Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, has suffered from something of a bad rap over the decades. It’s often overlooked for the state capital, Columbus. But this compact, romantic city is finally starting to get the good press it deserves. Cleveland once won the accolade of being the most livable city in America. Young, old, single and married people from across the US are finally discovering the many things that make Cleveland a truly awesome place.
I love going to Cleveland! There are tons of restaurants, bars and galleries, and the sometimes-unbelievable affordability of the city makes it a dater’s paradise. There is no shortage of intimate, romantic hotspots to head to if you want to impress your date. So, whether you are on a first date or you’re with your partner of 30 years, here are the top date spots in Cleveland, Ohio.
Where to eat
The dining scene in Cleveland may not boast as many Michelin starred restaurants as New York or Los Angeles, but it more than makes up for it with a rich collection of both traditional and cutting-edge establishments, run by people who truly care about the city and its food. Once you’ve found the perfect partner on Badoo, you have a perfect excuse to try out some of these amazing restaurants.
If you’re an adventurous couple looking to get a crash-course in local cuisine, head to the bustling West Side Market. It’s housed in a huge warehouse and home to over 100 vendors, serving up Cleveland’s greatest culinary hits. For something a little bit more relaxed try LUXE Kitchen for elegant and eccentric Italian fusion served up in a suitably sultry atmosphere.
Getting drinks in Cleveland
Whether you and your partner are craving a classic, ice-cold Midwestern brew or an expertly-crafted cocktail, Cleveland has you covered. Try Lola Bistro, a tiny, candlelit little establishment which probably has the most extensive cocktail menu in the entire city – and that’s saying something. Head there if what you want is a quiet corner in which to whisper sweet nothings, ideally over a couple of splendid vodka martinis.
For something a little bit more high-octane, but that still has the romantic vibes, hit up the B Side Liquor Lounge for inexpensive drinks. It has a top-notch sound system and a packed schedule of fun date night activities every day of the week. You can do things like salsa dancing, silent discos and themed costume nights.
Hang Out in Cleveland
Cleveland is a city drenched in American history. There’s an endless list of historic hotspots to seriously impress your date. Head to the beautiful art-deco Terminal Tower for romantic interiors and stunning views across Lake Erie. Spend an evening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. You and your date can lie back for some romantic stargazing in the planetarium. If you’re looking for something a little more active, head to the world-renowned Western Reserve School of Cooking. You can take a private couples’ cooking class to learn some skills for future dates.
Whatever kind of romantic encounter you’re looking for, Cleveland can provide. This truly world-class city is a lover’s paradise, and it’s finally getting some of the recognition it deserves.