8 Great West-Side Patios for All Your End-of-Summer Needs

Summer’s coming to an end, with its official last day on September 22nd – though the weather in Cleveland is so unpredictable that you never know how long warm weather will still around (or when it might return).

Before the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, enjoy a drink on a patio or two – or, heck, make your way through all eight of these West Side favorites!

 

If you want a good brunch…

Tremont’s The South Side has been around for years, long before the neighborhood experienced the resurgence that made it one of the most popular areas in the city for bars and brunch. Their creative brunch menu includes multiple Bloody Mary options, eggs benedict varieties, and frittata choices – plus fan favorites like a brunch burger, breakfast enchiladas, and chicken and waffles. They recently expanded their patio at the corner of Professor Ave. and West 11th St., making even more room for you to enjoy a casual Sunday brunch with friends while you watch the world go by.

 

If you want to feel like you’re at home…

The patio at Forest City Brewery on Duck Island (a small but fast-growing neighborhood between Tremont and Ohio City) isn’t so much a patio as it is a backyard, complete with outdoor furniture, a wooden deck, and a game of cornhole. Claim a table and settle in with friends, choosing from their craft beer options, their handcrafted sodas, and mead from Western Reserve Meadery, located right next door. They only serve small bites (rotating menu posted weekly to their Facebook page), so if you’re planning to have more than a few beers, be sure to create a meal-time game-plan!

If you want to play around…

If you want karaoke, bowling, and arcade games in addition to your patio fun, hit up the rooftop of Punch Bowl Social, which opened in spring of 2017 and spans the length of its massive space in The Flats. The patio includes a limited food menu and a full bar, including a drink menu divided up into “Old School” (think daiquiris, mules, and old-fashioneds), “New School” (creative seasonal offerings like the Tom Foolery, made with Applejack, pear syrup, lemon juice, and allspice dram), and “Preschool” (non-alcoholic beverages like fizzes and a Pimm’s Cup without the Pimm’s). Oh, yeah, and they also serve boozy milkshakes!

 

If you want an incredible view of the city…

Get a little dressed up and shell out for those fancy cocktails at Bar 32, located on the 34th floor of the Cleveland Hilton Downtown. Open every day at 5 pm, they serve a variety of small plates and drinks that really play up the locale, like the Top Floor Lemonade (Ketel One Vodka, lemonade, and cucumber) and The View (Don Julio Blanco, pineapple, and crème de cassis). No little ones, please: You’ve got to be 21 to enter this adults-only bar, but we promise the views will be worth the cost of a babysitter (and the drinks themselves, which range from $13 to $18).  

If you want to enjoy a cup of coffee…

Not feeling the booze but want to enjoy a patio nonetheless? Passengers Café in Ohio City offers one of Cleveland’s few rooftop spots open to the public. Located inside the Cleveland Hostel on West 25th St., this small shop offers batch-brewed coffee, bagels, and handmade pastries like local baker Shelby Costo’s take on PopTarts. Passengers’ website self-describes their rooftop location as “an excellent perch to share a cappuccino with a friend or enjoy a solo bagel while you write your novella.” Sounds about right!

If you want to look out over the lake…

Nuevo Mod Mex in Voinovich Park has one of the city’s best views of the water, set so far out on the edge of the park that it’s practically surrounded by the lake. Because of its location, it’s especially perfect before an Indians game or a visit to the Rock Hall. Chow down on chips and salsa and tacos while choosing from their many cocktail options – especially if you’re a fan of tequila, as their large margarita menu includes flavors like blood orange, peach-mint, lychee-rose, spicy jalapeno, and prickly pear. On Tuesdays when the weather is nice, they offer live music from 7-1opm out on the patio.

If dive bars are your thing…

If you just want to enjoy a beer and hang out with friends away from the hubbub of the usual bar scene, check out the little-known patio at Duck Island Club – which is certainly not as exclusive or as fancy as the word “club” in its name would have you believe. Billing itself as “Cleveland’s hidden hotspot,” Duck Island Club is located in an old house and actually got its start as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, now serving beers from PBR to craft. Their small, intimate patio is fenced on all sides and shaded by a giant tree that keeps the sun from beating down too hard.

 

If you want to watch the sunset…

Collision Bend Brewery in the Flats is one of the best spots in the city for a cold beer and a gorgeous view of the sunset from their large riverfront patio. Heck, they even serve a beer called Lake Erie Sunset, a pale American wheat ale that’s among their most popular. It’s even sold in cans that feature artwork based on a real (and really beautiful) view from the patio of their brewpub, named the 10 best in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice competition earlier this year.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Kate Bigam Kaput

Kate Kaput is a writer, editor, and social media strategist living in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood with her husband, Mike, and their two cats. She writes the popular lifestyle blog GreatestEscapist.com, and her professional work has appeared in publications such as Cleveland Magazine, The Washington Post, Glamour, and others. Follow Kate on Instagram and Twitter.