A Cleveland Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Find tons of fun on a guys' weekend escape in the heart of the Buckeye State.
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Allyson Johnson
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  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
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Updated Jul 16, 2021
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There's a reason people sing "Cleveland Rocks!" A Cleveland bachelor party may be just the thing you're looking for if you're up for good Midwestern fun, with plenty of beer, sports, and good eating along the way.

What Are Some Cleveland Bachelor Party Ideas?

Whether he's a sports fan, music fan, or beer aficionado, a Cleveland bachelor party offers it all. Plus, with the welcoming midwestern atmosphere, you'll feel right at home experiencing all "The City of Light" has to offer. (Plus, The Knot Shop has great gifts to thank all the crew for coming out to celebrate the groom.)

For the Beer Enthusiast

There are 366 breweries in all of Ohio, and a good portion of those happen to be right in Cleveland. Take a tour and have a tasting at some of the best, including Bookhouse Brewing, Noble Beast Brewing Company, or Great Lakes Brewing Company.

For the Sports Fan

Not only are you just an hour from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cleveland is a great sports town where you can catch the Browns, Cavs, or Indians play a home game if you time your weekend right.

For the Tourists

Whether it's seeing the historic buildings, Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, or an amusement park opened in 1870, there is plenty of sightseeing to be experienced throughout the city.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Cleveland?

Day 1

Morning: Brewnuts is a great place to start your weekend if you are good with the sweet side of things. The donut shop offers a seasonal rotation of donut flavors that range from maple bacon to blueberry-filled toaster strudel, drip coffee and espresso drinks, and if you couldn't tell by its name, craft brews from some of Cleveland's top breweries.

Afternoon: You've heard of pedal tours before, but how about one on the water? Board the Brewboat, a man-powered vessel outfitted with plenty of coolers that takes you on a BYOB booze tour along the Cuyahoga River. Along the way, enjoy as much beer as you'd like and blast your own playlist, too. If you're not into pedaling, there are versions that don't require you to do any of the work.

Evening: Head to dinner at Cleveland Chop, where you can find steakhouse favorites (including 10 cuts of meat and a surf & turf) alongside other delicious fare like tacos, the chop burger (topped with gruyere-blue cheese compote, house BBQ, and fried onions), and loaded chicken tenders that are drizzled with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and bacon. End the night at Punch Bowl Social, a multi-level bar (including a rooftop space) that also offers billiards, bowling, mini golf, foosball, arcade games, and karaoke.

Day 2

Morning: Grab brunch at Lucky's Café, where you'll find cheddar-scallion biscuits, The Shipwreck (a hash with eggs, veggies, bacon, and cheddar cheese) , waffles, breakfast burritos, and omelets on the menu alongside a robust coffee and espresso menu.

Afternoon: Head out to the breweries today on a City Brew Tour, where you don't have to worry about planning or driving. The Cleveland Original Brew Tour takes you to four stops, where you'll have tastings at each and offers a beer-inspired meal pairing, too. You'll also get behind-the-scenes tours of the breweries and interactive lessons on beer history and culture.

Evening: Keep the theme of the day going tonight with a casual dinner at Southern Tier Brewing Company, where you'll find house-crafted beer, pizza, and sandwiches on the menu. All of the food is beer inspired (don't miss the brewhouse wings, smoked tomato margherita pizza, or pastrami reuben sandwich). A short walk away you'll find Moe's Tavern, said to be the inspiration for the eponymous bar featured in The Simpsons. Or if you're looking for live music, head to Phantasy Night Club, which has been hosting performances since the early 70s.

Day 3

Morning: You might not immediately think of a smokehouse when it comes to a good brunch, but maybe you should. Landmark Smokehouse & Bar is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of brunch experience, with options like smoked meat latkes (brisket, pulled pork, or Montreal smoked meat on potato pancakes with horseradish cream sauce and a sunny side egg) and the Early Bird Sandwich, a fried chicken brioche sandwich topped with an egg, smoked bacon, cheese, bacon aioli.

Afternoon: Pick between three iconic Ohio sites today: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland offers a fantastic tour for music fans. For another hall of fame, head about an hour outside of the city to Canton, where you can take a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Or, make the trip about an hour outside of the city for an icon of a different variety: Cedar Point Amusement Park. The 364-acre park is the second oldest in the United States, having opened in 1870. Among its other attractions, the waterfront park offers 18 roller coasters, including the Valravn, the "tallest, fastest, longest dive coaster in the United States," which plummets from 223 feet at a 90-degrere angle.

Evening: Tonight, spend your time in the Tremont neighborhood where you can find quality restaurants and bars. Start with dinner at The Bourbon Street Barrel Room, where you might end up spending the whole night in this New Orleans inspired space. You'll find 30 rotating craft beers on tap, a two-level space with bars on both floors, and a tasty menu that includes gumbo and jambalaya, duck wings, po' boys, and more Louisiana-style favorites. If you want to keep the party moving, steps away you'll find Prosperity Social Club for a low-key vibe with good drinks, plus vintage arcade and board games or The Treehouse, an Irish pub where you can catch a game on TV or enjoy live entertainment every Sunday night.

Where Should I Stay in Cleveland for a Bachelor Party?

A stay in downtown will put you close to the waterfront, most activities, bars, and restaurants. But don't be surprised if you need to take a cab or public transit to a few of your destinations.

Best Cleveland Bachelor Hotels

  • For a budget-friendly option, book your stay at The Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower, which offers an outdoor patio, multiple bars, and walking distance to the water.
  • The hipster-esque Schofield Hotel is in the heart of downtown, and though it's in a building built in 1902, it's anything but old. The modern hotel offers complimentary morning coffee and a yoga mat in every room.
  • On the higher end of the budget, try the The Hilton Downtown Cleveland, which puts you in a great location, and includes an indoor pool and top-floor bar with views of Lake Erie.

Best Cleveland Bachelor Party Home Rentals

  • Just five minutes from downtown, this Four-Bedroom Apartment is a great option for groups of 10 looking for an affordable stay in a great location.
  • An Extra Large Home is great for extra-large groups (that's up to 16 people), offering 8 bedrooms and a 5-minute drive to everything downtown, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space, too.
  • For smaller groups, a Three-Bedroom House might be the perfect spot for you, with room for 6 (and more if you're OK with futons and sleep sofas), you'll still be close to everything downtown.

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