Cleveland is known for a being a down-to-earth, friendly destination that’s also full of big-city amenities, like the chance to see an NFL game, watch a music legend perform on stage or enjoy a meal prepared by an award-wining chef. For your attendees, meeting in this dynamic, Midwestern city offers attractions, restaurants, sporting events and cultural experiences that will leave them entertained and impressed.
Food for Thought
There are more than 200 restaurants (80 of which are independently owned) within walking distance of Cleveland’s downtown hotels and the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Il Venetian, Sausalito on Ninth and Zanzibar are all local favorites but if you need a quick bite, try one of the 50-plus food trucks that call Cleveland home. Treating your attendees to a meal made by a renowned chef is easy here too: Cleveland’s own Iron Chef Michael Symon can be found serving up specialty burgers at the B Spot and savory smoked meat at Mabel’s BBQ. For acclaimed farm-to-table fare try The Greenhouse Tavern, whose menu is crafted by James Beard and Bon Appetit award-winning chef, Jonathan Sawyer.
If your crowd is in the mood for a beer, they’ve come to the right city. The region boasts more than 70 craft breweries and earned a spot on USA Today’s top 10 list of cities with the Best Beer Scene. Recommend visitors try Platform Beer Co., Collision Bend Brewing Company, Market Garden Brewery or Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Music on Demand
There’s always something entertaining to enjoy in the city that’s home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After the workday is over, attendees can take in a show at the House of Blues Cleveland or Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica, an open-air amphitheater that will host artists like David Gray and The Avett Brothers in 2020. For great jazz, visit BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement; for dinner and a dose of Americana music, suggest the Music Box Supper Club.
It’s Always Game Time
Depending on when your attendees come to town, they are likely to be able to watch football at FirstEnergy Stadium, basketball at the newly renovated Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse or baseball at Progressive Field. This sports town is also home to the Cleveland Monsters minor league hockey team and is the headquarters for college sports’ Mid-American Conference, which hosts the men’s and women’s college MAC basketball tournaments at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.