Cleveland, Ohio, is a city full of diehard sports fans.
They’ve always supported the Cleveland Indians, even though they haven’t won a World Series since 1948. They’ve stood by the Cleveland Cavaliers before they ended the city’s 52-year championship drought by winning the 2016 NBA finals and after Lebron James left … again.
And, of course, they’re 100% behind the local NFL team, despite the Cleveland Browns never going to a Super Bowl, and once moving to Baltimore. In fact, the last time the Browns won anything was the 1964 NFL championship game, two seasons before there even was a Super Bowl.
Even so, Browns’ fans fill FirstEnergy Stadium for home games and tailgate like legends. Plus, they pack local bars and eateries whenever the Browns play.
In fact, there are so many great bars for Browns’ fans across Cleveland that it’s difficult to make a list of the best.
Still, we managed to put together our top six Browns bars in Cleveland.
We chose six in honor of current Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, whose energetic play has renewed the hopes of Browns’ fans all over Ohio. He even famously shotgunned a beer on camera at an Indians game this summer, forcing Browns’ fans to unanimously agree that he’d be a great guy to have a few with at any one of these six best Browns bars in Cleveland.
834 Huron Road E., Cleveland, OH 44115
The Clevelander is in downtown Cleveland and less than a mile from FirstEnergy Stadium, making it the perfect sports bar for pre- and post-Browns’ game fun.
No ticket, no problem. The Clevelander has more than 10 flat-screen HDTVs showing all the Browns’ action. The menu features signature burgers and boneless, jumbo chicken wings with more than a dozen sauces. Plus, there are two dozen beers on tap.
Sports memorabilia fills every space on the walls where there isn’t a TV, and the crowd gets loud on game days, thanks to the cheap pitchers.
1261 W. Sixth St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Barley House, in the Warehouse District, is one of the most popular bars in the city to spend a Browns’ game day. They get started early with the Ultimate Tailgate Party, hosted by Browns’ superfan “PumpkinHead,” beginning at 9 a.m. The Fan 92.3 broadcasts live from the party.
The Browns are always up on the big screens, and the food and beer menu is the perfect complement.
Browns’ fans love the Dawg Bowl with scrambled eggs, tater tots and bacon. Plus, fans can get crispy chicken wings either baked or fried with seven flavors at the Barley House. The O.G. pizza and a list of almost 20 draft beers complete the ultimate Browns bar experience.
1325 E. Sixth St., Cleveland, OH 44114
Urban Farmer is actually a more modern steakhouse than it is a sports bar. But don’t tell that to Browns’ fans who swear by its game-winning brunch buffet held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on game days.
It doesn’t get much better than the scrambled eggs with house-made hot sauce and cheddar and a side of potato and cheddar perogies. Plus, there’s a French toast bar.
The Browns’ games are always on at the Urban Farmer bar, so fans can watch while they eat.
Victory Alley Sports Bar & Grille
721 Bolivar Road, Cleveland, OH 44115
Victory Alley Sports Bar & Grille may just be the perfect game-day hangout. Fans will certainly never miss a moment of Browns’ action on the two 14-foot HDTV screens and 10 additional flat-screen TVs inside.
An elevated pub food menu keeps things interesting with the double-decker burgers and Buffalo-inspired chicken wings. Plus, there’s an impressive variety of craft and local beers on tap.
Noble Beast Brewing Co.
1470 Lakeside Ave. E., Cleveland, OH 44114
Noble Beast Brewing Co. is an increasingly popular taproom that is building a solid reputation for its house-brewed beers; however, it turns into a hub for Browns’ fans on game days.
In fact, it opens at 9 a.m. for a Browns’ tailgate party with a special menu featuring wings, nachos, brats, pretzels and “super-secret” house-smoked pulled pork with “super-secret” smoked plum BBQ sauce.
Fans can stay for the game try a few of those famed craft brews at Noble Beast.
1214 W. Sixth St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Dive Bar, in the Warehouse District, is a Browns’ fans dream. It’s usually a nightspot, but it opens for all Browns’ games and offers drink specials throughout the game.
There are 42 beers on tap, making the fact it is walking distance from FirstEnergy Stadium quite valuable.
But why go to the game when the view on the 32 big-screen HDTVs at Dive Bar is probably better than a stadium seat. Plus, fans can play skeeball and pop-a-shot at halftime.