Best Of 2009

Best Pregame Bar: Hoopples

So, you're hitting up a Cavs or Indians game. Your instinct is going to tell you to stay close to the arena or stadium and settle for one of the multitude of options around the Gateway complex. If you're looking for nothing more than proximity, that's fine. Otherwise, your instinct is flat wrong. For ambiance, eats and a front-row view of the city, head over to Hoopples in the Flats. Situated at an elbow in the Cuyahoga, it offers a picturesque eyeful from the river to the Q and Progressive Field. The staff is chill, the beer cheap, the food is just what you want in your stomach for a long game, and after the final buzzer or pitch, you've got an easy exit away from the all the traffic. (Hoopples, 1930 Columbus Rd., 216.575.0483, — Grzegorek