Stark After Dark

Signature Sips

When better to revive our annual reader cocktail competition than in time for an entire issue dedicated to the best places to bottoms up?

Stark After Dark Sports Bars

Candi and Bob Malcolm bought Puckers Sports Pub & Grille in 2009 and promptly spruced up the decor and improved the menu. Puckers features the typical widescreen TVs of a sports bar and a variety of specials. “We’re known for our burgers. We have $5 burger day every Thursday,” said Candi Malcolm.

Stark After Dark Wineries

A hand-painted crest with a knight’s steel helmet ringed with plumes, a shield, sword and crown welcomes you to one of Stark County’s newest spots to sip wine—honey wine, that is. McAlpine Meadery, which opened a year ago, brews artisan honey wine, also known as mead. Decorated in medieval accoutrements that reflect the owners’ love of history, McAlpine Meadery offers 30 different flavors, including orange blossom, apricot, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, pear and star-thistle, which is made with star-thistle honey, raisins and tea.

Stark After Dark Dive Bars

Trying to define a dive bar is a little like former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s attempt to define pornography in 1964: “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced ... but I know it when I see it.” It’s safe to say most restaurant-chain bars, such as a TGI Friday’s, don’t qualify as a dive bar. Nor would anything with “Martini” in its business name.

Stark After Dark Live Music Spots

Anywhere from 15 to 20 bands, most of them national touring acts, grace the small stage of downtown Canton’s Buzzbin on any given week. Originally a record store, Buzzbin shifted gears in 2010 when impromptu band shows began attracting 50 or 60 people. Here, Buzzbin music booker Mike Nasvadi shares stories.

Stark After Dark Cocktail Bars

When David and Dina Tozzi started thinking about opening an upscale martini bar in downtown Canton, there wasn’t much that indicated their start-up would be a success.