As we inch further and further into April, my hopes for continuous warm weather continue to rise. I can’t help but to picture myself on a patio, sipping a cold, fruity drink. Oh right, I was doing exactly that this past weekend and then the snow decided to descend upon the city! So in honor of the fabulous weather I know is coming back, I wanted to feature some of my favorite patio hangouts throughout Cleveland that also serve up a nice, little happy hour. Cheers!
Greenhouse Tavern, Downtown Cleveland
Who doesn’t love a rooftop bar? I can’t think of one person who doesn’t love having a drink on a patio that also happens to be on a rooftop. Head on over to the Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th street for some delicious food and great ambiance. Sit close to the edge and people watch from above. While their happy hour includes discounts on various drinks and appetizers, the real draw is the atmosphere for me! Definitely try the pomme frites while you bask in the sunlight and enjoy one of the few rooftop bars in the area.
Reddstone, Battery Park
If you have never checked out Reddstone, add it to your list this spring and summer. Located in the residential area of Battery Park, this patio is surrounded by trees and pretty lights, giving you a cozy and secluded feel. And did I mention that their food and drink deals are amazing? From 4pm-7pm, Tuesday – Friday enjoy all draft beer for $3 a glass. Tuesday is 35 cent wing night and $3 160 oz. cans, Wednesday is $5 burger and Miller Lite or Kentucky Light, and Thursday is $2 tacos, $3 margaritas, and $3 Coronas. Please let the snow melt soon – I’ve talked myself into this one!
Rocky River Wine Bar, Rocky River
This past summer was the first time I visited the Rocky River Wine Bar. Nestled behind a few historic buildings, this large patio area rocks. It is super spacious and shaded by several trees to help keep you cool. Happy hour is served Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features discounted appetizers, $5 select martinis and $4 select wines. Seems like a good time to take a half day and soak up the sun on their patio while drinking some wine. Summer bliss is right around the corner!
The Willeyville, The Flats
One of three restaurants that now graces The Flats, Willeyville is a hip and fun bar that reminds me of the equally trendy Ohio City and Tremont areas. The lighting in this restaurant is fabulous and they have a spacious outdoor patio that I can’t wait to start frequenting this summer. Sample their cocktail of the week ($5) and hand cut fries ($3). Happy hour served Monday-Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7p.m.