March Madness in CLE

February 20, 2015
March Madness in CLE

March Madness in CLE: Three-Night Itinerary

By Lexi Hotchkiss

March Madness has officially arrived in Cleveland by way of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regional Games at Quicken Loans Arena March 26 and 28. With tens of thousands of visitors expected over the course of just a few days, we recommend getting your itinerary in check now.

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Thursday, March 26

2:30pm: Kickstart your trip in style with a late lunch/early dinner 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,

4pm: Start your pre-gaming at the Butcher and the Brewer on East Fourth Street. This massive brewery and gastropub is a great locale to kick back some craft brews while noshing on snacks like smoked corndogs and spicy pork rinds. 2043 East 4th Street, Cleveland, 44115, 216.331.0805,

5pm (TBD): With ticket in hand, saunter over to Quicken Loans Arena to see some NCAA Men's Championship Basketball at its finest. 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 44115, 216.420.2000,

Friday, March 27

10am: Conquering your post-game aches will require 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,

12pm: Scrunch yourself up and hide under Mrs. Parker's Icetrain sink or explore the backyard at A Christmas Story House. But be careful or you'll shoot your eye out. 3159 W 11th Street, Tremont, 44109, 216.298.4919,

2pm: 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,

6pm: In 1988, two brothers opened Ohio's first craft brewery called Great Lakes Brewing Co. Today, the Ohio City brewery brews more than 125,000 barrels annually. Take a tour of the eco-friendly facilities. 2516 Market Ave., Ohio City, 44113, 216.771.4404 x218,

7pm: Head across the street to Ohio City's Market Garden Brewery, a craft brewery that's known for some solid beer, great spirits, a very cool décor and a menu that'll cater to everyone from meat-grubbers to crunchy granola types. 1947 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.621.4000,

8pm: 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 almost 2,000 slot machines and 89 table games spread over several floors. 100 Public Square, Cleveland, 44113, 216.297.4777,

10pm: This night is meant for a good, hearty laugh! So, hardy-har-har your way over to Hilarities on East Fourth Street to see Nate Bargatze, the Cleveland Improv in the Flats to watch comedian Tony Rock or the Hard Rock Rocksino for a show by Ward Anderson.

Saturday, March 28

10am: The West Side Market Café offers diner fare that fuels you up to enter a food lover's paradise of more than a hundred vendors in a century-old public market. 1979 W 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.664.3387,

12pm: 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,

3pm: Cleveland's culinary scene is on fire and celeb chef Michael Symon has a lot to do with that. Enjoy Symon's twists on Cleveland classics (don't miss the beef-cheek pierogi) at Lola Bistro on East Fourth Street. 2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland, 44114, 216.621.5652,

5pm: It's pregame! Jump start your night with a jaunt through the Gateway District's 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,

6pm (TBD): With ticket in hand, walk on over to Quicken Loans Arena to see some NCAA Men's Championship Basketball at its finest. 1 Center Court, Cleveland, 44115, 216.420.2000,

Sunday, March 29

11am: With items like the Clevelander Skillet (yes, it has pierogi in it) and an entire Sunday Funday cocktail list, you'll quickly realize why the motto at Cleveland Chop, located in the Warehouse District, is "more than a steakhouse." 824 West Saint Clair Ave., Cleveland, 44113, 216.696.2467,

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