Central Michigan drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Grand Rapids

Founders Brewing Co

If you've only got time for one stop in Grand Rapids, make it rock-and-roll Founders. The ruby-tinged Dirty Bastard Ale is good swillin', and there's meaty (or vegetable-y, for vegetarians) deli sandwiches to soak i…
Top Choice Brewery in Grand Rapids

Brewery Vivant

Brewery Vivant specializes in Belgian-style beers. Set in an old chapel with stained glass windows and a vaulted ceiling, the atmospheric brewpub also serves locally sourced cheese plates, burgers and boar stew at f…
Brewery in Central Michigan

Dark Horse Brewing Company

Graffiti covers the walls and zillions of mugs hang from the low ceiling in Dark Horse's no-frills, cave-like tap room. India Pale Ales dominate the line up, but robust stouts flow too. From March to October the act…
Brewery in Central Michigan

Bell's Brewery

Bell's started brewing in 1985, so it was doing the craft beer thing before it was a thing. Bell's Eccentric Cafe occupies a vintage, exposed brick building and taps 20 brews. It's always crowded with fans piling in…
Pub in Lansing

HopCat

The East Lansing outpost of the regional pub chain has a bottle-cap-studded bar made from old gym bleachers, lights repurposed from a shuttered church and groovy rock-and-roll folk art. It's a treat to look at, but …
Brewery in Grand Rapids

New Holland Brewing - The Knickerbocker

The cavernous, echo-y building feels somewhat impersonal – it's vast enough that full-size barrels hang from the high ceiling as light covers – but hey, New Holland is one of Michigan's biggest brewers with legions …
Brewery in Grand Rapids

Mitten Brewing Company

Mitten occupies a beautiful brick Victorian-era fire station. Locals chatter at knotty wood tables in the warm, pub-like interior. Vintage baseball memorabilia adorns the walls. Around 18 beers flow from the taps, f…
Brewery in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Grand Rapids Brewing is one of the nation's few organic-certified beer makers. The rustic interior, built from reclaimed wood and other materials, jumps with locals buzzing over the Rosalynn Bliss Blonde (a mango-in…
Brewery in Grand Rapids

Greyline Brewing Company

Greyline is a bit of an outlier, about 3 miles northwest of downtown, but it’s worth the trip. Set in a squat grey building at the edge of an industrial zone, the unassuming tap room has a smattering of long wood ta…
Bar in Grand Rapids

HopCat

Ranked as one of the nation's best beer bars, HopCat draws beer fans young and old. They pack the vintage wood tables in the low-lit room, knocking back craft brews from the 49 taps and 250-strong bottle list. When …