The Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Ave Cleveland

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Written By VAMONDE Cleveland

The Happy Dog

Neighborhood corner bar, The Happy Dog, has seen plenty of life since it was first built in the 1940s by the Socotch family. Current owner Sean Kilbane teamed up with a few friends back in August 2008 with the mission of preserving The Happy Dog's unique personality and building on its reputation as one of the best live music venues in Cleveland. Thanks to the team effort of Cleveland's best musicians and residents of the Gordon Square Arts District, local and regional bands came through The Happy Dog in droves and kept the venue's buzz going strong. In October 2009, Momocho chef and owner, Eric Williams, joined the team to add some creativity and fun to the kitchen. The menu was refined to hot dogs, veggie dogs, tater tots, and fries, plus your choice of 50 toppings made inhouse. Diners get to craft their unique dog combinations on printed menus.

To change things up even more, co-owner, Sean Watterson, invited the Cleveland Orchestra to perform on The Happy Dogs stage. Since then, collaborations with the talented residents of Cleveland are part of The Happy Dog's culture. Think monthly presentations from scientists, writers, and academics on topics ranging from the origins of the universe to the current state of world affairs, and classical performances.

All hot dogs and burgers are made with The Happy Dog's own recipe by Blue Ribbon Meats, while Field Roast is responsible for crafting vegan sausages and burgers. Both options are served on an Orlando bun and can be loaded with as many toppings as will fit–there are 50 to choose from! Every Monday thru Friday is Happy Hour. Stop in from 4 pm–7 pm for food specials, like $3.50 Mini Corndogs and $7 Vegan Reubens, and drink specials including $3 select drafts, $2 Skyy and Seagrams 7 Whiskey, and $1 Miller High Life bottles. With over 75 beers available and live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, The Happy Dog is an authentic Cleveland experience to satisfy everyone.

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