Guide To Republican National Convention In Cleveland: Dive Bars To Drown Your Sorrows
PHOTO: The wooden booths and the pool tables at B and G Tavern in Cleveland. (Courtesy B and G Tavern)
Maybe the monotony or craziness of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is getting to you.
Maybe you need to slip away for a beer and just unwind without the thumping sound of a DJ and the requisite gyrations of a 20-something crowd.
We know what you need.
You need a dive bar...You need a corner bar, hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path kind of bar to sip a brewskie or three.
Well, we have you covered.
(In no particular order)
BECKY’S BAR AND GRILL – When your lunch “specials” include beef stroganoff or quesadillas, when your bar specials feature $1 tacos and $2 tall boys on Tuesday nights …. Uh, yeah, that’s a dive bar—And a good one, at that. As Becky’s itself says, this is an eclectic downtown bar serviing actors, stagehands, students from nearby Cleveland State University, lawyers, police officers, county workers, and more. Might as well join the crowd. 1762 East 18th St., beckysbar.com
DIVE BAR – Seriously? Seriously. If you’re looking for a dive bar in Cleveland, how can you not go to Dive Bar? Even better, albeit somewhat strange, Dive Bar is actually located in the city’s trendy Warehouse District. There are 42 different beers on tap, an array of televisions to watch the game, and it is consistently voted as one of Cleveland’s top 10 bars in local magazines and papers every year. 1214 West 6th St., divebarcleveland.com/home.htm
THE UGLY BROAD TAVERN – What some might see as a misogynistic name in these politically correct times, others see as one of the most fun dive bars in Cleveland. Besides – beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or the beerholder, as the case may be. The Ugly Broad bills itself as ‘the best in beer and bull----,’ which says to us you’re getting ice cold suds and great conversation. Plus, where else can you get a meatloaf sandwich for $2.50? 3908 Denison Ave., uglybroad.com
THE ROWLEY INN – Heaven. Why? You can kill two birds with one stone here. It’s a good hang as they say in Cleveland, the bar food is pedestrian but good – go for the tacos, and especially go when it’s Taco and Trivia Night – and the drinks are cheap. But, what makes The Rowley Inn so neat is that right across the street you can tour the house that was used to film the 1983 classic, “A Christmas Story.” Legend has it that the cast – well, maybe not Ralphie – drank at The Rowley Inn between takes. 1104 Rowley Ave., therowleyinn.com
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B AND G TAVERN – This looks like one of those neat, old, shady pool halls that Paul Newman and Tom Cruise traveled to in “The Color of Money” on the way to the big billiards tournament in Atlantic City, complete with the green lighting fixture over the top of the tables. If you think you’re up for it, Tuesday is the night to go – reduced price on tequila shots. That should go over well on Wednesday morning. 4150 Lorain Ave., bandgtavern.com
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