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Top bar recommendations from locals

New American Restaurant
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“Nighttown is the real deal. It’s a real joint where, if you were lucky enough to be there, you could have sat in front of the Count Basie Orchestra so close that the trombone would’ve bopped you in the nose. Or maybe you saw Freddy Cole, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli, Brian Auger, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tommy Tune, Basia, Cyrille Aimee, Esperanza Spaulding, Dick Cavett, Dick Gregory, Eliane Elias, Renee Rosnes, Stevie Wonder or John Legend look you right in the eye as they sang or spoke from just a few feet away. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
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“Wonderful neighborhood Turkish restaurant. Good atmosphere and excellent food. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Perhaps the best summer patio dining. They also have an extensive happy hour menu. Located in the Cedar-Fairmount business district with some cute shops, restaurants and bars.”
  • 16 locals recommend
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“Located minutes away in historic Coventry District (walkable), the Grog Shop is a famous and intimate music club with raw character. Offers a full bar with an extensive list of micro-brews, imports, and domestic beer, and of course plenty of liquor. The Grog Shop showcases live music 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Grog Shop has played host to countless local, national, and international touring acts for over twenty years, booking all ranges of indie rock, hip-hop, hardcore, jam, reggae, metal, electronic, comedy, etc.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“ unique to Cleveland, this place serves you a classic grilled cheese sandwich with a twist. Try the meatloaf grilled cheese sandwich, one of my favorites.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Grab a glass of wine before... a movie or dinner? Great selection of imported and domestic beers too!”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“Gigi's is quaint French bistro with in walking distance. We highly recommend the cheese, charcuterie, and bruschetta boards. Dinner entrees change daily so you never get bored eating at Gigi's. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Custom-Made Tacos. Designed by YOU! 'Thanks to great prices and the snackability of the food, Barrio has become one of Cedar Fairmounts most popular happy hour stops. During the weekday sessions, all tacos are just $2 a pop and well-built margaritas are half off, making them just $3.' – Douglas Trattner, Scene”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Located minutes away in the historic Cedar-Lee district (walkable), Lopez offers authentic Southwest sparked dishes prepared by Chef Michael Herschman, a tequila bar, Southwestern drinks, and wonderful hospitality.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“This is one of my fave spots - it's a restaurant/bar built inside an old house. Great happy hour specials. Go upstairs & eat in the bar for the best ambiance, or in warm weather eat outside on the patio. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Huge selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails in a Grotto like atmosphere. Take me with you please!”
  • 7 locals recommend
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“Great for breakfast or brunch. Try out the lemon ricotta pancakes or the Mexican skillet breakfast.”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Great all-around pub/restaurant that is family friendly. Craft beer and full bar.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“yes, it looks like a dive bar, but the smoker in the back produces delicious, sustainably raised meat. Their gouda mac & cheese is also pretty special.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“This is a very nice restaurant that has a bar option for late night drinks. Their food is amazing and most of the nights they have live opera that makes you feel in Italy.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“This is a Cleveland institution! $5 hot dogs with your choice of toppings (ranging from bacon to a fried egg). They have vegan dogs as well. Live music on some days.”
  • 4 locals recommend