There is plenty of night life in Cleveland beyond bars. The key is to think creatively and be open to other forms of entertainment. From finding a favorite local band to laughing at the jokes of a comedian, these evening activities will keep you laughing without leading you to the local watering hole.

House Of Blues Cleveland
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 523-2583

The House of Blues is rich in history and full of superstition. Underneath the stage is a box of mud from Delta Mississippi to bring good luck to the musicians. Over the years, the House of Blues has been a place to shine. The venue was founded by the sounds of the “deep south” but now has revolutionized into a home for soul and rock music as well. Enjoy a night with some of the best musicians and be a part of history.

Burning River Fest 2013
1947 West 28th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Celebrate the Great Lakes by the river for a weekend of great fun, food and music. The festival runs from July 26-27. The event was sparked by the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969 and focuses on raising awareness of the ecosystem of today and creating a better tomorrow. Bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the sounds of a great mixture of music and handcrafted beer from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Snuggle next to a loved one while gazing at a scenic nighttime view of Cleveland.

Corner Alley
402 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 298-4070

Gather friends and family for a night of laughter and competition. Corner Alley is not a dive in the wall bowling alley. This place offers a sophisticated bowling, dining and entertainment center for its patrons. The lavish, state-of-the-art scoring system will keep people competitive and the ally’s two bars will mean your evening is just as wild as it might be on the dance floor or at the beer pong table.

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Hilarities 4th Street Theatre
2035 E. 4th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 736-4242

Originally founded as the old Opera House in 1875, this comedy club stands strong. Not only does it offer great stand-up comedy shows with some of the greatest comedians. Hilarities is a perfect date destination or a place to enjoy the company of loved ones, family and friends. From murder mystery shows to the risque, sexiness of a Burlesque show, Hilarities has something for everyone. Hilarities takes its visitors to a different realm from the minute they walk in through the doors.

Allen Theatre
1407 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444

Like many theaters, Allen Theatre has had its battles, including the transformation from cinema to live theater. Since its opening in 1921, the Allen has been one of the most beautiful venues in the city — being inside is an experience on its own. Come for the architecture and sense of history and stay for the broadway shows and orchestra performances.

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