Here's to You Joakim

After his comments at the beginning of the series regarding the lack of entertainment in Cleveland, I find it very fitting that Chicago’s Joakim Noah has a very real opportunity to begin his offseason vacation in the great city in Ohio.  Because we, as Clevelanders, take the high road and prefer not to engage in such war of words with Mr. Noah, I have taken the liberty to create a beautiful travel guide for Mr. Noah to put to use after his Game 5 loss on Tuesday night.

Travel Guide for the City of Cleveland, Ohio

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It is a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its education programs.

Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum


The Steamship William G. Mather is a retired Great Lakes bulk freighter now restored as a museum ship in Cleveland, Ohio, one of four in the Great Lakes region. She transported cargo such as ore, coal, stone, and grain to ports throughout the Great Lakes, and was nicknamed “The Ship That Built Cleveland” because Cleveland’s steel mills were a frequent destination.

Tower City Center

With over 100 specialty shops, six full-service restaurants, 11-screen theater, Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 2 Hotels and easy access through our connected walkway to Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, Tower City is your downtown choice to shop, dine, play and stay!

**Tower City does include the  Les Amis Salon & Spa – Joakim Noah may want to consider a facial (or two)**

Flannery’s Pub

Patrons enjoy the authentic Irish pub atmosphere, the wide variety of single-malt scotches, and the live music offered on weekends. Beer comes by way of the imperial pint (20 ounces) or half pint.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

A beer-lover’s haven, this bar underwent a $6.5-million expansion of its brewing facilities in 1998.  Great Lakes Brewing Company is a great place to relax and enjoy a few drinks with some friends – that is, if Joakim has any of those.

Barking Spider Tavern

Every night at this University Circle institution, there’s live music at 10pm. The place has been around for over a decade, and it’s a great acoustic music stop for people of all ages. Barking Spider Tavern especially caters to area professionals who want to unwind in a relaxed, friendly setting.

Velvet Dog

Aglow with funky lights and wild colors, this well-attended dance club offers spacious and constantly hopping first and second level dance floors. The lounge on the third level features sculptural furniture and draped fabric for a more intimate feel. On the rooftop, a jungle-themed patio affords great views of the city and a quieter place to nurse a drink.

The Quicken Loans Arena

And last, but certainly not least, Joakim Noah can always come on by the Quicken Loans Arena to check out the Cavaliers in their Round 2 matchup.  The only requirement is that he brings a notepad and a pencil – he might learn something.

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