Photo By Ambrosia Luzius

Complete with parking, Becky's Bar & Grill has been a staple for Cleveland State students for three decades.


December 13, 2016

Top 10 Cleveland State 'bucket list'
By Ambrosia Luzius

Compiled with help from alumni, faculty, staff and students, this list outlines not-to-be-missed locations on and around Cleveland State University that everyone should visit before graduation. Listings start with the most popular recommendations.

1. Becky’s Bar & Grill located just north of the Business building on East 18th Street has been a hangout for students and faculty since the spring semester of 1986. Though Becky’s has happily embraced its reputation as “Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar,” it is most popular among Cleveland State’s patrons for its burgers, wings and atmosphere.

2. Night Market Cleveland is a summer staple for the campus community. On the last weekend of the month the community hosts a different combination of concerts, food, and flea market-style  vending highlighting the cultural diversity and talent of the neighborhood.

3. Café Ah-Roma located across from the main classroom building on Euclid Avenue. It is the closest place to campus to get a handcrafted coffee or tea sourced from fair trade distribution chains. It hosts discussion groups, poetry Sundays, open mic nights, and an eclectic assortment of performers.

4. The campus Recreation Center has 110,000 square feet dedicated to fitness and fun. The state-of-the-art facility is much more than a traditional gym. The campus recreation center has air hockey, pool, and video game systems to keep students entertained. Students, faculty, staff, and the public can stop down for a tour.

5. Hidden away in the middle of campus is Cleveland State University’s 45-room Mather Mansion, which is on the National Register  of Historic Places. At the time of its construction it was the largest and most expensive house built on Cleveland’s Millionaire Row. Cleveland State acquired the home in 1967 and now uses it to host parties and meetings.

6. Open for breakfast and lunch, Green Rooster Farms located behind the Hanna Building on East 14th Street offers local, healthy, organic food. It is fast and affordable. Of all the food on the menu, students and one faculty member mentioned the house-made ice cream is the best.

7. China Sea Express located across Euclid Avenue, between the Law building and the Music and Communication building, is the closest place to campus to get bubble tea for those long days of studying. The restaurant serves American-style Chinese food. You can order your favorite dish or sample something new from the buffet. Students can eat in or have their carry out weighed and packed to go.

8. The Galleries at CSU, located in the Playhouse Square District on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 13th Street, is a lab for CSU students to show their work and view the art of others while learning about museums and art culture.

9. Engage in Cleveland States Viking spirit and attend athletic events. Vikings athletes work hard to represent Cleveland State University. A complete list of the schedules are at

10. Downtown  is part of the appeal of Cleveland State, but this time of year it offers more sights to see. The $50 million renovation of Public Square completed this year, brought many new additions to the square. Tower City hosts free showings of “Toy Soldier, Fairy Godmother & Friends Show”  throughout the month. This event is an iconic Cleveland tradition for 26 years.



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