Happy Hour Spotlight: Bold Food & Drink

Bold Food & Drink | 1121 W. 10th St. | Cleveland, OH

The exterior of Bold

I’ve been hanging out in the suburbs a lot lately. With summer flying by, I decided it was time to head to a restaurant downtown. What better place to go than Cleveland’s premier entertainment district, the Flats East Bank. Sitting along the Cuyahoga River near Lake Erie, the Flats has been transformed from a ghost town into a destination— one that combines waterfront living, dining and entertainment.

Bold resides on the ground floor of the Aloft Cleveland Downtown, in a space once occupied, albeit briefly, by Ken Stewart’s East Bank. (Remember that?) Featuring a modern American concept, the restaurant employs a contemporary dining room, an impressive bar and an attractive, intimate patio.

The patio is my favorite part of Bold.

Happy hour at Bold is 3 to 7 p.m. daily and all day Sunday. It features $5 small plates, $7 burgers, $6 cocktails and house wines, and $3 domestic beers. Available small plates are barbecue pork nachos, nuts, street corn, chicken wings, popcorn cauliflower and devils on horseback (chorizo, dates, pork, hot sauce and verde). Cocktails include mango mules, white sangria and peach cosmopolitans while Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, White Claw and Yuengling comprise the domestic beer offerings.

Bold’s bar is well stocked.

My mom and I stopped by for happy hour earlier this week. The restaurant was not crowded; besides us, there were four customers present. My mom ordered the street corn (three pieces), which was small but tasty. It was charred appropriately and the cotija cheese and zesty sauce paired together nicely. I sampled the nachos, which were average. While the chips were crispy and the cheddar fondue was flavorful, the toppings were distributed unevenly and there was barely any pork in the dish.

I was disappointed that Bold changed its happy hour menu. It was more substantial when I visited two summers ago—in fact, they used to offer smelt! Happy hour was also offered on the patio; on this visit, we were required to sit in the bar area.

Our server was very friendly, though she did forget about us on a couple of occasions. Metered parking is available on West 10th St. If occupied, there are plenty of nearby pay lots as well as valet at the hotel.

Bold’s lounge area is sleek.

Rating Scale & Verdict
🍷 🍷=Average 🍷🍷🍷=Good 🍷🍷🍷🍷=Excellent

🍷🍷1/2 Bold’s happy hour menu and policy could use an update. The restaurant has a new manager—he used to run Butcher and the Brewer and Trio—who says changes are coming. I look forward to seeing what he can do. No matter what, it’s always nice to visit the Flats. Cheers!

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