If you encountered SOTD in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Chicago, you wouldn’t blink. In Lorain, you blink, and several times. It’s a true oasis of craft cocktail culture in a town sorely in need of it, and one can only be grateful for its existence.”  – Robert Simonson,  New York Times, cocktail writer and author

Speak of the Devil Cocktail Bar (New Day Cleveland)

New Life for Lorain (News 3 WKYC Cleveland)

New bar credited for the start of a business renaissance in Lorain (News 3 WKYC Cleveland)

An Ode to Old Overholt: The “Workhorse” Rye with Centuries of History (

Live on Lakeside: Kurt Hernon and Jack Maple –Speak of the Devil participates in Lorain County’s Shaken and Stirred Cocktail Trail (WKYC Channel 3)

Downtown Lorain’s Comeback (

A Drink With A Past (Pulse Magazine)

2018 Lake Erie Living – “Best Speakeasy”

2019 Lake Erie Living – “Best Happy Hour”

2020 Lake Erie Living – “Best Cocktails”

2021 WKYC Channel 3 “Best of Lorain County”

2022 50 Best Bars in Cleveland (Cleveland Magazine )

2022 Small business dreams with steelyard roots: Downtown Lorain restaurant and nightlife scene revives itself (Cleveland Plain Dealer/

2022 Lake Erie Living – “Best Happy Hour”

An Ohio Liquor Publication: Speak of the Devil – Friendliness is on the menu at this Lorain Bar  (42+: An Ohio Liquor Publication)

2022 The (Lorain) Morning Journal – “Best Specialty Cocktails”

“The Change -Makers: Meet Kurt Hernon of Speak of the Devil” (

Whiskey Advocate – Winter 2022 Special Edition: The 101 Best Whiskey Bars in America/Speak of the Devil

Imbibe Magazine – In Lorain, Ohio, Kurt and Page Hernon Are Building a Cocktail Culture From the Ground Up

The Mix with Robert Simonson –5th Street Finisher: A Signature Sour from Speak of the Devil in Ohio

2023 Chronicle-Telegram – The Ghost and the Devil: Area cocktail lounge may have spirit of a different kind