Shoppers of Hansa Import Haus appease their cravings for German meats, cheeses, condiments, and bakery items while surrounded by old-world murals and the strains of European music. A staple of epicurean culture for 51 years, the specialty store boasts bread varieties including seven-grains bread ($3.99) and bauern schnitten farmer's rye ($3.49), which arrive each week from the Dimpflmeier Bakery. Top grainy pedestals with traditional limburger cheese ($5.99) or soft, ripened champignon brie ($3.99), known to lure kobolds in addition to making tasty sandwiches at home. Bavarian and potato dumplings ($2.98+), various Hengstenberg and Löwensenf mustard varieties ($2.37+), and authentic kraut selections ($1.98+) stock lonely pantries, and the deli’s specialty meats ($4.42+) await selection to keep feuding slices of bread at safe distances from each other.
Established as an Irish restaurant and bar in 1910, the Flat Iron has operated in a former four-story hotel dating from the late 1800s while continually dishing up authentic entrees from the motherland of limericks. Flip open Flat Iron's menu to find flavors imported from the tops of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, such as the Flat Iron potato skins ($6.25), six deep-fried ovals mingling with mixed cheese, crumbled bacon, and scallions. Pub specials include the tried-and-true fish and chips ($10.95) and the traditional shepherd's pie ($9.95), showcasing natural deposits of ground lamb under gravy and cheese bedrock. Flat Iron's burger and sandwich selections include regional inspirations from Dublin, Ireland, to Dublin, Ohio; the Irish Bend burger ($7.50) is festooned with sautéed mushrooms and swiss, while the Charlotte chicken ($7.95) arrives smothered with thousand-island dressing and crunchy bacon. Barley-and-yeast connoisseurs can choose an imported beer ($3.50–$7.50) to continue their Gaelic jaunt, or reward American-ale summoners by drinking a domestic beer on tap ($3.50–$5).
At Gillespie's Map Room, a glistening row of taps pours forth mouthwatering glassfuls of tasty suds while ovens roast cheesy discuses of thin-crust pizza to crispy perfection. Nestled in the Warehouse District, a stone's throw away from Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, Gillespie's Map Room relishes in its location at the heart of Cleveland's bustling nightlife neighborhood, as well as the adrenaline gland of the city's boisterous sports center. A no-frills row-house façade decked in humming neon shamrocks and wood-lined glass panels exudes a heartwarming turn-of-the-century charm. Inside, an interior of rough brick walls, live acoustic music, and a roaring fireplace frames relaxing post-shift beers and hearty meals of chili-topped hot dogs or pollock-fillet fish 'n' chips with welcoming hominess.
Thanks to twice-monthly trainings, the bartenders at D'Vine Wine Bar can give background on the taste and terroir of the more than 60 wines they pour, according to Cleveland Magazine. Visitors sip those varietals—or, alternatively, beer or craft cocktails—while seated beneath antique chandeliers, pairing their selections with shareable plates of artisanal cheese and charcuterie. Located in downtown Cleveland's historic Warehouse District, the spot offers a cozy ambiance that's complimented by a crackling fireplace.
The Tremont Tap House crafts a delicious spread of gastro-pub cuisine. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, German pretzels ($6.50–$7) befriend beverages, and artisan cheeses mingle with yeasty flavors ($12). With applewood bacon, smoked cheddar, and house sauce, the Joshua burger ($12) gets its name from its unique ability to wear dapper clothing and speak like a human. Mac 'n' cheese ($12) settles late-night stomachs with a blend of fontina, white cheddar, and parmesan cheeses.