Happy Hour Spotlight: Tavern of Independence

Tavern of Independence | 5530 Brecksville Rd. | Independence, OH

A view of the bar.

The Happy Go Lucky’s—my mom’s collection of friends who reside in Independence and explore Greater Cleveland’s happy hours—are back. Recently, the group ventured to … Independence. Their establishment of choice was … Tavern of Independence. Are you noticing a theme?

The Happy Go Lucky’s

Centrally located by the Rockside Road business district in Independence, the restaurant sits across from Spins Bowl (formerly Cloverleaf Lanes) on Brecksville Road—near Interstates 77 and 480—in the building formerly occupied by Panini’s Bar & Grill.

Established in 2016, Tavern of Independence offers a casual setting, spacious dining room, attractive bar and sizeable patio. The menu consists of American fare, including wings, flatbreads, chicken tenders, grilled cheese and pulled pork.

Happy hour—offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. anywhere in the restaurant— features five dishes for $5: wings and things (things = onion rings, fries and tater tots), an appetizer sampler (onion rings, fried Brussel sprouts and pepper jack bites), chicken tenders, potstickers and pierogies. The group ordered pierogies, potstickers, the appetizer sampler and wings and things. My mom was impressed by the number of pierogies that came with the order—eight—but felt they were a bit dry. The wings received a thumbs up. Everything else—while not bad—tasted like it was frozen rather than made to order.

Some of the happy hour offerings at Tavern of Independence

While the food may have been average, the drinks were anything but. During happy hour, well cocktails cost 99 cents. Yes, you read that right—well cocktails are less than $1. The specials on beer are almost as impressive, as all draft pints can be had for just $2.

Tavern of Independence has numerous specials outside of happy hour. On Sundays, diners can order two regular menu items for $16.99; Mondays feature half-price wine and $5 charcuterie boards; Tuesdays have $2 tacos plus tequila specials; Wednesdays are family nights—25 percent off family meals; and Thursdays boast $5 burgers.

The Happy Go Lucky’s were pleased with the service at Tavern of Independence. The staff was personable, friendly and attentive. Parking isn’t an issue, as plenty of spaces surround the building.

Tavern of Independence’s interior

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

🍷🍷🍷 The verdict depends on what you’re looking for in a happy hour. If it’s food, you may not be overly impressed, though for $5 it’s tough to complain. If it’s drinks, this is the place for you—it doesn’t get much better than 99 cent cocktails. Regardless of your preference, it’s nice to have Tavern of Independence in the neighborhood. Cheers!

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