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Unique Spots in NE Ohio to Host your Rehearsal Dinner

You’ve put so much effort into planning your wedding that you’re tapped out when it comes to your rehearsal dinner. Consider choosing a venue that’ll entertain your guests for you with a fun atmosphere, cool decor, interactive features, or dazzling views! Check out the following list of our favorite rehearsal dinner spots in Northeast Ohio.

Oftentimes, people don’t end up remembering the rehearsal dinner. It’s the event before the event. But if you have a lot of out-of-town guests coming for your wedding, you should make it memorable! Check out these non-traditional, yet fun venues for an unforgettable experience!

Akron Art Museum

Rehearsal Dinner | Akron Art Museum | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Akron is pretty centrally located among most Northeast Ohio residents. Whether you’re from Youngstown, Cleveland, Canton, or Cuyahoga Falls, Akron isn’t too far to travel. The Akron Art Museum is a unique location with multiple spaces to rent out! Take advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby, or the drama of the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Or, take it outside to the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace or Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

Punch Bowl Social

Located in the Flats East Bank, it’s impossible not to have fun at Punch Bowl Social! Your guests can play games like foosball, pinball, skeeball, ping pong, mini shuffleboard, corn hole, pool, or even bowl! All while enjoying specially crafted drinks and meals. Partake in karaoke or challenge each other to a Pac Man battle.

Club Motor Estates

Rehearsal Dinner | Club Motor Estates | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Whether you’re a car junkie or simply appreciate a one-of-a-kind venue, check out Club Motor Estates! The array of both classic and modern cars is reminiscent of a unique art installation or exhibition. Allow your guests to peruse the space during cocktail hour, then come together for a delicious meal to celebrate you. You can even be driven directly into the ballroom for a grand entrance unlike any other! What better conversation starter?

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rehearsal Dinner | Genevieve Nisly Photography | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Genevieve Nisly Photography

Rehearsal Dinner | Genevieve Nisly Photography | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Genevieve Nisly Photography

If you host your rehearsal dinner at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, be prepared for the photos to be more spectacular than your wedding’s! From parties small to large, there is an awesome space to serve dinner and entertain your guests. From Level 0, to the annex, or beer garden, there are a variety of options, all with awe-inspiring music relics! Don’t forget to pose with your guests in front of the iconic structure or Long Live Rock letters.

Tabletop Board Game Cafe

For the most fun your guests will have in years, check out the Tabletop Board Game Cafe in Ohio City! It has over 1,000 games for your guests to play, both classic and new! Your guests can relish reliving their childhood while enjoying in-house catering in an eclectic and funky environment.

Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar

Rehearsal Dinner | Nuevo Modern Mexican | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Whether indoor or out, you’ll have spectacular views of the city at Nuevo Modern Mexican. What’s even better is they’re located in both Akron and Cleveland! Cleveland’s location sits right on the water, giving you a view of both the skyline and Lake Erie. In Akron, you’ll be in the heart of the city. Though Nuevo specializes in modern Mexican cuisine, they can custom a menu for your event! Want to have a themed dinner, like casino night or a murder mystery? Their staff will work with you to create the perfect meal.

Pinstripes

Now open at Pinecrest, Pinstripes is the perfect place to entertain your guests at your rehearsal dinner. Serving authentic Italian dishes with craft whiskey, beer, wine, and other cocktails, your guests would be happy with the meal alone. However, Pinstripes steps it up by offering bocce, bowling, and an outdoor fire pit! From seated meals to buffet, passed hors d’ouevres to food stations, your guests’ tummies are sure to leave happy. Plus, you can enjoy yourselves both indoors or outside!

Metropolitan at the 9

Rehearsal Dinner | Metropolitan at the 9 | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Rehearsal Dinner | Metropolitan at the 9 | As seen on TodaysBride.com

Like Metropolitan at the 9‘s website says, Escape the Ordinary. You can do just that by hosting your rehearsal dinner there! Stylish, glamorous, luxurious, this venue oozes class and sophistication. Host a dinner in the old bank vault, Adega restaurant, or Azure rooftop bar. Located directly in downtown Cleveland, you’ll have spectacular views of the city and lake. Plus, you and your guests can stay the night in their hotel accommodations so the fun doesn’t have to end early!

Nautica Queen

For a truly unique dining experience, check out the Nautica Queen Cruise! It has 2 enclosed decks so you don’t have to worry about rain, wind, or even snow! But if it is nice out, your guests can venture out to the observation decks and enjoy the sights of Cleveland! Passing by the Flats, Jacobs Pavilion, First Energy Stadium, Cleveland Harbor Lighthouse, and more. Plus, there is a DJ and stocked bar on board for dancing and drinks before or after dinner!

Hofbrauhaus

Rehearsal Dinner | Hofbrauhaus | As seen on TodaysBride.com

At the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, you and your guests will have an authentic German experience. From the food and drinks to the architecture, service, and traditions, you’ll feel like you’re in the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich! Choose between the Hermit Club or the Hofbrauhaus, or move the party outside. Then, finish the night dancing on the benches to a live band while sipping from a stein!

Pier W

Pier W is located right on the waterfront in Lakewood. Sophisticated, luxurious, modern, and upscale, Pier W is known for it’s fresh seafood menu. Able to accommodate both large and small parties of 50-165, you can choose the urban restaurant or the cocktail lounge with live piano. Pier W serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, so you can choose the meal that works best for you. Plus, it’s luxury liner-like architecture is suspended over the water for jaw-dropping views of the lake and skyline.


If you’re imagining a rehearsal dinner where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself (without having to plan too much) one of these venues is sure to deliver. Plus, they’re great ways for your out-of-town guests to enjoy their Northeast Ohio visit!

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