Culture is king in this trendy hot spot neighborhood
By Denise Koeth, image by Popeye Gallery
Cleveland’s newest hot spot, the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, beckons those who crave art and culture. Nowhere else in town can you hit a hot dog joint with 50 topping options for lunch, spend the afternoon antiquing and perusing art galleries, enjoy fine dining before catching a live theater performance, and wrap up the experience with drinks and live music into the wee hours of the morning.
Centered on Detroit Ave. between W. 54th and W. 80th streets, the trendy neighborhood encompasses eclectic restaurants and taverns, quaint antique shops (most are located on nearby Lorain Ave.) and boutiques, beautiful architecture, access to Lake Erie, and a plethora of options for enjoying the arts. There’s really no excuse not to make the less-than-two-mile trip down Detroit Ave. from Downtown.
Three must-do things
- Gordon Square Arts District: Located at the intersection of Detroit Ave. and W. 65th St., Gordon Square is anchored by a trio of theatres -- Capitol Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre -- all within a two-minute walk of each other. Built in 1921, the now state-of-the-art Capitol Theater features first-run and independent, foreign and documentary films. Cleveland Public Theatre is a home for local producers, choreographers and playwrights who provide a wide range of performances including cutting-edge dance, theater and musicals. Near West Theatre produces large-scale, inter-generational musical productions with low-cost tickets.
- Superelectric Pinball Parlor: Step into a kitschy wonderland set to great music and the sound of pinball machine paddles slapping away at this throwback arcade. There's no need for a pocketful of quarters, as tokens can be purchased on site in "Dad's Den." Friendly staff and a welcoming environment ensure that with enough practice -- and tokens -- players of any age can become pinball wizards.
- Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios: 78th Street Studios is 170,000 square feet of industrial space in a century-old building that is home to more than 60 galleries, studios and showrooms. For Third Fridays -- held, you guessed it, on the third Friday of each month -- nearly all the businesses open their doors from 5-9 p.m. for a free open house of exhibits under one roof. The monthly event also encompasses cuisine from local restaurants, pop-up vendors and live music. Neighboring restaurants, bars and shops also offer promotions during Third Fridays.
Getting there from Downtown
By car or bike: Head west across the Detroit-Superior Bridge and continue on for about another mile down Detroit Ave.
RTA: Take bus No. 26 from Public Square or take the Red Rapid Line to the West 65th/Lorain station (Detroit Ave. is a three-minute walk north from here).