Winking Lizard Tavern

BA SCORE
88
very good

23 Reviews
Winking Lizard TavernWinking Lizard Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

811 Huron Rd E
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115-1120
United States

(216) 589-0313 | map
winkinglizard.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
5.93%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
323
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
3.84/5  rDev -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 d├ęcor 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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EternalHoppiness
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gregf51
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

My first time at this particular Winking Lizard. Service was a bit on the slow side, but we stopped in prior to a Cavs game, so it was certainly understandable. Tremendous beer selection as generally reasonable prices. Food is above average pub fare. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

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Photo of JArt
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Brown120
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mertzhb15
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

its alright

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JimmyVortex
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bcgeiman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SpartyJoe
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of c_law
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Insanity55
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jmosier
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Winking Lizard Tavern in Cleveland, OH
3.88 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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