Please excuse this post for not relating to airlines or airports – but it is all about travel!
Taking a trip can be expensive, but getting away for a night doesn’t have to be.
The city of Cleveland has a lot to offer including sports, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a new casino.
Thursday, my boyfriend and I went to Cleveland for the night. I am going to let you in on what we did, and the experiences we had.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Hilton is located downtown right on Carnegie Ave. You can see Progressive Field from the windows of the hotel.
I booked the hotel in November, so I got it for a bit of a discount. I also booked it through Expedia to save money.
Upon arrival, the staff was really friendly and very helpful. The room was nice, clean and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.
Where? Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland
How much? $130 a night
Overall rating? 4.5 stars out of 5
For dinner, we wanted to go somewhere close and easy. We ended up at City Tap, which is only about 4 blocks from the hotel. City Tap is known for having more than 40 beers on tap. One of my favorite things about the taps is that a lot of the beers are from local breweries.
BJs Nutty Brewnette. This is the first time I ever had this beer. It’s American brown ale. It has a little bit of a nutty flavor and it’s very good.
Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. I have had this beer before, but on Thursday it was not my beverage. It’s a porter, so it’s a little darker than I like, but it’s good. This beer comes from the Willoughby Brewing Company in Willoughby, Ohio.
For dinner I had the French dip and my boyfriend had the Lake Erie Monster. My French dip was good, but not the best French dip I’ve had. My boyfriend said the Lake Erie Monster was really good. Every meal comes with French fries, and the fries were my favorite part of the meal.
The service was really good, it was so good that we went back later in the evening.
Prices for the food are below $10. I had two beers, my boyfriend had three and we each had a meal for just under $40, which is pretty reasonable.
What? Food and drinks
How much? Less than $40 for 5 beers and two meals
Overall rating? 4 out of 5
I really enjoy hockey and although the Monsters a part of the AHL and not the NHL, it’s nice to have a team so close to home.
The Monsters played the Charlotte Checkers. It was a really good game, although it was slow at times. There were less than 10 penalties the whole game. At the end of the 3 periods, the score was 1 to 1 and the game went in to overtime.
The Monster’s pulled it out in the end: 2-1!
Tickets range from less than $20 a ticket to more than $60 a ticket. Tickets at Center Ice, on the glass, are the most expensive tickets. We usually sit on the ends, a row or two up to save some money.
Also, Thursday nights are thirsty Thursdays at the games; $2 drafts and $5 margaritas. If you plan on drinking, you can save yourself some money by attending Thursday games. Check the Monster’s schedule for other promotions and giveaways.
The game ended around 9:30 p.m. so we wanted to do some more exploring. What better place to go than Horeshoe Casino Cleveland.
What? Lake Erie Monsters hockey game
How much? Ticket prices range. I got two tickets for less than $50 and we were only four rows back from the glass.
Overall rating? 5 stars out of 5
Horeshoe Casino Cleveland
Horseshoe Casino opened in May 2012 and has brought a lot of people and money into the city of Cleveland. We decided to check it out.
The first floor has a bar, a few slot machines and a lot of tables. The tables are for roulette, blackjack and other games. The second floor is mostly all slot machines, but there are some tables.
We didn’t stay long. Neither one of us was overly impressed and we didn’t go prepared with a ton of cash.
What? Horeshoe Casino Cleveland
How much? You can spend as little, or as much as you want. We stayed for about an hour and spent $15 on the slot machines.
Overall rating? 3 stars out of 5
Back to City Tap…
Once we left the casino, we went back to City Tap. My boyfriend continued to drink PB cup coffee porter, but I switched over to cocktails. The bartenders were not cheap on the amount of alcohol they poured into your drink.
We were asked if we wanted to play ring toss. Bartenders and customers were making “rings” by putting two straws together. Customers, who wanted to play, then tossed the “ring” on to the shelves of alcohol. Whichever bottle you landed on, you had to do a shot of that alcohol.
We also ordered more food. At night, the menu changes a little bit and so we got two appetizers: deep fried pickles and buffalo chicken dip. The deep fried pickles, tasted a little spicy to me, but still good. The buffalo chicken dip was AMAZING! I would definitely go back to City Tap and order the buffalo chicken dip again. If you go to City Tap, you MUST try it!
Then, we walked back to the hotel and returned to the room about 1:30 a.m. We crashed for the night. It was such a fun evening and we were exhausted.
On Friday we were ready to get out of the city, but first we drove around for a few minutes. We drove around Brown’s Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We didn’t go in, but we drove around to check it out and I did stop to take pictures.
Overall it was a great evening, and I can’t wait until summer so we can hit up an Indian’s game and explore the city more!
Has anyone else been to City Tap, the casino or the Hilton Garden Inn? Share your experiences.