Spooky-Scary: Haunted Houses

2 Oct

Ahh yes, October is finally upon us! Fall has graced us with its presence and now it is time to get out the spooky scary decorations, indulge in candy, come up with clever costume ideas and carve jack-o-lanters! It’s also the time to get scared and what better way than by attending a haunted house! Here is a list of Northeast Ohio Haunted Houses, via NorthernOhioTourism.com. Although it might be a bit of a haul, I strongly recommend the Haunted Prison at Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory. This place is truly creepy! Haunted with former inmates, this a great place to get scared during the day or especially at sundown. If you have any haunted house experiences, good/bad/indifferent, share your story below in the comments section!

 

 

 

Free Your Mind! Ingenuity Fest This Weekend!

12 Sep

We’re two days away from one of Cleveland’s most imaginative, innovative and interesting celebrations, Ingenuity Fest! Get ready to feast your eyes and ears on some of the most creative local and national artists, be them musical, performance, technological or any other wild medium you can think of! Ingenuity is a culmination of art and technology. Prepare to have your mind challenged as you sit and listen to lectures, have your ears bend to new sound waves as you take in the bands, let your mind absorb and expand as new art is presented in front of you! Ingenuity takes place this year at Cleveland’s Lakefront Docks 30 & 32 in two warehouses, as well as outside with brilliant views of the city! I.F. runs Friday (5pm- 1am), Saturday (Noon- 1am) and Sunday (Noon- 6pm) with events at all hours of the fest! You’ve got all weekend to check out this amazing event, so bring your friends, families, teachers, neighbors, anyone and everyone because this is one Cleveland event you will not want to miss!

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Check out pictures from last years Ingenuity Fest below!

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Because It’s Ladies Night!

6 Sep

Brothers Lounge, located right on the cusp on Lakewood, has a lot going for it. Great food, great bands and tasty drinks can be found here. With a special everyday of the week, you’re bound to find something worth checking out when you stop in. A culmination of a bar, a music hall and a lounge area, Brothers is a place where any kind of person can find an atmosphere to fit their liking. If you’re just stopping in for a beer and a burger, hang out in the pub, if a dirty martini and some edamame is what you prefer, you can casually dine in Brothers luxe wine bar, but! If you’ve come to see some live action, like say the Bad Boys of Blues Jam Night*/ Ladies Night on Thursdays, then the music hall is where you’ll want to get funky! Many places in Cleveland offer a ladies night- complimentary drinks, specials, etc, but how many places offer good- if not great- live music for you and your gal pals to bop to?! Available in all three bars at Brothers, Ladies Night starts at 7pm and offers $4 martinis, champagne and the wine of the week along with Chris Hatton in the Wine Bar at 8pm and Michael Bay and the Bad Boys of Blues in the Music Hall at 9pm. Brothers Lounge isn’t just for Ladies Night as you might have assumed. It’s a great place to meet up with friends after work, grab some food (they have vegetarian and vegan options too!), and take in some tunes!

*Bad Boys of Blues also play on Wednesdays at Parkview!

Hand in Hand: Labor Day Means Navy Week & Tattoos

29 Aug

image courtesy of zimbio

Yes, it is Navy Week in Cleveland, which means lots of live music downtown, ship tours, War of 1812 re-enactments and of course, the beloved Blue Angels. It also means there’s gonna be loads of sailors. Veterans and active alliance alike and you know what sailors like, right? Uhhhh tattoos! So it’s almost perfect that the Cleveland Rocks Tattoo Convention is also running all weekend! Taking place at the Holiday Inn in Westlake Friday through Sunday, CRTC costs $10 per day. Whether you’re tattooed or not, tattoo culture runs a wide gamut. Check out the work from local and national artists, get inked or just walk around and enjoy the various activities taking place. Daily daredevil stunt shows, bands, vendors, food, drinks and competitions put this on my to-do list of cheap Cleveland fun. So whether you’re saluting the sailors or getting one tattooed onto your biceps, this Labor Day weekend is bountiful in Cleveland awesomeness!

Flying High with Local Farm-inspired Cuisine!

27 Aug

Flying Fig located right in the heart of Ohio City on Market Avenue, right across from the Great Lakes Brewing Co., quaintly fits its self-named ‘small eatery and bar’. Modern and sophisticate on the inside with a small patio facing the hustle and bustle of Market Ave, The Fig is a great place to get your happy hour grub on. I first fell in love with the fig as a pre-Indians game destination. If you’re up for the walk, The Fig is merely right over the Lorain/Carnegie Bridge. With most HH items priced at around $3-5, it’s a good way to budget your night out with some drinks and dinner there and then head over to the always over-priced Progressive Field. I mean, why spend $10 on a Miller Light when you can spend $3 on a craft beer? Regardless whether you stop into The Fig around HH (Tuesday- Friday 4-7pm) or any other time, you’re bound to find something delicious on the menu! Almost everything comes from local farms in the area, giving it a real farm-to-table sensibility. The Confit of New Creations Pork Shoulder is splendid, as are they’re Medjool Dates. The Flying Fig also has a connecting Market, which offers up fresh salads and artisan sandwiches throughout the day. You can stop in for lunch with some colleagues during work or pick up a sandwich for your bike ride around Cleveland!

Hello Again Cleveland

23 Aug

Yes, I know I have been totally MIA, after a month-long hiatus from deals, steals and Cleveland meals, I’m ready to get back in action!

Unfortunately, due to recent tragedies involving close friends of mine at the Dancin’ in the Streets AIDS Awareness Festival in Lakewood on July 29th, things have been a little gloomy in Cleveland to say the least. To honor my friend Mitch, who sadly passed away, you can donate here. For my beloved girlfriend Constance, you can donate here. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I suggest you read about it here. There have been events popping up left and right to help support the family and friends of those who have passed and those recovering from this terrible misfortune. In all this sadness, it is comforting to find that Cleveland wears its heart on its sleeve and is always eager to help those in need!

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From 6-8pm tonight there will be a candlelight vigil at the Women’s Club Pavilion in Lakewood Park to honor and support Mitchell Andelmo, Constance Pokorny, Basil Bass & Kevin Lett who were victims of the Dancin’ in the Streets Festival DUI crash.

Also on Saturday, September 8th, there will be a Dine and Dance to help raise money for the families of the deceased and the critically injured. Cost is $20, more information here. Happy Dog is also putting on a benefit show for Mitchell and Constance. Admission is $10.

3 Cheers to Ale Fest!

24 Jul

Have you scene and heard all about Scene Magazine’s 4th Annual Ale Fest? Well if not, get ready to purchase tickets to “the greatest beer drinking experience ever”. Taking place this Saturday, July 28th from 1-6pm in Lincoln Park, this highly anticipated and proclaimed Cleveland event should be on your to-do list for the summer! Ale Fest showcases over 100 craft and premium beers to sample with your 8 oz. Cup you receive upon entry. While you only get 35 drink tickets with the price of admission, having been to beer festivals in the past A.) that’s way more than you think it will be and B.) those 10% craft beers add up pretty quickly. Some might say you’d be lucky to even use half of those tickets. Ale Fest is well worth the ticket price of $30 here (or $35 day of event at gate). If you use the Access Code “HALF” upon check out, you receive $7.50 off general admission! It’s a pretty sweet deal considering you’re getting beers, food, games and awesome music by local bands Tropidelic, Jack Fords, Cats on Holiday and the Revolution Brass Band! This is definitely something you will not want to miss, but please remember to drink responsibly! DD tickets for this event are only $10! This event is 21+ only.

Cheers to Beers!