East 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio

East 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio
East 4th Street, Cleveland, Ohio

Though the section of East 4th Street between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue is barely 400 feet in length, that short portion of roadway has in recent years packed a very big punch on the city of Cleveland’s entertainment scene.

That impact began to be felt in late 2002, with the opening of Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club. The establishment is actually home to five different venues: a comedy club/theater, a martini bar, a champagne bar, a jazz/pop cabaret, and a full restaurant offering American rustic cuisine. Situated toward the northern end of East 4th near Euclid Avenue, Pickwick & Frolic — which occupies a site once home to the Euclid Avenue Opera House of the late 1800s — drew many newcomers to downtown nightlife.

Across East 4th Street from Pickwick & Frolic, and wrapping around to a Euclid Avenue frontage is Cleveland’s House of Blues. Opening in 2004 in a remodeled former Woolworth’s, The House of Blues brought nearly nightly live music acts back to an intimate club setting in the heart of the city. It also brought its typical collection of fine American folk art and great southern cuisine. The House of Blues also serves up a sumptuous Sunday gospel brunch, and its members-only Foundation Room offers another level of comfort and luxury for a more private getaway.

Most of the block length of East 4th has been converted into a brick-paved pedestrian way, with overhead light strands, patio dining, and punctuations of plantings, art, awnings and neon. (Valet parking, accessible from Prospect Avenue, serves all of the available clubs, pubs and restaurants.)

Studding the street are a good many restaurants, serving a cosmopolitan range of tastes. Flannery’s Pub serves up casual Irish fare, accompanied by a range of brews, ales and stouts, and a dash of music. Lola’s, an eatery launched by renowned chef Michael Symon, wins raves for its exotic desserts and unique menu. La Strada offers Italian cuisine spiced with the influences of the surrounding Mediterranean. Saigon carries a mix of Vietnamese dishes with hints of France, China, and Thailand. Classic Little Italy appetites can be satisfied at Teresa’s Pizzaria, while Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria caters to those with South-of-the-Border cravings.

But East 4th is truly a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The Bang and The Clatter is an innovative theater company, while the Corner Alley provides 16 bowling lanes coupled with several bars and a restaurant. Condo and apartment living are available at five different properties along East 4th, each offering its own particular mix of location, price, amenities and appeal.

The East 4th Neighborhood also benefits greatly from its location, and the proximity of other great civic amenities. The offices, shopping and transit assets of Tower City Center are but a 5-minute walk away, as are the venues of Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. Public Square is nearby. Hotels including The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Cleveland, and Marriott at Key Center are all within walking distance. East 4th is a product of the local firm of MRN Development. 

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Enter the valet parking from Prospect Avenue, or simply stroll to East 4th after a Tribe or Cavs game.

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Emmeaki 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

I was impressed with 4th Street when I visited Cleveland last summer. (After having lived In Brooklyn, NY for almost ten years.) As I wrote in one of my hubs, I used to pretend that 4th Street was SoHo when I was a teenager because of the fire escapes that used to be on the buildings! I still remember buying all my hair products on 4th St. as a teenager, but that era is gone. I hope the rest of the city continues to improve.

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rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Thanks, Emmeaki: This spring is the groundbreaking for new development on the Flats' East Bank, the city's new Medical Mart with Convention Center Renovation is finally under construction, a downtown casino opens before 2012, and the West Side Market celebrates its centennial. Hope springs eternal.

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