Warehouse District, Cleveland
There's many ways to have a great night out in the Warehouse District:
There's a dive/wine bar on St.Clair, and many velvet-rope dance clubs/bars/restaurants on the side streets. There's also a few small stores/shops included as well, if you're out there during the day. If you want to be amongst the scene, but feel relaxed, there's a Starbucks on W 6th, for example. The Flats district (east bank) is right next to the WH district, so there's more clubs/restuarants, etc, there too. The WH district is also historical; The Rockefeller building is one such historical building in the district. Though, many of the buildings are now renovated into offices/cubicle farms, condos/apartments and restaruants/bars/clubs.
Dress Code: Dress sophisticatedly/classy for many of the clubs/bars/restaurants there; calling ahead to double check though isn't a bad idea.
This is an improvisational comedy theatre. Audience paticipation required!! This place is a lot of fun. They do not sell alcohol, but you can bring your own. There are two shows on saturday nights and one on fridays.
Dress Code: No dress code here, but in many of the surrounding clubs, there are dress codes. Best to not wear athletic shoes, wear a shirt with a collar (men)......I know some don't allow jeans!!
Unlike the Flats, this is the place where you go in Cleveland if you like to go out dancing inthe clubs. There are many to chose from, although the crowd is a bit younger, and more full of energy than those in the Flats.
The area also boasts many Restaurants and Coffee Shops, and some neighborhood type bars which are always happy to play an Indians or Browns game when the team is at home or on the road.
Oh yeah, its also near Jacobs field, so it's easy to find.
Dress Code: Depends on where you are going.
This trendy neighborhood has emerged as downtown's premeir nightlife, dining, and residential district. The historic Victorean commercial structures have all been renovated, and inside contain some of the most contemporary decor. This is up the hill from the Flats, and slowly took over Cleveland's nightlife scene in the late 90's. While the Flats were great in the 80's, most Clevelanders agree that this is the place to be seen. The vibe in this neighborhood isn't something you would expect of a former industrial powerhouse. It rivals trendy nightlife scenes in South Beach Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The most trendy clubs include Mercury Lounge, Spy, and Cloud 9. Warehouse District is known for restaurants coming and going but Blue Point (excellent seafood), Sushi Rock (cool sushi place), the Metropolitan (very upscale trendy), and Johnn'ys Downtown (sophisticated) are all well established anchor restaurants. Nabici Collection (open Thursday-Saturday evenings late) is small but cool boutique that carries top of the line cutting-edge designer fashions often at discount prices. Constantino's Market is Cleveland's answer to Dean & Deluca, and Studio Palmieri is a saloon where you can get a great stylish haircut. You are guranteed to see some well-dressed people valleting their luxury cars, perhaps even Lebron James or some other celebrity. When the bars close, it can get a little rowdy in the streets, so be careful. Downtown dwellers want people to enjoy the Warehouse district, but they get frustrated when people get too loud and rowdy. There are plenty of police on the streets, so don't go planning to make a fool of yourself (you could get arrested).
Dress Code: Jeans are acceptable at most places, but preferably designer jeans and absolutely no sneakers, shorts, or T-shirts (this is enforced). There are only a few places that require a coat, and but a suit would completely appropriate for most Warehouse establishments and a safe choice (forget the tie though).
The Warehouse District is the place to go when you're visiting Cleveland. You'll find plenty of bars and clubs here. Whether you're into wine bars; dance clubs; gay clubs; or mellow clubs...you'll find it. The best thing to do is pick up Scene Magazine (it's free) or the Friday Magazine in the Friday edition of the Plain Dealer (Cleveland's newspaper). Both of these will give you an idea of what is going on for the weekend.
At first glance you may think this is a country bar, but it actually plays a variety of music from rock, blues or punk. The upstairs has a little section of couches in the front and some pub tables and chairs in the back. The rest is standing room for the bar and the stage. You can about 20 different types of tequila. They also have a mechnical bull. There is a stage way above the bar area so no one has a problem seeing the performance.They let girls dance on the bar "coyote ugly" style and the bartenders walk around with bottles of tequila to give you a quick shot. If it's someone's birthday they usually give you a couple shots for free.
I don't feel that mixed drinks are their strong point, so I would get beer or shots here.
It's pretty fun place to check out, especially when bar hopping!
Dress Code: Jeans and Sweatshirts to Shirt and Tie. Everyone welcome.
Well, just like any other larger city, you can find pretty much anything you like in the downtown area. The two largest bar areas are the flats and the warehouse district. They are both near West 6th street. There are many bars and resteraunts in the area from a great tapas and wine bar (Devine) to a classy dance club (Spy Bar) to a improv comedy club (Caberet Dada, which is great because you can bring your own beer!! and is a fantastic time!) to a bunch of great 80's through hip-hop dance places a couple of gay bars and even two or three strip clubs if that is your flavor. Only warning....don't drive home, the cops will get you!!!
Dress Code: Depends, if you are in the warehouse area plan on NO jeans and NO sneakers. However in the flats, pretty much anything goes, and occasionly does!
This is one of my favorite places in Cleveland to go on a weekend night. It is an improv comody theatre in the warehouse district. I a not sure of the address, but will post it soon. If you have ever seen Drew Carey's 'Who's line is is anyway?' You have an idea of what this place is like, but with fewer rules because it isn't televised. Also, feel free to bring beer in with you if you would like to, but they don't actually sell it.
Dress Code: None, wear what you have on :
Wow-- this place really is nice! Its the best nightclub in downtown Cleveland, as far as I can see. The music was great, the people were cool and the club was incredibly nice-
You should try out this place on W9th Street, its a real nice place to grab a martini off their excellent martini list and just have a nice seat to enjoy downtown. There is no yucky crowd-everyone was nicely dressed and i felt like i was on vacation!
I was on a date and it was the perfect nightime place for it.
Dress Code: Everyone seemd nicely dressed anyways
Velvet dog is a multi floor dance club that plays remix, hip hop and top 40 music. Some nights they also play 80's music. On the Third Level there is a martini bar. There is also a gorgeous patio will a full bar and dance floor on the roof.
I find this bar to get really crowded, even during the week. The drinks are pricey, look for happy hour.
Dress Code: This is a bit of a trendy bar, but you can wear jeans and sneakers. Just don't be surprised to see people really dressed up.
Two floor bar with neighborhood type feel. This is the place people go to for sports events or a great happy hour. The bar features numerous bands every weekend, many of them cover bands. Upstairs is more traditional looking with red brick walls and wooden tables and chairs. Downstairs is a dance club. One half is a dance floor and the other half is a lounge. There is a bar on both sides.
This bar is usually one of the first to open on a special event (st. patrick's day, an osu game). They also have excellent happy hour specials.
Dress Code: Go casual! People can come in jeans and t-shirts.
The Flats used to apparently be the place to go for weekends, but things have very much moved uphill to the Warehouse District. It's closer to Downtown, and therefore is probably more appealing to the office workers, and generally more convenient. There are a few different places with varying styles and crowds, and it's really just a matter of walking around for 3-4 blocks and finding a bar that looks good. Most places have daily specials and happy hours as well.
Dress Code: Varies between bars, but most are fine with casual
Decorated in an OSU theme, this bar has a number of beers on tap and drinks specials. Besides Blind Pig, this bar is one of the more relaxed, chill bars to go to in this trendy area. No cover and a good dj. They have large screen tv's for sporting events, as that is when the place gets full. This bar is associated with the Blind Pig, but since you have to go outside and walk down a bit it seems like a separate entity.
Dress Code: Dress casual, where your sports gear! well not Michigan unless you want to be hurt :)
When going to the Warehouse district, the best club to hit is "The Mercury Lounge". This trendy upscale martini bar has the best looking people and a trendy southbeach hotel-lobby like atmosphere. The music is downbeat techno (think "days go by" from the Mitsubushi Commercial) with some cool furniture to sit on. The Martinis and drinks are poured strong here, and NO cover charge!
Definitely check it out.
Dress Code: If you are a Jersey-wearing jarhead, this ins not the club for you. Dresscode is enforced to the point of no athletic wear. This is definitely a club that you want to dress up to go to.