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Horseshoe CasinoNew Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland
May 14, 2012

Gambling has finally arrived in Downtown Cleveland with an incredible new Horseshoe Casino that is part of Caesars Entertainment. Bullz-Eye got a tour of the casino, which has a beautiful World Series of Poker room and VIP lounge.

Bars

The main areas to go Downtown are in the Warehouse District and the area near Jacobs Field. The Flats had a great reputation years ago, but that's all gone now, though you'll still find Shooter's and some other cool places on the West Bank.

Shooter's on the Water
In the summer, this is one of the best spots in Cleveland. Located on the Cuyahoga River on the West Bank of the Flats, the outdoor deck is a hotspot for boaters and babes. The view of the river and the lake can be incredible. Don't bother going in the winter. The crowd is usually mixed.

The Liquid Cafe/Fusion
You get two bars for the price of one now that Liquid has expanded by adding Fusion next door.  Fusion is a cool, upscale Martini bar where the music isn't blaring quite as loud as you'll find at Liquid.  Located in the Warehouse District, both spots are usually packed on the weekends. Liquid also has a dance area now in the basement. It's worth checking out.

Around the Corner
This bar is a West Side institution, known for its chicken wings. It's always packed on Thursday nights!

The Garage Bar
This new addition on West 25th Street will make all you barflies happy. It's certainly not a pretentious lounge, so get ready to throw down some beers.

Panini's
This local chain has a number of locations in town. The large outdoor patio makes the location near Jacobs Field an ideal spot to hang out before or after Tribe games.

Blue Pointe Grill
Stop by this upscale restaurant in the Warehouse District if you're looking for an upscale bar. The atmosphere is trendy and fairly loud. It's a great place to take a date. For similar bars in the Warehouse District, you can walk to Johnny's Downtown.

Tree House
Located in the Tremont area, you'll usually find an eclectic crowd in this bar and in the other bars in this area. Be advised that the surrounding area is not the safest in the city.


Dance Clubs


Mercury Lounge
Hip place with a loungy vibe, you can definitely enjoy some dancing here with your lady, or someone you fine there!

The Velvet Dog
This place has slipped since it opened in the late 90's. The lines aren't as long and now you'll find an older crowd mixed in with the younger crowd. The bar has dance floors on the first and second floors and has added an indoor and an outdoor bar on the roof where you'll find great views of Downtown Cleveland. The music mostly includes upbeat dance songs from the 70's and 80's. You'll always find a party atmosphere on the weekends and plenty of women in their 20s and 30s.

Spy
This place has been around forever. It's very pretentious, but it's OK if you're into that sort of thing.

 

Live Music

Cleveland Rocks! Or so they say. The home of the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame had a vibrant live music scene way back in the 70's, but things just don't seem to be the same. It's sort of like Cleveland radio - it used to be great, but now it's just hanging on to an old image. The days of Kid Leo and WMMS influencing the national rock scene are over.

That said, every major music act will stop in Cleveland, either at Gund Arena, Blossom, the CSU Convocation Center or one of the many other venues in town.

The smaller venues are improving as well. Let's hope the addition of the House of Blues will help bring back a more vibrant music scene.

House of Blues
This beautiful venue is a welcome addition to Euclid Avenue, which is in dire need of a shot in the arm. Euclid used to be the most important street in Cleveland, now it's an eyesore. This is a great place to see a show, and it's also a great place to hang out. The restaurant isn't the greatest, but the bars and music halls more than make up for it. Check it out!

Euclid Tavern
If you saw Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett in Light of Day, then you've seen the Euclid Tavern.

Fat Fish Blue
As the name suggests, this place is known for live blues and Cajun food.

Barking Spider
The music ranges from rock to folk to jazz in this bar located near Case Western Reserve University.


Web Resources


Cleveland Nights
Plenty of listings of Cleveland bars in all sorts of categories.

SPOTcleveland.com
Very cool site with lots of photos taken from Cleveland nightlife spots. You'll find plenty of hot photos of sexy club babes!

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