Cleveland rocks, but what if you're in your late 30s?
July 28, 2006 11:26 PM   Subscribe

Burning river filter: in the Cleveland area, there's a plethora of über-hipster joints and loud party bars catering to college students and members of Generation Y, and gin mills for the old-school union card-carrying blue-collar crowd. However, I haven't been able to find a place where a professional in their 30s or 40s would feel comfortable, especially on the East Side/[fill in the blank] Heights area. Does such a place exist? Better yet, does such a place exist that doesn't play music at ear-deafening volumes?
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posted by caddis at 12:18 AM on July 29, 2006

It's not on the East Side, but maybe La Cave Du Vin? You'd be erring in the hipster direction rather than the blue-collar one, but that's the best I can do off the top of my head.
posted by box at 5:05 AM on July 29, 2006

It's not on the East Side, but maybe La Cave Du Vin?

Isn't that on Coventry? That's East Side. There's also the Market Street Wine Bar on the West Side, both are good options. Let's see... Parnell's at Cedar Lee may fit the bill. I'm blocking on most East Side bars; I spent most of my free time on the West Side. But if you do venture to the West Side, you'll like the Great Lakes Brewing Company (where you can get some Burning River Pale Ale!). There's also Mitzi's (a/k/a Jerman's Cafe) sort of in the middle downtown.
posted by amro at 6:12 AM on July 29, 2006

Also, maybe Boulevard Blue on Larchmere?
posted by amro at 6:13 AM on July 29, 2006

Nighttown in Cedar Fairmount seemed to be pretty much exclusively professionals in their 30s and 40s. Don't know if the jazz or the evening cover would be a deal-breaker.
posted by MarkAnd at 6:18 AM on July 29, 2006

Response by poster: Thanks all!

I like Cave du Vin, but when 8:30 rolls around, the twentysomething hipsters flock through the door, and the music -- some of it straight out of an old Dieter sketch from Saturday Night Live -- is cranked to 11. It's too bad; they have the best beer selection in the city.

Parnell's - been there, and it struck me as a bit college-y. Might have to head back there again, though; maybe I went there at the wrong time.

Forgot about Nighttown! Have to check out Boulevard Blue and Mitzi's.

One challenge: I live in the eastern suburbs, which despite the upper income demographics, really doesn't have the population of young professional singles that the West Side has. Except for the middle-class working Joes holding out in South Euclid and Mayfield Heights, it's mostly college students and affluent families. Thirtysomethings around here tend to belong to the über-parent minivan-driving crowd. Most singles I've met since moving to Cleveland live west of the Cuyahoga.
posted by elmwood at 9:51 AM on July 29, 2006

It is on the Near West Side, but the Velvet Tango Room sounds right up your alley.
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