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Cocktail bar with book theme, 'Cloak & Dagger' opens in Tremont amid pandemic

Posted at 7:37 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 07:37:04-04

CLEVELAND — Shaken, stirred or poured - no matter how you like it, the newest cocktail bar in Tremont is ready to serve it up.

Cloak & Dagger, located on West 11th St. in Tremont, opened its doors for the first time and the concept is anything but ordinary.

"We wanted to avoid any type of pretentious attitude that I think sometimes become prevalent in this industry," said bartender Noah Dreyfuss.

The new neighborhood watering hole features cocktails using a book. Book One is called The Tales of Life and Death. The book begins with a prologue, a drink to welcome customers to the new experience at Cloak & Dagger. Then the story moves on featuring drinks from both eras: life and death.

"Life is going to be more easy drinking, fun cocktails and then dark side definitely going to hit your bourbons, bitters, dark's all that stuff," Dreyfuss said.

While the bar just celebrated its official opening, the drinks have been tested and approved by Northeast Ohio residents.

Cloak & Dagger hosted three pop-up tastings at area restaurants and bars where they gathered feedback from customers on their specialty drinks.

"We have four great bartenders. It was just the meeting of the minds, making drinks putting them together seeing what worked and what didn't," Dreyfuss said. "Some cocktails were outselling others, two to one, and of course that's going to end up making the menu."

Dreyfuss said opening a business in the middle of a pandemic wasn't easy, but they're doing the best they can even with the shortened serving time now impacting Ohio bars. At the end of the day, Cloak & Dagger want customers to feel comfortable while they're inside.

"We want this to be a place where you feel comfortable. We want it to feel welcome. We want it to feel like your living room but your living room that just happens to have world class bartenders," he said. "The public health matters more than us getting an extra hour and a half out of business and if that's what we have to do then we'll do it and reassess when that order runs out."

Customers who attended opening night were impressed and said they look forward to future visits.

"Every drink is pretty complex as far as ingredients but when you drink they taste simple," said Porshia Banks "It's like cool and classy and kind of mysterious and the cocktails are amazing."

For more information about Cloak & Dagger, click here.