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          Holes-in-the-wall and cover bands: More from the Warehouse District

          From the bar

          Bruce Douglas

          Issue date: 3/19/10 Section: Focus
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          Johnny's Little Bar, a counterpart to upscale restaurant Johnny's Downtown, is an ideal "hole-in-the-wall" bar, full of regular patrons and a relaxed, hidden atmosphere.
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          "If you drink, don't drive, don't even putt." as Dean Martin says. Keep in mind you're going to pay at least $8 for parking down in this area. If you're going in a group you're best off catching a 12-person taxi for $20 round trip. More reviews from the beginnings of the West Side of our wonderful city. Cheers!

          Johnny's Little Bar
          614 Frankfort Avenue, Cleveland
          Overall: B+

          You've probably heard of Johnny's Downtown, the gourmet restaurant. What you haven't heard of is Johnny's Little Bar, owned by the very same Johnny. As it's a bit difficult to find, start by standing in front of the door of Johnny's Downtown and look for the street next to the restaurant. Halfway down that road you'll find a small door on the side of the building that takes you inside a bar that reinvents the term, "hole-in-the-wall." Johnny's really is a unique historical site for Cleveland. The entire bar is decorated in hardwood and the walls and adorned with pictures of Cleveland from before when my grandparents were born. Prices are decent, (around $4)for any of the wide selection of beers. Overall, it seems to be a place for regulars, sporting an exceedingly laid-back atmosphere perfect for a few drinks with a small group.

          The Blind Pig
          1228 West 6th Street, Cleveland
          Overall: A

          As I would imagine an actual blind pig would be, this bar is experiencing a beautiful identity crisis that somehow works. The Blind Pig has two different atmospheres between their two floors. The upstairs is a high-ceiling bar with a multitude of televisions and live cover bands every Friday and Saturday night. I was impressed with the crowd upstairs, but an equally impressive crowd was enjoying a full-on club setting downstairs. Prices were reasonable and the crowd was great. I even liked the cover band! This is a great bar for whatever you're in the mood for.
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