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Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats


Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats

The Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats

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FirstEnergy Powerhouse, on the West Bank of the Flats just outside of downtown Cleveland, is a former power station transformed into retail shops, restaurants, and a comedy club. The red brick building sits along the Cuyahoga River, next to Jacobs Pavilion concert venue, and offers spectacular views of the Cleveland skyline. The Powerhouse is also the home of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

About the Powerhouse:

The large red brick Powerhouse building was constructed in the late 19th century to provide energy to power the city's streetcars. The structure, now a National Historic Landmark, was totally renovated in the mid-1980s and is noted for its stylish arched windows and distressed brick walls.

Restaurants and Clubs:

The businesses inside the Powerhouse include:
  • McCarthy's Ale House
  • Nautica Cafe
  • The Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant
  • Windows on the River party room

Near the Powerhouse:

The Powerhouse is located adjacent to Jacobs Pavilion concert stage as well as the base for the Nautica Queen cruise ship.


Ample parking is located right next to the Powerhouse. Rates vary and increase on weekends and for special events.

Contact Information:

Nautica Entertainment Complex
1231 Main Avenue
Cleveland OH 44113

(updated 10-2-13)

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