In Cleveland, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.
Here in Cleveland, we’ve got beef cheek in our pierogi, truffles on our hot dogs and beer in our donuts. Balance.
Whether you’re into the thread count of your linens or just a place to crash for the night, we’ve got a hotel room with your name all over it.
You know those places only the locals know? Let our experts help you find them with free maps, itineraries and insider tips.
History hasn't always been easy on us. But pressure can create diamonds. Come check out our gems.
When the weather turns frigid, a lot of people hunker down to hibernate with their fave streaming service. Not us Clevelanders, however: We throw on our warmest outerwear and spend all day outside at Brite Winter, one of the (literally) coolest festivals in the U.S.
Between its multiple stages of music, and abundance of local art and food, the annual event — which is celebrating its tenth year in 2019 — oozes Cleveland cool.
When you're not hanging out at Brite (which is slated for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 3 p.m. - 1 a.m. on the West Bank of the Flats), here are some other things to see and do in town.
Image © Cody York
Lunch: Ohio City hidden gem Hansa Brewery offers up some of the most authentic Eastern European food and beer in town — between the award-winning Winzig Haus Bier (which nabbed a bronze medal for "historical beer" at the 2017 Los Angeles International Beer Competition) and stomach-busting dishes such as a sausage platter or Wiener schnitzel.
After lunch, mosey on over to Ohio City's West 25th Street main drag and pop into the flagship store of sweets emporium Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream for a scoop of premium ice cream.
Afternoon: Find out how the magic happens — that is, how beloved local beer destination Market Garden Brewery brews its craft delights — by scheduling a late afternoon tour of its Production Brewery, a 35,000-square-foot facility located in Ohio City behind the West Side Market. The tour costs just $6, and that includes four beer tastings. Call this one of the best happy hour bargains in town.
Dinner: Head west to the Gordon Square neighborhood and grab a table at XYZ the Tavern, an unpretentious bar with a killer drink menu (to the tune of over 100 kinds of whiskey and bourbon) and a menu bursting with sandwiches and slices (of gigantic, New York-style pizza, that is).
Evening: Across from XYZ is Superelectric Pinball Parlor, a retro-tastic time warp to arcades of yore that boasts multiple rows of classic and new pinball machines — all of which are playable by purchasing on-site tokens.
Late Night: Have a nightcap at the nearby Hingetown neighborhood bar Jukebox. As its name implies, the cozy space has one of the best, most diverse jukebox selections in the city, and a carefully curated beer list heavy on Ohio brews.
Lunch: Sleep in and have a leisurely, late nosh at Lucky’s Café in Tremont. Try the cheddar scallion biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. Trust us.
All. Day. Long.: Brite Winter starts around 3 p.m. and features a full day of live bands, art installations and tons of on-site food and beverages. It’s a full-day affair.
Late Night: Late-night munchies are the best kind of munchies, especially after a long night of consuming and commiserating with friends. There are tons of Cleveland joints with kitchens open till last call. Let's talk hot dogs, BYO tacos, pierogi and, of course, pizza by the slice here.
Brunch: To conquer your inevitable hangover, look no further than the Beachland Ballroom's popular Sunday brunch. Their boozy, pitcher-heavy menu provides an array of hair-of-the-dog options (we recommend the spicy bloody marys) and comfort fare such as chicken and waffles or scratch-made biscuits and gravy. Each Sunday also has a different DJ spinning records, ensuring each brunch outing is unique.
Post-Brunch: Clear your head even more by taking a stroll over to the (mostly) all-vinyl mecca Blue Arrow Records. Located mere blocks from the Beachland, the store offers a frequently updated used bin with no shortage of must-buy records. Or, go ahead and complete your totally music-fueled weekend with a couple of stops at a few Cleveland-area record stores here.
Want the who, what, where, when and why on all things Brite Winter? Get ‘em here.
Nationally acclaimed concert club, Beachland's the real Cleveland experience with two venues (tavern and ballroom) in a former Croatian social hall,...
If edgy is your thing, make your way to the Waterloo Arts District to check out vinyl record stores Blue Arrow Records. The shop’s floor — which is...
Boris Music made big news when he broke ground in April of 2013 on his multi-million dollar construction project that would transform the corner of...
At Jukebox in Hingetown, the rotating playlist is curated just as carefully as its list of craft beers and bar bites. (Where else could you find...
Enjoy local, handcrafted food and craft beer steps away from the West Side Market. Dine inside or in Cleveland's first American Beer Garden.
At Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream in Ohio City (and nine other Northeast Ohio locations), ice cream lovers can peek behind the proverbial curtain by...
Craft beer. Craft grub. Walk off the beaten path and hang out in an industrial, open-air setting a few minutes walk from Downtown. Opening mid-May...
Everyone can feel like a kid again with a stop at Superelectric Pinball Parlor. Located in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, this groovy arcade has...
XYZ the Tavern, located in the Detroit Shoreway, is a neighborhood tavern offering 24 craft beers on tap, over 100 varieties of whiskey and bourbon,...