Going Places: Bus 26
Public Square to Gordon Square, Detroit Shoreway and Brother's Lounge
By Jamie Pawlak
Getting around Cleveland is a cinch with public transportation. RTA offers so many bus and train routes, you'll be able to get to just about anywhere with a $5.50 day pass and a little bit of walking.
The "26" makes its way from Downtown Cleveland on Detroit Ave. through Cleveland's west side to Detroit Shoreway's Gordon Square Arts District. It also connects with the Red Line Train at West Blvd. station and heads into the west suburbs of Lakewood and Rocky River.
Here's a guide to stops along the 26 route from Public Square to the Lakewood border.
Stop location: Superior Ave. and West Roadway
Public Square is the heart of Downtown Cleveland. Sit and relax on the newly renovated central space, eat a healthy meal or sip coffee from Rebol, or explore the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.
Stop location: Detroit Ave. & W. 29th St.
This small but mighty district is within the Ohio City neighborhood. It's a place where you can visit free (amazing) art galleries like Transformer Station and SPACES then eat pierogi while listening to fresh-picked music of the month at Jukebox.
Stop location: Detroit Ave. & W. 45th St.
Your carb-loving belly will be happy at this dreamy stop filled with Cleveland-style bagels, fluffy schmears like the Thyme Black Pepper Horseradish at The Cleveland Bagel Co. Cross the street to wash it down with an Irish Lager at The Harp, sit on the patio and enjoy the Great Lake Erie views.
Stop location: Detroit Ave. + W. 58th St.
Stop location: Detroit Ave. & W. 65th St.
There's enough to do at this stop to keep you busy all day and night. Catch a show at Capitol Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre or Near West Theatre, sip on a soda or get your ice cream fix at Sweet Moses, test your pinball wizardry at Superelectric Pinball Parlor, indulge in a fancy dinner at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge or Toast, then top it all off with a pint at Stone Mad Pub. At any point if you need a quick breath of fresh lake air, walk to the path to Edgewater Beach.
Stop location: Detroit + W. 78
You'll be hard pressed to choose between a meal at Banter, which has a poutine selection to die for, and Local West, a craft sandwich and Beer bistro (how's that for "Cleveland"?). Add a little culture to your afternoon with a visit to 78th Street Studios.
Final CLE stop
Stop location: Detroit Ave. and W. 117th St.
Just before crossing into Lakewood, the 26 stops in front of the famed Brother's Lounge. Known for great food, great bands and great fun, Brother's mixes up their offerings with three bars: the neighborhood Pub, the Wine Bar an intimate stage and piano, and the Concert Hall.