggies, bacon and cheddar cheese served in one delicious mound) is a fan favorite.
No DJ. No strobe light. No nonsense. Often recognized a one of the best “hang out” bars in Cleveland, the Map Room is the one of the only “old world” pub and pizzerias in Warehouse District. Map Room offers delicious subs, pizzas, and appetizers, as well as an impressive selection of bar items.
Old Angle Tavern and Bogtrotters Doorstep
This Ohio City duo goes together better than peanut butter and jelly. Old Angle Tavern, a laid-back cozy neighborhood bar atmosphere has a wide selection of bottles. In a small space next door, Bogtrotters Doorstep serves up massive handcrafted au jus sandwiches. Visitors can take them to go (perfect for the late-night crowd as they are open until 3am) or, order from a side window inside Old Angle.
– April Ingle