The 10 Best Bars In Uptown Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Gwen Starkman

Grand Rapids, Michigan has become one of the top tourist destinations in America, mostly due to the growing brewery scene, with the town even being dubbed Beer City USA. Check out the Uptown neighborhood for some of the best nightlife, here’s our list for the best places to visit complete with bars, pubs and breweries of all different sizes, types, and themes.

Billy’s Lounge

Billy’s Lounge is no typical bar but one of Grand Rapid’s favorite spots for an epic night on the town. The spot has live music, a huge dance floor and plenty of great drink choices. Though Billy’s is most well-known for its weeknight specials, where each day has a new theme from funky electric disco to 90’s holla back to karaoke, weekends mean great live music from different local artists and bands.

Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 459-5757

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1. The Winchester

Restaurant, Bar, American, Contemporary, Wine, Beer

Lunch at the Winchester Restaurant
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The Winchester offers an intimate setting for a much more low-key night. The Winchester has sharable appetizers and sandwiches for something to nibble on during drinks. Though their drink menu is one of the main draws – they serve draft beers from many of the local breweries – thier cocktails are also top notch (just check out those Bloody Marys). This pub is located in central Uptown and is a favorite date-night location

2. Mulligan’s Pub

Nightclub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, American

Mulligan’s Pub has become the essential neighborhood bar. Many locals flock here for the great deals and communal atmosphere. They always offer some awesome specials so visitors can get plenty drinks at a great price. Mulligan’s has a jukebox in their main room and then another part of the bar for live music. Refusing to fit into any niche, there is always an eclectic gathering of people here chatting and mingling.

3. Club Cruisers

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub

A great spot for visitors looking for a night out on the town, Club Cruisers is a fun and friendly bar that offers a great assortment of beer and cocktails. On special occasions Club Cruisers offers live music too, which usually attracts a big crowd. Club Cruisers usually attracts an older crowd looking to let their hair down and have a great night with the classic tunes they love the most.

4. Meanwhile Bar Inc

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, American

Meanwhile Bar Grand Rapids
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The Meanwhile Bar is a funky spot that is just bursting with personality. The bright red walls are adorned with the weirdest art that the owners can get their hands on. As an extra bonus, there are pinball machines in the back as well as some decent outdoor seating spaces. Check in for the great daily drink special, from $3 pitchers to $8 bottles of wine. In short, The Meanwhile takes the classic dive bar persona and turns it on its head.

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