Bars that applied to stay open late during RNC

Posted at 3:30 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 15:30:37-04

Cities across Northeast Ohio are getting ready to host delegates and other convention-goers for July’s Republican National Convention. 

Attendees will not just be staying in downtown Cleveland. Delegations will be assigned to hotels as far west as Sandusky and as far south as the Akron/Canton area.

Under a new state law, venues in cities that are hosting “major events”, such as the RNC, are allowed to apply for a waiver with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.  That waiver allows the venues to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. the day following the event.

Tuesday, the City of Cleveland released the list of all the bars that have applied for the waiver. That list is 28 pages long, and includes traditional bars and restaurants as well venues like Playhouse Square, the Botanical Gardens, Browns stadium and MOCA Cleveland. 

Check out the entire list here. has reached out to communities around the region to find out the interest. Westlake had 14 businesses apply while Lakewood says about a dozen inquired. 

The deadline to apply for the major event waiver was March 21. The Division of Liquor Control will determine which venues receive waivers by June 17.