- From Crain’s Cleveland Business: It’s easy to rattle off a list of Cleveland’s trove of cultural treasures. While you list the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Western Reserve Historical Society and so many others, one unassuming gold mine can’t be overlooked. Nighttown, a weary-looking stone-fronted storefront that stares stoically from its perch on Cedar Hill, is easily passed by. The bold black awning drawn over its portal intrigues — yet tens of thousands of commuters nary give it a glance, never knowing the magic and mania woven within those storied walls. Equal parts jazz club, restaurant and watering hole, Nighttown has been a Northeast Ohio destination — and eventually an institution — since it first opened on Feb. 5, 1965. It’s a true “joint.” The place recalls some New York City haunt, maybe somewhere in the Bowery, from a hundred years back. To read the rest, click here.
- The City of Cleveland Heights is currently working with a developer to put up a $100 million dollar mixed-use complex next to Nighttown on city-owned property that’s been a parking lot since 1969. But what was on that property before? It was the old Doctor’s Hospital, rising nearly 11-stories tall, with another slightly-smaller apartment building. Nighttown believes that density is good and we’re looking forward to having new neighbors. If you’d like to see for yourself photos of the now-demolished buildings on what we call Top of the Hill, click here.
- Thomas Mulready from CoolCleveland visits Nighttown. See the video here.
- Absolutely the best video ever done about Nighttown, Brendan, Jim, the music, food and Journalism Hall of Fame. Worth the watch.
- Internationally-known rock writer and former curator for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Jim Henke, writes of Nighttown here.
- WCPN’s Dee Perry interviews Brendan Ring and Jim Wadsworth on “Sound of Applause” (interview starts at the 33:13 mark).
- From The Plain Dealer: Nighttown Turns 50: A Jazz Club Where Time Stands Still
- What the heck does FreshWaterCleveland have to say about Nighttown and its 5oth anniversary? Actually, quite a bit, including a slew of great photos.
- Nighttown was featured in the new issue of “Cleveland Magazine“. Click here to read the article (pdf).
- Cleveland Scene says Nighttown is the Best Jazz Club in Cleveland.
- CWRU’s The Observer writes about Nighttown’s Sunday brunch.
- Here’s what Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History wrote about Nighttown. Check out the links to interviews with Brendan Ring about Wynton Marsalis and Stevie Wonder visiting Nighttown, plus memories of Nighttown as a pick-up place.
- Lev Gonick loves Nighttown. And we love Lev.
- Nighttown was the cover story in a recent Plain Dealer Friday Magazine. Thanks, Jim Henke, for the good words. Henke also did a profile of Nighttown booker Jim Wadsworth for the Heights Observer.
- There’s a new chef at Nighttown. Here’s what Cleveland Scene has to say about him and here’s what Cleveland Magazine wrote, too.
- Want to book a private party, event or meeting at Nighttown? Call the owner, Brendan Ring, directly on Nighttown’s Special Party/Meeting Line at 216-952-9133.
Nighttown’s Cadillac Sedan DeVille Fleetwood, which seats 8, with Brendan Ring in the driver’s seat, can be available to pick up your special guests, complimentary for parties of at least 50. Call Brendan at 216-795-0550 for further details.
- Weddings. Rehearsal Dinners. Private Parties. Amanda and Tony were married at Cleveland’s Botanical Gardens, with the reception held at Nighttown. Thanks to both of them for allowing us to post a few photos from the reception here and here.
- Need a quick Nighttown fix? Here are over 150 short music videos taken at Nighttown.
Bloomsday celebration at Nighttown; James Joyce’s Ulysses read in its entirety. Read the 2011 Plain Dealer story here. For photos of the event, click here. And in 2012, we did it again ! (new PD story here)
- Congratulations to Nighttown’s Jim Wadsworth. Jim does all the music booking at Nighttown. Jim was just named a 2013 Jazz hero by the Jazz Journalists Association. Click here to read why Jim won this prestigious award. Jim was also interviewed recently by Thomas Mulready for CoolCleveland, talking about 14 years of jazz at Nighttown. You can see that interview here.
- Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, with pianist Billy Stritch, came to Nighttown in search of musical talent. Direct from 8 years at Birdland in New York City, Cast Party is what would happen if David Letterman threw a house party at Ed Sullivan’s around Ed’s grand piano. If you missed it and you love Broadway-style showtunes, we have good news for you: we shot the whole show on videotape, which you can view here. Thanks to Dave Narosny at NAR Video for the videography.
- “Nighttown continues longtime tradition of fine food & hot jazz,” says the Heights Observer.
- Thanks to Robin Swoboda and the folks at WKYC-TV3 for this video love letter to Nighttown (be sure to watch for Stevie Wonder’s impromptu appearance on the Nighttown stage).
- Nighttown Manager Jen Pieri on WKYC talking about Stephen’s Green, Nighttown’s outdoor dining area here.
- Nighttown – One of the 25 Restaurants Cleveland Can’t Live Without” – Scene Magazine
“The closest thing Cleveland has to an Algonquin Round Table is Nighttown, a New York-style supper club that attracts a most deliciously diverse clientele. Named by Down Beat magazine as one of the world’s “100 Great Jazz Clubs,” Nighttown draws the serious music fans for sure. But there is far more to the joint than hot licks and cool chords. The menu is decidedly old-school but well-executed, with dishes like whole artichokes, roast duck, trout amandine and Dublin Lawyer ruling the roost. The comfortably appointed dining rooms, bar and patio burble with conversation as doctors, professors, writers, artists and students exchange bon mots over bouron and beer. It’s this rare triple identity – as serious restaurant, inspired jazz club, and especially as living room to an intellectual community – that makes people continue to flock to “The Top of the Hill.”
- LeBron James, Cleveland and Nighttown – all characters in “Believeland,” about the player that left.
John Legend came to Nighttown Tuesday afternoon (10/05). He was in town for the TV program Extreme Makeover. While at Nighttown, Legend played Nighttown’s Yamaha piano and posed for a picture with Christine Bluso from Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts, Tony Mastadonna of Classic Pianos-Cleveland and Tony Sias of the Cleveland Schools.
- Thanks to Future Heights for voting Nighttown Best Fine Dining, Best Outdoor Dining and Best Venue for Live Entertainment for 2010.
- Brendan Ring visits with WKYC-TV’s Fred Griffith and makes Lobster Mac & Cheese.
- Debbie Snook at The Plain Dealer writes about Nighttown.
Nighttown has a new stage. And the pillars are gone !! In fact, we’ve remodeled the entire Music Room. Check out what Carlo Wolff has to say about Nighttown’s renovations here. Want to see for yourself? Here are a few photos taken on February 13 when the John Pizzarelli Quartet played on the new Nighttown stage.
Speaking of John Pizzarelli, we shot a short video of the quartet playing Hit That Jive, Jack. Not only are John, Martin Tony in fine form, but pianist Larry Fuller just crackles in a killer solo. Crank up your speakers and click here for the vid clip.
- Thanks, Sarah Crump, for doing a full-page profile of Brendan Ring in The Plain Dealer.
- Listen to Brendan Ring on WMJI-FM’s Lanigan & Malone talk about Nighttown.
- Thanks, Norm Roulet, for your tribute to Nighttown on the occasion of our 45th year in business. We didn’t know you were doing this. In fact, until now, we had no idea who you were. But we do now.
Who’s our favorite pianist? Why, none other than Joe Hunter, who’s as close to being Nighttown’s house pianist as is anyone else. Show Joe how much you like him by friending him on Facebook here.
- Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch came to Nighttown on October 20, 2011. You’ll find photos here.
- Brendan Ring gives us a tour of The Press Club of Cleveland’s Journalism Hall of Fame, which is located inside Nighttown. Thanks to Mike Settonni and Broadcast Media Ideas for the video. For more info about the Hall of Fame and 120+ years of Press Club of Cleveland history, click here.
- The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association used Nighttown to raise over $2000 for their foundation.
- Brendan Ring – The Storyteller.
- The Yamaha Diskalvier Mark IV is now the official piano of Nighttown. The next time you’re at Nighttown, be sure to take a look and listen to this state-of-the-art concert grand. Many thanks to Classic Pianos of Akron-Cleveland for their assistance with this promotional arrangement.
- Hungry First Monday – on the first Monday of every month between April & December of 2009, Nighttown donated $5 for each dinner served to the Cleveland FoodBank. In addition, merchants from the Cedar-Fairmount area contributed, as did the great people at Weissman, Kennedy & Berris LPA…and we raised over $11,000.
- Nighttown profiled in Continental Airlines Magazine.
- Many thanks to Ohio Magazine for the fabulous feature story in their February issue (check out the great photos of the Count Basie Band at Nighttown by Billy Delfs).
- The Nighttown Academy of Arts & Poetry presented Wise Up!! Chapter 2 on October 24, 2010. Thanks to everyone who attended, helping us raise $7546 for The Friends of the Heights Library.
- Listen to Brendan Ring and Jim Wadsworth interviewed by the always-wonderful Martha Towns on WCLV’s Access to the Arts.
- Nighttown really isn’t an Irish bar. But on St. Patrick’s Day,
it’s THE place to be. So check out Nighttown’s owner singing the
Boys of Barr Na Sraide. After that, Brendan sang the Ballad of Billy Reid. Also from St. Patty’s Day 2008, we have the New Barleycorn singing No, Nay, Never and Charley & the MTA.
- Top of the Hill – see the buildings that were next to Nighttown and torn down in 1969…this is the area the city is considering developing directly west of Nighttown…when (not if) the economy improves.
- Nighttown given Best Ambiance & Late-Nite Dining from Northern Ohio Live Mag.
- Missed the New York Voices at Nighttown? Check out this video
- Erin Bode sings Graceland at Nighttown.
- FutureHeights awards to Nighttown Best Place to Go On A Date or Celebrate; Best Place To Stop For A Drink; and Best Outdoor Dining.
- Nighttown featured in Continental Airlines In-Flite Magazine.
- Brendan Ring & Nighttown receive prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize.
- Nighttown featured in The Plain Dealer.
- Nighttown featured in Star Magazine (can you believe it??).