Where Cleveland Rocks

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Raw, local punk power

 The Hi-Fi Club 11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood;

musicians. Musicians own the bar, the bartenders are all in bands and the patrons are all involved in side projects. 

swathed in dark, industrial décor, it’s a Trent Reznor video waiting to happen


thrash out.


heavy metal karaoke on Wednesday nights, and bands including Hobo Breakfast and The Goth Father.

Classy, cool riffs

2527 W. 25th St., Cleveland; (216) 771-2527

30- and 40-somethings sipping martinis.


that doesn’t look like much from the outside, the wood-paneled cocktail bar channels the clean, casual, friendly atmosphere of Cheers.

relax with a Barbie Doll (raspberry Stoli, orange liqueur, champagne and a splash of Chambord).

the jazzy sounds of Cat Walk Blue.

A concert ...  any concert

The Agora 5000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland;

a mish-mash of humanity; Agora shows attract the weirdest people, and the most normal of folks.

of sippers, sitters and chillers, you can get there early and grab a table for an unobstructed view.

nod your head like everyone else.

The Black Keys, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, The Pretenders or another of the wide range of acts booked at this historic house of Cleveland rock.

Split-your-friggin’-head-open metal and rock

Peabody’s 2083 E. 21st St., Cleveland;

tattoo-laden dudes and chicks who could beat you up.

that’s rowdy, rough and really kind of über-hardcore.

try not to accidentally wander into the mosh pit.

Japanese screamers The Loudness and Cleveland’s favorite metal maniacs,

Youth angst and rebel yells

Pat’s in the Flats
2233 W. Third St., Cleveland;

old-lady bartenders who can sling a drink faster than anyone on West Sixth, and the band — there’s no stage here.

oozing grimy charm, it’s a bare-bones rock club that’s completely unpretentious.

enjoy cheap beer ($2.50), cheap shots ($4) and cheap covers ($5).

local, underground, indie newcomers and mainstays such as Deaf by Arms

The inside track on soon-to-be-famous rockers

Grog Shop 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights; grogshop.gs

bohemian kids from the East Side and indie-rock hounds from all over. 

that’s a lot more pleasant since it moved down the road, but still extremely loud. 

rage like it’s CBGB … sort of.


mash-up masters Girl Talk, college-rock rising stars Band of Horses and indie-rock bands who traveled to the venue in an old van.

Live music from your iPod playlist

House of Blues
308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland;

music enthusiasts willing to pay a little more to hear their faves.


that deftly harmonizes thousands of vivid colors and hundreds of little-known artists’ paintings and artwork.

sing loud and proud — you know all the words!


Rusted Root, Wilco, Guster, The  Raspberries, Gospel Brunch:  Anything goes.

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