Best Local Music Bar/Club

Happy Dog

This Detroit Shoreway concert club and restaurant that boasts a cool vintage look and takes a band-friendly approach that both national and local acts admire. Unlike other clubs that ask bands to play for little or no money, the club requires that bands simply play for the door money. The club also hosts a monthly classical music jam night and regularly books New Soft Shoe, the local Gram Parsons tribute act. Two years ago, Cleveland Orchestra launched a residency program that included performances at the Happy Dog and at other venues in the Gordon Square Arts District. Happy Dog owner Sean Watterson played a key role in making the event happen.

5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474,  happydogcleveland.com.

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