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Nightlife for 30-somethings?

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Laingsburg, Michigan
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Nightlife for 30-somethings?

A couple of us are coming to Cleveland in a couple of weeks for a weekend, staying near Cleveland Public Square. We pretty much know what we want to do during the day, but looking for something fun to do at night. What are the best bars for people in their 30s?

Also, what kind of public transportation does Cleveland have? Buses, cabs etc.

Cleveland, OH
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1. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

Here is a link to an article on public transportation:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s303/Cleveland…

If you are staying at Public Square you could walk virtually anywhere in the downtown area. Note that Cleveland now has Uber & Lyft ride sharing services, in addition to the RTA services mentioned above (including FREE downtown trolleys all centered around Public Square). Taxis are always available at Public Square in front of the Renaissance Hotel and other hotels, but you will likely not be able just to hail one on the street (Cleveland is NOT a taxi town). Get the telephone number of a reliable taxi company from your hotel and call to arrange pick-up).

Nightlife is centered around several downtown areas: The Warehouse District, East 4th Street, and Playhouse Square. Each has its own attractions, depending on your interests, with the youngest, noisiest, rowdiest crowds being centered mainly in the Warehouse District. More upscale bars and restaurants are found around E. 4th St. And the theater crowd is centered at Playhouse Square. I assume you know there is the Horseshoe Casino located right on Public Square if that interests you (but note, this is just a gaming venue (with a good buffet and a few other local restaurants); it does not have entertainment in this 1st phase of its development).

Another area worth exploring is Ohio City, (http://ohiocity.org/guide), just rated by USA Today as one of the top 10 places to bar-hop around the world: …usatoday.com/destinations/…1. It is one stop on the Red Line Rapid Transit (W. 25th St.) from Tower City Center/Public Square station or a quick cab ride away. Be sure to visit during the day when the historic West Side Market is open, and grab a great lunch/pastry.

Cleveland
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2. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

Lanai, what are your interests for nightlife -- dancing, concerts, comedy clubs, sports (Indians baseball at the time of your visit).

This travel article may be helpful.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s402/Cleveland…

Perhaps also check out the "Cinema at the Square" schedule for PlayhouseSquare once it is released for the time of the trip (admittedly, this delayed introduction of the movie schedule is one of the dumbest things IMO that I've ever seen in Cleveland -- very, very annoying), but this event is a great bargain for $5 if a movie of interest is showing.

playhousesquare.org/events-tickets/cinema-at…

See the discussion of PlayhouseSquare here. If coming for the first Friday of the month, check out the mixer at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-c198218/Clevel…

Check out Wendy Park and the Sunset Bar and Grille band schedule (likely best driven to).

Enjoy Cleveland!

Cleveland, Ohio
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3. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

On Friday late afternoon to early evening, I would cab it to the Happy Dog ( just under 10 minutes from public square west of Cleveland in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.) for happy hour. Get the driver or his company's number and then when that gets old, head to the Market District on West 25th and bar hop, visiting NanoBrew, ABC Tavern, TownHall (VERY HAPPENNING), Bier Markt, the "Speakeasy" underneath Bar Cento--that should be enough, There are food choices at all of these places but opt for a dog ( and one or more 100 toppings) and tater tots at the Happy Dog. On Saturday afternoon, return to the Market District on 25th and have lunch at Great Lakes Brewery ( outside if weather permits) unless you decide to head out to the Cleveland Museum of Art or some other great cultural attraction. In the late afternoon on Saturday, start the party on East 4th Street at Zocolo or Flannerys ( although I would not dine at Flannerys) and then just bar hop down 4th St. Most of the bars are connected with restaurants but the ages of the patrons vary and you will not feel too old or young. I think that you might feel like babysitters at the bars on West 6th Street. As indicated by another Cleveland poster, it would help to know your interests. You will have a good time here that is for sure. You can also switch the days and do East 4th on Friday--there will be a more office people shaking off the week. Then, I would just limit yourselves to the Market District on Saturday and skip the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood ( it would be fun on Saturday but nothing beats the eclectic crowd at the Friday happy hour). They have rotating themes but hope you catch the Polka Happy Hour. It is a blast.

Laingsburg, Michigan
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4. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

Thanks guys! I didn't even know where to start so this has been a big help!

Laingsburg, Michigan
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5. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

OOOOOOO...one more thing...Where is the best Bloody Mary of Cleveland found at?

Akron, Ohio
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6. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

You have to try society lounge on east 4th street and The Velvet Tango room about 3 minutes away from downtown by cab. Places that you can't find in any other city!

Cleveland
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7. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

I like the Bloody Marys at the Blue Point Grille. My memory is that my last one had a small shrimp with the olives.

You also might check out the event schedule for the Jacobs Pavilion (check reviews), a 5,000-seat venue with a great view of the Cleveland skyline and Cuyahoga River traffic, which, if you're lucky, might include a giant ore freighter traveling between Lake Erie and the upriver steel mill.

http://www.nauticaflats.com/events/

Please post a trip report, especially if you find a Bloody Mary that you particularly enjoyed. :-)

Cleveland
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8. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

BTW, which you probably already know if you read the public transportation article linked in post 1, the Red Line rail rapid connects Tower City downtown with the West 25th St. station in the Market District of the Ohio City neighborhood, where Cleveland's breweries, Bar Cento, etc., are located. RTA day passes are $5.

Cleveland
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9. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

I should have mentioned that the Blue Point Grille has one of the best bar areas in the Warehouse District and a good Happy Hour. Check the "Dining" travel article linked in the "Cleveland Tips" travel article linked in post 2 for more on Cleveland Happy Hours.

ohio
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10. Re: Nightlife for 30-somethings?

I second the Blue Pointe Grill. Great happy hour food and drinks. I haven't had a Bloody Mary there but I'm sure it's great!