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Reserve area in downtown Cleveland

Going to a Cleveland Indian game and staying at Embassy Suites on 12th Street. Is this a relatively safe area? Any recommendations for Sports Bars in the area afterwards? Any other recommendations for things to do around there?

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1. Re: Reserve area in downtown Cleveland

You'll be in an OK area (not great but not horrible). There's a bar on the ground floor of your hotel, kind of a dive, but sometimes they have a small band playing. I think there's also a sports bar in the same building as your hotel. Other than that there are a few bars that you'll hit on your walk back to the hotel, most centered around E. 9th street and Prospect. If you're going to be in town for a few days you could check out the Rock Hall, our new aquarium, the museums in University Circle, or a drive through our beautiful park system. I work very near Embassy Suites so if you have any questions let me know.

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Like gnomeme, said it's an OK area (neither great of bad). Cleveland is a fairly safe city in the downtown area even though it may not look so to out-of-towners. You'll find most of the action that is close to Progressive Field on Prospect Ave. There is also a small pedestrian street (E. 4th) between Prospect and Euclid with some nice restaurants and bars. The Winking Lizard Tavern is a sports bar nearby on Huron and has been there for some time. A lot of other place near the ball park change names and ownership each season so I hesitate to give you to many suggestions at this time.

Have a great time.

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I recommend the Winking Lizard over the crappy bar in the Reserve Square complex. Harry Buffalo and Flannery's are also close by and popular. There is an upscale bowling alley at the N end of E 4th street called the Corner Alley, and Pickwick and Frolic next door is a nightclub with various comedy and variety acts.

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Is there a particular route we should follow walking to and from the game? Is the prospect/4th street area within walking distance (and a safe walk) to and from the Embassy suites on 12th?

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You are on the corner of E12th and Chester. I would head west on Chester to E9th (end of block), turn left on 9th turn right on Euclid (one block),walk up E4th and walk through the one block. You'll see everything from there. Everything is fairly close and there will be plenty of people around, especially if there is a game going on. Just follow the crowds. You'll be safe, there be lots of people around, go easy on the Boston logo clothing.

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Thank you all so much!

Edited: 04 March 2012, 16:34
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If the weather's nice, the outdoor patio at Panini's or Thirsty Parrot would be my personal choices. They are the most lively and packed with the baseball crowd. You will pass them both walking south on E. 9th right to the stadium.

The E. 4th suggestion is good if your looking for a nicer meal, or more upscale bar.

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I can't speak to the sports bar scene, but the burgers at the Clevelander were incredible. Good beer selection too.

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9. Re: Reserve area in downtown Cleveland

The directions above are great for going to East 4th St., a dining/entertainment district (House of Blues, comedy club, bowling alley, and many restaurants, incl. the Harry Buffalo sports bar/restaurant featuring buffalo burgers).

If walking to the game, don't turn right on Euclid Ave. Head straight south on East 9th St. The Bob Feller statue and main entrance to Progressive Field are off East 9th St., on the northeast corner of the stadium It's a 10-15 minute walk from the Embassy Suites to Progressive Field.

You're allowed to bring peanuts into the game. Bring some from home or buy them on East 9th St. before entering the game. They'll be much cheaper.

Across the street from East 4th St. is the Euclid Ave. entrance to The Arcade. I believe that entrance closes at 7 p.m., but I could be wrong. Be certain to check out The Arcade for a few minutes. Financed partially by John D. Rockefeller, it's one of the nation's architectural gems.

A new downtown casino is scheduled to open May 14 on Public Square, a short walk from East 4th St. It will be interesting to see if foot traffic between Public Square and East 4th St. picks up a lot, especially after dark, with the casino's opening.

The Terminal Tower observation deck will reopen on weekend afternoons in March. You can buy advance tickets here as capacity is limited. This may be advisable if visiting the tower before the game. The tower is located on the south side of Public Square, about a five-minute walk from East 4th St. The Terminal Tower is in Tower City, on the south side of Public Square, as is the new casino. Tower City is connected to Progressive Field by a pedestrian walkway.

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Also, strongly consider visiting the West Side Market, great for breakfast or lunch. Perhaps the Embassy Suites has a shuttle that would take you to the West Side Market. It's just across the Cuyahoga River from downtown. It's actually a beautiful walk across the very long Hope Memorial Bridge from the West Side Market to Progressive Field, just on the other side of the bridge. Allow 20-30 minutes, allowing time for viewing the Flats and the Cleveland skyline. Walk the north side of the bridge.

Alternatively, buy RTA day passes for $5 for adults, less for children. Take the RTA red line rail rapid from Tower City to the West 25th St. station. Across the street from the station is the WSM, great from breakfast or lunch (it opens at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday). The WSM is closed Sundays, but the WSM cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.

Within short walks of the WSM are excellent breweries with brew pubs and outdoor patios, and restaurants such as Bar Cento. Check out the article for the WSM.

Enjoy Cleveland!

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