The Flat Iron Cafe: Cleveland’s oldest Irish pub

September 20th, 2007


Over the weekend I had the good fortune of dining at Cleveland’s Oldest Irish Pub, The Flat Iron Cafe, located in The Flats since 1910.

The bar was gorgeous, done very much in the style of an old Irish pub with extravagant wood work and more Celtic sayings than you could read in a sitting.

You may have heard of The Flat Iron in the news recently because of a fire that happened in the upstairs banquet hall.

It put the bar out of commission for only ten days while repairs were done to the ceiling and air vents. But, it will take a little bit longer to repair the upstairs

Although the location itself wasn’t the best, the environment inside of the bar was very welcoming. It was made complete with a large bar, a spacious dining room, and plenty of TVs for anyone who wanted to watch highlights from the stadiums located just down the road. In fact, the bar offers a shuttle service before and after games at both the Jake and Cleveland Brown’s Stadium for fans looking to grab a bite to eat.

The menu is pretty typical of your average bar food done right. Everything from chicken fingers to pierogues to fish and chips are all sold at a reasonable price and in very large portions.
I ordered a cup of French Onion Soup, a Chicken Philly and a drink for just south of $20 but probably could have made it out of there for less htan $12. The food was great and I would definitely eat there again, but I’m not sure the ride would be worth it unless I was going out in The Flats.

If I were to compare it to a place closer to school, I would have to say that you could grab the same thing at either the Winking Lizard or Panini’s for a bit cheaper.

I had a good time speaking to the bartender, which was very fortunate because I was the only one there. She told me that business was usually stronger but most people probably thought that they were still closed.

Judging by the patrons that were there, the regular crowd seems to be in the 30-40 range.
I would recommend The Flat Iron only if you went with a group of friends or happened to be in the flats only because it was so empty when I went. I’d say overall that I would give it a 3 out of 5 but that’s based mostly on the dullness of the atmosphere.