In terms of acoustics, the Bop Stop, the tiny jazz club just west of downtown Cleveland, can't be beat. Unfortunately, it sat vacant for many years; but since the Music Settlement, a leading music education institution in the region, took control of the building and handed the reins to promoter Gabriel Pollack, the place has thrived. Now, it features music several nights of the week as Pollack strives to present "creative, original music." It's also home to Outlab, the monthly jam session that attracts musicians from diverse backgrounds. Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen manages the kitchen and Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present, Future curates the walls by providing music-themed photographs.
2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551, themusicsettlement.org.