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Sunset in the Warehouse District

Downtown jazz club opens.


That's Yellowcard's Sean Mackin on the fiddle at the Odeon Sunday, January 22. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • That's Yellowcard's Sean Mackin on the fiddle at the Odeon Sunday, January 22.
A new jazz lounge in Cleveland's Warehouse District offers an alternative to the steady stream of live music and thumping dance tracks at the other downtown clubs. Sunset Lounge (1382 West Ninth Street) is the fourth upscale spot from the owners of downtown restaurants Mallorca and Brasa Grill, and Pepper Pike's Marbella.

"People ask me all the time where there is to go for an after-dinner drink," says partner Jesus Demanuel. "There's not much for a 40-year-old couple to do downtown. My idea is to do live entertainment -- a little jazz, a little piano. Weekdays, we'll start at happy hour. Something will always be happening from 5 or 6 to 10. Then weekends, after 11, we'll have DJs or some louder live music."

Sunset Lounge is inspired by Demanuel's travels to New York City, Chicago, and Miami. Along with its high ceilings, the deep room features a calming blue-and-black decor. The venue's front area has 25 tables, a sleek top-shelf bar, and plenty of elbow room. Illuminated green bubbles float up a wall in a more intimate rear section. A glass wall lets guests see into the kitchen, which offers seafood, sushi, and a raw bar. In addition to the 180-selection wine list, a 42-drink menu boasts classic highballs like the Grasshopper and Harvey Wallbanger. Live entertainment to date has included jazz chanteuse Laura Varcho and Sammy De Leon's Latin Jazz ensemble.

"It's nice and cozy," says Demanuel. "And the music is going to be soft."

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