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Winking Lizard Tavern

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87
very good

22 Reviews
Reviews: 22
Visits: 41
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 323
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

811 Huron Rd E
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115-1120
United States
phone: (216) 589-0313

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @winkinglizard

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 41
Reviews by PBRstreetgang:
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

If you're not taking the Great Lakes fatty wagon to and from the stadium, this is a good palce to stop in for a pint before the game. Located just around the corner from the ballpark and quite easy to find, a parking space however -is not.

Of course the winking lizard is as much a sports bar as it is a beer bar, so that means pre and post game crowds will dominate the building. But the service is surprisingly prompt even if you are not seated at the bar. The food is excellent as far as pub grub goes, but don't bother trying to order a steak.

All the usual "world tour" beers are present, along with a wide selection of excellent craft brew. However, there are also quite a few over-priced BMC beers. Still, it's nice to order a single bottle, as opposed to picking up a six pack and find out it's not your style. (824 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JArt
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Brown120
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

its alright (12 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jmosier
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Had never been, so my wife and I went here for dinner on our way to see Lewis Black at the State Theater (great show, but I digress). Fantastic beer list, and a good selection on tap. Had one of the best burgers ever there, cooked just right, and the fries were extra crispy as requested. Wife said she wished the chicken in her Asian chicken wrap was a little warmer, but said it tasted good, just the same.

I had a Great Lakes Octoberfest and a Brother Thelonious on tap. Too bad no GL Nosferatu on tap -- surprised when the waiter said that it wasn't out now, they had it earlier in the year. Interesting, since we just got it from our distributor a couple weeks ago (writing this in mid-September) and the GL web site lists it as September-October. Oh well. There was so much else to choose from.

But + points to the waiter for steering me away from the Rueben, which I was thinking about getting (the look on his face when I asked about it told me all I needed to know). Hence the very satisfactory burger.

The place had a homey sort of look to it, don't look for glitz. Friendly staff, the hostess kindly called a cab for us to take us to the theater.

I would go back here. More beers to try. (1,202 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Winking Lizard Tavern is a fun place and near ballpark making it very convenient to boot if you're there for baseball. Above average bar food. The pulled pork sandwich was the best I have had since I lived in the South thirty years ago. Great tap selection. I had a Great Lakes Burning River American Pale Ale but the choices were abundant and their prices are excellent - too much to choose from.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service.
Got out of there with three 22 oz beers, three sandwiches for 42 bucks plus tip.
Will definitely go back before I leave town. (572 characters)

Photo of claminat420
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

stopped here on my cleveland trip to see primus. a modern sports bar but with a nice beer selection. we (gf and i) went during dinner and it wasn't too packed. kinda a mixed crowd it being a sports bar and it being in the business district. i orded some 911 wings (45cent wings mon and tues) and a half slab of baby back ribs which were ok (shoulda been more meat on the bones). they had around 15 beers on tap. if they didn't have your beer on tap i'm almost positive they had something you liked in a bottle. the waitstaff was friendly. overall the place wasn't too shabby. for it being walking distance from the hotel it definitely gets a plus. the prices could be lowered but the happy hour and deals really made it reasonable.

PS. i ordered a turkey wrap for later at the hotel for the drunk munchies and it was terrible. they need to put some mayo or something on it cuz it was drier then hell. (902 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Ah...my second visit to the Winking Lizard...the first being back in 2002 during my craft beer obsession infancy! In all honesty, it looks like the place hasn't changed much! You can enter from either side of the building...it is a bit of an odd triangle shape...there is a small bar at the apex of the triangle and a larger (but still pretty small) eating area at the base. The décor is what you would expect in a neighborhood sports bar...low lighting, lots of TVs and wood.

The beer selection is pretty decent...they have a nice bottle list that is available for take-out. There are coolers behind the bar that house the bottles (some of which are hidden behind others and wine). Not sure on the exact numbers, but I would guess about 100 bottles and 20 or so drafts. Lots of local and domestic craft available. The imports were not strongly represented though.

The bartender and hostess were very friendly and helpful. They even offered for me to join a "world of beer" tour (or something along those lines).

If you are in the downtown area of Cleveland, this place is worth checking out for sure! (1,106 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here for a couple drinks at the end of a recent visit to downtown. Inside, I made comments that the place had the decor similar to a Hooters. Seemed like a decent place to sit and watch a game. Got there around 11 and there were plenty of open spots at the bar.

Ordered a SN Celebration, my girlfriend attempted to order some kind of Triple, and they were out of it. The Celebration tap tasted just a tad bit off, still enjoyable. Finished the night with an Old Rasputin as I wanted something darker. Ordered some fries along the way to munch on and they were quite good, nothing fancy.

Overall pretty enjoyable...would definitely go back if I was in the mood. (670 characters)

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Winking Lizard Tavern in Cleveland, OH
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.