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          The best bars in Cleveland

          From the Bar

          Bruce Douglas

          Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: Focus
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          Tremont's Treehouse bar earns the distinction of the best bar in Cleveland due to its affordable, delicious drinks, first-rate service, and unique atmosphere.
          Tremont's Treehouse bar earns the distinction of the best bar in Cleveland due to its affordable, delicious drinks, first-rate service, and unique atmosphere.
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          Well friends, it's only appropriate that I round out my experiences with what I define as the best bars in Cleveland, and, of course, one last Rat Pack quote. So "now the end is near," and here are some of my favorites. Cheers!

          Best Sports Bar - Barley House (Warehouse District)

          With outstanding food, great service, a collection of massive TVs, and a great patio, I don't know any bar in the city better for catching the game. Did I mention the waitresses wear Catholic school uniforms?

          Best Club - The Blind Pig (Warehouse District)

          A delightful mash-up of cover bands and high fist-pumping potential jams, The Blind Pig is a great club for the college kid or 30-something in you, whichever you prefer.

          Best Hole-in-the-Wall - Lounge Leo (University Circle)

          The small bar nestled just outside of Little Italy and just off the Case Western Reserve University campus is home to a great staff and crowd of friendly people. If I'm headed anywhere to catch up with someone over a drink, it's the Lounge.

          Best College Bar - McNulty's Pub (Coventry)

          Though never formally reviewed, McNulty's is home to great drink specials and an awesome beer selection. You've always got a great crowd here, usually CWRU students. They keep their kitchen open late, but more importantly, it's pretty close to Taco Bell.

          Best 18 and Up Bar - Bar Room (Gateway District)

          Cleveland's own Vegas-style nightclub was also never featured in a review. It houses a great dance floor and a huge Thursday night crowd every week. Drink prices aren't bad for the chaperones of the group.

          Best Summer Bar - Velvet Dog (Warehouse District)

          I'll say it once again: Rooftop Deck. The three-story powerhouse of a bar/nightclub has an amazing patio on the roof with a beautiful view of the city. It's almost sad that no one even bothers with the other two floors in the summer.
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