Visiting The Land for the Guardians’ playoff run? Don't be surprised if a bunch of contagiously optimistic Clevelanders high-five you while walking around Downtown. Expect red-white-and-blue revelry in packed bars, pouring out onto patios and emitting a unique brand of local pride. Sure, they’ve had a few drinks, but they’re mostly just glad the Guardians are playing October baseball.
Cleveland goes crazy for baseball. Back in the ‘90s (and early ‘00s), we packed the stadium full for 455 straight games. That’s over five seasons of sellout crowds. Now the Guardians boast a future Hall of Famer in the dugout, a formidable pitching rotation and the youngest roster to ever make the playoffs. Baseball is more than just a game in Cleveland, it’s a lifestyle.
Couldn’t snag tickets at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario? Don’t sweat it. We’ve lined up just a few of the many spots to watch Guardians baseball in The Land.
Pull up a seat at this quintessentially Cleveland sports bar and chow down on one (or two) of their signature burgers between innings. With more than ten flat-screen HDTVs, you’ll never miss a second of the action. Warning: This place attracts the diehards, so expect lots of high fives after every Steven Kwan banger.
Pizza and beer. Just try to name two better companions for a night out watching baseball. This Warehouse District fave turns the area’s trendy rep on its head with a laidback neighborhood bar vibe full of sports fans cheering on the home team. Oh, yeah, the pizza. Trust us, the Map Room’s pies are one of the best kept secrets in CLE.
This upscale bowling alley/sports bar on East 4th is blanketed with 4K HDTVs, making for a lively game-time atmosphere. If you get a case of the ninth inning jitters, why not bowl a few frames to settle those nerves? Pro tip: Before the first pitch, stop in at nearby CLE Clothing Co. to pick up the latest tee from their amazing Guardians collection. A frequent hotspot for Cleveland athletes, you never know who you'll run into there.
Celebrate that walk-off win — or cry in your beer after a tough loss — with a trip to Wild Eagle’s famous Inebriation Stations. Yep, we’re basically talking about an entire wall of self-serve draft beer. With multiple locations around Northeast Ohio, this modern saloon is a home run choice for game time. (…we’ll see ourselves out.)
Take one step into this Gateway District hotspot and you’ll know you’re in sports heaven. City Tap’s impressive bar features a large display of Cleveland sports bobbleheads — including plenty of legendary Guardians — alongside about a million bottles of every kind of adult beverage imaginable.
The younger crowd rocks all game long on the corner of West 6th and Lakeside. With 32 big-screen TVs (and lots of beers on tap behind the bar), how can you go wrong? Win or lose, you know you're going to hang out and dance the night away. Those moves...