Now Open: Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club in Former Barking Spider Tavern on Case Campus


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  • Allison Seib
For 30 years, the Barking Spider Tavern drew scores of live music lovers to a charming carriage house on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. That brilliant chapter of Cleveland nightlife closed for good in September of 2016, when the legendary watering hole ceased operations.

After months of construction, that iconic club’s replacement has opened its doors. Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club (11310 Juniper Rd.) combines the foods customers have become familiar with since the original Dave’s Cosmic Subs shop opened in Chagrin Falls in 1997 with a live music component. Live acts will take to the stage on Friday and Saturday nights, paired with other programming like open mic nights.

The location is operated by North Coast Cosmic Subs, a franchisee that operates Dave’s shops in Cleveland Heights, Berea, Mentor and Oberlin.

“It’s going to be quality- and experienced-driven,” explains Paul Sidhu, president of North Coast Cosmic Subs.

The revamped business now features a full bar with craft and domestic beers, plus that charming patio.

On the bill for this weekend are Master TC and the Visitors on Friday, April 5, with the Props booked for Saturday, April 6. Gone are the pay-as-you-wish days of the circulating tip jar for performers; these days, a cover will be charged at the door.

“You had the Barking Spider, which everyone in the local community adored, and we want to pick up where they left off,” adds Sidhu. “This location really pays homage to fulfilling part of that legacy.”

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