Best Bars to Celebrate Your Birthday in Cleveland

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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Another year has passed and that day has come: It’s your birthday. Just because Chuck E. Cheese won’t let you jump in its ball cage anymore doesn’t mean you have to leave the fun behind. If you’re looking for a great night out on the town, the following bars provide the perfect place to celebrate. These are Cleveland’s best bars for your birthday.

The Corner Alley
402 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 298-4070

Just because the years are starting to add up doesn’t mean that you don’t still like to play games and have fun. The Corner Alley sits on the corner of East 4th Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, giving you space to do just that. There’s something about bowling shoes and balls smashing into pins that never loses its charm, especially after a few specialty birthday martinis. If you are looking to throw a major birthday bash, rent out the entire place to close out the general public and make you the star for the night.

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Chocolate Bar
347 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 622-2626

For a classy birthday celebration that will satisfy any sweet tooth, hit the Chocolate Bar in the Hyatt Arcade. This decadent establishment provides a classy atmosphere, great food and drinks, and delicious desserts. Have staff organize a celebration for you, or just bring your family and friends. It will still recognize your special day with a shot in an edible chocolate shooter.

Great Lakes Brewery
2516 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 771-4404

If you’re craving quality time with good friends accompanied by great food and drinks for your birthday, Great Lakes Brewery is the place for you. As Cleveland’s first established craft beer brewery, Great Lakes provides exceptional quality beers in an environment that has never lost its neighborhood feel. It offers a party room upstairs you can rent, or just enjoy your time in the brewpub or out on the patio. You will most definitely be greeted with a smile and an enthusiasm to be a part of your birthday celebration at this area favorite.

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photo by Danielle Andes

Goodtime III
825 E. 9th St. Pier
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 861-5110

If your birthday falls in the months from May to September, you have the opportunity to celebrate it afloat on the Goodtime III. This vessel boasts great food and drink, special themed nights and a truly unique place to party. Floating across Lake Erie looking out on the water or back at the city, enjoy an incredible meal, and then relax or dance the night away on the upper deck. Let the crew know it’s your birthday, and you’re likely to get a shout out and birthday song from the DJ to announce your celebration.

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Barley House
1261 W. 6th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-1700

If you’re looking to lay it all on the dance floor, throw back the drinks, and try out your best lines on the opposite sex, Barley House is the spot to be for your birthday — one of the hottest clubs on West 6th Street. It offers plenty of options to help you plan your perfect party. You may also simply show up, and it’s likely you snag at least get a free birthday shot from that sexy bartender.

Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at

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