CLEVELAND - No matter where you are in the city, you can find a patio that fits the mood.
Rooftop access gives a panoramic view of our region, from cityscapes to lake views. Intimate, local spots tucked away in the city's streets reveal the true character of a neighborhood. Patios adjacent to skyscrapers or in the background give off a concrete jungle vibe at a slower, relaxed paced against streaming traffic and occupied pedestrians.
Cleveland prides itself on its food, and the patios where the food is served is just as widely celebrated as the enticing dishes themselves.
1. Bar 32 |100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 413-5000
Opened in time for the 2016 Republican National Convention, this rooftop patio gives guests access to a view of Lake Erie that is a rarity unless you work in a skyscraper or happen to be flying over the city in a luxury chopper. (And if that's the case, lucky you).
2. The Greenhouse Tavern | 2038 E. 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio (216) 443-0511
If you've been to E. 4th then you've probably walked by or dined at James Beard Award winner, Jonathon Sawyer's restaurant. What's surprising to some is its rooftop patio overlooking the quaint street pedestrian walkway below.
Fresh pasta and authentic Italian food? Got it. Outside patio? Got it. Lockkeepers overlooks the historic Erie Canal with a wraparound porch surrounded by blooming trees. Check it out spring, summer or fall to have the most view for your money.
4. Harp | 4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 939-0200
This classic Irish pub offers delicious, traditional cuisine that reflects Cleveland's large Irish population. The patio overlooks the Shoreway and, in the distance, is Cleveland's skyline. Take a slower, more relaxed approach against the backdrop of our city.
5. Stone Mad Pub | 1306 W 65th St., Cleveland, OH 44102 (216) 281-6500
As the name implies, the outside patio stands out among the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. Much of it is made of stone--with stone fireplaces for those chilly Cleveland nights (even in spring and summer) and stone waterfalls that provide a continually relaxing atmosphere. Located in a refurbished, historic building, Stone Mad Pub offers a small neighborhood feel while having a location in an up and coming neighborhood.
It's a resource that Clevelanders sometimes don't enjoy enough. The water. Whether it be Lake Erie or the Cuyahoga River, our resource offers many things. At Merwin's Wharf, guests can enjoy a meal right on the water. After a day of recreational activities at the nearby at Great Lakes Watersports and the Cleveland Metroparks, it's the ideal escape.
Tremont is one of those neighborhoods that has a large residential population with restaurants and bars tucked in between houses and other buildings. This funky hangout is the epitome of grub with classic choices like tacos and burgers and less traditional bar food such as mussels and pork belly.
If you haven't been to Larchmere lately, you should run, not walk there. In just the last couple of months, two new businesses have popped up in the neighborhood. In the space of a couple of blocks you'll find an independent bookstore, a vegan-friendly cafe, coffee shop and the quaint, tucked away urban cafe, Felice. From the front, it looks like an ordinary bungalow, but walk around back, and the cozy, outside patio awaits.
Tinker Creek Tavern | 14000 Tinker's Creek Road, Walton Hills (216) 642-3900
9. If you happen to be out near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this quaint, tavern is a must-try. It's not the front of the Tinker Creek Tavern that grabs your attention, but the quite opposite. In the back, the patio sits right up against the river. Some who have been here during the summer have compared it to a view from a backyard in Colorado Springs. Rushing water in the background provides a rare ambiance one can't get at a restaurant in the city. The no-frills, affordable menu are extra perks.
Merging two worlds: the former rust belt and a new Cleveland. It's exactly what this brewery is doing. Tucked away in Battery Park, this brewery opened its doors back in April. The brewery is spacious with outside causal picnic tables overlooking the train tracks accompanied with a beach view. Beers are constantly rotating with some sticking on the menu for good. Food isn't served here but they pair up with local restaurant to satisfy your craving. If you're looking for beer and beach views, this is the place.
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