Over the past nine months, The Bar League has explored quite a few watering holes. Most of them are local and unique to Cleveland. Bar #23 is not, but it’s a chain that I’ve frequented a lot over the past few years. Bar Louie may be a national chain, but it still has a place in the local community!
Bar Louie has several Cleveland locations: Crocker Park, Legacy Village, and downtown. We went downtown to their West 6th spot, which is surrounded by a dozen other bars. When you think of West 6th and the Warehouse District, you may only think of going there late on a Friday or Saturday night. But if you’re looking for a good downtown happy hour, add Bar Louie to your rotation.
The biggest draw for me to go to Bar Louie is their happy hour & specials. Their happy hour prices aren’t bad at all-- $3.25 draft beers (they have twenty!), $5.25 martinis, and half price appetizers from 4-7pm. On Tuesdays, you can grab a cheap dinner, too, because it’s dollar burger night! I picked Bar Louie for our Bar League outing because Wednesdays are Beer Night- $1.25 domestic bottles ($2 for Coronas) all night long. Can’t beat that!
As for the food, I’d say it’s nothing to write home about. It’s not bad, but you can find better options nearby. Cleveland has so many amazing restaurants downtown! Our group was getting hungry and eager to take advantage of their half price appetizer specials.
The atmosphere at Bar Louie is fun yet somewhat sophisticated. It's like a college bar that has grown up and matured a little bit. High top tables and large booths make this an inviting place for large groups for happy hour. In my experience, the servers have always been welcoming to groups, and don’t gripe about doing separate checks. When I worked downtown, my coworkers and I would come here nearly every Wednesday! If you go on a Sunday, you’ll find Bar Louie packed with people watching the Browns (lose).
If you work near one of Bar Louie’s three Cleveland locations, grab your coworkers and head over there for happy hour. You’re sure to leave happier knowing that you didn’t need to spend a lot to have a few drinks and a good time.
Bar Louie Downtown
1352 W. 6th St. #152
Cleveland, OH 44113