So you've tried all the new craft beer joints and are tapped out on summer ales. Now what? Don’t let your sense of adventure dry up like your lawn. Whether you’re looking for a place to sip a spirited glass of wine, indulge in a refreshing fruit smoothie or to open up a world of coffee flavors, these new spots will help get your drink on.
Akron Coffee Roasters
Working in java juggernaut Portland, Oregon, helped brew up a passion in Albert Macso and Tim Hollister. That’s why the coffee aficionados only use single-origin beans from throughout the world that are ground right before brewing. “We buy different coffees throughout the year, because we like the variety in flavor notes,” says Masco. Try This: Myopia ($2.50 espresso, $3 pour-over, $14 for 10-ounce bag), a robust coffee that blends beans from opposite hemispheres to bring out nutty, chocolate notes and a bright berry aftertaste. 30 N. High St., Akron, 330-318-8018, akron.coffee
Owner Danny Rizk plays with exotic superfoods such as acai and goji berries along with fruits from the West Side Market to offer eight signature smoothies and an extensive list of build-your-own ingredients. “We bring in 100 percent organic juices like pineapple and apple, and carry a lot of add-ins like coconut oil, almond butter and a variety of nuts,” says Rizk. Try This: Date Me smoothie ($5.50 for 16 ounces) made with Lebanese dates, oranges and blueberries. 720 Literary Road, Cleveland, 216-202-2300, beviamocafe.com
CLE Urban Winery
Starting July 1, vino lovers can sip 12 original wines from owner Destiny Burns and winemaker Dave Mazzone that feature fun localized names such as the more common Lake Erie Riesling as well as the rarer Lake Effect Snow Vidal Ice Wine. “We want to have something for everybody’s palate and try to demystify wine while keeping it centric to Cleveland,” says Burns. Try This: Edgewater Blackberry Merlot ($6 glass, $15 bottle), a sweet spin on a drier classic. 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-417-8313, cleurbanwinery.com