a few of my favorite combinations....

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ever since I've moved downtown, my radius has gotten smaller and smaller of where I eat, drink and socialize with friends. I can't tell you how awesome it is to not drive every day.....

If you are headed downtown this weekend or want to plan a happy hour to try a new bar, here are few of my favorite combos - a killer cocktail and appetizer combination.

Market Garden Brewery 
Shoreway cooler (honey gin, american lager, lillet blanc and simple syrup) with the Brewmaster's platter - a variety of meats and cheeses - my favorites. Have no plans this Sunday? Spend a few hours on their patio with friends and a few of these to have a Sunday Funday.

Burntwood Tavern
Whether it's brunch after yoga, a group run or meeting friends halfway in River, I love the open bar atmosphere and their outdoor eating space/patio - you are dining outside, have a roof to block the sun but have the breeze from the lake all at the same time.

My favorites? A Jack & Jill (muddled blueberries lemon and blueberry vodka) or the Tavern Saint (pear vodka, St. Germain, Martini & Rossi Bianco and lime) and always, always, always order the tuna nachos - to.die.for.

Chinato
Conveniently located right down the street from me, make a date to sit in the bar area in a booth at the bar itself late night with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Grigio and the fried artichokes or the fennel, orange, olive and ricotta salad. Delicious, I tell ya.

Luxe
Head a little bit west of downtown and you grab a great happy hour from 5-7 p.m. with $5.50 drinks, a list of food and even half off pizzas - not a bad deal. It has been at least three months since I've hit up this restaurant but the bloom drink (citrus vodka, blueberries, lavender and lemonade) is a must order with a prosciutto and melon salad - goes perfectly together in the summer. Fair warning - you can't have just one bloom!

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3 comments:

LWLH said...

I want to come and have drinks and apps!! :)

Fizzgig said...

i can relate. once I moved 6 miles to work. it is even too much for me to drive to town where work is on the weekend. I live in a bubble which is my home base. I love it!!

Jen said...

I like to hit up Hyde Park in Beachwood. They have an awesome happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday. Great menu and CHEAP drinks! Plus, you kind of feel all fancy and rich for an hour or so. Double plus: Lot's of really hot business men.