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Happy hour. Oh, happy hour. How we love thee.
But you know what makes happy hour about 10 times better? If you do it on a beach with live music and good food. Admit it ... that sounds pretty amazing right about now.
Turns out, Cleveland's about 10 times better than most places on earth. So, remember that whole happy hour on a beach thing? Yeah, we've got that.
Edgewater Beach, which is located a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Downtown Cleveland (three miles to be exact), is a major hotspot on Thursday nights in the summertime. Why?
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This isn't some lame excuse of an outdoor happy hour. Trust us. Edgewater LIVE draws thousands of people each Thursday - from young professionals to visiting families and everyone in between. From 4:30-9 p.m., Edgewater Beach converts into a giant free summer beach party overlooking glassy Lake Erie.
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The booming party is centered around the live bands, which change every week. Each party kicks off at 4:30pm with live music from the Tri-C Creative Arts Program and then switches up at 6pm with a host of great bands.
Make sure to bring a beach chair or picnic blanket to get the full experience. Or, rent a chair, umbrella or cabana from the on-site Nature Shop.
Add to that, eventgoers nosh on gourmet bites from an always evolving group of local food trucks that have, in the past, included favorites like Barrio, 216 Bistro, Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers, Sweet Spot, Smokin Rock n Roll and Boca Loca.
Then, they wash it all down with the important stuff - frosty craft brews and frisky summertime cocktails. The seasonal bar at the beach house features a variety of craft cocktails, as well as beers from local breweries like Fat Head's Brewing and Great Lakes Brewing Company.
And, kids love the Honey Hut ice cream stand (the chocolate peanut butter is to. die. for.). Okay, we take that back. Everyone loves Honey Hut.
That's not all. Just about every turn on the beach invites you to check out some kind of activity. Beach volleyball is a given, so bring your suit. There's also many competitive cornhole matches happening (one hand on the bean bag and the other on your beer).
The Cleveland Metroparks provides a myriad of discovery activities for children, as well.
Or, go for a swim, bring your kayak or paddleboard and get moving!
The 900-foot Edgewater Beach and surrounding Lakefront Reservation were recently acquired by the region's acclaimed park system encircling the city - The Cleveland Metroparks. Much to the glee of locals, the park received a transformative facelift thanks to its new operators.
As a result, this beach and the surrounding park are downright spectacular. So, celebratory happy hours every Thursday just make sense, right?
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