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
Elk Brewing is every inch the classic brewery that Grand Rapids has come to love. They have eleven great beers on tap, from light ales to their heavy Extra Special Bitter (ESB) to classic English-style IPA, as well as porter, Scotch ales, and rye IPAs. They offer seating for intimate dates for two or group areas for larger parties, while there’s also a large outdoor patio for the summer months.
Elk Brewing, 700 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 238-5227
One of the up-and-coming breweries in Grand Rapids, Brewery Vivant has a lot of personality. This brewery strives to bring back traditions of the great Belgian brews with their own Vivant spin. They have 10 distinct brews on tap that range from IPAs to dark ales to stouts and saisons, as well as plenty of bottled options. Found in a refurbished historic funeral home, Vivant makes customers feel like they’ve stepped back into medieval times, with high ceilings and wood-finishings galore.
Brewery Vivant, 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 719-1604
Pickwick Tavern has a long history, since it was one of the first bars to reopen in the town after Prohibition ended in the 1930s. Pickwick has a loyal group of regulars that keep this place alive and well to this day. The drink menu holds all the classics, but don’t expect to find any pomp and frill. Over the years, it has become a cultural institution for Grand Rapids and continues to hold on to their original traditions, including a cash-only policy.
Pickwick Tavern, 970 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 774-9647
Harmony Brewing is a relatively recent addition to the city’s line-up of bars, but has continued to make waves with popular beer choices. Harmony offers a smaller and more intimate setting than many of the other breweries in Grand Rapids. They have rotating brews on tap, each with a distinct taste and texture so there’s never a dull tipple. Mix that with an assortment of wood-fire baked pizzas and this family-owned joint really is worth checking out.
Harmony Brewing, 1551 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 233-0063
When searching for something different to do in Grand Rapids, head to the Eastown Hookah Lounge. This spot offers an assortment of drinks, comfortable seating and of course a wide selection of hookah tobacco. Eastown Hookah Lounge also offers DJs some nights of the week, and plays all the best Michigan sports games on their flat-screen televisions. They also offer a spoken poetry night, which they call Smokin Spokin Word Open Mic Poetry.
Eastown Hookah Lounge, 1522 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, +1 (616) 456-6664