Patio Season is Here
Merry Patio Season from Cleveland
When the trees begin budding and the temps start rising, Clevelanders tear off their sweaters and winter coats, put on the shorts and flip-flops, and make a mass exodus from hibernation. Why? Because we all know it’s that coveted time of the year again: Patio Season.
So, join us on one of the thousands of outdoor patios for cocktails and alfresco dining that’s sure to upgrade your visit from awesome to amazing.
Sure, the Lake Erie views from places like Pier W in Lakewood are stunning. But imagine sipping martinis while eyeballing a 1,000-foot-long freighter meandering down the Cuyahoga River. You can do that at these places.
Alley Cat Oyster Bar: One of the popular waterfront eateries on the Flats East Bank, this Chef Zack Bruell joint serves up several varieties of oysters on the half shell to complement its river view.
Merwin’s Wharf: The Flats industrial neighborhood just got a lot more interesting with the addition of the all-American Merwin’s Wharf. The patio sits along the edge of the river and is a respite for kayakers and boaters. It has an outdoor fireplace, outdoor bar, cornhole, and giant Jenga, as well.
The Rusty Anchor at Music Box Supper Club: Music lovers of all kinds eventually find themselves at the Music Box Supper Club situated on the Flats West Bank. But, it's in the downstairs restaurant and patio where you’ll get incredible views with a full seafood menu.
Collision Bend Brewing Company: Named for the countless ships that navigate the narrow passages of the Cuyahoga River it overlooks, this newly opened brewery features handcrafted beer from brew master Luke Purcell, who helped launch Great Lakes Brewing Company into national fame. You'll also find incredible wood-fire pizzas and gorgeous views.
East End: Catch a summer sunset while sipping on cocktails made from fresh herbs, spices and delicious mixers. Try the Venus Flower or the refreshingly light Cucumber Mint Cocktail.
Shooters: This Cleveland institution has been offering river side views of the skyline since 1987. Their expansive patio serves over a million guests each year and is a great place to start or end your summer evening.
Looking for an under-the-radar, where-the-locals-go kind of patio experience? We’ve got the down-low on some unexpected patios that are a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Johnny’s Bar: Upon entering this Fulton Rd. fave on the near west side, you’d think you’re stepping into a classy, wise-guy kind of Italian restaurant. But trust us when we say that it’s the lush back patio—which has been pruned, tilled, watered and tended—that’ll knock your socks off.
Jukebox: Tucked away in the Hingtown community, this secret patio offers ping pong and one of the most eclectic music selections you'll find in the city. Each drink order comes with tokens for their show-stopping jukebox, so you can add your songs to the mix.
Porco Lounge & Tiki Room: Hawaii meets Tahiti meets Cleveland. And, it’s not just a paradise inside this Ohio City tiki bar, but also outside on the kitsch, flamingo-adorned patio tucked away in the back.
Spice Kitchen + Bar: The folks at Spice prepare their menu items from foods grown right in their backyard—literally. Sit on the quietly, concealed patio behind the restaurant to be surrounded by the very edible landscapes that supply the kitchen.
Hodge's: Chris Hodgson took his legendary culinary skills from the food truck to his gorgeous restaurant on Euclid Ave. Come for the truffle pierogi, stay for the 2,000-square-foot patio complete with fire pit and outdoor bar.
LockKeepers: Hiding in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley, LockKeepers has spent 25 years serving elegant meals and beautiful views of the Cuyahoga River and Ohio and Erie Canal Tow Path. Grab a Hibiscus Spritz and some Black Garlic Gnocchi.
Tremont Taphouse: Taphouse's 100+ option beer list and incredible sandwiches pair with their neighborhood (dog-friendly) patio to make this a great start to an evening in the walkable, bar-filled neighborhood of Tremont.
Match cocktail hour with a view fit for a king. These rooftop terraces take patio forays to the next-level with their colossal cityscape views and elite-status vibes.
Azure: Located on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Hotel at The 9, Azure’s stunning patio—boasting an uber sleek and sophisticated design—comes with sky-high views of Downtown. (Added bonus: This is a great spot to catch the fireworks happening at Progressive Field during Indians games.)
Red, The Steakhouse: Add a couple after-dinner cocktails to your evening on the rooftop of this Gateway District gem with views of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.
Velvet Dog: If you're the dancing type, then you’d best head on over to this Warehouse District club and lounge. The rooftop patio not only offers skyline views, but features bottle service cabanas and deejays spinning music all night long.
The Greenhouse Tavern: Few things are better than hand-crafted drinks and views of the Cleveland skyline. James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer offers these and more at his E. 4 St. restaurant that has become a crown jewel in Cleveland's sizzling food scene.
There are a ton of spots with great outdoor seating -- what's your favorite Cleveland Patio?