Best of Cleveland 2012

People & Places

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Best Bartender

Rob Turek

Little wonder that the best bartender in town would hail from the hottest spot going: Barley House in the Warehouse District. That's where veteran mixologist Rob "Flair" Turek slings the suds and then some, and where appreciative partiers have taken notice. Why "Flair"? Because the guy knows his drinks and he knows how to dazzle — from fire shows to juggling to sleight of hand that keeps the crowds happy and — we're guessing here — the tips generous.

Staff Pick: Ryan Hardwick of Liquidsixx

p>Best Reason to Visit Akron

Akron Art Museum

In a town on the cusp of a major rebirth, Akron's art museum is an apt symbol of the changes that are well under way. Only a few years removed from a major expansion that more than tripled its size, the former two-room art school is now a Summit County showplace dedicated to the art of the past 150 years, including riveting traveling shows that recently included an acclaimed exhibition of M.C. Escher's most famous works.

1 South High St., Akron,


Staff Pick: Highland Square

Best Local Landmark

Terminal Tower

The singular icon of Cleveland's skyline was the second-tallest building in America at the time of its completion back in 1928. And while it's no longer even the tallest building in its own hometown, the Terminal Tower's architectural grandeur has yet to be matched. It's perfectly fitting that the casino of Cleveland's dreams will sit beside the skyscraper that birthed so many dreams.

50 Public Square, 216-621-6060

Staff Pick: Lake Erie

Best Local Radio Station

FM 100.7 WMMS

While it seems most stops on the radio dial are content to murder your brain with Pitbull or let Dave Matthews circa '94 soft-rock you to sleep, WMMS is still the go-to frequency in town for straight-up drums-bass-guitar racket, both the classics and the fresh-baked tunes. Many things have changed in the Rock & Roll Capital, but the Buzzard keeps thundering on.

Staff Pick: 91.1 FM WRUW

Best Sports Talker

Tony Rizzo

The longtime sports guy at Fox 8 TV has settled into a steady groove as the leading man of WKNR's weekday-morning Really Big Show. Rizzo's is a rare gift: to blast viewers daily with his over-the-top enthusiasm ("It's good to be alive!") and unabashed homerism, yet not come off in the least like an obnoxious bastard. That role more often goes to his sidekick Aaron Goldhammer, the resident cynic who gives the show its welcome symmetry.

On AM 850 WKNR

Staff Pick: Chuck Booms