Beer Garden Blitz
By Stephanie Ricca
Give your booze a little fresh air. Clink giant, liter-sized beer steins at Hofbräuhaus Cleveland's Bavarian beer hall or outdoor beer garden in Playhouse Square. The latter seats 1,000, a walk-up pavilion to purchase brats and beers, and European-style seating.
If your taste runs more Cleveland craft, head over to Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City. Billed as the city's first American Beer Garden, Market Garden's outdoor patio, adjacent to the fabled West Side Market, is a great place to enjoy homebrewed pours and bites.
Go old-school. Sterle's Country House has been serving up ethnic Eastern European eats to Clevelanders since 1954, and now a new generation has discovered the lure of the eatery's top-notch food, beer, and polka bands. Szemersky's Bier Garden at Sterle's serves up locally-made sausages and sandwiches (not to mention house-smoked BBQ) alongside plenty of tasty suds and sounds.