Life hasn’t been easy for Cleveland football fans. An 0-16 season, the Factory of Sadness…our quarterback even got stuck under the American flag once during pregame warmups. If the last twenty years since we got the team back couldn’t dent our insane fandom, then nothing ever will.
Spend any amount of time here during the week and you'll see people decked out in their orange and brown finest, blue collar and white collar workers commiserating over blown calls and missed tackles, and a feeling of total anticipation until the next Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday...sometimes even Saturday) comes when we can hit the tailgate or hangout at the local watering hole and celebrate with all of our CLE family.
The Land is always ready for game day, and if you find yourself in town for one, why not do it up all weekend with the Brownies?
Football players fuel up before big games and fans should do the same. Kick off the day with brunch at Prosperity Social Club in Tremont. Go full Cleveland with the Polish Breakfast (featuring potato pierogies and smoked kielbasa) or Wake-Up Call Empanada.
Every fan’s bucket list includes a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But what about the new Paul E. Brown Museum & Archive in the nearby Massillon Museum? After all, he built the Browns franchise from the ground — and name — up. Stop by MassMu to learn more about the best football coach of all time. At least in our humble opinion.
Heading back north, grab a bite — and a drink — at Berea’s Cornerstone Brewing Company. The Grindstone Gold lager and Erie Blu wheat ale are both standouts, but the Berea Brown is a game day standby. While in Berea, scope out Cleveland Browns HQ on Lou Groza Boulevard. It’s not open to the public, but still ranks as an essential drive-by for any fan.
You might be considering hitting up the team shop for an official jersey, and we fully endorse that, but there’s plenty of other ways to show out in brown and orange. No dog mask or giant bone prop required, either. Instead, if you’re looking for some Browns gear with a more modern spin, check out any of the great apparel options from local designers like CLE Clothing Co. and GV Art + Design for starters.
Catch up on the day’s college football action at The Clevelander. Whether it’s Ohio State, a MAC grudge match or just cheering on the old alma mater, Saturdays are for the college game. Chow down on either The Bernie Bernie (topped with grilled pastrami and a fried egg) or The Muni-Lot burger.
The night’s not complete without a trip to Vault at The 9. Where else can you sip a handcrafted cocktail in century-old bank vaults? Seriously, the lounge theme is just immaculate.
Diehard Browns fans tailgate in the Muni Lot starting at the crack of dawn. Set your alarm (and maybe a few backups) and get down to the Lot in time to toss the pigskin around, grab some food off the grill and throw back a few brews. Early wakeup calls aren’t supposed to be this much fun.
So many tailgates, so little time. And no one should miss the ultimate tailgate party at Barley House on W. 6th Street. There’s live 92.3 The Fan radio broadcasts, corn hole and Barley House’s extensive craft beer list. Browns Backers sure know how to party.
As much fun as tailgating can be, the real gridiron action is at FirstEnergy Stadium. There’s not a bad seat in the house, but we’re partial to the frenzied environs of the Dawg Pound. It gets crazy loud, so join right in and bark up a storm.
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We’re an optimistic sort, so plan for a postgame victory celebration in the Warehouse District. Relive the game’s biggest plays with hundreds of new friends while bopping around at Gillespie’s Map Room, Velvet Dog and Dive Bar.
Unwind after a big weekend at Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill in MGM Northfield Park. Yes, as in Bernie Kosar. With the walls decked out in Bernie memorabilia, savor your steak or seafood in the presence of Browns history. Need a rec? Try “The 19” boneless NY strip in honor of our all-time favorite QB1.