Tremont: Edison's Pub
Edison's is a old house that was turned into a bar. The bar is basically the living room of the house and the other rooms in the house have been converted. They have pool tables and various pub tables all over the house. They also have the big backyard where you can sit out and relax on old picnic tables. You can order pizza and try over 100 imported beers. Yum! Check out the web site for the full list. If they don't have your favorite be sure to tell them to get it in stock! They also have blues bands on Saturdays.
Dress Code: Very casual. This is a laid back place, dressy clothes might actually look out of place!Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
The Garage: Get your Bike On
I wouldn't catergorize this as a "nightclub", but it is a bit more than a bar. DJ's and an occassional live band serve as entertainment in this biker themed bar. The beer taps are old gas pumps and a bike sits atop the front door. High ceilings, a great selection of beers, and an interesting mix of people make this a great nightime destination.
Dress Code: No dress code
The Playhouse Square
This is an area in downtown Cleveland which is pretty cool, there are 5 theatres located in this one location. You can see many great live concerts and plays any night of the week. There are also many restaurants walking distance, so you can have a great meal, than a night at the theatre.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
Crocker Park: Hanging Out
Like I've said, Crocker Park has done the fauz downtown right. Plenty of bars with seating indoor and out. Small parks pepper the plaza. Live entertainment adds to the atmosphere.
Dress Code: Casual to semi-formal: Dpeends on the mood and the groups!Related to:
East Fourth: Pickwick and Frolic
You can do it all at this place. There is a bar, full restaurant, comedy club, caberet, and downstairs martini bar. The comedy club, called Hilarities offers a business card drawing to win tickets to a future event. Make sure to do this! A group at my work went for free every week because we all put our business cards in each week. Tada! We win 4-8 tickets each time. Keep your ticket for the next show because they will give you 10% off your food order. (they have runners during the show). The restaurant offers different themed buffets during the year, such as mother's day or easter. They also have a dinner caberet show which is really original date. (*hint hint*)
Dress Code: Business CasualRelated to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Road Trip
East Fourth: The Corner Alley: Bowl Away
Finally! In November of 2006 a restaurant/bar/pool hall/bowling alley opened up that is perfect for all of the young people looking for something to do at night. The place is beautiful. You can just stop in for some food or drink. It is WAY cheaper during the week and a lot less crowded. You play per game instead of per hour. So if you are in the area on a weeknight this is a great place to go. There are 16 bowling lanes and instead of the plastic chairs you get plush couches to lounge in. They also have servers come to you lane side for any food or drink orders. WOW! On Saturdays there is usually DJ spinning. Feel free to come in just for dinner or drinks. They have a huge restaurant with wait service and also a large circular bar. Plus 4 pool tables!
Dress Code: Casual, casual, casual! Of course sexy bowling shoes are a plus :)Related to:
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Lava Lounge: "That's hot."
I've been here a few times now, and it's certainly a trendy place. It was probably a house at some point in the past, so that it gives it immediate architectual character. Inside, the background music isn't obscenely loud, and the interior features trendy art and red walls. There's an open view into the kitchen, too, which adds a dynamic of activity. It's not a very large downstairs area, so it can get should-to-shoulder crowded easily. Food wise, I've always had the hummus, but the ratio of hummus to pita was too wide. I asked them for some extra on my next trip, and they were far more generous than I expected. :) As for the drinks, I've tried any of theirs yet, so no reviews. The menu is small and eclectic; not very typical in variety and reasonably priced.
Also, keep an eye out for the new Flickr-based "Exposure.Cleveland" monthly photography showing! We are currently in our second month, and photos from each month will stay on the wall for one month's time. It's a wonderful event to showcase local, amateur photographers!
Overall, trendy-ness abounds in the menu, atmoshere and in the crowd. There's a free parking lot directly across the street.
Dress Code: I don't know if there is one, honestly.Related to:
McNulty's Bier Markt: Bier, anyone?
I've been here a few times now, only once during the daytime, and I rather like the place. It was quiet and not all crowded. At night, is when people start filling the place in. MBM focuses primarily on Belgian wheat beers, but their alcohol menu has other drinks to offer, as well. Two of my friends have really enjoyed the Hoegaarden. I don't drink very often, so I really don't have more to tell you about the quality of the menu's variety. I believe they only have two red wines, though...
Anyway, the atmosphere: eclectic. There's not one uniform theme, but an eclectic blend of classic/victorian, modern and orgainc tavern style furnishings/decor. Eclectic indeed. The outdoor tables are sequestered from passing pedestrians, but you can enjoy a drink and watch the goings-on of the very unique W 25th St.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
East Bank of the Flats
The East Bank has been slowly dying, going dark. It's sad, but those establishments over there began losing business and racking up various violations (even Dick's Last Resort closed!). During the warm seasons, the Flats businesses typically do well, but when the weathers turns cold, it's not a crowded part of town. When recently dining at Shooters, I was startled to see how dark the East Bank was. I don't remember seeing it that way. A major project to remodel and reinvigorate a section of the East Bank was recently proposed, and will hopefully will bring a resurgence to the area.
Nonetheless, it is not a wholly avoidable place. One of my friends and I were discussing that upcoming project, and she found a better word than I could for why I like the Flats so much: organic. Yes! It's not a polished place; it's gritty, organic, rusty and quiet. I honestly don't know how to verbalize why I like it there as much as I do; it appeals to me for rather obscure reasons. I enjoy exploring the nooks and crannys leading the riverfront, spying the huge bridges looming nearby, being near the water. It has a very appealing character to me, while many others would not find anything noteworthy. There are a few places in business (restaurants, concert clubs), but you won't find much going on over there.
The Southern area of the East Bank is much nicer, having been polished for our 1996 bicentennial.
So, maybe take a drive through there for yourself. I'd avoid walking 'round there late at night by yourself.
Dress Code: Depends entirely on what establishment you go to. Calling ahead of your visit will answer those concerns.Related to:
Playhouse Square Center: Theatre District
Once almost obsolete, the Allen, Ohio, State, and Palace Theatres went through an extensive rehabilitation in the 80's to become the most active theatre district in the country outside of New York City. In the 20's and 30's, it was THE place to be in the city. Today, you can see Broadway shows, plays, ballet, opera, concerts, and other performing arts at one of these beautifully restored structures.
Dress Code: Different dress codes for different showsRelated to:
- Theater Travel
- Arts and Culture
N/A: E 4th St.
East 4th St, between Eudlid and Prospect is becoming one of the hottest spots in downtown; the addition the House of Blues prompted a renovation of the entire street. It's made of brick, with the roadway being curved like an S, lined with little post lights, lights strung above and of course Pickwick and Frolic/Hilarities and the HoB. There's still a slightly gritty feel to some of the buildings on the south end, but it's nothing to be put off by. The traffic flow is only one way, moving from Prospect to Euclid; if you have to stop, make it quick! You'll be holding up everyone behind you. There's not much to do yet on E 4th besides the restaurants & and their concert/comdey clubs; there's a jewelar whom might be out of business, if I recall correctly and there's a record store, too. It's a lot fun to be on E 4th at night, though. :) It's got a West-Side story kind of look with the old building rising above, so narrowly together with a party atmosphere. Beware of the aggressive panhandlers. Pickwick offers valet service and there are numerous garages very close by. Definately, at the least, walk along E 4th St if you are here!! :)Related to:
Mercury Lounge: C'mon and get hip...
Neat place, this is! Dark with both classical and modern design; wood stairwells, mood lighting, pumping music via a DJ act and a lot of mirrors! I was actually very surprised when a server found us; I didn't expect there to be any OR a food menu. I had a Cosmopolitan and it was strog, indeed; a lot liqours mixed in that I can't remember the names of now. :) The martini list seemed broad, with some typical drink names that even a rooke drinker like me has heard of before. There's a lot of rooms to gather, dance and plenty of comfy, funky furniture to lounge on. Coat check is $1 and expect it to be crowded on weekends.
Dress Code: Streetwear/casual to as classy as you like.Related to:
Pickwick and Frolic
This place is bloody gorgeous! I've been inside a few times to gawk and then recently in Kevin Clinton's Martini Lounge for their midnight lounge act. The lounge act is tongue-in-cheek at times, swanky and jazzy; the singers do a great job with the covers! Their back and forth banter sometimes sounds overtlty scripted but they are fun to watch. I had an Appletini which tasted horrible but it did hit me fast. :) The have nicely featured menu even in the lounge and the kitchen was still open, even when we got there, past midnight!
The entire place has an overt 40's 'Rat Pack' theme; a place Frank Sinatra might've gone to. It's simply a beautiful establishment.
Not only is a the restaurant spacious, there's an open view kitchen and that's literally a show of it's own. Also, there's the Hilarities comedy club downstairs, which features national acts often. There's also the cabaret, which serves as a more intimate setting for a comination dinner/show package deal; best for groups/etc.
Dress Code: Formal/Presentable.Related to:
- Theater Travel
- Food and Dining
Velvet Dog: A hot spot in the Warehouse district.
The Velvet Dog is a three story dance club which incudes an accesible roof-top. There's DJ's on the bottom floor and roof; the music is loud, modern and fun. :) I never bothered with the bars so I don't know anything about them. On the roof you'll get a great view of downtown Cleveland and have room to dance, but it gets crowded up there, fast.
The decor is modern art and with abstract desgins and bold colors; definatelt designed for the young crowd. There's even these cool hand shaped chairs. :) There's places to sit; even some couches by curtained windows. I didn't wander to every part of the club but it's a fun place. If they serve food, I wouldn't know; I didn't look around the bottom floor too much, where I'd assume that you'd find a small menu. There's really not much to do except dance and mingle with strangers (not my ideal night). Thankfully I knew people there that night.
Basically, you'll find the pretty people here and even some wierd older guys (I did spot a few). It's not the cleanest club nor populated by the greatest people, but if it's your scene...
I ONLY went because of an airshow party, myself. Otherwise, I'd never go there or to places like it.
Dress Code: I saw people in jeans and t shirts, I was dressed like a million dollars so you can wear almost whatever, as long as it's not too outside of the bounds of decency. :)Related to:
The West Bank of the Flats
The West Bank is as equally engaging as the East Bank. There are many bars, clubs, and restaurants. One popular place is the Powerhouse, which houses restautants, bars a comedy club and an arcade (kids allowed *only* w/adults).
There's an ocean of a parking lot outside of the Powerhouse. If you're going to walk over to the other side of the river, you'll have to walk (or drive) to the red swing bridge by the fancy new townhomes and cross there. You can also cross the river via a water taxi, but why on Earth shell out some cash for some tiny boat to putter across the river for a few seconds? Seems a waste.
Nearby, is the Scene Pavilion (for live concerts), formerly the Nautica Stage. Now, it has a white circus tent-like covering and is in close proximity to the Powerhouse and Riverwalk Cafe.
There's more riverfront restaurants, but not as many on the East Bank. Shooters is a main fixture there that is always popular. During the warm weather seasons, you can wander along the shoreline & boardwalks to gaze at the river, gawk at the large yachts tied along the docks, gawk at the bridges and general river-area scenery. There is an information booth near Shooters, under the blue Shoreway bridge, along the boardwalk.
This is not an overtly child-friendly area of downtown, unless there's family events occuring during the daytime, which don't occur frequently.
Also, docked along the bank by the Powerhouse is the Nautica Queen cruise ship. It's a popular way to see Cleveland from unique viewpoints. I haven't taken this cruise in so many years that I have forgotten most of the details... =/
There is also some danger in this area as well, since the Superior Viaduct area is directly adjacent; there's derelicts and dangerous homeless people in that area that wander into the West Bank, so be mindful of your safety and I'd avoid the Viaduct area at night, too. Don't park over there if you have to, as well.
Dress Code: Depends entirely where you go. Call ahead to where you wish to go to find out what the requirements are.Related to:
We got a package that covered our accomodations, 2 tickets for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,...more
Had to travel to Cleveland in March (2009) for a quick business trip. My host put me up in the Ritz...more
Excellent free breakfast, very friendly staff (although everyone seemed friendly in Cleveland) and a...more
Latest Cleveland Hotel Reviews
- Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade
- Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
- Marriott Cleveland Key Center
- Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
- Airport Plaza Cleveland
- Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
- Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
- Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
- Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse
- 1 Review
- Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
- Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
- Ritz Carlton Cleveland
- Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
- Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Downtown
- Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
- Doubletree Cleveland Downtown Lakeside
- Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
- Save up to 50% on hotels.
- Hotwire.com Hotwire: Get a 4-star hotel for a 2-star price.
- Great room rates
Explore the World
- Hong Kong
- Bukit Fraser Hotels
- Memphis Hotels
- Isla Blanca Hotels
- Antelope Island Hotels
- Lloret de Mar