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Best of Cleveland 2012 

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Best Place for Running, Best Place for Biking & Best Place for Hiking

Cleveland Metroparks

The Emerald Necklace offers everything the outdoor lover could desire, whether that's a smooth paved trail for a quick jog or a challenging uphill climb that will make your calves beg for mercy. Encompassing almost 21,000 acres and stretching from east to west to south, one of Cleveland's most treasured gems is quite literally in everybody's backyard.

clemetparks.com

Staff Picks: Best Place for Running: The Towpath Trail; Best Place for Biking and Best Place for Hiking: Cleveland Metroparks


Best Bowling Alley

The Corner Alley

East Fourth street may be reknowned for its collection of eclectic restaurants and bars, but the burgeoning neighborhood has become an epicenter of entertainment, in large part thanks to the Corner Alley. This isn't your dad's bowling joint, though he probably would have come here if it existed back in his day. Part bar, part restaurant, and 16 lanes of awesome, it's the perfect spot to knock a few back and knock a few down.

402 Euclid Ave., 216-298-4070, thecorneralley.com

Staff Pick: Mahall's Twenty Lanes


Best Place to Play Darts

The Harbor Inn

The Harbor's been slinging shots and beers to thirsty Clevelanders for over a hundred years. Since 1969, it's also been the unofficial home of darters in Cleveland. That was the inaugural year of the Cleveland Darter Club — the first steel-tip dart group in the city. The Harbor Inn was an early booster, hosting tournaments as the group swelled and the city of Cleveland helped usher the game into the country's consciousness. Today, it's still the best place to throw, with nice boards, plenty of space, and, of course, the best bar owner in town, Wally Pisorn.

1219 Main Ave., 216-241-3232

Staff Pick: The Harbor Inn


Best Place to Play Billiards

Fox & Hound

A quick game of backroom pool on one of those miniature barroom tables is fine in a pinch. But for legitimate billiard action — the kind that doesn't require use of the bent short stick at an acute angle to avoid the wall that's conveniently located two feet from the table — Fox & Hound is the destination. Thousands of square feet are filled with immaculate regulation tables and — gasp — new, straight cue sticks, not to mention plentiful supplies of booze, or what we like to call aiming fuel.

8735 Day Dr., Parma,

440-842-8840; and 1479 S.O.M. Center Rd., Mayfield Heights,

440-646-9078; foxandhound.com

Staff Pick: The Corner Alley


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