Best Ways to Experience The Presidential Inauguration in Cleveland

January 7, 2013 6:00 AM

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Just because Cleveland is miles away from the presidential inauguration festivities, doesn’t mean Cleveland cannot experience the excitement and spirit of the 2013 swearing in of the reelected president. Despite the customary inauguration date of Jan. 20, this year the date falls on a Sunday. By law, the president has to be sworn in by noon Jan. 20. For this reason, a small private event will be held on this date and followed by a formal ceremony Monday. The inauguration events are a week-long process that include the swearing in, the national address, festivities such as the parade, and a gala. For the best seats during the inauguration, spend the day downtown Cleveland at the best places to experience the inauguration near you.

Cleveland ChopHouse & Brewery 
824 W. Saint Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-0909

Located in the Historic Warehouse District, this steakhouse is like no other. From the minute you walk in, the friendly staff begins the pampering. Transforming you back in time, the ambiance of this establishment is remarkable. With televisions situated not only in the bar area but around the rest of the restaurant, this is the perfect place to catch the presidential parade and swearing in ceremony. Being a brewery, the ChopHouse makes its own beer and offers a wide section of beers, hand-selected bourbons and other special beverages.

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Winking Lizard Tavern
811 Huron Road
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 589-0313

There’s no better way to experience the presidential inauguration ceremony than eating a plate of award-winning chicken wings. Winking Lizard Tavern is nestled in between Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Area. Its corner lot encourages a fun atmosphere. With more than a dozen large televisions, its visitors are sure to have an up-close experience. In between inauguration events, check-out its unique and quirky gift shop.

Brasa Grill Brazillian Steakhouse 
1300 W. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 575-0699

Opening at 4 p.m., get a front-and-center seat at the bar of this Brazilian steakhouse to watch the presidential inauguration. Located in the historical Warehouse District, this steakhouse is not only charming but rich in ethnic pride. Geared toward the meat lovers of Cleveland, it offers warm and hospital friendly service. Unlike many eateries, Brasa allows its visitors to dictate if they need service by offering red and green cards at the table: green for service and red for “leave us be.” Set up buffet style, Brasa offers more than 40 items on its salad bar, including its much-loved crab legs. The servers go table to table offering skewers of more than 16 cuts of meat. Brasa offers half-off sushi on Mondays, perfect timing for the inauguration. Valet parking is available.

Bob Golic’s Sports Bar & Grill
1213 W. Sixth St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 363-1130

Also located in the Historic Warehouse District, this neighborhood bar is home to the Cleveland Brown’s fans during football season. With a small-town feel and a big atmosphere, this bar provides its visitors with large televisions for their enjoyment. Offering lunch, snacks and dinner, this is the place to spend the whole inauguration day. Mix the inauguration with a favorite sporting event’s replays, washing them all down with a favorite alcoholic beverage and a delicious snack or meal. Go alone or with a group of friends or co-workers. Experience a great time in a great sports bar that prides itself in everything fun.

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D’Vine Wine Bar 
836 W. Saint Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-8463

This downtown classy wine bar offers more than just wine. Its inviting staff and atmosphere promise the perfect place to wind down from the presidential inauguration events. It doesn’t open until 4 p.m., which is perfect for a night out with friends. From simple cheese plates to the finer dishes, D’Vine offers a wide selection of beer, wine and food choices. D’Vine’s success is partly from the fact that the owners and employees work together to ensure its visitors have a great night here every time.

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. She will be covering topics of travel & outdoors. Her work can be found at

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