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          Tremont: The A-list of Cleveland's bars

          From the Bar

          Bruce Douglas

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Focus
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          The Treehouse is not only one of Tremont's top bars, but it's also one of Cleveland's, and the giant tree that branches out in the middle of its bar provides for an enticing atmosphere.
          The Treehouse is not only one of Tremont's top bars, but it's also one of Cleveland's, and the giant tree that branches out in the middle of its bar provides for an enticing atmosphere.
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          Frank Sinatra once said, "I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for the secret to life." And nor am I; I'm just trying to find some great bars in Cleveland. I found them in the worst-kept secret in Cleveland, the Tremont Area. Located on the West Side near Ohio City, Tremont from the street looks like a quaint neighborhood of old houses. Upon closer inspection though, you'll find some of the most outstanding restaurants and bars in Cleveland. The only drawback I can find to this area is the difficulty in getting there. You will need a driver to get down here, or dish out $10 for a cab each way. Honestly, don't even finish this article, get in the car now and make sure you don't miss out on this area. Cheers!



          The Treehouse

          820 College Avenue, Cleveland
          http://www.treehousecleveland.com/

          Overall: A



          Deriving its name from the real fake tree in the middle of the room, The Treehouse provides a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere to take a group for an easy night. This Irish-inspired pub has a great patio and plenty of tables inside. They recommend their signature drink, the "Stoli Doli," a pineapple-inspired twist on the vodka martini. That aside, drinks are surprisingly cheap, the crowd is friendly, and the service is fantastic. They also host a variety of specials throughout the week and live music on Sunday evenings. This is a must in Cleveland!



          The Flying Monkey Pub

          819 Jefferson Avenue, Cleveland

          http://www.flyingmonkeypub.com

          Overall: A-



          BYOF. It means exactly what you think. At the Flying Monkey, they compensate for their current lack of a kitchen by encouraging you to bring your own food from one of the great restaurants nearby. I found everything about Flying Monkey to be great. Service was friendly, drink prices were reasonable, and the name is really cool. Space was a little tight, as is consistent with all the establishments in the area, and there's no patio. Looking to make a great evening in Tremont though? Grab some food and bring it here for dinner, then walk down the street to The Treehouse and experience two grade-A bars in one night!
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            Cody Wood

            posted 4/16/10 @ 12:54 PM EST

            Been to two at of three of agree completely! Great write-up Bruce!

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