Whatever your opinion is of the Velvet Dog during the winter months, no one can deny that during the summer, on the rooftop patio during happy hour, it's one of the hottest destinations in the city. With roving bars, tons of food specials (more often than not, you'll find some free grub), and extended hours (5 to 9 p.m.), the after-work romp is the perfect opportunity to forget about the work day and ease into the summer evening. The music and the vibes are velvety and perfect.
1280 West Sixth St., 216-664-1116, velvetdogcleveland.com.
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