Winking Lizard Tavern
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 323
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.5/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Winking Lizard Tavern is a fun place and near ballpark making it very convenient to boot if you're there for baseball. Above average bar food. The pulled pork sandwich was the best I have had since I lived in the South thirty years ago. Great tap selection. I had a Great Lakes Burning River American Pale Ale but the choices were abundant and their prices are excellent - too much to choose from.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service.
Got out of there with three 22 oz beers, three sandwiches for 42 bucks plus tip.
Will definitely go back before I leave town.
07-22-2011 19:34:23 | More by NWer
4.34/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm not sure if the atmosphere rating should be influenced by the company you make, but this one scored high. Basically a sports bar, but with great beer. My friend was treated to great service in deciding on his beers, finally deciding on the Victory Golden Monkey. I stuck to the local Great Lakes brews. Love the Edmund Fitzgearld Porter. Met Ashlee and Sean while sitting there. Ashlee was flirty from Cleveland and Sean was in town for a conference. A good night was had by all. Bartender had a joke to tell and the place was hopping with out being crowded. Thumbs up. Also close to hotel.
05-04-2006 20:31:13 | More by jyeast101
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This Winking Lizard location is on Huron near Jacobs field in a wedge-shaped building. Street parking and garages are plentiful but during an Indians or Browns game a close spot would be harder to find.
Inside it is pretty cramped and maze-like, mostly due to the shape of the building. There is a small patio as well. Lots of TVs everwhere, with some breweriana (tap handles). There are windows lining both sides of the bar which is nice.
The beer selection beats just about anybody in the area. There are well over 100 beers available in bottles, and around 16 on draught. The bottles beers run the gamut from Stone, North Coast, GLBC, Ayinger, Victory, Bell's etc etc. There are a couple of gems on draught too such as Nosferatu and Rodenbach(!). What's more, they have a monthly featured beer that comes with a glass ($1 additional, it's not really free).
The Winking Lizard chain also has a wonderful beer club. If you try either 50 or 100 (depending on what time of year you start up) beers in their beer tour, you get a nice jacket for your effort. It costs $10 to sign up. The best part of this club is you don't get sacked with a bunch of crappy macros you have to try along the way. Pretty much everything on the list is quality stuff.
The service after an Indians game was pretty good.
The food at the Lizard is above average pub fare. A nice selection of wings, sandwiches and pizza.
Some people will always hate this place but where else can you get a Rodenbach on tap within walking distance of a ball park?
10-03-2005 14:07:24 | More by Dogbrick
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great location being downtown and only a couple minute walk from Jacobs Field or Quicken Loans Arena. We were lucky to be in Cleveland at such a good time, because the night we were there, the Cavs beat the Pistons and took the East. The city went crazy and the streets were packed with people. Everyone was hugging people, slapping hands, and celebrating with complete strangers. As the streets started calming down, I made my way into the Winking Lizard because I had read about it before the Road Trip. I had a pint of Bell's Two Hearted, my first Bell's, and it was exactly what I had hoped for and exactly what I needed (but it was served in a plastic cup, haha).
The atmosphere was pretty crazy b/c of the Cavs, but they handled the crowds well. You could have walked into any bar, though, and the atmosphere would have been crazy. They seemed to have the staff prepared for the kind of night it was going to be.
The place was clean and the coolers were organized. The beer tasted great and I saw no issues with quality, even when this night made quality control difficult.
Service wasn't very good, but I'm not going to discredit them on it because there was rarely a spot at the bar to walk up to and order something. I ordered my Two Hearted pretty fast, but after that, service declined and our group couldn't get much for drinks. Someone actually bought us a round because one of my friends said "Detroit sucks" to a Detroit fan and the we almost fought, but some guy was a friend of the Detroit fan and didn't want us to fight, so he bought us all drinks. By the way, the prices of the Macros were inflated, but my Bell's was priced well, so that's fine by me.
Selection was really good, in my mind, because I don't see a lot of the MidWest/Lakes beers all the time. They had a couple beers from Great Lakes & Bell's, which was enough for me. I think they had more Macro's on tap that night because of the occasion. They knew who they had to please, which was why a lot of taps were standard stuff and the coolers had more Macro bottles than usual. Even still, the coolers had a great selection of some pretty good bottles.
I didn't try any of the food, by the time we got in at 11, the kitchen closed a few minutes before. The pints were priced well, the service was good even when they were packed, and the atmosphere was enjoyable. I would come here again on any night.
06-28-2007 16:51:30 | More by Gatch
4.01/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This WL is good if you're looking for a good beer to drink. However if you want to truly enjoy that beer I think a better place can be found. It is a pretty loud and smokey bar but I'm not complaining.
I didn't have any food so I can't comment their; but the Bigfoot '06 I had and the Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot my girlfriend had were damn good although served to cold. They also have many other good beers both import and craft. I think the draught selection could of been a little better albeit still very good. Dissapointed I wasn't here a week later when they put the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale on.
10-10-2006 13:09:22 | More by mcallister
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was in Cleveland for work and decided to catch the Indians game. A quick look on Beerfly led me to this place for some pregame food & beers.
The Winking lizard is a wedge shaped building near the Indians ballpark. There are two smallish bars each in its own room and a patio area. There are also plenty of tables for larger groups. It is understandably popular on game days.
Plenty of flat screens tuned to sports. Music volumes are low, lots of conversation noise.
They have a friendly staff. Maybe a trifle slow when crowded, but they are very free with samples.
24 or so taps, at least 16 are decent. They have multiple offerings from Great Lakes including a rotating special.
Large and inclusive bottle list including such gems as Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, Hiatchino Ginger Brew, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Cane and Ebel, etc.
The food is decent pub grub with some good specials. I thought the prices were very fair for both food & beer.
This is a great place to stop before or after a game or if you find yourself in this part of town on business.
06-30-2009 12:26:20 | More by Redrover
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited 10/29/05: A unique, old wedge shaped building a couple blocks NW of Jacobs field. The atmosphere was somewhat generic reminiscent of TGI Fridays, what do you expect for a chain? The brewerana (sp?) was pretty impressive, lots of neat tid bits that surprised me every now and then. Lots of TVs tuned to every NCAA football games.
Quality of brews seemed good. Had Rodenbach on tap (yum), which was very fresh and right on. The beer coolers were front lit with fluorescent so I had the bartender grab back a few deep.
Service was OK. The bartender's knowledge of the beer was lacking, but he was very accommodating with my geeky requests (grabbing by beers from the back of the cooler).
Selection: I didn't actually count the taps (as there were two separate bars, with a few different beers available at each, but the majority of the beers they shared. I would say there was around a couple dozen different beers on tap. The bottled selection was where I explored the most, being there were several beers I couldn't get in Michigan. Pike's IPA, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout & IPA, Alagash Grand Cru to name a few - solid selection.
Didn't try the food but ate a few baskets of free popcorn with my mates. Menu looked like traditional chain restaurant food though.
Value was decent. $5 for a 12 oz. Rodenbach on tap in its proprietary glass (which I ended up buying for $3, nice little glass) seemed fair enough to me. $3.50 bottles of (most) micros - not bad at all.
Overall a decent place to sit a try a few beers. Decent tap selection and a very decent bottled selection. Check it out when youre in town.
11-05-2005 14:50:54 | More by malty
3.84/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Ah...my second visit to the Winking Lizard...the first being back in 2002 during my craft beer obsession infancy! In all honesty, it looks like the place hasn't changed much! You can enter from either side of the building...it is a bit of an odd triangle shape...there is a small bar at the apex of the triangle and a larger (but still pretty small) eating area at the base. The décor is what you would expect in a neighborhood sports bar...low lighting, lots of TVs and wood.
The beer selection is pretty decent...they have a nice bottle list that is available for take-out. There are coolers behind the bar that house the bottles (some of which are hidden behind others and wine). Not sure on the exact numbers, but I would guess about 100 bottles and 20 or so drafts. Lots of local and domestic craft available. The imports were not strongly represented though.
The bartender and hostess were very friendly and helpful. They even offered for me to join a "world of beer" tour (or something along those lines).
If you are in the downtown area of Cleveland, this place is worth checking out for sure!
06-30-2010 20:19:04 | More by mgbickel
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
If you're not taking the Great Lakes fatty wagon to and from the stadium, this is a good palce to stop in for a pint before the game. Located just around the corner from the ballpark and quite easy to find, a parking space however -is not.
Of course the winking lizard is as much a sports bar as it is a beer bar, so that means pre and post game crowds will dominate the building. But the service is surprisingly prompt even if you are not seated at the bar. The food is excellent as far as pub grub goes, but don't bother trying to order a steak.
All the usual "world tour" beers are present, along with a wide selection of excellent craft brew. However, there are also quite a few over-priced BMC beers. Still, it's nice to order a single bottle, as opposed to picking up a six pack and find out it's not your style.
04-12-2006 00:47:59 | More by PBRstreetgang
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here for a couple drinks at the end of a recent visit to downtown. Inside, I made comments that the place had the decor similar to a Hooters. Seemed like a decent place to sit and watch a game. Got there around 11 and there were plenty of open spots at the bar.
Ordered a SN Celebration, my girlfriend attempted to order some kind of Triple, and they were out of it. The Celebration tap tasted just a tad bit off, still enjoyable. Finished the night with an Old Rasputin as I wanted something darker. Ordered some fries along the way to munch on and they were quite good, nothing fancy.
Overall pretty enjoyable...would definitely go back if I was in the mood.
12-14-2009 21:20:40 | More by Stigs
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Winking Lizard Tavern in Cleveland, OH
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