Cavs Playoff Three-Day Itinerary

April 15, 2016
Cavs Playoff Three-Day Itinerary

Turn One Cavs Playoff Game Into A 3-Day Vacation

   
   

Let’s be honest. Every time a Cleveland sports team gets to the playoffs, we Clevelanders get shamelessly giddy. Heck, you can practically feel the pervasive optimism wafting through the air as you stroll around downtown, which is decked out in wine and gold galore.

And, when our star player is the one and only hometown hero Lebron James, well, things get even more personal. That’s why joining the locals to see a game at the Q is pretty much an only-gonna-find-it-here kind of experience.

So, consider a visit to CLE to help us cheer on the Cavs. And, while you’re at it, turn that one insane playoff game into a rather epic three-day adventure. Here’s how:

Day #1

12am: You thought you knew a grilled cheese sandwich, but with one look at the menu at Melt Bar & Grilled, you’ll have to re-think that idea. Might we suggest the Parmegeddon? We wouldn’t lead you astray – promise. 14718 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, 44107, 216.226.3699, www.meltbarandgrilled.com

2pm: At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, journey through the storied history of a genre that changed the face of music forever. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 44114, 216.781.7625, www.rockhall.com

6:30pm: Make your way to the hustle and bustle of the emerging East Bank of The Flats for an Italian dinner at the trendy Lago. 1091 West 10th Street, East Bank of the Flats, 44113, 216.862.8065, www.lagoeastbank.com

8pm: One of the newest spots to catch some tunes is the spacious Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of The Flats, which boasts a not-too-shabby view of the Cuyahoga River. 1148 Main Avenue, West Bank of the Flats, 44113, 216.242.1250, www.musicboxcle.com

Afterwards: Off the hubbub of East Fourth Street, through a hallway and down a set of stairs you’ll find a bonafide speakeasy called Society Lounge. Society boasts hand-crafted cocktails in a place where “hats are never worn inside and a door is always opened for a lady.” 2063 East Fourth Street, East Fourth Street, 44113, 216.781.9050, www.societycleveland.com

Day #2

10am: Easing oneself out of last night’s craziness requires fuel, so power up with some home-style comfort food at neighborhood spoon Grumpy’s Cafe in Tremont. 2621 West 14th Street, Tremont, 44113, 216.241.5025, www.grumpys-cafe.com

12pm: For those who watch football, play football and otherwise bleed football, you must visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. This newly expanded facility is the gridiron mothership, the mecca of pigskin and the ultimate homage to America’s favorite pastime. 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, 44708, 330.456.8207, www.profootballhof.com

4pm: Get your pregame on with a couple of pints from the oh-so-Irish Flannery’s Pub on the always-happening East Fourth Street Entertainment District. 323 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, 44115, 216.781.7782, www.flannerys.com

5pm: Indulge in some serious carnivorous delicacies at Red, the Steakhouse in downtown Cleveland. This modern steakhouse gets rave reviews from the likes of Food & Wine and Esquire. But, it’s the succulent, finely aged filets that’ll win you over. 417 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, 44115, 216.664.0941, www.redthesteakhouse.com

7pm: Walk across the street to Quicken Loans Arena to watch Lebron and gang crush the competition. Don’t have tickets? No worries. If you’re looking for a little (or big) watering hole to high-five, shout at the refs and sip some craft brews with fellow fans and locals, give these watch parties a shot. 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 44115, 216.420.2000, www.theqarena.com

Post Game Celebration: The Gateway District will be hopping. Take a jaunt through popular pre- and post-game hotspots including Panini’s Bar & Grill and The Clevelander Bar & Grill located within a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Q. 834 Huron Road East, Cleveland, 44115, 216.771.3723, www.paninisgrill.com

Day #3

9:30am: Hangover shmangover. Try the cheddar scallion biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy at Lucky’s Cafe, a mouthwatering favorite of national chefs and locals alike. 777 Starkweather Avenue, Tremont, 44113, 216.622.7773, www.luckyscafe.com

11am: Whether you score aces on the regular or just like post-game beers, the Cleveland Metroparks offers eight golf courses for duffers of all levels. Head to Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, rated by Golfweek as the best municipal course in Ohio and the 14th best course in America. 9445 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, 44141, 440.526.4285, www.clevelandmetroparks.com/golf

4pm: In 1988, two brothers opened Ohio’s first craft brewery called Great Lakes Brewing Co. Today, the Ohio City brewing brews over 150,000 barrels annually. Take a tour of the eco-friendly facilities. 2516 Market Ave., Ohio City, 44113, 216.771.4404 x218, www.greatlakesbrewing.com

5pm: Ohio City is quickly becoming a craft beer-lover's paradise. One such oasis is Nano Brew, which churns out small-batch brews and some killer burgers. 1859 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.862.6631, www.nanobrewcleveland.com

7pm: Patrons to the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland range from high rollers to the mildly curious all looking for that bada-bing-bada-boom win. Located on Public Square in downtown, the casino has 1,600 slot machines and 125 table games spread over several floors. 100 Public Square, Cleveland, 44113, 216.297.4777, www.horseshoecleveland.com

Late Night: A hot dog piled high with fifty gourmet toppings of your choosing, a delicious beer and tons of live music – that’s Happy Dog. 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102, 216.651.9474, www.happydogcleveland.com

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