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– The Velvet Tango Room – top 10 bar –

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Paulius Nasvytis – the founder of The Velvet Tango Room, a cocktail bar that opened in 1996,- wanted to do something out of the ordinary for the beer and shot city. “It was either bars for (college) kids or old man bars,” .

Cleveland was only beginning to find its footing when  opened; way before the Martini craze hit the bar scene and the cocktail movement became mainstream. “It was an interesting market in the mid-90s,” Nasvytis said, opening the bar in a “neighborhood no one went to.” He made The Velvet Tango Room an exclusive spot in the heart of Cleveland.

“I opened the bar that had some standards,” he says. He made sure there was dress code, an aggressive price point, live entertainment and highly trained staff that appreciated the craft as much as the cocktail. “What we had done is focus on the bar.” It was not a place for everyone, he added. “It’s a place for ladies and gentleman.” However, even with the exclusivity it still produces happy hour events Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Additionally, the cocktail bar hosts a three-piece jazz band during this time.

“When someone orders something they never had and watch it being put together, it rocks their world,” he says. “They have a sip of it, and it’s not like anything they’ve tasted before.” Nasvytis says the staff at The Velvet Tango Room is creating memories for people and making everything an experience. This experience and the raising of standards is the marketing draw that keeps customers coming back.

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MONDAY thru FRIDAY…

Our incredible Jazz Trio every weeknight at 5:30 pm

“The Legend” Jesse Dandy is on the stand up double bass.
Back in the day, Jesse played with Cab Calloway amongst other notables.
Randy Moroz is a veteran from The Theatrical. 
John (JJ) James played with Joey Lovano of the west coast jazz scene.

MONDAYS
Pianist Demitrius Steinmetz at 9

TUESDAYS
Pianist Randy Moroz at 9

WEDNESDAYS
Pianist Jackie Warren and her Jazz-Posse at 9

THURSDAYS
Pianist Jackie Warren and her Jazz-Posse at 9

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Pianist Dave Blazer at 8pm, followed at 10pm by the Jazz Trio.
Dave Blazer continues the evening playing at10pm in the backroom and patio

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