19. LBM – Lakewood, Ohio
What happens when a bunch of bartenders who like camping and Norwegian death metal decide to open their own place? The world’s first Viking-themed cocktail bar, in the middle of the Cleveland suburbs. The partners, including bartender Eric Ho, loved good drinks but thought typical cocktail bars were too precious. “There’s no such thing as a pretentious Viking,” Ho says. The drinks are aggressively named (the Skull Crawler combines coconut, cold brew coffee, and banana-infused rum) and seasonal—the crew works closely with local farmers, and they change the list every few weeks.
INSIDE INFO: Happy hour attracts a lot of liquor-industry types, making LBM the best place for intelligence if you’re planning a night out in Cleveland.
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