Recap: Cleveland Magazine's Best of Cleveland Party

by Shana Black

For years I have been wanting to attend the Best of Cleveland Party but I was a little apprehensive and scared off by the ticket price.  This year I got to attend as a guest of Cleveland Magazine and all I can say is, it’s worth it.

This year’s party took place October 13th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and unlike most of the events that I’ve attended at the Rock Hall the admission to explore all of the exhibits was included in the price.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Best of Cleveland party I was excited to cross another place off of my Cleveland bucket list and take in all of the Rock Hall.

Best of Cleveland?

Each year the editors of Cleveland Magazine choose local businesses, locations, and products to be featured in their annual Best of Cleveland issue on newsstands now.  Readers were also able to pick their favorites in a variety of categories.

This year there were 113 winners with categories ranging from Best Kids Art Classes to Best Cover Band to Best Hot Spot.  Reader’s selected their favorites from over 60 categories such as Best Independent Gym, Best Instagram Account, Best Cavs Player and Best Juice Bar.

Check out the readers picks here

Back to the party though.

The winners of Best of Cleveland were on hand with samples and giveaways.  Food and drink vendors were set up throughout the halls with the foods and drinks that were being featured in the magazine.  There were also coupons and games to win discounts and swag from local places like the Jack Casino.

S’mores beer sample for  Boss Dog Brewing Company  in Cleveland Heights

S’mores beer sample for Boss Dog Brewing Company in Cleveland Heights

On the main stage, Best of Cleveland Cover Band winner, Billy Likes Soda, played for the first part of the night with a DJ hitting the stage after.  Dancing, eating, drinking, touring and squeezing in the Power of Rock exhibit all in a few short hours. Looking back it’s hard to believe I was able to get it all in.  

As the night came to a close I picked up my white box provided by Cleveland in a Box at the door. I assumed it had an event t-shirt in it since they were arranged by size.  To my surprise, it was an authentic CLE Clothing t-shirt, a stemless wine glass from Butcher and Brewer, a copy of the Best of Cleveland issue of Cleveland Magazine, a deck of cards from Jack Casino and other items.  

Things to know for next year

Should you go to Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party? Yes, you have to experience it at least once, and then again for good measure.  I’m already thinking about next year’s party.

Cash bar/Open bar- The general admission ticket included 1 drink ticket after that you had to pay for drink.

Get there early- I have friends that say they like to make an entrance so they arrive and sometimes leave their house after the designated start time. That’s neither here nor there but if you want to try, and taste the food and drink samples from the winners you need to get there early before the samples run out and in many cases they did run out.

Footwear- Wear comfy shoes if you plan to spend the night dancing or exploring the Rock Hall.  It’s easy to forget how much there is to see inside that building.

I can’t say enough about how much fun I had at the Best of Cleveland Party. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and I can’t wait for next year’s party.

Have you been before to Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party?  Do you think you’ll go next year? Leave a comment below and check out all of our photos from the party.