If overbearing crowds and pompous attitudes leave you longing for a kinder, gentler bar scene, search no further: At this 20-year-old establishment, simplicity reigns supreme. Black-and-white images of vintage Cleveland edge the walls, serving as conversation pieces for fortunate guests who snag one of the elevated booths. A worn-carpeted "dining room" is filled with high-back cubicles that provide intimacy for friendly card games or hushed conversation between sweethearts.
Frosty pitchers of Michelob Light, Harp and Molson Canadian are the customary centerpieces, and witty servers deliver artery-clogging grub well into the evening. Sample the famous two-handed Cajun burger, a hearty half-pound hunk of meat seasoned to spicy perfection. Meatless Catholics flock in on Fridays during Lent for the delicious fish and pierogi fry.
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Usually full of older regulars yucking it up with the bartenders, the Rush Inn also attracts club-weary 20-somethings opting for cheap beer with close friends rather than downtown's over-priced cocktails. Forego this haunt if your idea of "casual dress" is a J.Crew sweater vest.