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The hub of entertainment, arts, nightlife and fine dining, downtown Erie has enough for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're traveling with friends, kids or just yourself, you will find more than enough to do in downtown.
Downtown Erie is currently under going a major revitalization and this is quite evident in the dining options available. 1201 Kitchen, an Asian/Latin Fusion restaurant, is a great option for those who are into sushi and eclectic offerings. Cloud 9 Wine Bar located on the corner of 10th and French has an extensive wine list, as well as fresh cocktails and craft beers. Being a tapas restaurants, they are known for their delicious offerings including calamari, tuna nachos, as well as poutine. 28 North Gastropub, located on Perry Square, is a fairly new restaurant offering up great food and beer in a hip but casual environment. Other great restaurant options include Like M.y Thai, Bayfront Grille, Smuggler's Wharf, Calamari's and Bertrand's Bistro.
There is no shortage of cultural activities in downtown Erie. The Erie Art Museum is recently expanded and features 8,000 pieces of art. Right next door is Glass Growers Gallery, where you will find local art, jewelry and everything in between. The Erie Maritime Museum, located right on the bayfront, is a great option for history buffs. Just make sure to go when the U.S. Brig Niagara is in port as you can tour the ship. In the mood for performing arts? The Erie Playhouse is one of the oldest community theatres in the U.S. and features Broadway-quality productions year-round. The historic Warner Theatre also is home to many of the Erie Philharmonic concerts and travelling shows.
There are a few lodging options located downtown as well. Currently they include the Avalon Hotel, the George Carroll House Bed & Breakfast, as well as the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. Each of the lodging options are convenient to different parts of downtown. New hotels are planned for downtown Erie as well, with a Courtyard by Marriott planning to open on the bayfront by May 2016.
If it's sports you're into, downtown Erie has its fair share of venues. The Erie Insurance Arena is home to the Erie Bayhawks (basketball, NBA D-league), the Erie Otters (ice hockey, OHL), as well as concerts, ice shows and travelling events. Right next door is the home of the Erie SeaWolves (baseball, Eastern League), Jerry Uht Park.
Looking for some nightlife or entertainment? Head up to Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club for a great night out. State Street lights up at night with several bar options. Looking to dance? Try the Resolution, Docksider, or McCoy's. Need a more relaxing setting? You can't go wrong with Rum Runner's, the Erie Ale House or the Bourbon Barrel. There are also two breweries located downtown- the BrewErie at Union Station and Lavery Brewing Co.
Downtown Erie is great for kids as well. There are several attractions geared towards children including: Harborview Miniature Golf Course, Scallywags Pirate Adventures, the Experience Children's Museum, as well as the Bicentennial Tower.
Staying in downtown Erie is a safe, walkable and convenient option. Downtown is centrally located to other Erie attractions such as Presque Isle State Park, Waldameer, the Erie Zoo, Lake Erie Wine Country, and the Millcreek Mall. Erie International Airport (ERI) is less than a 15 minute drive from downtown and Interstate 79 and 90 are easily accessible from downtown as well. Both the Erie Greyhound bus station and Amtrak train station are located in the downtown district, also.