Tacos and Ballet

A duo made for each other

The gorgeous interior of Akron Civic Theatre

On Friday, I had the opportunity to see Verb Ballets’ performance at the Akron Civic Theatre. (Thanks, Unbox Akron!) Since I had two tickets, I asked my friend Morgan to go. She was all-in for a night of downtown Akron shenanigans.

First up, we met at El Gato, a new taqueria with bright red walls and larger-than-life artwork featuring luchadores. We both ordered tacos and beer and got some “disco fries” to share. The tacos were delicious! (Seriously — why does Taco Bell still exist?!) And the disco fries were a scrumptious pile of fried potatoes, sour cream, guacamole and chihuahua cheese. I’m definitely going back for a proper #tacotuesday and loading up on all the carnitas street tacos I can handle.

Next, we headed next door to The Lockview. I would go to Lockview every day if I could, simply because I love the atmosphere and vast selection of craft beers. The latter (and some extra time to kill) was why we stopped by. I chose a bottle of Black Tulip from New Holland. At first it tasted very strange (more so unfamiliar) but then it quickly became one of the best beers I’ve ever tried.

Once we finished our drinks, we crossed the street to head into the Civic Theatre. Verb Ballets’ Tribute to Heinz Poll began with a videotaped segment on how Poll got into dance and founded the Ohio Ballet. The company performed four pieces, ending with Bolero, which turned out to be my favorite. Morgan’s favorite was the Duet: “It was beautiful and moving. Gorgeous!”

After the performance, we headed back across the street to get dessert and one more drink at Baxter’s Bar. We shared some so-so cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites. I got a Nitro Rübæus by Founders and was blown away. The raspberry ale was sweet and creamy, much different than other fruit beers I’ve tried. I’m not a fan of nitrogen-infused coffee (and I LOVE coffee), but this is a nitro I can get behind.

Had the Verb Ballets tickets not been in last month’s Unbox Akron package, I never would have sought out the performance. But getting those tickets was a nice excuse to go to the Civic for something I wouldn’t normally see and to try a new place to eat along with visiting some old favorites.

It also gave me an excuse to wear jewelry I got from Ely Road Boutique a few weeks ago. I popped in the shop on a whim, had a nice conversation with the owner, and picked out a geometric necklace featuring pyrite and quartz. I’m fascinated with crystals, so I was instantly drawn to it.

If you need some inspiration to try some new-to-you places in Akron, check out the current marketing campaigns from Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and Downtown Akron Partnership. You Had Me At Akron and Kiss My Akron encourage people to explore our city, support their favorite businesses and try something new.

When you’re in Akron, there’s always a great evening full of fun to be found. Just ask my friends and me. ❤

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