Best Place to Score a Mystery Beer Next to the River

Merwin's Wharf

Staff Pick

Nestled on a bend of the Cuyahoga River, this might be the Metropark's best-kept secret. The place is built on the old Lock 44 ("Sloop Lock") that once was located beneath the Merwin Street Bridge between West and James streets. As a result, it offers great views of both the river and the city skyline, and the enormous deck stretches out to the banks of the river. The place regularly has a great selection of craft beers on tap — including several local brews — and when a keg nears its end, it's placed on the "mystery beer" list so you can order it at a great discount, making the brew and view thing all the more appealing.

785 Merwin Ave., 216-664-5696, clevelandmetroparks.com

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