Holiday Guide: Entertain Like a Local
What makes Cleveland, Cleveland? Could it be the lake? Or maybe the Breweries? What about believing in a football team that has faced so much adversity? But then don’t forget the ethnic pockets of traditions and food and all of its’ diversity…...Guess what - it’s all of that and so much more. We all want to connect via our roots which is Cleveland. And that is where the desire to entertain friends, family and visitors steps in. We have so many ways to connect via our local culture…..
When the sun goes down in Cleveland, the city transforms into a sparkling metropolis and a whole new world awaits! Looking for a place to watch the game? Well, we’ve got you covered. Find your new watering hole - it’s a great way to unwind and meet new people. There is no shortage of places to cheer on our home team in Cleveland, however, here are a few of our favorites...
Becky’s Bar: Located just north of Chester Avenue on E. 18th Street and steps from Playhouse Square and the campus of Cleveland State University, aptly dubbed “Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar”. Serving an eclectic group of actors, stagehands, students, lawyers, police officers, county workers, etc. Signature burgers, award-winning wings, and fun staff are legendary far and wide among Clevelanders and visitors alike. It’s the friendly atmosphere and excellent food that quickly turn strangers into regulars!
Flat Iron Cafe: Located in the Cleveland Flats, across from the Center Street Swinging Bridge. Cleveland’s oldest Irish Pub! Flat Iron Cafe Irish Pub, offers an exceptional menu of food and drink, domestic and draft beers and spirits, appetizers including the popular powerhouse pierogies, monthly specials, and live music every Friday.
Forest City Brewery: Neighborhood Brewery located in the Duck Island Neighborhood of Cleveland. Forest City Brewery is the older Beer Garden in Ohio. there is a beer hall rental for groups of 100 or less, a tasting room, and 10,000 square feet of the old beer garden on site. The beer philosophy is to make old-school European beer, that people would have been drinking in the beer garden 150 years ago.
Thirsty Parrot: Everybody’s talking about the Thirsty Parrot, conveniently located on the corner of East Ninth & Bolivar, just a fly ball from the centerfield gate to Progressive Field. The party is here before and after every Indians game. Thirsty Parrot is also open for special events at the Quicken Loans Arena. Look for the Caribbean Blue awning over the island-sized deck or just listen for the party music.
Willoughby Brewing Company: Located in historic downtown Willoughby, the Willoughby Brewing Co. was established in 1998. The century-old, historic building, an old trolley repair depot, is the home of Lake County’s oldest, state-of-the-art brewery. Original, award-winning beers are freshly brewed an on top for connoisseurs of all styles. Crowds, young and old alike, swarm to Willoughby Brewing Co. for fresh-brewed beer, food, and live entertainment.
Yuzu: Located right in the heart of Lakewood on Madison Ave and Elbur Ave. Craft cocktails, ramen & innovative Asian fusion dishes presented in a relaxed tavern setting.
Every weekend are you anxiously looking for what’s happening right here in our great city of Cleveland? Well, then we have the app for you! Explore, discover, and experience Cleveland’s amazing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Browse CLE events in your neighborhood and purchase your tickets right on this app!
Wheedle: Use Wheedle’s mobile app to Explore, Discover, and Experience Cleveland’s amazing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Establishments will send offers to persuade you to visit. Cleveland ticketing is available! Browse CLE events in your neighborhood and purchase your tickets right on Wheedle. No need to print your tickets. Your digital tickets will appear right on your mobile device. Check out this ridiculously easy event technology that utilizes facial recognition and augmented reality to give attendees a seamless experience.
Let’s get creative! Whether it’s glass blowing or painting with a twist, it’s time to get innovative! Cleveland has so many one of a kind opportunities for professional and amateur artisans. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and challenge your unknown talents.
Kara LeAnn Art: Paintings, pet portraits, and painting classes. Kara LeAnn will travel to your location, art supplies in tow, to host wine and paint events. Events can be public or private.
Larchmere Fire Works: A blacksmithing, glassblowing, and glass fusing studio. Share with the public crafts normally done in a private studio and involve in the process with hands-on glass and metal classes and demonstrations. Larchmere offers group and individual classes. You can also book a party here! The gallery features local artists in an array of mediums.
Ohio City Glass: Glassblowing classes and made-in-Cleveland handmade glas art including memorial glass and ceremonial glass for couples, lighting, chandeliers, and more. Dedicated to producing amazing glass art at reasonable prices in an environmentally conscious manner.
Now if dining is your interest, we’re ready to introduce you to the city’s dining scene. Restaurants have the daunting task of providing each patron with a memorable experience that they would like to experience again and again… Hearty, fine dining, quick eats on the run, and ethnic eateries can be found all over the north coast, so sometimes being pointed in the right direction is a big help. Check out some of these poppin’ restaurants right here in CLE that you can’t overlook!
Distill Table: Located on Madison Ave in the heart of Lakewood. A locally sourced full-service restaurant that is Fresh and Eco-Sustainable. Offering handcrafted cocktails and food inspired by Chef Eddie Tancredi.
Lago East Bank: Now located in the brand new Aloft Hotel in the newly redeveloped East Bank of the Flats! Lago is located on the street level of the hotel at 1091 West 10th Street in downtown Cleveland. Lago is an F. Salerno Restaurant, independently owned and operated. Offering upscale Italian dishes and cocktails with Lake Erie views. The doors are opened and are ready to welcome back old friends, invite the new & enjoy the view!
Voodoo Tuna: Located on Detroit Ave in Lakewood, Voodoo Tuna is Cleveland’s premier chef-driven Asian fusion restaurant. Chefs Andrew Jackson and Joe Koskovics create fun and unique variations of sushi while still passionately serving up the sushi classics. Sushi is not Voodoo Tuna’s only focus, the cocktails come with the same exact attention to detail. Up and coming bartenders Matt McLaughlin and Dave Sebille handcraft each cocktail and prepare house-infused spirits and liqueurs with fresh fruits and spices. Voodoo Tuna boasts an original experience in a modern environment with Asian inspired decor, lights to fit the mood and murals from local artist Adam Jorgensen. Voodoo Tunas food, cocktails and atmosphere offers everyone a great night out.
In every group, there is one planner who puts things in motion. It could be a family function, a bachelorette party, a corporate event, or an evening with your grandmother that you need to get on the calendar. We’re lucky to have partnered with a variety of highly skilled experts who can share and expose us to their talents for special events.
B Productions: DJ, emcee, and lighting designer, Brent Schmidt is changing the game and making a name for himself in the Cleveland entertainment industry. Getting his start in 2007 as an assistant on his brother’s gigs, Brent caught the bug and ventured out on his own events while still in high school. 10+ years later he has built his brand through music and lighting, having worked with companies such as American Greetings and the Cleveland Browns and providing high caliber events from Ohio to Florida. Brent’s passion for changing the expectations of a Mobile DJ can be seen in his diligent and personal connection with each and every client. He will plan and design every entertainment aspect of your event to give you and your guests an experience like you’ve never seen before.
Cleveland City Dance: Be inspired in structured professional dance classes with patient and experienced teachers. All students progress in a caring, inspiring, and supportive atmosphere to reach their greatest potential while building confidence, self-awareness, artistry, and technique. Students are thoughtfully placed according to their individual ability so they can perform their personal best.
Cleveland Opera Theater: Cleveland’s Professional Opera Company, honoring the legacy of Opera, advancing Opera in the present, and innovating for the bright future of Opera in Cleveland! Mainstage productions, community outreach, and education programs.
Beachland Ballroom: Officially opened its doors on March 2nd, 2000. Owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy (who was in Cleveland band Satan’s Satellites at the time and the booker for the iconic Cleveland venue Pat’s in the Flats) worked together to convert the old Croatian Liberty Hall on Waterloo Road in the Collinwood neighborhood into the eclectic live music venue that the Beachland is today. Keeping key original details and maintaining the vintage vibe and authenticity of the building was always something Mark and Cindy wanted to preserve. The unobstructed view of the larger Ballroom and the intimacy of the Tavern lends itself to a variety of shows that can be accommodated between the two spaces. Notable bands to come through the Beachland’s doors over the years since it’s 2000 opening are Akron’s The Black Keys, The Cramps, Guided by Voices, and The White Stripes, among many more. The Beachland hosts two stages under one roof – the intimate Tavern stage (148 capacity) and the larger Ballroom stage (500 capacity). Most nights the Beachland operates two separate shows, a full kitchen featuring homemade and locally sourced menu items, an extensive and affordable beer selection, and even a vintage shop in the basement called This Way Out. Weekends feature the Beachland Brunch, hosted each Saturday (11am-3pm) and Sunday (10am-3pm) with vinyl DJ’s spinning on Sundays, and handcrafted Bloody Marys and Beachland’s award-winning biscuits all weekend long! Beyond hosting nightly local and national musical acts, the Beachland participates in a community focused and special events such as the summer and holiday Rockin’ Flea Markets, workshops and industry mixers, and annual events such as hosting official stages for the Waterloo Arts Fest, and Beachland’s SummerFest festival. The destination venue that Cindy and Mark set out to create has become a pillar of the NE Ohio music scene and artistic community.