CLEVELAND — Cleveland has some great pubs, and you should visit them all. But this one has an Italian bocce court inside as it attempts to be the most Cleveland of all.
Ever since Stoe Mad Pub was established in 2008, its charming atmosphere and unique features not immediately obvious to someone walking by, have made this spot a hidden gem in Cleveland's Gordon Arts District.
“There’s not too many places that have an indoor bocce court located next to their dining room," said Brian Leneghan, who inherited the pub from his uncle, Pete Leneghan when he died a couple of years ago.
The court is 7 feet wide and 45 feet long, about half the size smaller than a traditional court.
The beauty is in the details of this 100-year-old building. Aside from the bocce ball court, you’ll find hand-blown glass chandeliers, a patio with tables and seats made from hand-carved stone and hand-painted ceilings.
Downstairs you’ll find a bathroom like nowhere else in the city. The walls, covered in handmade mosaic tiles, were carefully placed to depict a scene from Ireland.
It's a pub worthy of a visit on your summer must-see list.
"Come here and have dinner. Have a pint and play bocce," said Leneghan.
Visit Stone Mad Pub, which was featured No. 71 on News 5's 100 Hidden Gems of Cleveland list, at located at1306 W 65th Street.
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