Last Wednesday, The Bar League visited our 20th bar this year, BottleHouse Brewery & Mead Hall in Lakewood. You may have visited their east side location, which opened in 2012 in Cleveland Heights. BottleHouse decided to expand and opened up shop earlier this year on Madison Avenue. This is the fifth bar that we've been to on this street, and we still have plenty more on the list!
When you first enter BottleHouse, you'll be welcomed (and possibly confused) by doors with "Sullivan's Irish Pub & Restaurant" engraved into the glass. Sullivan's occupied the building for nearly a decade until it closed in 2012. From what I've heard, the bar was beloved by the community, and many were disappointed when it changed ownership and suddenly closed. The space transformed into a sports bar, Brew 133, and then a country bar, The Saloon. Neither lasted very long at all, leaving the bar vacant and ready for someone else to take a shot. Enter BottleHouse Brewery & Mead Hall. BottleHouse seems like the ideal bar to be in this incredible space, and I think it's great that they kept a few pieces of history from Sullivan's to commemorate a Lakewood favorite.
The bar is stunning, possibly the most beautiful we've been to yet. There are plenty of long tables with bench seating that are perfect for accommodating large groups. You won't find TVs here; this bar is meant to be a place for the community to gather and have good conversation over craft beer, mead, and cider. The bar was packed on Wednesday for trivia. There were also several other groups taking advantage of the various spaces to congregate and meet. BottleHouse is dog friendly on their patio, and inside, so of course our friendly mascot, Bella, joined us!
As you'd expect, there's a nice list of crafted beers, ciders and meads at BottleHouse. I tried a cider, which was good, and the Community Pilsener, which I liked even more. My boyfriend tried the Rising Star Coffee Milk Stout, and loved it. They brew their drinks at their Cleveland Heights location, and barrel age some in Lakewood.
During our visit, I was fortunate to meet Jarred, who has been entrusted by the owner to run BottleHouse's westside location. Jarred is a Marine Corps veteran, and very friendly and kind hearted. When I asked Jarred what his biggest challenge has been so far, he said it has been letting people know that they are open and serve food! He told me that like their east side location, they allow patrons to bring in their own food. But they also have a small kitchen where a mother-daughter team serves up salads and flatbreads, all made from scratch. While I did not have any food, everyone around me who did gave very positive reviews.
Next time you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful space to get together with friends or family, head over to BottleHouse. It's the perfect place to enjoy a brew over good conversation with good company.
BottleHouse Brewery & Mead Hall
13368 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107