Thursday, June 30 2022

Moving from one bar to another is a New Year’s tradition that liquor businesses and their customers cherish at the end of each year.

Akron is home to plenty of taverns, pubs, and speakeasies, but only certain areas have a high enough concentration of these establishments to hit the pub crawl — and even fewer have good brunch options. Below are sections of town where bars and brunch are within a few blocks of each other.

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Movie posters and brewery logos decorate the walls of Mr. Zub's Deli and Bar in Akron's Highland Square.

Highland Square

Annabell Bar and Lounge: 784 W. Market St., Akron;

Mr. Zub’s Deli & Bar: Evening with the really cool DJ Jason Tarulli, who will play soul, funk, R&B and garage rock. Music, free appetizers and merchandise will be available at 8 p.m. 795 W. Market St., Akron;

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Ray’s Pub: As per usual. 801 W. Market Street, Akron;

Bar & Grill Barmacy: Karaoke from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. 804 W. Market St. Akron;

Morning: 812 W. Market St., Akron;

Brunch: For a simple coffee and pastry run, a trip to Angel Falls Coffee Company in Highland Square would suffice. Those looking for a more substantial late morning meal can head to Wally Waffle or a few minutes down the street to Akron Family Restaurant.

The Main Street Saloon, located at 1481 S Main St in Akron, was founded in 1985 by David Kennamore.
A funny sign welcomes customers of the Ido Bar & Grill.

Firestone Park

Main Street Lounge: Prime ribs will be served — two for $40 — until closing time at 9 p.m. 1481 S. Main Street, Akron;

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Ido Bar & Grill: 1537 S. Main St., Akron;

The Ido Bar & Grill at 1537 S. Main St. in Akron has been a Firestone Park landmark for nearly a century.

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Akron cocktails: 33 W. Mapledale Ave., Akron;

Brunch: Ms. Julie’s Kitchen caters to people with dietary restrictions by serving vegan cuisine such as sloppy macaroni and cheese, BBQ kale wings and vegan donuts. In the heart of Firestone Park, A Walk in the Park Café offers family-style breakfasts for large groups of late risers as well as traditional fare for lunch and desserts.

Downtown Akron

69 taps: Various alcohol specials including $2 beers and $3 shots. Free champagne will be available while supplies last and while supplies last. Guests can also play games like Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga, pool, darts, and skiball all night long. 370 Paul Williams Street, Akron;

Tear-Ez: 360 S. Main St., Akron;

Northern Speakeasy: 31 Furnace Street, Akron;

High St. Hop House: New Year’s Eve, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 20 N. High St., Akron;

Brunch: The quirky little restaurant that is the Chameleon Café serves gourmet coffee, homemade soups, artisan wraps, salads and sandwiches. A fan favorite is the Cilantro Lime Chicken Panini made with homemade lime butter. If you’re downtown and looking for a Vietnamese breakfast or lunch, head to Evelyn’s Coffee & Banh Mi for a variety of Southeast Asian street foods and drinks.

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Oscar's Place was founded in 2018 by owner Oscar McBenttes.

Chapel Hill

Ozzy’s Nottingham Pub: 1390 Brittain Road, Akron

Pub Windsor: 1322 E Tallmadge Ave., Akron;

VIP sports bar and grill: 1295 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron;

Redstone Pub: As per usual. 1194 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron;

KC Third Base Sports Bar: As per usual. 1126 E. Tallmadge Ave. Akron;

The cookie and gravy meal is served with hash browns at Oscar's Place.

Brunch: It’s almost impossible to discuss morning or early afternoon meals without mentioning Fred’s Diner, known for serving up heaps of bacon and other breakfast staples. Near Tallmadge is Oscar’s Place, which serves chocolate-covered bacon and other unique combinations.

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Patrons sit at the bar to watch sports while others play video games at Quarter Up, a bar and arcade in Akron.

Merriman Valley

Noisy oyster pub: As per usual. 1375 N. Portage Path, Akron;

Dolly’s Bar and Grill: 1714 Merriman Road, Akron;

Mickey in the Valley: 1310 Weathervane Lane, Akron

The sports bar and grill in the basement: 1282 Weathervane Lane, Akron;

Bar Arcade Quarter Up: New Year’s Eve with music by a DJ. 1452 North Portage Path, Akron;

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The Escapade Pub: Live performances by The Cover Band starting at 9 p.m. Guests can eat free pork and sauerkraut and partake in a champagne toast. There are no entrance fees. 1462 North Portage Path, Akron;

Strokes: 1256 Weathervane Lane, Akron;

Brunch: Mickey and Shirley’s Catering and Café has been serving comfort food in the Valley for nearly a decade, and plans for New Year’s Day are no different. Across the street is a family-run restaurant named Valley Café that serves “food with a gourmet flair and a hint of southern roots,” according to its website.

Contact Beacon Journal reporter Tawney Beans at [email protected] and on Twitter @TawneyBeans.


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