You don't have to be a nerd to enjoy Side Quest, but it doesn't hurt. The relatively young Lakewood bar filled a niche in the Cleveland bar landscape, notably as a destination for quirky, nerdy, friendly, board-game loving folks. There are trivia nights, themed nights (Star Wars, Pi Day), and a healthy batch of craft offerings. But the main draw is the selection of board games. Pick from the abundant options or bring your own. Bring some pals to play or join a game. Skip the broken Connect Four setup at your local bar and head for board game paradise instead.
17900 Detroit Ave., 216-228-1212, thesidequestbar.com.