Welcome to the Forest City, the North Coast, C-Town, the Rock and Roll Capitol of the World–Cleveland!

If you think the only things Cleveland has to offer are the Indians, the Browns, and the Cavaliers, you’re in for a treat this week. The Content Marketing Institute, in collaboration with storytelling platform Fabl, is pleased to share some of our favorite spots in town to eat, drink, and play.

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All-beef or no-beef vegan hot dogs with every topping imaginable. Load that puppy up with pimento mac n cheese, vodka sauerkraut, Froot Loops, or all three, for $6 and no judgment. Menu

Enjoy an elevated dining experience at Adega, a modern showcase of fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with the finest local and international ingredients. Soak up happy hour with a classic Sangria. Make Reservations

Lola is perennially packed for a reason. Zagat voted this spot the best restaurant in Cleveland, and James Beard award-winning chef Michael Symon has hosted or appeared on a handful of Food Network/Cooking Channel shows. Expect New American, rustic fare like beef cheek pierogis and smoked pork chops, but make a reservation if you expect to eat. Menu

Feast your eyes and your palate at this “mod mex” eatery at where portraits of luchadores preside over inventive dishes like wild boar taquitos and fresh cucumber margaritas. Executive chef Eric Williams is a two-time Beard Foundation nominee. Reservations are accepted, but only for parties of 6 or fewer. Menu

Need more elbow space? Momocho’s sister restaurant, El Carnicero, has space for 8-14 for call-ahead, and a semi-private space available for a group of 35-60. Menu

This gastropub employs an in-house butcher and charcutier as well as a brewmaster, in order to bring Cleveland a locally sourced and crafted menu of snacks and entrees. Menu


Stone Mad Pub has the best patio in Cleveland, hands-down. Grab a pint and a seat by the Stonehenge-like fountain, and debrief while the day’s takeaways are fresh. Menu

Diverse seasonal options brewed in-house range from the Platform Black Eagle, a recreation of an extinct Polish beer style brewed with oak-smoked wheat malt, to a Belgian Wit Bier flavored with coriander and orange. Menu

This brewpub offers tours and private event hosting in addition to year-round and seasonally brewed selections. Each beer also offers a little insight into Cleveland’s history—take the Burning River pale ale, for example, whose notes of citrus and pine that “ignite the senses (not our local waterways).”Menu


To Rock or not to Rock? Tough call. But, can you really leave Cleveland without seeing Joey Ramone’s leather jacket and Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche? Hit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s highlights and grab the kids some souvenir tee shirts if you get a couple hours of down time. General admission tickets are $22. Rock out!

Gallery One is a unique space where art and technology meet; the gallery has the largest multitouch MicroTile screen in the United States (40 feet), which allows visitors to interact with 4,100 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. If you’re short on time, download the museum’s app, ArtLens, to explore the collection further on your way home. There are no admission fees to either the museum or Gallery One. Current Exhibits

Playhouse Square, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is the “world’s largest theater restoration project.” Visit these 5 theaters, and learn more about there historic significance and beauty. Take a free, guided hike this Thursday, September 7th @ 6:00PM. Tour Information

Still around on Saturday? Experience urban cycling. Take a relaxing cruise around the city during the day, or light up the night in a neon-cycling excursion. Feeling adventurous? This festival even offers beginner’s mountain biking. Your trip includes a meal & drink ticket. All proceeds benefit Bike Cleveland, enabling continued advocacy for safe streets across Greater Cleveland. Choose Your Cycling Style

The market is home to more than 100 vendors who peddle everything from artisan popcorn to Cambodian sticky rice rolls. The market is a true cross-section of Cleveland, so stroll the aisles, sip a small-batch, fair trade coffee, and do some prime people-watching. Search Vendors

After dinner, grab an Uber out to University Circle and knock down some pins –and some cocktails—at Corner Alley. Make a reservation by calling 216.278.9256; maximum four lanes per reservation, six bowlers per lane. (This is not Nam, this is bowling. There are rules!) Menu

3 floors of gaming tables and slots + friendly staff = good times. You know what they say—what happens in Cleveland, can seen on Twitter. @JACKCleCasino

If you’ve got a hard-working team that deserves a super-fun introduction to Cleveland, get them on the Brew Bus! Tickets are $62 and include tastings at a handful of local breweries, plus pretzel necklaces (!). If your group is large enough, CBB can arrange a private beer tour. Call Leslie to schedule and arrive pickup and drop-off. Her number is 216-773-2567.
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