One can’t subsist on beer steins alone. Besides, all that dancing, cheering and singing along to the accordion-wielding house band is going to work up an appetite. So in between rounds at the year ‘round Oktoberfest-like celebration, downtown’s liveliest beer hall has the hearty German food that gives you a lifeline. Sausages straight from the butcher shop, kraut and homemade gravy are here to fill your belly. Plus, Bavarian-style potatoes au gratin and spaetzle are the perfect buffer between you and another liter of beer. For a quieter, more relaxed pace, the recently opened dining room inside the attached Hermit Club is one of the city’s most intriguing historical eateries.
1550 Chester Ave., 216-621-2337, hofbrauhauscleveland.com.