Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a historic city that played a significant role in the manufacturing industry.
It’s also home to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, attracting music fans from around the country.
Cleveland remains a working-class city with plenty of dining and bar options for young professionals and factory workers to enjoy after a hard day’s work.
Happy hour is the highlight of anyone’s day, whether they’re white or blue collared.
If you’re looking for the best happy hour in Cleveland to unwind and enjoy cheap drinks and delicious fare with friends, you’ll find many great options below.
2100 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113
Owned and operated by head Chef Luca Sema, Luca Italian Cuisine is an upscale Italian bistro specializing in Northern Italian cuisine.
Luca Italian offers an elegant atmosphere in a refined dining space overlooking Heritage Park and the Cuyahoga River.
Their incredible food and atmosphere have won Silver Spoon, Open Table, and Cleveland SCENE’s award for Best restaurant nearly every year since its opening in 2013.
Happy hour at Luca is Monday- Friday from 4:30-7 pm and Sunday from 5-9 pm, with cheap drink specials on select beer, wine, and classic cocktails with a multicourse food menu to match. I loved their blood-orange martini.
700 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Winning Cleveland Magazine’s vote for Best Seafood Restaurant in Cleveland and Zagat’s vote for Cleveland’s Most Popular Restaurant, Blue Point Grille is a high-end seafood restaurant in Cleveland’s Historic Warehouse District.
The multi-room restaurant offers classy dining rooms and an antique-chic bar to enjoy a fabulous cocktail before an award-winning seafood dinner.
For a fine dining seafood and steakhouse, Blue Point Grille offers some of the cheapest drink and food deals in town, living up to Zagat’s review.
Happy hour is in the antique bar from 3-6 pm on weekdays and Sundays from 4-8 pm. I went for the Blue Point Oyster deal and a cheap glass of Bosco Pinot Grigio.
8905 Lake Ave #1, Cleveland, OH 44102
Opened in 1972 in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood overlooking Lake Eerie, Don’s Lighthouse Grille has been the standard for fine steaks and seafood for 50 years.
The refined, old-school dining room inside a historic stone building has a romantic atmosphere. The cocktail lounge hosts a weekday happy hour from 3-6:30 pm.
Happy hour includes 5$ Skyy Vodka Martinis, discounted prices on select draft beer, house wines, well drinks, and half-priced appetizers.
I recommend splitting the crab cakes with corn relish, remoulade, and chipotle honey and the slider burgers with onion straws and pickles to pair with a martini.
2448 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Voted Best Neighborhood Bar and Best Patio by Cleveland Scene, The Fairmount Cocktail Bar is a family-owned cocktail bar and art venue in Cleveland Heights.
The Fairmount is all about supporting locals, whether it means providing a lively atmosphere for local customers or gallery space for local artists.
They have an onsite herb garden that’s both the source of their delicious cocktail garnishes and infusions and a beautiful backdrop to their award-winning patio.
Happy hour is from 4-7 pm with discounts on their elevated pub fare, drafts, wine, and cocktails. Their cocktails are incredible.
I loved The Donnelly, with mezcal, pear liqueur, lemon, champagne, and St. Germain with roasted rosemary from the garden.
2061 W 10th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
Owned by Cleveland Native and Chef Ricardo Sandoval, Fat Cats is a boho-chic farm-to-table fusion restaurant and cocktail bar.
Sandoval uses his Filipino and Irish heritage and decades of experience in Italian dining to inform his creative menu.
Fat Cats has been a Tremont neighborhood favorite since 1997, with a fun and edgy atmosphere on par with the inventive menu.
Happy Hour is on weekdays from 4-7 pm. The beverage menu has cocktails as creative as the food menu, featuring tropically inspired drinks.
I recommend the Brancolada with Branca menta, Meyer’s rum, pineapple, orange, lime, and coco real.
100 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Located in a beautiful dining space in the heart of Downtown Cleveland a block from Public Square and City Hall, Il Venetian is a fine-dining modern Italian restaurant.
They use the finest imported ingredients to create modern interpretations of regional Italian dishes with artistic plating.
Their menu and ambiance have won praise from Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Scene, and more.
Happy hour is from 5-7 pm Monday through Friday with discounted prices on select appetizers to pair with fine Italian wine.
I loved their whipped ricotta with chili flakes, olive oil, and house-made grilled focaccia.
1261 W 76th St, Cleveland, OH 44102
All Saints Public House is a rowdy and lively bar and gastropub in a cozy industrial-chic space in Edgewater with oriental rugs, cushy leather couches, and ceilings with exposed wood beams.
All Saints is Cleveland’s favorite social club, with a wealth of events like live music three days a week, trivia nights, and more.
Happy hour at All Saints is from 4-6 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, featuring four-dollar house wine, draft beers, and discounted prices on their long list of appetizers.
Considering their draft list has 20 rotating beers, you have plenty of wonderful options. I had a stout with their house-made oven-baked soft pretzel with beer cheese sauce and two mustards.
1104 Rowley Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Rowley Inn is Tremont’s favorite gastropub.
The Rowley Inn is itself a historical landmark, erected in 1906 and serving drinks at all hours of the day and night to blue-collar workers.
They continue to offer blue-collar prices accessible to all budgets. The happy hour at Rowley Inn is on weekdays from 3-6 pm, with the cheapest beer, wine, and liquor specials in town, plus seven-dollar cocktails and appetizers.
I went for a whiskey drink called the Jack Honey Lemonade and a decadent plate of poutine.
820 College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Another Tremont neighborhood favorite, the Treehouse, is a beloved taphouse and gastropub with weekly live music and an unbeatable outdoor patio.
Like all Tremont locales, the Treehouse is inside a historic old-school space with carved ceilings and exposed brick walls.
They’ve maintained the old-school vibe, updating it only with large flat-screen TVs playing all your favorite sports games.
Happy hour is from 4-7 pm on weekdays and all night on Mondays. They have an extensive tap menu along with wine and classic cocktails.
I loved their Mexi-Cali, an upgraded margarita with tequila, lime, grapefruit, agave, grapefruit bitters, and soda water.
6605 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
Luxe Kitchen & Lounge is an upscale and bustling Italian bistro and cocktail lounge in a fashionable industrial-chic space in Edgewater, a few blocks from Edgewater Beach.
The hip atmosphere has live music and creative beverages to pair with Mediterranean Italian cuisine in artsy culinary displays.
Happy Hour is from 5-6 pm on weekdays. If you want unique cocktails, Luxe is the height of Avant-garde concoctions.
I went for their creative take on a Manhattan with bacon fat washed bourbon, black walnut bitters, and cherry-infused vermouth.
They also had some of the best p.e.i mussels I’ve sampled, with pancetta in a saffron tomato broth.
1365 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102
Toast is a romantic and charming wine bar in a perfectly preserved old bakery space with an intimate backyard patio in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.
Owner Jill Davis offers an extensive list of global wines and locally sourced, farm-to-table New American food.
The interior doubles as a local art gallery, displaying rotating exhibits from local artists.
Happy hour is from Wednesday to Friday from 4-7 pm with discounted wine, small plates, and charcuterie and cheese boards.
I loved their fried brussels sprouts with sambal aioli, soy caramel drizzle, and toasted sesame and chives for garnish.
The cheese and charcuterie are all from local purveyors with house-made pork terrine.
824 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland a few blocks from Cleveland Public Square, Cleveland Chop is an upscale traditional American steakhouse with a sports bar lounge and a bustling, high-energy atmosphere.
The sports bar is great for young professionals to grab a happy hour cocktail with high-quality appetizers after work.
Happy hour is in the bar from 4-7 pm Sunday through Friday with discounted small plates, Neapolitan-style pizzas, three-dollar beers, four-dollar wines, and five-dollar house cocktails.
I loved their Little Italy pizza with pepperoni, fennel sausage, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and onions.
1872 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
ABC the Tavern is a longstanding Ohio City dive with over 30 years as a beloved neighborhood favorite for cheap brews, wine, and decadent American pub fare in a gritty and fun atmosphere.
They’re always packed, whether it’s for a delicious lunch, lively happy hour, or late-night shenanigans. Happy hour at ABC is from 4-8 pm on weekdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm.
You won’t find better beer prices.
I was in a tropical mood, so I opted for a bottle of Red Stripe and a heaping plate of Pulled Jamaican Jerk Chicken Nachos with house-made tortilla chips topped with cheddar, jerk chicken, lettuce, pineapple salsa, and herb crème Fraiche.
1250 Old River Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
Located in a giant complex on the banks of the Cuyahoga River next door to Settlers Landing Park, Collision Bend Brewing Company is a brewery, taproom, and gastropub.
They brew artisanal beers and serve artisanal wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas in a space with three bars and an epic outdoor patio right on the river where locals can dock their boats.
Happy hour is from 3-6 pm on weekdays, offering five-dollar draft beers, wine, cosmos, and Manhattans, along with discounted snacks.
They also have great deals on pitchers for the table. Of course, any beer goes perfectly with their French Fries 420-style, topped with beer cheese, spicy mayo, jerk chicken, cilantro, cabbage, and fried onion crisps.