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 lakes are so last year. Imagine sipping martinis whilst eyeballing a 1,000-foot-long freighter meandering down the curvaceous 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 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.
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 ever-blossoming 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.
LockKeepers: Hiding in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley, LockKeepers has spent 25 years serving elegant meals and beautiful views of the Cuyahoga and Erie Canal Tow Path. Grab a Hibiscus Spritz and some Black Garlic Gnocchi.
Match cocktail hour with a view fit for a king. These rooftop terraces take patio forays to baller-level status with their colossal cityscape views and elite-status offerings.
Garden of Eden: Located on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Hotel at The 9, the new Garden of Eden'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 Guardians 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 Rocket Mortgage Arena.
Velvet Dog: If party rock is in the house tonight, 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 deejay’s spinning music all night long.
There are a ton of spots with great outdoor seating -- what's your favorite Cleveland Patio?