Cleveland is a small city. Sometimes I feel like I've explored every inch of this town, but then I find a new gem and can't wait to tell the world about it. Porco is that gem. I've heard about it, but never knew many people who had actually been there. So why not take The Bar League crew on an adventure to this Ohio City bar? Porco Lounge & Tiki Room is not walkable from Market Garden or any of the other West 25th bars, which is probably why so few people I know have been there. It is worth going off the beaten path to get here, though.
Porco's cocktail game is on point. Their artfully crafted drinks are elaborate, strong, and worth every penny. If you plan on having more than a couple of drinks here, plan on taking an Uber home, too. I asked the bartender to "surprise me," and he got to work creating my little glass of tiki paradise. He plucked a piece of fresh mint, plopped a piece of dry ice in there, topped it off with a fun little monkey decoration, and handed me my drink. The foggy mist that came off of it tempted everyone else in the crew to get their drink orders in, too. It was fun to examine each cocktail-- each one was truly a work of art, an Instagrammer's heaven.
The drinks at Porco were so good, you could probably still enjoy them if you were sipping on them while sitting in a dumpster in the rain. But Porco's atmosphere matches the quality of their drinks-- tiki done right. It could have easily come off as cheesy or touristy, but it doesn't. It has a very authentic vibe, even though it's on West 25th in Cleveland, Ohio. You're guaranteed to have a good time here, whether you are inside in the dead of winter, or outside enjoying a summer evening on their patio.
For this Bar League outing, we decided to grab a long hightop table that easily accommodated our group while the overhang kept us safe from the rain. The humidity and the rain only enhanced the exotic tiki vibe at Porco. Everyone relaxed after a long day at work over some cocktails and appetizers.
Out of all of the bars that we've explored with The Bar League, Porco is near the top of my personal list for bars that I can't wait to return to this summer. Their patio is inviting, their drinks are incredible, and their bartenders were talented and friendly. It's a perfect little piece of Cleveland paradise to enjoy before the summer ends. Pay Porco a visit soon- you won't regret it!
Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
2527 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113