Maybe it's the neon sign outside, but the Velvet Tango Room exudes the confidence of a place that won't disappoint when it comes to being the best cocktail bar in town. Cleveland's known that for years, ever since the joint quietly opened up in Duck Island when basically nothing else was there. Here, cocktails aren't just another drink. Here, there's a history and a story, not to mention handmade ingredients and the kind of expertise that translates to a few-minute wait for your drink and indelible, endless memories once you take a sip. Raise another one to this Cleveland landmark, because for all the imitators and craft cocktail spots around Northeast Ohio, there's only one VTR.
2095 Columbus Rd., 216-241-8869, velvettangoroom.com.