The atmosphere in the Spotted Owl, located on the lower level of the 1850s Tremont Place Lofts building (the former Union Gospel Press) is glamorous without being too pretentious. Opening — finally — in the fall of 2014 after many months of tease, the spacious yet intimate interior exudes casual class with its brick walls, concrete floors and recycled wood furnishings.
The drink menu is focused: just a dozen specialty cocktails with unusual names, five draft beers, a dozen or so craft bottled beers, and a half dozen wines. A handful of inexpensive snacks is the only food on the menu. This place is about savoring the space, the time and your companions. It’s open for hanging out from 5 until last call every day but Sunday.
In late 2019, the owners headed south to Akron to perform their magic on another reclaimed, restored space — an old turn-of-the-century firehouse. While the cocktail menu is similar to its Tremont cousin, the Akron location also has a kitchen cranking out small plates, since it’s not located in a restaurant-dense neighborhood like Tremont.
710 Jefferson Avenue, Cleveland
60 South Maple Street, Akron