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Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

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Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

My niece is turning 21 this May and this summer she is doing an internship in Cleveland for the summer. My husband and I want to fly to Cleveland for the weekend and take her out to a fun bar to legally drink with her....LOL. Any suggestions on where we can take a newly 21-year old where her 40-something-year old aunt & uncle can blend in as well? Obviously a "club" is not what we are looking for, so are there any fun local bars, maybe with live music that you can recommend? She has been begging me since she was 17 to take her out drinking once she turns 21 (we are the "cool" aunt & uncle with no kids who still party like we are in our 20's, haha).....so any fun suggestions? Any local dive bars, local music bars, sports bars, or good bar-food type bars?

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1. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

I could help with this. But location is key due to drive-time and cab rides.

Let's assume that you fly into CLE and use a airport hotel (like Comfort Inn) that offers a free shuttle to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. The same hotel shuttles will assist in very local "bar" trips or help with taxi service. Some airport hotels that offer free shuttle are located in Middleburg Hts 44130 which is 3 miles or 8 minutes from airport. If so the Brew Garden, Two Bucks and Islander bar/grill are popular. There are many popular, crowed clubs in downtown Cleveland, but it doesn't sound like that's what you're looking for.

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2. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

Great Lakes and Market Garden Breweries in the Market District are very popular. Great Lakes can be jammed on a popular night.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-d272156/Clevel…

For music, downtown check out Wilbert's and the House of Blues. Wilbert's is Cleveland's best downtown dive bar. Both Wilbert's and the HOB are near Progressive Field and can be crowded on game days. The HOB also is on East 4th St., which has other bars and entertainment venues.

http://www.wilbertsmusic.com/

http://www.east4thstreet.com/dining

Happy Dog in the Gordon Square Arts District also has extremely varied entertainment depending upon the night -- from indie bands to Cleveland Orchestra quartets to a Polka happy hour. Yet it's a popular family eatery. Nearby the Happy Dog is Sweet Moses (ice cream) and another live music venue -- the Parkview Nite Club.

newsok.com/why-cleveland-rocks/…3674573

http://www.parkviewniteclub.com/

Nighttown near University Circle is the leading jazz venue.

In Tremont, just south of the Market District, the Velvet Tango Room is considered one of the best cocktail lounges in the U.S. and has entertainment nightly after 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Bring a GPS, because the Velvet Tango Room has no signs to reinforce its speakeasy image. Cocktails are $15+. Unlike the Parkview, the Velvet Tango Room was never really a speakeasy during Prohibition, but it certainly feels like one!

http://www.velvettangoroom.com/

Enjoy Cleveland!

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3. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

We have stayed at the Hilton on 1100 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH (216) 658-6400 ‎ • hiltongardeninn.com It is within walking distance of several bars. If you have never eaten a sandwich at Panini’s you have to try it. It has French fries on it.  They have several hotels in downtown Cleveland within walking distance to many bars. We just found that this hotel had the best price. Close by bars to the Hilton:

Winking Lizard Tavern

The Clevelander Bar & Grill

Panini's

Flannery's Pub

The Greenhouse Tavern

House of Blues

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4. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

The Hilton Garden Inn is on the southeast edge of downtown, but it, like other hotels not closer to Public Square (e.g., the Wyndham, Doubletree Lakeside) offers free downtown shuttle service. The Hilton Garden Inn is close to Progressive Field and to Wilbert's. Pedestrian traffic to the Hilton can be sparse unless there is a game at Progressive Field.

However, Cleveland's downtown is relatively compact. The Hilton Garden Inn is only an extra 5-10 minute walk to East 4th St. and Playhouse Square than hotels such as the Hyatt, Residence Inn and Holiday Inn Express.

Visitors to downtown Cleveland can park in surface lots west of Public Square for $10/day (when I last visited). This provides easy walking access to East 4th St., Tower City (Horseshoe Casino), and the Warehouse District, and even the Rock Hall, as well as to Cleveland's mass transportation hub at Tower City/Public Square and to free downtown bus trolleys.

The Hampton Inn Airport provides easy access to downtown (using route 176, the Jennings Freeway), University Circle, the West Side Market, etc., and, unlike downtown hotels, has free parking.

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5. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

In post 4:

<<The Hilton Garden Inn is only an extra 5-10 minute walk to East 4th St. and Playhouse Square>>

should be Public Square, not Playhouse Square

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6. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

wow.....thank you all for so much awesome info!!! i am going to look into all of these places, and also try to find out from my niece exactly where she is staying........

i will keep everyone posted! thanks again!

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7. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

don't forget Pickwick & Frolic, which is on E 4th, she might enjoy that, and it's right next to Corney Alley (bowling alley). http://www.pickwickandfrolic.com/shows/

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8. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

Summer in Ohio = Put in Bay!!!

While it's about an hour west of downtown Cleveland, it's more fun than anything you'll find in town. It's a Lake Erie island, know affectionately as the "Key West of the North" and "Spring Break for Adults". Check out the PIB forum on here or Google it, for an idea of what it's all about.

Get a room for a weekend, take the ferry over, and show her the time of her life!

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9. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

i just found out she is staying on the Cleveland State University campus during her internship,.....hopefully that is in the heart of things????

we will most likely try to get a hotel as close to campus as possible so we can be near her........any suggestions on hotel within walking distance to the campus? i know she said she is staying in the dorms on campus.....

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10. Re: Cool place for 40-somethings to bring our newly 21-year old?

Cleveland State University is on the east side of downtown. The only hotel near the campus decently rated by TA reviewers is the Wyndham Playhouse Square. The Wyndham doesn't have an attached garage, but they have valet service or you can self-park and they reportedly will shuttle you back and forth to the garage (check). The Wyndham reportedly also has a free shuttle service within five miles (also check). The CSU campus generally is considered safe, but it is in a downtown urban area. The university has its own police force.

The CSU campus mostly is vertical, but it does have a decent sized footprint. She's likely staying on Euclid Ave., perhaps in Fenn Tower, once an exclusive high-rise men's club. If Fenn Tower, it would be a 5-10 minute walk from the Wyndham, which also is on Euclid Ave.

Cleveland's 24/7 RTA Healthline bus rapid runs down Euclid Ave. There is a station in front of the Wyndham and at least one by the CSU campus and Fenn Tower. Your niece should consider buying an RTA monthly pass, especially if she doesn't have a car. Day passes for adults are $5. If she has an RTA pass, she could reach you easily anywhere on Euclid Ave. or on Public Square. That would make the Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt, Residence Inn, Ritz, Renaissance, and Marriott all convenient, even if you just want to travel to meet her. Of those hotels, the Marriott has the best parking situation, but you can read the TA reviews. They all would be less than a 10-minute ride on the Healthline. None of these hotels other than the Wyndham has a shuttle service. There also are free bus trolleys that pass by these hotels, including the Wyndham, until 11 p.m.

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

You wouldn't need a car in Cleveland if you party only downtown (cab fares downtown are a flat $5 plus tip), in University Circle, Little Italy or the Market District. I don't know how late the Wyndham shuttle operates, but cab fares are reasonable if you don't want to use mass transit. Tremont and the Gordon Square Arts District are closer to downtown than Univesity Circle or Little Italy, but don't have as good mass transit connections. The airport is connected to downtown by the Red Line rail rapid. At Tower City, you would switch to the Healthline to reach any of the hotels mentioned, but the Ritz and Renaissance (and the Horseshoe Casino) are in Tower City, and the Marriott, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, and Residence Inn are easy walks from Tower City if you can manage your luggage (or you could take a cab or a bus trolley from in front of the Horseshoe Casino).

If you're going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while in Cleveland, ask the hotels you consider about their Rock Hall packages. All of them should have one.

The suggestion about Put-in-Bay is excellent. It bills itself as the Key West of the North Coast, and it's definitely the regional party island. It's best reached from Port Clinton, less than two hours west of downtown. If you want to stay overnight at Put-in-Bay, make reservations ASAP. Enterprise will pick you up and deliver you back to your hotel if you want to rent a car for a day trip.

One hour west of downtown also is Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. Ohio Amish Country, the largest Amish community in the world, is centered two hours south of Cleveland. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in nearby Canton.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

Cleveland has a new convention center that opens this spring. It reportedly will host several conventions this summer, so at types hotel rooms may be tight downtown, especially if the Indians are hosting some popular team at Progressive Field, a couple blocks south of Euclid Ave. on East 9th St.

The AAA has a great downtown map on the back of its Northeast Ohio map. It's easier to use than the Cleveland map. Also check out maps and the event calendar at positivelycleveland.com.

Read through the Cleveland forum threads for more to do in Cleveland proper.

Have fun!