The Best Cocktail Bars In Cleveland

Photo of Camille Carr-Harris
9 February 2017

As the most populous city in Ohio, Cleveland has numerous attractions to keep its residents entertained. One of the main forms of entertainment is bars, specifically cocktail bars, which is the city’s specialty. Check out where to go for the best cocktails in Cleveland!

Back Room at the Velvet Tango Room l | © Edsel Little/Flickr

Velvet Tango Room

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Rum Manhattan
Rum Manhattan | © My Aching Head/Flickr
The Velvet Tango Room features modest small plates that go perfectly with cocktails and their live jazz. The atmosphere of this lounge-bar is spot on and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, making for a great ambiance. Paulius, the owner, runs a truly world class bar, but without the world class pretension.


Bar, Nightclub, American, Pub Grub, Wine, Fast Food, Cocktails
Tremont Crawl - Dante
Tremont Crawl - Dante | © Edsel Little/Flickr
With a great Downtown location on West 9th and St. Clair, Anatomy had a lot to prove. Luckily, it passed the test with flying colors to become one of the most popular nightclubs in Cleveland. It boasts the best bartenders in the city who make delicious cocktails, as well as a very lively atmosphere and a dance floor. With two levels, customers can come to drink and dance, or simply sit at the upstairs bar and catch up with friends.


Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Cocktail | © gosheshe/Flickr
With the best all-American food in Cleveland (its menu is packed with all the US staples, from steak to seafood to linguine alla carbonara) Dante deserves its fantastic reputation. The restaurant is located inside an old bank vault still intact, which provides the perfect decor and a great atmosphere to relax. The cocktails are incredible, with just the right balance of sweet and spicy.

Drink Bar & Grill

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
Bar at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
Bar at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room | © Sam Howzit/Flickr
Located in what is known as Old Brooklyn, Drink Bar & Grill offers customers fantastic service and great music. The food is perfectly cooked and full of great flavor. Bartenders and owners truly make an effort to get to know their customers, which leads to a personable and comfortable ambiance.

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
La Cave du Vin
La Cave du Vin | © Geoff Parsons
Porco Lounge & Tiki Room is a hidden oasis located between the historic districts of Tremont and Ohio City. It has lush decor and an exquisite cocktail menu. The bar stays true to Polynesian cocktail traditions with its real fruit juice made without mixes, house made syrups and mixers, and fresh sushi selection.

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