One of the biggest events in politics is here and for the next week, Cleveland will be on display as host to thousands of delegates, visitors, events, and more. If you’re in town for the Republican National Convention and new to The Land, we want to make sure the empty slots in your schedule are spent exploring all of the great things Cleveland has to offer. With help from our friends at Yelp Cleveland, we’ve created this guide so you can get your fix of the 216.
Customize your own oversized tacos at Barrio! Located in the burgeoning 5th Street Arcades, indulge in a mouth-watering margarita while enjoying some of Cleveland’s best, inexpensive, Mexican comfort food.
photo via Rebecca B
One of Cleveland’s perfect patios awaits you at Graffiti! The upscale cuisine in this casual environment will be calling your name after a long day of work. The Uber drive to Battery Park is worth it for their house made sangria and inventive American fare!
photo via Bob L
Step up your sandwich game with a unique creation from Herb ‘n Twine! Featuring ingredients from the finest local farmers, this new kid in Ohio City will leave your mouth watering with its generous portions, inventive combinations, and house made bread and sauces.
photo via Young P
Step back in time for a vintage cocktail at Cleveland’s own authentic speakeasy, Society Lounge. You’ll love enjoying the enchanting entertainment of Cleveland’s best jazz and blues musicians in this jumpin’ joint.
photo via Lauren F
Some of Cleveland’s most creative cocktails are calling you at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room! This proper Polynesian bar serves up drinks in coconuts, pineapples, and enormous tiki statues breathing live fog. This unassuming lounge will have you operating on island time!
photo via Chrystal J
The gritty old-school character of Harbor Inn is the perfect dive bar for a simple, darn good drink. Situated near Lake Erie in the Flats, this Cleveland institution will win your heart and mind with its extensive beer selection, amusing bar games and nautical themed décor! No frills here. Just booze.
photo via Jim F
Relax from the chaos of the convention with a treatment from downtown’s swankiest spa, Marengo! Cool down with a massage, facial, or manicure while basking in the sweeping architecture of the completely photo-worthy historic Arcade.
photo via Bee S
Book worms unite at the Eastman Reading Garden! This under-the-radar urban garden is nestled between two enormous iron doors in the midst of bustling Downtown Cleveland. Escape with a good read from the Cleveland Public Library, relax amongst the public art or take a break in the serene greenery of its shady trees!
photo via Lauren K
Experience Cleveland from one of its most special vantage points, the Terminal Tower Observation Deck! Purchase your $5 ticket and ride to the 42nd floor for breathtaking city and lake views. Watch the hustle and bustle as an eye in the sky!
photo via Lee K
RNC PRO TIPS
While you’re exploring Cleveland’s hot spots this week, don’t hassle with parking and finding your way around a new city. Request rides on your Uber app instead! Use these tips to navigate Cleveland like a native.
Request a pickup. Set your pickup location to an area away from crowds and on vehicle accessible roads by moving your pin or entering an address. If you’re near the convention but don’t have easy access to an open street for pickup, stop by our rider lounge at 1400 W 3rd Street where we’ll help you connect with a driver easily Monday-Thursday from 6pm to 12am. We’ll even have some snacks and drinks, including DASANI water, so you can enjoy a quick invigorating break.
- Check the license plate and name of your driver before you hop in!
- Having a hard time connecting with your driver? Feel free to give them a call or send a text right from the app by selecting “Contact”.
Share the cost. Fare split your ride with friends and pay just a fraction of the total cost (we’ll even do the math for you).
Surge. Want to avoid dynamic pricing? Simply tap “Notify Me When Surge Ends” on your app to receive a push notification when pricing returns to normal.
Last but not least—when you request an Uber this week, you could be matched with one of our branded “Moving Cleveland” vehicles and enjoy complimentary wifi powered by Vinli, refreshments, and Cleveland visitor guides. Get riding!