Bars & Restaurants with Rooftop Views
By Tricia Chaves and Denise Koeth
Match cocktail hour in Cleveland with a view fit for a king. These rooftop terraces take patio forays to higher-level status with their colossal cityscape views and stunning backdrops.
Located on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Hotel at The 9, Azure's stunning patio - boasting an uber sleek and sophisticated design - offers jaw-dropping views of Downtown. Take typical happy hour to another level - 12 stories into the sky, to be exact - with discounts on drinks and apps during Rooftop Hour from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Savor it with a creation of your design thanks to Azure's "Choose Your Cocktail" menu, which includes margaritas, mules and mojitos that can be served traditionally or mixed with a choice of seven fruit flavors. Opt to extend the experience by booking a room at the bold, luxurious Metropolitan Hotel.
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Watch the foot and boat traffic below at this waterside spot with a large, sleek bar and ample table seating on two outdoor levels. This Flats East Bank spot's menu features the cuisine of a traditional shore restaurant with mainstays like oysters, mussels, clams, lobster and fresh fish. Curl up with a Cat's Pajamas cocktail, which blends house-made lemonade with vodka and is available three ways: Plain Jane, Blueberry-Basil, and Strawberry-Jalapeno.
While hovering 32 floors above Lake Erie at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, a sweeping sunset view is best enjoyed with a chilled cocktail. Raise the bar with The View, made from a refreshing mix of tequila, Crème De Cassis, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup.
The perfect aperitif to one of the finest dining experiences in the city? Cocktails on the rooftop of this Gateway District gem with uncanny views of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena. Cool down with an invigorating Cucumber-Basil Cocktail blending fresh cucumber and basil with citrus, simple syrup and vodka.
Banish boredom at James Beard Award winner Chef Jonathon Sawyer's flagship eatery. Its rooftop bar above East 4th Street is perfect for taking in the bustling scene below, while five rotating drafts, a selection of can beer and wine by the glass, and cocktails per order make imbibing even more interesting.
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Life's a beach at Margaritaville's rooftop Landshark Bar overlooking the Flats East Bank. Cozy up to the fire pits, lounge on Adirondack chairs and couches, and enjoy water views with a Perfect Margarita, made with Margaritaville Gold and Silver Tequila, triple sec, orange curacao and lime juice on the rocks.
Take the fun and games outside with cornhole, giant Jenga and handcrafted cocktails at this waterside entertainment destination in the Flats East Bank. Try a namesake Punch Bowl Cocktail - such as "It's A Mer-Man's World," made with bourbon, pineapple papaya tea, cardamom syrup, rum and fresh lime juice - which can be ordered in single, four-person or eight-person serving sizes.
Whether taking in a concert or just having dinner or drinks, enjoy superb skyline views at the Riverfront Deck overlooking Downtown Cleveland, which is open every Wednesday to Sunday from May through October. Make a toast with the Music Box Martini Press, featuring New Amsterdam gin or vodka, cucumber, tarragon and dry vermouth.
Nano Brew Cleveland is a laid-back neighborhood brewpub with 24 beers on draft both at the inside bar and at the outdoor Beer Garden Bar, which also happens to be dog-friendly. You could order a cocktail, but when you're in one of Cleveland's beloved craft breweries, suds are usually the best bet. Try the El Dorado IPA, which packs a rounded hop profile, highlighted by tropical fruit and resiny pine notes.
The rooftop patio at this Warehouse District hotspot not only offers skyline views, but features bottle service cabanas and deejays spinning music all night long.
Enjoy drinks paired with a variety of live music, entertainment and can't-miss events. Check out Live At Aloft Hotels, which has set the stage for acoustic performances by some of the area's hottest emerging artists, or get into the rhythm with a DJ spinning the latest hits. Savor the night with a "Steal My Sunshine," with Bacardi Limon and Campari for a slight bitterness and perfect balance of citrus.
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