Watching The Finals
Thinking about going to watch the third match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors? With ticket prices averaging around $2,000 to see an NBA Finals game in Oakland or near $1,250 in Cleveland, you may consider a different venue to watch these games in person.
Fans in Cleveland and Oakland, fear not! Here are some researched recommendations of the best possible places to take in the games with fellow fans. Just remember to come wearing your team’s colors; you don’t want to be the odd one out!
Cleveland, Home of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Not just “Believeland” anymore, fans of the Cavaliers know their team is capable of winning it all. Here are just a few of the best locations in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Capital to watch the game, if you can’t score a ticket to see it live.
You can #DefendTheLand at the City Tap, which is close to the Quicken Loans Arena, affectionately referred to as “The Q” by locals. They have an average rating of 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor.
— Winking Lizard (@winkinglizard) May 25, 2017
As one of the top restaurants in Cleveland, the Winking Lizard is a prime location to take in the game and enjoy some food with your friends! There are plenty of options to enjoy, especially if you go multiple times over a four-, five-, six-, or even seven-game series!
Butcher and the Brewer
Nearly 100 reviewers on TripAdvisor gave the Butcher and the Brewer 5 out of 5 stars and mentioned it was a “fantastic meal” before the game. With a ton of meat available, in addition to several different styles of brew, this could be the best choice for those who consider themselves carnivorous Cavs fans.
Oakland, Home of the Golden State Warriors
Mad Oak Bar
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy the game with other Warriors fans, look no further than the Mad Oak. With over 320 reviews and an average of 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp, it’s a fine establishment to grab a drink with friends. They’re selling tickets to catch the game here – don’t get caught trying to get into the Mad Oak without one!
For a different type of venue to enjoy seeing the Dubs play the Cavs, check out the Blind Tiger. They have over 400 reviews on Yelp with an average of 4 out of 5 stars, and as one reviewer mentioned, “three large projector screens which makes for … the ultimate location for checking out Warrior games.” Their Asian fusion menu also includes a healthy helping of oysters – not your typical sports bar menu!
The Double Standard
This patio bar, equipped with picnic tables, is a perfect spot to watch the NBA Finals. They have a truly “backyard atmosphere,” which makes for a “grand old time watching the Warriors put the beat down on the Cavs,” according to one reviewer. If you’re looking for a casual, more laid-back location to take in the finals, this may be the spot for you.
The Venues of Champions
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