Cleveland Nightlife

Downtown is compact enough that it is possible to walk from bar to bar, through different neighbourhoods. The Flats Entertainment District is packed with bars, nightclubs and live music venues, most of which have a fairly mainstream atmosphere. The nearby Warehouse District has a slightly more alternative, laid-back feel. Younger crowds tend to head to Ohio City, which is slightly further from Downtown.

You can find entertainment listings in Friday! (, the weekly magazine accompanying Cleveland's local newspaper, The Plain Dealer ( Good listings magazines for nightlife are in the weekly Scene ( Ticketmaster (tel: (216) 241 5555; also sells tickets for most cultural events in Cleveland.

Bars in Cleveland

The Great Lakes Brewing Company

This brew-pub has a niche line in organic beers and an environmentally aware policy. Inside, it's long mahogany bar still has bullet holes from a 1920s gangster-style shoot-out. It houses several areas, including a taproom, a beer garden and a cellar.

2516 Market Avenue, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 771 4404.
The Spotted Owl

Situated in a building dating back to the 1850s, amid exposed brick walls and salvaged wood, this hip bar offers inventive hand-crafted cocktails and a cool, rustic atmosphere.

710 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 795 5595
The Velvet Tango Room

The trend for retro cocktail bars is manifested at this speakeasy-style watering hole. Bartenders serve up craft and bespoke cocktails in a sophisticated room, using house-made bitters and syrups. As high-end as drinking gets in Cleveland.

2095 Columbus Road, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 241 8869.
Winking Lizard Tavern

Clevelanders are nothing if not die-hard sports fans, and if you want to soak up some of atmosphere, head here on the night of any big game. There are multiple large TV screens, and a decent selection of beers on tap. They’re famous for their wings and burgers.

811 Huron Road, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 589 0313.

Clubs in Cleveland


Following the modern trend of ‘ultralounges’, this upscale joint has chic interior design and the kind of overpriced bottle service that makes the beautiful people feel good about themselves. The place attracts good DJing talent and is one of the more civilised clubs in town.

1299 West Ninth Street, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 363 1113.
Society Lounge

This stylish popular lounge offers freshly crafted cocktails, tasty snacks, and live music in a polished setting reminiscent of the 1920s speakeasy era.

2063 E Fourth St, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 781 9050
The Velvet Dog

This is another upmarket affair catered toward a more mature crowd. Its three floors (plus rooftop terrace) play dance tunes to a post-work crowd. The music definitely edges toward mainstream charts territory, but it makes for a lively atmosphere.

1280 West Sixth Street , Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 664 1116.

Live Music in Cleveland

Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern

Perhaps the best known among the many great live music spots in Cleveland is this gritty but charismatic venue. Posters and clippings hanging on the wall lend a sense of history, and some of the biggest names in alternative rock have passed through.

11625 Euclid Avenue, University Circle, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 231 5400.
House of Blues

Part of the national chain, this well-oiled venue attracts plenty of well-known blues, jazz, pop and rock artists. There are great bar and kitchen facilities for pre- and post-concert hanging out.

308 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 523 2583.

Classical Music in Cleveland

Playhouse Square Center

The cultural heart of the city is Playhouse Square Center, a cultural complex consisting of five restored landmark theatres - the Ohio, State, Palace, Hanna and the Allen Theatres. Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts centre in the USA, and now attracts over one million patrons every year.

1501 Euclid Avenue , Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 241 6000
Severance Hall

The Cleveland Orchestra performs here. It also offers a popular outdoor concert series during the summer.

11001 Euclid Avenue, University Circle, Cleveland, United States
Telephone: +1 216 231 7300.
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