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Houlihan's Westlake, 25651 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-808-9090, houlihans.com/my-houlihans/westlake. Some go for the big show, others a cave of seclusion. This patio does both. It's massive yet apart from the world-- it's like a quaint little town with an outside bar, tables, trees, an outdoor kitchen, lights and many party-hearty residents. Welcome to Patiolandia, population 75. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Houlihan's Westlake, 25651 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-808-9090, houlihans.com/my-houlihans/westlake. Some go for the big show, others a cave of seclusion. This patio does both. It's massive yet apart from the world-- it's like a quaint little town with an outside bar, tables, trees, an outdoor kitchen, lights and many party-hearty residents. Welcome to Patiolandia, population 75. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Gamekeeper's Taverne, 87 West St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7744, gamekeepers.com. A bit New England, a bit more Chagrin Falls. That's Gamekeepers, and that is definitely the charm of this patio -- consisting of brick and stone, featuring a fireplace to go with trees, lights and spacious yet cozy vibe. Hmm, now I could go for a chowder. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

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Gamekeeper's Taverne, 87 West St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7744, gamekeepers.com. A bit New England, a bit more Chagrin Falls. That's Gamekeepers, and that is definitely the charm of this patio -- consisting of brick and stone, featuring a fireplace to go with trees, lights and spacious yet cozy vibe. Hmm, now I could go for a chowder. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Rick's Cafe, 86 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7666, rickscafeandcatering.com. This Chagrin Falls joint is named after the famed place in the movie "Casablanca." Here's looking at the patio, kid: It's far from Morocco but also a getaway. You sure won't think you're in Cleveland --or Chagrin Falls for that matter. It's covered in greenery and tucked away, secluded from the street. As Bogey says, "We'll always have Paris." For now, this will do. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Rick's Cafe, 86 N Main St, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7666, rickscafeandcatering.com. This Chagrin Falls joint is named after the famed place in the movie "Casablanca." Here's looking at the patio, kid: It's far from Morocco but also a getaway. You sure won't think you're in Cleveland --or Chagrin Falls for that matter. It's covered in greenery and tucked away, secluded from the street. As Bogey says, "We'll always have Paris." For now, this will do. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Clifton Martini, 10427 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-965-0221; cliftonmartini.com. All this place needs is The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" playing in the background. It's easy to laze about, sip a drink and watch the world drive by on Clifton Boulevard. CM's sidewalk cafe is much bigger than most, yet remains intimate -- set apart by trees, flowers and a gate. Oh, and orange barrels because of street construction. But who cares; the drinks here more than make up for that.

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Clifton Martini, 10427 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, 216-965-0221; cliftonmartini.com. All this place needs is The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" playing in the background. It's easy to laze about, sip a drink and watch the world drive by on Clifton Boulevard. CM's sidewalk cafe is much bigger than most, yet remains intimate -- set apart by trees, flowers and a gate. Oh, and orange barrels because of street construction. But who cares; the drinks here more than make up for that.

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Flannery's Pub, 323 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, 216-781-7782, flannerys.com. Patio season will be extended this season at this popular pre-Cavs hangout. They're already drinking to LeBron here. And why not: This downtown stalwart rolls out Irish pints to sippers and guzzlers alike and has a patio that is spacious but never pretentious. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Flannery's Pub, 323 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, 216-781-7782, flannerys.com. Patio season will be extended this season at this popular pre-Cavs hangout. They're already drinking to LeBron here. And why not: This downtown stalwart rolls out Irish pints to sippers and guzzlers alike and has a patio that is spacious but never pretentious. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com. Jazz plays inside. Outside, it's all about the soothing vibes of summer. The murals, hanging lights and flowers on the patio provide a colorful counterpoint to the laid-back vibe. Are you ready to get mellow? (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights 216-795-0550, nighttowncleveland.com. Jazz plays inside. Outside, it's all about the soothing vibes of summer. The murals, hanging lights and flowers on the patio provide a colorful counterpoint to the laid-back vibe. Are you ready to get mellow? (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Don's Pomeroy House, 13664 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-572-1111, donspomeroy.com. For a moment I thought I was in Natchez, Mississippi. Maybe it's the white picket fence. Or the thick trees that provide cover from the burning sun. Or maybe it's this mid-19th century mansion that houses Don's. Or perhaps it's this lemonade. Whatever it is, Don's does the trick. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Don's Pomeroy House, 13664 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-572-1111, donspomeroy.com. For a moment I thought I was in Natchez, Mississippi. Maybe it's the white picket fence. Or the thick trees that provide cover from the burning sun. Or maybe it's this mid-19th century mansion that houses Don's. Or perhaps it's this lemonade. Whatever it is, Don's does the trick. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

Great Lakes Brewing, 2516 Market Avenue, Cleveland 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com. Of course they come for the beer. But don't sell that sidewalk short. A mere 100 feet from the hustle and bustle of West Side Market and West 25th, it provides a shady day, even when the sun is blasting like a furnace. Great Lakes takes up most of the sidewalk on its side of the street, so you feel like there's space. So chill out. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

bar and restaurant patio guide: 50 reviews and photos, including a Top 10 (photo gallery)

Great Lakes Brewing, 2516 Market Avenue, Cleveland 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com. Of course they come for the beer. But don't sell that sidewalk short. A mere 100 feet from the hustle and bustle of West Side Market and West 25th, it provides a shady day, even when the sun is blasting like a furnace. Great Lakes takes up most of the sidewalk on its side of the street, so you feel like there's space. So chill out. (John Petkovic/The Plain Dealer)

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