Monday, March 6, 2017

On Wednesday, March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day, women around the world are planning to strike from paid and un-paid labor to raise awareness to securing a living wage, guaranteeing basic protections for workers, ending discrimination in the workplace, and protecting civil rights and reproductive choice—and to make sure they are accessible to all women. Organizers are encouraging women to 1.) refrain from work—both paid and unpaid. 2.) Refrain from shopping with exceptions for local small businesses and women-owned businesses and 3.) by wearing red in solidarity. While the purpose of the women's strike comes from a desire for positive change, abstaining from work is not obtainable for all women. Women account for nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers in the US, and women of color account for more than half of those earning minimum wage or less.
As a woman owner of small business in our great bustling city of Lakewood, I decided to compile a list of women owned brick & mortar businesses with the help of other women in Lakewood. In honor of International Women’s Day, we encourage you to support these hard working women of our community.
Lakewood is a beautiful community to live and conduct business in. We are proud to call Lakewood our home.

Kelly Quest
Owner/Marketing & Events Director of The Side Quest and the other half of Every Bar in Lakewood

Please feel free to share and to let us know if we are missing anyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Return to Every Bar in Lakewood

A long time ago, or at least it feels that way, I began a quest to go to every bar in Lakewood and share my adventures with the world.  At the time, I assumed that world would consist of a handful of friends and a couple moms.  I was pleasantly surprised that I picked up a few more readers than that.   In the two years that followed, I succeeded on my quest of visiting all 60 bars that had been open at some point during the duration of the blog.  You voted Every Bar in Lakewood Scene's best blog of 2014.  After these achievements I began a side quest, or more precisely, The Side Quest.
In August 2014 my wife, Kelly, and I opened Ohio's first geek bar.  This endeavor quickly used all my spare time and this blog fell by the wayside.  Many things went right and some didn't:  we learned and adapted to fit ours and our customers' needs.  The Side Quest became far more personal and special than we originally imagined.  The people who are part of our business and that come to enjoy it, make all that work worthwhile and keep us enthusiastic about coming up with new events and cocktails on a regular basis.  However, sometimes you still need to get away from your own bar.  So, after taking quite a break from the blog I will be resuming Every Bar in Lakewood.

I'm interested to see how my views have changed now that I've been part of "the industry" for the past two years.  You gain a bigger respect for the work that the people working in bars and restaurants do.  You gain just as much (if not more) respect for them keeping smiles on their face while dealing with the worst of us.  On the reverse side, I have a better feel for what I should expect and what's going on behind the scenes.  The bars featured will include those that have opened since I stopped blogging and those that have noticeably changed.  Anyone that wants a reblog just needs to ask.  Beyond that, we'll see where time and all of you take the blog from there.  It's time to drunkenly explore Lakewood again!

Here is a list of the bars that have changed since July 2014:
Brew 133 became The Saloon was replaced by Bottlehouse Brewery
Pug Mahones is becoming Salt
Quaker Steak closed
World of beer was replaced by The Detroiter but it closed
The Shamrock was replaced by East End Bistro and Pub
Pacers was replaced by Forage Public House
Spitfire became Funhouse
The Stache was replaced by Game On
Madison's was replaced by Griffon Cider House
Eddy & Iggy's was replaced by The Side Quest
Bonnie & Clydes was replaced by Yuzu, Izakaya Style Bar
Trio's was replaced by Woodstock BBQ
The Winchester was replaced by Birdtown Bevy which recently closed.
16-Bit opened
Barroco gained a liquor license
Voodoo Tuna opened
Kelly's Pub replaced the long closed "House of Bud"
Bottoms Up was replaced by El Torito 
Cerino's Casual Italian was replaced by Burger 2 beers
The Corner Pub closed is being replaced by L.B.M.

Is there anything I missed or anywhere I should go back to?


Monday, December 29, 2014

2014's New Year's Eve Parties at Every Bar in Lakewood

The Side Quest

Start your New Year off with The Side Quest, join us for ATOMIC PROM! 

We will have the best (and of course worst) retro sci-fi movies on all night, Photo booth, Champagne Toast, Cosplay Contest and more.

So brush off your starfleet dress uniform, bust out your fanciest bow ties and channel your inner Judy Jetson! Cosplay prize will go to the best vintage/retro inspired cosplay.

17900 Detroit

Patio Tavern
The lovely Miss Jessica will open the bar at 3PM, and Miss Emily will be tending bar all night on New Year's Eve!
As always, we will have $1.50 Miller Lite pints, AND Southern Tier 2XMAS and Troeg's Mad Elf in pints for the always least expensive price to drink in Lakewood!  
Should our loyal patrons feel like a shot of Tullamore Dew, they will also be awarded a signature Tullamore Dew shot glass!  

We're looking forward to counting down the clock to ring in 2015!

15615 Madison

Harry Buffalo

18605 Detroit

Lakewood Village Tavern

We have happy hour until 7pm, there will be a 5:00 champagne toast for the day crowd, toast at midnight of course, $2.50 wells and domestics all night.

13437 Madison

5 O'Clock Lounge

Champagne toast free cover with a dj!

11904 Detroit

16-Bit Bar+Arcade

Alright people... HE'S BACK!!!

NO Glitz, NO Glam, NO Cover (because Chuck Norris doesn't pay covers) and NO Meatheads (just Chuck). Chuck Norris will kick the doors open at 4pm, we'll be running Chuck Norris drink specials and movies all night!!! 

Hang with us and Chuck for a killer New Year's!!!

15012 Detroit

Avenue Tap House

Red Rose

Free Chance to Win one of the Prize Buckets! Various fun items in each reusable beer bucket! Drawings at 11pm. Winners must be present. Sandwich trays at midnight! New Years party gear too! Drink specials & 40¢ Wings All Day & Night!

14810 Madison


13405 Madison

Corner Pub

We're having a day time party from 10:00am till 2:00pm, with a shot or beer toast at noon for people who can't stay awake until midnight. And a night party from 9 pm till 2 am with small finger foods, and a toast at midnight.

12301 Madison

Mahall's 20 Lanes
The same people that brought you "Enchantment Under The Sea Dance" last New Year's Eve here at Mahall's, Memorabilia Productions give you this year's:


The time has come for you to seek the path!

We invite you and your friends to join us at Mahall's and usher in the spirits of 2015. 

Between the two worlds of Dark and Light, 2014 & 2015 dance within THE BLACK LODGE!

With your MCs Snake Grimwood & Krauty McKraut!! 

Dance to DJ Himiko Gogo & DJ Road Chief!

There will be a delicious special menu of themed cocktails and eats!

5 Dollars

Come as you are or as you'd like to be,
Semi-Formal or Casual remains to be seen...

Your soul has set you face to face
with the light of a new day,
New Year's Eve at Mahall's,
Know yourself and abide in that state.

And if your anticipation is too much, join Mahall's every Monday evening at 8pm to watch episodes of David Lynch + Mark Frost's "TWIN PEAKS".

13200 Madison

Corky's Place

We're doing free party favors free champagne toast at midnight and karaoke starts at 10. No cover charge

13302 Detroit


As their name implies, RadioActive Band is a high energy Top-40 band with ... VOTED CLEVELAND'S BEST TOP-40 BAND BY CLEVELAND MAGAZINE 2013!  Starts at 9pm

1414 Riverside Dr

Around the Corner

New Years At Around The Corner! 
Biggest party on the Westside! No cover, Free Party Favors,
Balloon Drop, Pop Rocks playing in Warehouse and Dj on Front Stage!, 4 bars open!
Looking to rent out a room and do your own exclusive package? Email Ryan at or call 216-310-6148

VIP bottle service
Includes your own VIP section with a VIP host and party favors.
1 Svedka bottles (750 ML) 12 bottles of domestic beer and a bottle of champagne. -$162 Includes tax and gratuity
2 Svedka bottles (750 ML) 12 bottles of domestic beer and a bottle of champagne. - $252. Includes tax and gratuity
Customize your VIP package by calling 216-310-6148 or email

18616 Detroit

Merry Arts

$35 9-midnight:
Top shelf and domestic bottles, heavy apps and champagne toast at midnight. 
Space is limited

15607 Detroit

Sloane Pub

Come to the kinder, gentler, New Years Eve at the Sloane, with $3 Christmas Ale Pints, $1 mint chocolate pudding shots, and a champagne toast at midnight, just o name a few things.

18196 Sloane

New Year’s Eve Celebration!!!!

12/31/14 from 8:00 p.m. – Midnight
$40 per person
$70 per couple

Open bar
Generous food buffet
Champagne toast at midnight
Party favors

Contact Pat at 216-849-1295 for reservations!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween 2014

Bars continue to open and close, great (and not so great) seasonal beers appear and fade away, and thus the blog must continue. Here is the Every Bar in Lakewood list of Lakewood Halloween parties. I’ll add more to the blog as they are submitted. 

We are celebrating Halloween all week at The Side Quest!

Each night is a different theme ending with a huge party on Friday Night to show off your best Costumes.  Drink & Food Specials all week.
Prizes for Best Costume Nightly!

Monday: Video Game Cosplay Theme Plus Mario Mondays console gaming with GDL Entertainment

Tuesday: Medieval Cosplay Theme Come in your best Game of Thrones, Middle Earth, or Renaissance Faire attire!

Wednesday: Freak Show Cosplay Theme Bar Against Humanity at 8:00pm American Horror Story Freak Show at 10:00pm

Thursday: Star Wars vs. Star Trek Cosplay Theme The ultimate geek showdown! Battle it out to see who wins! Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes starts at 8:00pm.

Friday: Halloween Party! All Cosplay Themes! Come in your Cosplay Best and party at the Geekiest Spot in Ohio!

Bevy in Birdtown 

Halloween Costume Party 8pm, Halloween 21 & over only Drink Specials, Spiked Cider and Prizes.
EVERYONE in costume will receive a raffle ticket to be entered in drawings to WIN:

Cleveland Browns Blankets
TWO Hall of Fame tickets &
GRAND PRIZE of 2 CLUB seats for Browns Game this year

Come join in on the fun! 

The Sloane Pub 

The kinder, gentler Halloween this year. We will have Pumpkin Pie pudding shots for $1.00.

Lakewood Village Tavern 

We are doing a party Friday and Saturday that weekend. Costume prizes both nights and captain Morgan and Malibu specials.

Harry Buffalo

The Flying Rib

We are partying Friday night with drink specials and a costume contest. Shannon and Vieda are creating some very interesting Halloween shots.

World of Beer

Corner pub 

Halloween party Friday October 31 9pm. $50 1st place costume, minimum 15 people dressed up. Drink specials under $3.50. DJ Dawn for karaoke and music requests

16-Bit Bar+Arcade


Qualifying rounds held at 10pm, 10:30pm, 11pm & 11:30pm...
All qualifiers plus two wild cards will compete for an Arcade Cabinet of choice from the 16-Bit Warehouse at MIDNIGHT!!!



Our party is Nov. 1st starting at 10 with Scary-oke. Cash and prize for the scariest, sexiest, and most or Original Angry orchard, apple pie shot, and spooky shot $2 each.

Iggy's Bar

5 O'Clock Lounge

It's secret soul club its awesome! Best dance party, voted 1 in cleveland magazine!


We've got Womack Band and ANgela Perley & the Howlin Moons plus pumpkin carving, costume contest, halloween drinks & eats - Oct 31

The Stache 

Halloween Party! Sponsored by Angry Orchard and Fireball! Fireball girls, free giveaways, drink specials AND a Costume Contest!! Bob for shots, free candy! Costume Contest Winners will get... 1st Place $200 2nd Place $100 21+ ONLY Pre-registration starts NOW until 10pm 10/31 To register either stop in and sign up or email with your name and costume! 

Around the Corner

Something's brewing and it's going to be a wicked good time... Calling all goblins, ghouls, and freaks alike, join us in Lakewood for a spooktacular night! Fly over on Friday, October 24th & park your broomsticks at Around The Corner.

Wear your costumes whether witches or ghosts, Daniella Dior will be your host! Be there by 10pm to meet your fate, wear your wildest costume and bring your tastiest date.

Our models are ready for this magical night, filled with mayhem and mischief and other such freights! Halloween Costume Fashion Show starts just before the witching hour at 11pm!

Spooky shout out to our sponsors Pinnacle Vodka, Sam Adams Octoberfest & Adult Mart! Thank you for helping make this night enchanting.

 Our treats will delight you, be there if you dare! Creepy Cocktail Specials: $3 Pinnacle Boo Bombs Scary Sam Adams Octoberfest Contact Jessie Nunn to setup VIP bottle service in the warehouse web. Mysterious MC Lu Cas will keep you on the edge of your coffin, with devilish dancing all night w bizarre beats by DJ Ace! Photo opportunities with our event photographer John Yuhas, from Sites4sight Multimedia.
We're so happy we could scream!
Because it's Halloween!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Every NEW Bar in Lakewood! Bars #61 - #65

As many know, the idea of Every Bar in Lakewood is not a concrete concept. The bars of Lakewood are more of a fluid idea.  The names and ownership change with the trends, people and standards.  

Well, that, and your normal amount of bars that close due to poor management, ownership or just general grossness.  This summer I caught up to the end of the current list of all the bars.  But the list is wily and will not be defeated so easily.  Today I announce the list of Every Bar in Lakewood-that-opens-this-summer!  The Side Quest Bar, O’Toole’s Pub, The Stache, 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, and Kelley’s Pub are bars #61 through #65.
O’Toole’s Pub has taken over the location of Irish Kevin’s.  The new bar is looking to be an upgrade of its predecessor.  The beer list will be set for a wider audience.  It will be changed more often to give O’Toole’s customers more options and prevent beer boredom.  The biggest change to the bar will be the food.  A new full kitchen is currently being installed behind the scenes.  The true inspiration behind the bar is the love of food Urvashi O'Toole and her husband have.  They want deliciousness to be seen and tasted at O’Toole’s Pub.  Their diverse tastes of Italian, Indian, and Mexican (to name a few) will translate to options for to everyone.  Urvashi wants to make sure that her bar offers food worth loving:  both for her patrons and private events in the future.
In addition, O’Toole’s Pub will be lightening up its look.  The black ceiling has been painted gold and is the original to the building.  The windows and entrance will be enlarged so that the light from outside can flood the bar and into create a more inviting look.  The new large front windows will slide open to let in a fresh breeze during our fairer months.  I got to meet Urvashi before writing this blog and more than anything you can tell that she is working to create a bar she can be proud of.
The kitchen should be up and running by the end of summer, but until then, pizza from their neighbor Grab-In-Go Pizza will be available.  The window and door expansion is set for next spring to early summer.  Check it out soon for the beer and free pizza and then revisit later to check out the new food menu.

13601 Detroit Ave

16-Bit Bar+Arcade has been the biggest news to Lakewood bars this summer.  It will be the only bar not moving into a previous bar’s location: it will be going into the previous location of Five Guy’s Burgers.  This is 16-Bit’s second and biggest bar, allowing them to increase what they do great.  16-Bit Bar+Arcade will bring an army of arcade games (around 50) that will be kept current by rotating them with their Columbus location.  They will also have a number skee ball machines, which they use for both individual and league play.  They try to offer the best of old school and newer cocktails pushing for quality ingredients and enjoyable taste.  They have a diverse beer list ranging from domestics, local and Belgium craft beers and some vintage varieties.  Their events are a mix of arcade tournaments and nostalgic culture.  16-Bit Bar+Arcade looks to be a great new draw to our fantastic downtown Lakewood.

16-Bit Bar+Arcade was originally slated to open July 1st but  has pushed back to August 29th in order to get everything just right.
(Some info is thanks to

15008 Detroit Ave
The Stache has taken the place of Johnny Malloy’s.  They have replaced the sports bar/pizzeria to go with the idea of a “modern-day speak-easy.”  They will endeavor to have the best burgers in town.  Along with that, they’ll offer great beer options, your favorite cocktails, and, keeping with the speak-easy theme, offering moonshine.  They want to make the community a part of their concept.  The Stache isn’t open yet but they are showing updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages.  The Stache opened August 20th.
17103 Detroit Ave
Twitter: @thestacheclev 

Billy C’s location is opening as Kelley's Pub this summer.  It’s already looking better than a month ago.  It will be opened by a local Cleveland firefighter.  I don’t know anything else about this bar yet.  Let me know if you do and I’ll write it here!

13525 Lakewood Heights Blvd.
The Side Quest Bar is opening at the previous location of Eddy & Iggy's on August 30th.  It is being opened the writer of the local blog…oh, that’s me.

Every Bar in Lakewood is opening its own bar!

A question repeatedly asked of us was,  “Once you’ve finished going to Every Bar in Lakewood, what’s your next project?”  So, what does a geeky bar blogger do next?  Open a nerd bar, of course!

We’ve visited nearly Every Bar in Lakewood and we’ve discovered what’s missing!  A bar for us, a bar for you, a place for geeks and nerds can go enjoy the things they love while having a few great craft beers with friends! 

The Side Quest is going to focus on tabletop gaming, geeky TV shows, and craft beers in a relaxed environment.  Trivia, theme nights, lecture series, and live television programming events will be common occurrences.  New ideas and events will be included as our customers (you) ask for them.  We want this bar to be your bar, so, we would love to hear what you’d love to see, play, and drink.

The Side Quest will offer an extensive library that can be loaned out to play in the bar.  These games can range from card games like Munchkin and board games like Settlers of Catan to Scrabble and Sweet Valley High.  Don't worry, you'll also have the option to BYOG (bring your own game.)
We will offer 24 beers on draft, 12 of which will be brewed specifically for The Side Quest Bar.  The beers we offer will be from local brewers, whenever possible.  Craft drafts by local beer nerds for local beer nerds.  We will design different seasonal cocktails throughout the year to engage your palette and your nerdy side.

 Our food will be designed to be easy to eat with one hand to keep you in the game when your stomach is running on empty.   This will allow you to try different foods per visit without emptying your wallet.

In the last year, we have worked with different businesses throughout the area on events that ranged from filling up Mahall’s 20 Lanes for the a viewing of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, manning a table at Carol and John’s Comic Shop’s Free Comic Book Day event, to a month-long Mario Kart 8 tournament at Eddy and Iggy’s this summer.  The Doctor Who party was where we officially decided to open the bar.  I had simply wanted to watch something I was excited about with other like-minded people.  It turned out there were a lot of you.  The Side Quest will strive to be a part of the community and local businesses through joint promotions, events and customer participation (to let us know what they want, like and dislike.)

Are the cities of Lakewood and Cleveland ready for a Geek Bar?  We are a city where the Avengers battle and Superman was born.  We have craft beer festivals on a regular basis.  There’s barely a bar in town that doesn’t rely on sports, games, or at least scoring of some kind or another.  Some of our biggest drinking days involve dressing up in costumes or at least large amounts of green.  The question isn’t, "is Lakewood ready for a geek bar?"  The question is, "are you tired of waiting for your bar; a bar that lets you eat, drink, watch, and play what you want?"

Twitter: @thesidequestbar
Instagram: @thesidequest

As I invite you on my new quest, my Side Quest, I don’t want to you to stop exploring.  There are great bars opening: bars with great ideas, a bar that will offer their love of great food, a bar that will offer you hundreds of arcade games, a bar that will offer you the best burger and moonshine you could ask for.  A bar reborn through a local fireman’s vision, and a bar that asks, “Are you ready to geek out?”  Check us all out and the other dozens of bars throughout Lakewood.  We exist for you and because of you.  Come find your favorite bar; adventure is just around the corner.