Gold Coast drinking and nightlife

Cocktail Bar in Traverse City

Low Bar

Every city needs a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, and Low Bar checks all the boxes: It's dimly lit, oozes 1920s glam and is a little hard to find. Classics like Manhattans and Bees Knees are served up alongside inven…
Microbrewery in Harbor Country

Transient Artisan Ales

Even before this small but lively Bridgman taproom debuted in 2016, founder and beer maker Chris Betts had established a reputation as a brewer's brewer for his yeast-driven farmhouse ales, many of which showcase wi…
Brewery in Muskegon & Ludington

Ludington Bay Brewing Co

There's an impressive range of beers on offer at this newbie to the Michigan brewing scene, which opened in May 2017. We particularly enjoyed the whiskey-barrel aged Dark Necessity Stout.
Microbrewery in Muskegon & Ludington

Jamesport Brewing Co

Jamesport brews crisp German-style beers and strong ales in a brick Victorian storefront in downtown Ludington. The pub menu features a lineup of pretzel-crusted whitefish, chicken pot pie, fried lake perch, burgers…
Brewery in Traverse City

Workshop Brewing Company

The wide range of beers on tap here are made with local and organic ingredients, just like the creatively named dishes on the menu (try the succulent, house-smoked Communist Pig BBQ sandwich). Board games and Soviet…
Microbrewery in Harbor Country

Greenbush Brewing

On Saturdays and Sundays in summer, tiny downtown Sawyer's main drag is dominated by merry weekenders who have drunk, are drinking, or will drink at this wildly popular microbrewery. Waits for tables in the main tap…
Brewery in Holland

New Holland Brewing Company Pub

New Holland is known for its robust beers, such as Dragon’s Milk stout (10% alcohol), and its housemade rums. The pub is the place to sample them, alongside nicely charred thin-crust pizzas.
Cocktail Bar in Harbor Country

Journeyman Distillery

Located in the old Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Journeyman cooks up organic whiskies and other booze, and serves them in cocktails in its rustic bar.
Bar in Traverse City

7 Monks Taproom

More than 40 taps flow with Belgian and Michigan craft beers, while a cocktail bar shakes 'em up in the basement.
Bar in Charlevoix & Petoskey

City Park Grill

Toss back a drink at this Petoskey bar where Hemingway was a regular.