Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nine Day / 9 great culinary delights in Cleveland+Akron

It's 29 April, so it's "Nine Day" on the Gay Games blog!

Cleveland and Akron and all of Northeast Ohio are looking forward to welcoming the world for Gay Games 9 in 2014.

Here are 9 very special places to enjoy some Cleveland culinary specialties when you come to the world's largest sport and culture festival open to all:

1) Great Lakes Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is comprised of a brewery and brewpub, was the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains Ohio's most celebrated and award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. The brewery has a strong ties to the local community and showcases this commitment by naming each of its beers after local historical events, people and places. While there, visitors should head to the Brewpub where guests of all ages can enjoy a memorable dining experience from start to finish, including their famous brats and pierogi.

Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113
Phone: 216.771.4404

2) Corky and Lenny's
Corky & Lenny's has earned its stellar reputation in the deli business, having served the region for more than 55 years. The deli's famous, rib-sticking overstuffed sandwiches and classic "mish mash" matzah ball soup are Cleveland institutions and menu favorites of the restaurant's many regulars.

Corky & Lenny's
27091 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere OH 44122
Phone: 216.464.3838
A landmark destination in the deli business for 55 years. Offering full service dining, take-out and catering for all occasions.

3) The Leopard
Located inside the beautifully appointed Bertram Hotel, this elegant, upscale restaurant features the ultimate in fine dining with a focus on international dishes, seasonal influences and the freshest ingredients. The restaurant also offers a chef table so you can dine while watching the chef prepare your meal. In 2003 (and for every year after that), AAA honored The Leopard with its prestigious 4-Diamond Award, a distinction it shares today with only four other restaurants in northern Ohio.  

The Leopard
The Bertram Hotel & Conference Center
600 N. Aurora Road
Aurora OH 44202
Phone: 330.562.2111
The ultimate in fine dining, exceptional cuisine and an elegant atmosphere perfect for both social and business occasions. The menu features international dishes with seasonal influences and the MORE >> 

4) Melt Bar + Grilled
Grilled cheese is a favorite to all, old and young. But this isn't your typical piece of American cheese slapped between two slices of white bread. Melt features more than 20 different takes on the original all with their own unique twist. Try a "Parmageddon" stuffed with onions, kraut and a potato and cheese pierogi.

Melt Bar and Grilled
14718 Detroit Rd.
Lakewood OH 44107
Phone: 216.226.3699
13463 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights OH 44118
Phone: 216.965.0988

5) Tommy's Restaurant
Head to Tommy's for a burger and milkshake. While the menu has stayed the same since it opened in 1972 (with items named after longtime customers), Tommy's is now in a much bigger venue and is always filled with customers - vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, health-conscious and the just plain hungry. Visitors can't miss one of Tommy's award-winning milkshakes.

1824 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights OH 44118
Phone: 216.321.7757
Always filled with customers, vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, health-conscious and the just plain hungry. Whatever category you fall into, we will take care of you.

6) b. a. Sweetie Candies
From wax lips to PEZ dispensers to gourmet jellybeans, this amazing candy store has every delight for every sweet tooth. You have to see it to believe it.

Sweetie Candy Company
7480 Brookpark Rd.
Cleveland OH 44129
Phone: 216.739.2244
Largest variety of candy anywhere. From old time favorites to the new kid's crazes. 21,000 square feet stacked to the ceiling. A MUST SEE ! !

7) Lola Bistro

Lola Bistro

2051 East 4th Street
Cleveland OH 44113
Phone: 216.621.5652
Nationally recognized chef Michael Symon's reincarnation of Lola Bistro. An American bistro with midwestern twists and turns using only locally grown and raised organic meats and produce.

8) Prosperity Social Club

Prosperity Social Club

1109 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland OH 44113
Phone: 216.937.1938
1938 Tavern - a true Cleveland experience. Eclectic clientele with an unpretentious vibe. Upscale bar food, late-night dining, live music, patio, jukebox, bowling machine, comfortable atmosphere.

9) B Sport, Crocker Park

B Spot Crocker Park

20 Main Street
Westlake OH 44145
Phone: 440.471.8270
Iron Chef Michael Symon's rock and roll burger joint is all things "B." Burgers, brats, beer, bologna and bourbon, and the famous "Polish Boy". Taking roots from the region's rich African American culture, the Polish Boy is a truly unique sandwich. It all starts with a grilled Polish kielbasa in a thick, white sausage roll. Next comes a layer of tender, pulled pork followed by a coating of barbeque sauce. The sandwich is then topped with French fries and crowned with a mound of crunchy coleslaw. It goes without saying, but this colossal concoction is best enjoyed with a fork.

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