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Entertainment & Nightlife

Flats Entertainment District
Once the industrial heart of the city, The Flats Entertainment District is now a bustling, riverfront entertainment district like no other. Located along the east and west banks of the Cuyahoga River, the area is home to more than 50 restaurants, nightclubs, bars, the 5,000-seat Scene Pavilion and a waterfront boardwalk. During the warmer months, enjoy food and drink outside on boardwalks and patios, taking in great views of the downtown skyline and illuminated bridges while pleasure boats and massive ore boats maneuver the crooked river. The Nautica Entertainment Complex covers 28 acres on the west bank of the river and includes the Scene Pavilion, a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, the Powerhouse, the Sugar Warehouse, a half-mile river front boardwalk, and the Nautica Queen, a floating restaurant. The Powerhouse, a National Historic Landmark (1892), is a restored four-story brick building with smokestacks and arched windows featuring specialty retail, dining and entertainment including Rock Bottom Brewery, Howl At The Moon, Riverwalk Cafe, Improv Comedy Club and much more! The Sugar Warehouse houses great dining and entertainment including Jillian's Billiard Club & Cafeand Shooter's On The Water. The East Bank of The Flats features numerous red-hot nightclubs and bars such as The Basement and Dick's Last Resort.

Historic Warehouse District
Between downtown's Public Square and the east bank of The Flats is the upscale Historic Warehouse District, Cleveland's first neighborhood and downtown's oldest commercial center. This National Historic Landmark is a popular entertainment destination featuring an array of trendy restaurants, nighttime hot spots complete with live jazz and blues, coffee shops, specialty shops and art galleries. Blues and Jazz music can be heard at several "hot spots" throughout the area including Sixth Street Down Under and the Blind Pig. Wine and dine at some of the hottest restaurants in town including Johnny's Downtown, Sushi Rock, Blue Point Grille, Cleveland Chophouse & Brewery, Circo&Zibibbo and XO. Dance the night away at sizzling nightclubs such as Eve, Funky Buddha, Wish, The Spy Bar, Velvet Dog and Mercury Lounge.

Historic Gateway District
This newly revitalized district serves as a sports and entertainment destination, residential neighborhood, commercial, retail and dining center. Home to the Gateway Sports Entertainment Complex, the district is active year-round with sports action, including baseball, basketball and hockey, and live entertainment ranging from concerts to ice skating performances. A variety of restaurants and nightclubs with live music round out the area's offerings. In addition, three historic arcades draw visitors to their unique shops and eateries. The Gateway Sports Entertainment Complex is houses both Jacobs Field, home of Cleveland Indians baseball, and Gund Arena, home of Cleveland CAVS and Rockers basketball and Cleveland Barons hockey. Wine and dine at restaurants such as One Walnut, Fat Fish Blue, Cooper'stown and Winking Lizard, or enjoy the night at numerous bars, including Fishbones and Panini's.

Historic Warehouse District
Historic Warehouse District



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Source: Cleveland CVC, photos: Jeff Greenberg
Last modified: 20040901
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