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Winking Lizard Tavern
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 323
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
811 Huron Rd E
phone: (216) 589-0313
(Place added by: cokes)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
This is a great place to come to before / after a sports game. I live about 2 blocks from here and usually walk there. If driving, it is a pain to park around here; so park in a local garage or if you get lucky the street.
Beer selection is moderate. Doesn't have much local flavoring, however, their international selection is the best in the area. Much to offer from Germany and England! They have the most notable locals - great lakes, etc.
Food is cheap and bar food. Very VERY cheap.
Decent place to come for the game - lots of specials.
03-27-2006 17:45:28 |
More by DuqTroops
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm part of the 100 beer club, but as far as the Lizards that I have been to this is not my favorite. I am a fan of their food- decent wings, great burgers, and amazing bbq sauce.
The problem with this Lizard is the bar has a very odd shape- actually seems as if it is two complete separate bars. It's difficult to make your way around- and I gaurantee upon first exit out of the bathroom you will be confused and walk straight forward. You'll understand what I mean when you go. Don't be ashamed we've all been there.
As far as atmosphere- its fun after Indians/Cavs games. It is a favorite hang out of Indians/Cavs employees. The Cavs Girls love the place! But don't expect to get quick or any service after games, its as if the staff has no idea how to handle crowds- plus the setting makes it difficult to walk around.
On the off nights the service is actually better than most Lizards, but thats because you might find yourself being the only one in the bar.
Overall, the Lizards are a great place to go with you macro friends because its somewhere that appeases both crowds. Food is above average, and beer selection is fairly deep.
08-03-2006 15:25:09 |
More by Bones54
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I was there over the Fourth of July weekend and one time there was a 1 and a half wait, so I decided to come back. In about 2 hours the place was cleared out because of the start of the Indians game. Great selection in bottles over 90 beers and good number of tap handles. Had a stone oaked AB, a orval, and some Ind. ale by Great Lakes. Staff seemed to know their stuff and food was not bad. Wings and burgers are good. I had plenty of time so I didnt notice how fast the service was. But I think when u go to a place like this there is no hurries just relax enjoy yourself with good food, great beer and maybe good company.
07-25-2009 03:33:21 |
More by mtnbikerpa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Winking Lizard Tavern is a fun place and near ballpark making it very convenient to boot if you're there for baseball. Above average bar food. The pulled pork sandwich was the best I have had since I lived in the South thirty years ago. Great tap selection. I had a Great Lakes Burning River American Pale Ale but the choices were abundant and their prices are excellent - too much to choose from.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service.
Got out of there with three 22 oz beers, three sandwiches for 42 bucks plus tip.
Will definitely go back before I leave town.
07-22-2011 19:34:23 |
More by NWer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
stopped here on my cleveland trip to see primus. a modern sports bar but with a nice beer selection. we (gf and i) went during dinner and it wasn't too packed. kinda a mixed crowd it being a sports bar and it being in the business district. i orded some 911 wings (45cent wings mon and tues) and a half slab of baby back ribs which were ok (shoulda been more meat on the bones). they had around 15 beers on tap. if they didn't have your beer on tap i'm almost positive they had something you liked in a bottle. the waitstaff was friendly. overall the place wasn't too shabby. for it being walking distance from the hotel it definitely gets a plus. the prices could be lowered but the happy hour and deals really made it reasonable.
PS. i ordered a turkey wrap for later at the hotel for the drunk munchies and it was terrible. they need to put some mayo or something on it cuz it was drier then hell.
08-04-2010 22:36:27 |
More by claminat420
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in for a few pops and sat right in front of the beer case. The draft selections were not overly terrific and this was admitted by the bartender. But they are running a nice promotion of 100 different beers from around the world; Before we knew this we had ordered a Westmalle tripel and a Kolsch and then we had some wings and local IPA; great food; great place to watcha game; glass ware was not always appropriate, but I'd rather have a good selection than a lousy one with budweiser mugs....
04-20-2009 21:23:53 |
More by andjusticeforale
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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