5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Cleveland.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

John Q's Steakhouse

55 Public Sq, Cleveland, OH 44113

Order a grown-up Manhattan at this prime downtown location that's quintessential Cleveland.

Tree House

820 College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

You could order something pineapple at this trendy urban saloon, but the gin-based Tom Collins makes a timeless statement.

The Mercury Lounge

1392 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

So simple: Noilly Prat (good dry vermouth) and Ketel One (great wheat-based, hangover-proof vodka) set a lofty standard for the martini. What else would you expect from the Merc?

Lava Lounge

1307 Auburn Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Gin-based fancy Gibson trumps beer funk at Tremont's premier mingling mecca. Maybe it's the pearl onion.

Velvet Tango Room

2095 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

Sip a high-end sidecar (Cointreau, Courvoisier and fresh lemon juice) prepared by the stunning Christine at this chic spot. Repeat. Hum Dean Martin tunes as needed.