Cavs Playoff Three-Day Itinerary
Turn One Cavs Playoff Game Into a 3-day Vacation
By Lexi Hotchkiss
The Cavs are at it again, and you can practically feel the pervasive optimism wafting through the air as you stroll around Downtown Cleveland, which is decked out in wine and gold galore.
And, when our star player is the one and only hometown hero Lebron James, well, you're in for a show of basketball excellence. That’s why joining the locals to see a game at Quicken Loans Arena is pretty much an only-gonna-find-it-here kind of experience.
So, consider a visit to CLE to take part in the festive atmosphere and see the best of the best do their thing defending the NBA title. And, while you’re at it, turn that one playoff game into a rather epic three-day adventure. Here’s how:
Afternoon: 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 Ave., Lakewood, 216.226.3699, meltbarandgrilled.com
Catch some tunes at 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 Ave., West Bank of the Flats, 216.242.1250, musicboxcle.com
Late-night: Off the hubbub of East Fourth St., 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 St., 216.781.9050, societycleveland.com
Morning: Easing oneself out of last night's revelry requires fuel, so power up with some home-style comfort food at neighborhood spoon Grumpy’s Cafe in Tremont. 2621 West 14th St., Tremont, 216.241.5025, grumpys-cafe.com
Afternoon: For those who watch football, play football and otherwise bleed football, you must visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. This recently expanded facility is the gridiron mothership, the mecca of pigskin and the ultimate homage to America’s favorite pastime. 2121 George Halas Dr. NW, Canton, 330.456.8207, profootballhof.com
Head back up to Rt. 77 to Cleveland and get back into basektball mode. It's time to 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, 216.781.7782, flannerys.com
Evening: Indulge in some serious carnivorous delicacies at Red, the Steakhouse just steps from The Q. 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., 216.664.0941, redthesteakhouse.com
Walk across the street to Quicken Loans Arena to watch LeBron and gang make it rain. 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 basektball fans and locals, give these watch parties a shot. 1 Center Court, 216.420.2000, theqarena.com
Post Game: The Gateway District will be hopping. Take a jaunt through hotspots including Panini’s Bar & Grill, Wild Eagle Saloon, and The Clevelander Bar & Grill located within a hop-skip-and-a-jump from The Q.
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 Rd., Brecksville, 440.526.4285, clevelandmetroparks.com/golf
Afternoon: In 1988, two brothers opened Ohio’s first craft brewery called Great Lakes Brewing Co. Today, the Ohio City brewing brews more than 150,000 barrels annually. Take a tour of the eco-friendly facilities. 2516 Market Ave., Ohio City, 216.771.4404 x218, greatlakesbrewing.com
Evening: Ohio City is a craft beer-lover's paradise. One such oasis is Nano Brew, which churns out small-batch brews and some killer burgers. They also have a pretty sweet dual-level patio. 1859 West 25th St., Ohio City, 216.862.6631, nanobrewcleveland.com
Patrons to the JACK Cleveland Casino 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, 216.297.4777, horseshoecleveland.com