Best Speakeasy Bars In Cleveland

April 23, 2015 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

We are far from the days of speakeasies and bootleggers but there are still evidence of their existence around the Cleveland area or places that emulate the thrill of the chase and the excitement of having something thought to be illegal- only available to certain special people. Of course, there are some dry counties here and there, but one doesn’t have to drive too far to get the drink of their choice, especially not in Cleveland where the bars are plentiful and the booze are running freely. But, like Cincinnati’s Bobby Mackey’s club, many older bars have secret pockets in the wall, secret rooms and a thing of the past. Enjoy one of these speakeasies in the Cleveland area.
Speakeasy
1948 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 274-1010
www.speakeasy216.com

Speakeasy was built on the traditional idea of the historic speakeasies. Even though there are no longer hidden rooms or sliding walls concealing gambling or hidden alcohol, Speakeasy does the opposite. Never ending alcohol is served everyday. Not only will customers fall in love with the beer selection and cocktail mixtures, they will also love the rich feel of the atmosphere. It’s industrial feel comes from the 1800’s materials that were used to build the character of this bar. It was also built and is run by a group of people that strive to bring the greatness of Cleveland back to the neighborhood and draw attraction from young and old. It’s a great place to hang out and to have special gatherings. Speakeasy makes everyone feel at home. Share your love of beer, socializing and Cleveland at Speakeasy.

Metropolitan At The 9 The Vault
2017 E. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 239-1200
www.metropolitancleveland.com

The Vault is hidden in the halls of the Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel. Established with the inspiration of pre-prohibition-style lounging. It proudly displays a 1906 historic vault, along with 4 others. It’s brass, steel, and metal decor completes the feeling of the time. It offers comfortable seating at bar, where customers can get a first hand experience watching some of the greatest mixologists in the area create some of the most unusual drinks. Customers can also enjoy a more group setting in the comfortable lounging section for a group setting, making it the perfect place to just hang out. The Vault may be in one of the most elegant hotels in Cleveland, but The Vault is open to anyone looking for a great time.

Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-8869
www.velvettangoroom.com

This establishment is one of the Cleveland’s golden gems and one of the greatest favorite secrets of the town. The owner has traveled many countries and has made his dream come true by opening a bar and doing the best job possible. He pays attention to even the smallest detail to ensure his customers are happy and having a great time. From getting a special machine for making extra cold ice cubes to importing special cherries from Italy, he not only goes the extra mile, but customers keep coming back because of the difference those extra special things make. There is a classic, beautiful and romantic outdoor seating area in the back and a nice detailed bar in the front. There is plenty of room for just one person or a whole group of friends and family.

Related: Best Sports Bars in Cleveland

Gigi’s On Fairmount
3477 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 291-7237
www.facebook.com/gigis

Most Clevelanders visit Gigi’s on Fairmount for their delicious food; especially their mouth-watering prime rib. But after dark, the favorite eatery turns into something a little different. It has been voted as having the best bartender in Cleveland and its reputation stands. At Gigi’s, it’s focus is wine- great wine mixed with a little bit of live music to enhance the atmosphere of a time long-gone. Prohibition is always a thought that is just around the corner, but with the gratuitousness of Gigi’s, worries can be left at the front door.

Nighttown
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 795-0550
www.nighttowncleveland.com

The one thing about speakeasies is that they were secret, private, expensive, and hard for the police to find. Nighttown has brought a few of those elements to its establishment. It is Cleveland’s most favorite secret and most sought after for private parties, receptions and much more. This is as private as private gets. Nestled in the heart of one of the most classic parts of Cleveland, Nighttown cannot be missed. Its outside appeal leaves visitor wanting more. In addition to its fantastic food choices, its alcohol selection is even better. The prices are a little steep, but the experience is well worth it.

Related: Best Bars to Celebrate Your Birthday

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

More From CBS Cleveland

92.3 The Fan Tailgate
Get Your Gear Here

Listen Live