Some of the best fans in the world, Cleveland fans fill Progressive no matter what Mother Nature has decided for the day—snow, rain, or sunshine; warm or cold. But you don’t have to be in the stadium to enjoy the energy and celebration of a baseball game. These bars are some of the best in the city to watch the games and be a part of the fun.
The Winking Lizard – Downtown
811 Huron Road East
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 589 – 0313
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Located in Downtown Cleveland’s Gateway District, The Winking Lizard Tavern is only a short walk from the gates of Progressive Field. With great food, a lively atmosphere and plenty of TVs, this is a great spot to stop before or after the game. If the elements or the ticket prices don’t meet your fancy, it’s also a great place to watch the game. With one of the largest beer selections in town and regular drink and food specials, you can’t go wrong.
834 Huron Road East
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Hours: Sun to Thur – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Just down the street from Gateway, The Clevelander lives up to its name—giving the familiar neighborhood bar feeling to a downtown locale. With dark wood floors and great food, you can feel at home on the bar stool sipping back a few brews and watching the game with a few friends. But with its deep interior with its open layout and the great outdoor patio, The Clevelander can also host the best party in town. On your way to the ball game? The Clevelander always has great pre- & post-game specials to get you warmed up or help you avoid the crowds.
The Blind Pig
1228 West 6th St
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Hours: Thurs – Sat – 3:30 p.m. – close
The Blind Pig is located in the middle of Cleveland’s Warehouse District. Aimed at the weekend crowd, The Blind Pig has 22 huge HDTV’s for watching the game. On any Cleveland home game day, you will find the bar surrounded five deep with fans decked out from head to toe in Cleveland colors. And when the game is over, the music will be pumping and the lively crowd will keep the party going long into the night.
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Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Just across the river from the bustle of Downtown Cleveland is the West Side Market and W. 25th street, full of great restaurants, shops, and bars. Right around the corner on Market Avenue is one of Cleveland’s true gems—Great Lakes Brewing Company, and its excellent brewpub. Serving its own craft beer creations and incredible food, this brewpub may not be the first thought when it comes to a baseball hotspot, but it has a lot to offer to any true Indians fan or visitor. The restaurant and patio provide ample space to sit down and enjoy a good meal before or after any ballpark adventure. And the pub gets packed to the gill with folks steeped in the energy of Cleveland support. But best of all, Great Lakes Brewery will take care of the driving. For only $1 you can hitch a ride to and from Progressive Field on The Fatty Wagon—an eco-friendly shuttle bus that runs on straight restaurant vegetable oil. There’s no better way to maneuver the trip through downtown traffic straight to and from the ballpark gates.
Harpo’s Sports Cafe
5777 Smith Road
Brook Park, OH 44142
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sat – 1 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
If the busy downtown atmosphere is not your style, you can still have the true fan experience of each and every baseball game. Twenty minutes southeast of Progressive Field is one of the hottest sports-themed establishments in Northeast Ohio. Harpo’s Sports Cafe has been serving sports fans of every style for over two decades. With more than 80 TV’s and eight 10-foot projection screens, there’s not a single pitch missed throughout the entire season. With great food at affordable prices and a fully decked out game room, Harpo’s is a comfortable and friendly environment for sports fans of every age and interest.
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Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.