Indie Music Itinerary

February 12, 2015

Indie Music Itinerary

The Indie Music Enthusiast’s CLE Itinerary

By Lexi Hotchkiss


6pm: A hot dog piled high with fifty gourmet toppings of your choosing, a delicious beer and tons of live music- that's Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern. 11625 Euclid Ave., University Circle, 44106, 216. 231.5400,

7:30pm: If edgy is your thing, make your way to the Waterloo Arts District to check out vinyl record stores Music Saves and Blue Arrow Records. 15801 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 44110, 216.481.1875,, 16001 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 44110, 216.486.2451,

8pm: From pop rock to rock-a-billy and everything in between, The Beachland Ballroom is a mainstay of indie music in Cleveland. 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 44110, 216.383.1124,


9am: Try the cheddar scallion biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy at Lucky's Cafe, a mouthwatering favorite of national chefs and locals alike. 777 Starkweather Avenue, Tremont, 44113, 216.622.7773,

10:30am: Enter the West Side Market, a food lover's paradise, with its maze of vendors and family-owned stalls selling everything from fresh meat and vegetables to baked goods and fresh flowers. 1979 W 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.664.3387,

11:30am: Examine contemporary art from around the world that now finds a home in the Transformer Station, an historic substation that is an anchor destination in the rapidly evolving Hingetown neighborhood.  1460 West 29th Street, Hingetown, 44113, 216.938.5429,

12:45pm: A truly innovative art gallery, SPACES plays host to independent artists seeking to explore and experiment. 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, 44113, 216.621.2314,

2pm: Ohio City is quickly becoming a craft beer-lover's paradise. One such oasis is the cyclist-friendly Nano Brew, which churns out small-batch brews and some killer burgers. 1859 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.862.6631,

3pm: At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, journey through the storied history of a genre that changed the face of music forever. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 44114, 216.781.7625,

7pm: Located in an original 1938 ballroom, Prosperity Social Club is a cool, little hangout that offers an extensive beer list and menu, a retro bowling machine, a well-loved jukebox and live music throughout the week. 1109 Starkweather Ave., Tremont, 44113, 216.937.1938,

8:30pm: Mahall's 20 Lanes maintains an old-school working-man's bar physique but churns out indie rock and pop most nights of the week. It's also a bowling alley with several operating vintage lanes. 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 44107, 216.521.3280,


12pm: Take a bite out of a vast selection of dishes named after the customers who helped Tommy's Restaurant thrive for more than 30 years at this hip, friendly favorite. 1824 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 44118, 216.321.7757,

2:30pm: Modern art does not stay the same for long, which is why the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland are always changing, giving you a new experience with each visit. 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44106, 216.421.8671,

4pm: Want to see a series of short films premiering at Sundance? Looking for a never-been-seen before art film? Go to the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art in University Circle, an alternative film theater that shows art, independent and foreign films. 11141 East Blvd., University Circle, 44106 216.421.7450,

6pm: Get to Uptown to experience Crop Kitchen, a casual eatery with an upscale palate. Chef Steve Schimoler, who operates the gorgeous Crop Bistro in Ohio City, expertly combines Asian and American cuisines on the ever-changing menu.  11460 Uptown Ave., University Circle, 44106, 216.696.2767,

7pm: Just about every night of the week, you'll find local music (rock, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, you-name-it) at the Barking Spider Tavern, which has become an institution in University Circle. 11310 Juniper Road, University Circle, 44106, 216.421.2863,

9pm: With its intimate stage experience combined with a great craft beer selection, The Grog Shop will have you rocking all night to international, national and local bands. 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 44106, 216.321.5588,

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