Touching Gus: Best Live Band In GR
Touching Gus is the premier band on the GR Live Music circuit. The have the perfect blend of classic rock, alternative and originals that leaves the audience salivating for more. Frontman Nate Mehren continually keeps the audience involved in the show, guitariest Lattie Zimmerman always has a smile on his face, Terry and Mike combine to form one of the deadliest rhythm sections (bass and drums respectively) around and keyboardist Brandon Ward brings it all home. Their originals are more than worthy of just the local scene and when they belt out "Michigan Calls," you truly feel the vibe of the soul of Touching Gus.
Dress Code: Casual....just a good old fashioned rock n' roll band.
Bars Bars Bars
Nocturnal: A high calss night club, dress to impress. Live DJ's Spinning techno music. Loacated in the Intersection. (saturday night)
Intersection: A live band rock nightclub. Local bands, dress is casual.
Tiki Bobs Cantina: College feel, DJ plays CD's Top 40 music. Girls can dance on the bar top, Very high energy bar!
TGI Fridays: Sportsy lounge type feeling, serves food untill 1am, happy hour from 4-7 and then 10-1:30. cool bartenders, nice atmosphere (happyhour at bartop only)
Dress Code: Nocturnal: Dress to impress, very up to date fashion, be brave and bold, look your absolute best. Grand Rapids hottest night club, and best looking people
Intersection: Dress as you would like, no restrictions.
Tiki Bobs Cantina: Dress casual, dont go in sweats and a sweatshirt if you know what i mean, try to look presentable
TGI Fridays: Dress however you would like!
The BOB: The BOB
Just about anyone who's been in Grand Rapids knows about the BOB. The BOB stands for Big Old Building, and is pretty much in the center of things in downtown Grand Rapids.
The BOB has just about enything for every taste. Food, dancing, live bands, an arcade, a brewery, pool tables, outdoor decks, and a comedy club.
Dress Code: It's such a big place that just about every type of person can be found here, especially with the Van Andal Arena next door.
On avaerage though most people are nicely dressed because they're there for dates/business dinners/shows.
Opus 1894: Opus 1894
Old Town's first sophisticated multi-level night spot offering a diverse, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Experience the Dragon Fly Room featuring progressive Japanese cuisine. Cover charge is $5 during the week and $10 on weekends.
Dress Code: No jeans here! This is yuppy land. Dress up.
Margarita Grill: The Grill
I came here because it was the only spot that seemed to happening in town. Reminded me very much of a college bar, very young crowd, but they played very good music and I had a great time. Awesome room to move in with a great patio as well.
Dress Code: Decent dress- no baggy crap.
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Montes Lounge: Best Local Bar
$2 You Call Its 9pm to 10pm
$1 You Call Its 10pm to 11pm
$2 You Call Its 11pm to 12am
DJ Dav playing party favorites & top 40 dance
No cover for ladies or with a college id
9pm to 2am
[relaxed dress code]
½ Off EVERYTHING
9pm to 12am
DJ Dav playing your favorite party classics
No cover for ladies
[relaxed dress code]
DJ Greg Knott playing the best in Top 40 and Dance
No cover for ladies
DJ Rob Spencer playing the best in Top 40 and Dance
No cover for ladies
[closed sunday & monday]
Dress Code: no athletic shoes, athletic apparel or baseball hats
- Business Travel
- School Holidays
If you're in GR and looking...
If you're in GR and looking for the nightlife, check out the BOB (Big Old Building) in Downtown Grand Rapids. They will have whatever you're in the mood for.
The BOB is a three story 'night-spot mall.' It offers fine dining, dance clubs, a comedy club, an arcade, pool hall, burger joint, tobacconist, and a bar. All this under one roof.
Dress Code: The dress code depends on where you're headed. The fine dining requires dress attire, while the arcade and pool hall normally finds their patrons wearing jeans. Dress according to your destination.
The BOB: The oldest yet nicest bar in GR
This place is incredibly beautiful. If you have never been to GR before you have to at least visit this place.
There are four floors (including the basement) -- much of which are restuarants. This place normally attracts crowds in their 30's and 40's so I don't really go in there much. There are comedy shows on the third floor Thursdays through Saturdays. Totally worth seeing... check out every floor.
Dress Code: Dress nice... no baseball hats or tennis shoes
48 West: Nighttime elegance
For those of us GR people that were around when this was The Duece this popular middle aged bar has certainly caught on in the downtown area. With live music on the weekends and the classier look than before 48 West is an icon. It is connected to Taps if you want a change in scenery.
Dress Code: No real dress code... but everyone is usually dressed business casual at least. I have worn jeans in there though... it's no big deal.
The Black Rose: Irish it up a wee
This place is the Ultimate Chill out place. The scenery is very elegant... good place for a first date for drinks. I have heard that the food is good too but have never tried it. Fairly expensive drinks... may as well buy a pitcher if you are going to stay for awhile. Mondays have a special... $5/pitcher for everything on tap... quite the deal!!! Totally recommend this place.
Dress Code: None: atmosphere is mostly casual.
Margarita Grill: Young fun
This place is more of a low to mid 20's bar. A lot of specials here during the week. If you know what "beer pong" is they have tournaments every Thursday. (if you don't know I had never heard of it neither) Specials like $.25 drafts on Thursdays, live music on Wednesdays with $1 drafts make this a nice cheap way to spend an evening. Patio overlooks Van Andel arena in the summertime.
Dress Code: Most of the people here "dress to impress"... you'll see people in all atire though.
Taps: All the Beer you can imagine
With 32 beers on Tap you can't really go wrong. There are two floors to this bar with their different atmospheres... definitely worth checking out. Attached to 48 West.
Mon - Thurs nights Karaoke downstairs. Friday live music downstairs.
Thurs - Sat DJ and dance floor upstairs
Note... on weekends there is a $3 cover to go upstairs... and you might want to get there rather early (9:30 or so) to avoid waiting in line. (at least the line is inside :-)
Dress Code: None
Z's: The biggest shot in Grand Rapids and latest menu
I have always loved this bar for two reasons.
#1. they don't serve their shots in shot glasses... but in whatever they have available. Hence a $4 shot is more like two and a half shots. Good warm-up bar for downtown.
#2. this place will serve a FULL MENU until 2:00am!!! It is definitely the latest serving bar in Grand Rapids as far as food goes. Good food and really late... can't beat that combo!!
Note: under a new owner tip #1 is sort of fazed out but the people that work there have worked there for a long time and understand and if you ask them for a big shot they will give you one.
Mezze Café: Unique and Sassy
Mezze Café features unique entertainment options usually found in larger cities, as well as food with an ethnic theme and great Sangria. From cabaret style shows to my favorite, Belly Dancing with Laura Armenta (Thursdays), Mezze provides an alternative to the mundane pick-up joints like the B.O.B. Located next to San Chez restaurant. Wi-fi available.
Credit Cards Accepted:
All major credit cards.
Hours: M-TH, 7am-10pm; Fri, 7am-midnight; Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 3pm-10pm
Mornings: Coffee House Offerings
Wed: Cabaret Night
Thu: Belly Dancing Performance
Fri & Sat: Live Entertainment by Various Artists
Dress Code: Whatever you are comfortable in. Wear comfortable clothes in case you want to join in on Belly Dance night.
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
Kale's Korner Bar: Cheapest Bar downtown
This is one of the best bars i've been to because of the huge cross section of people there. It's not like some bars where there are only college students or only cowboys or only leisurely adults. Everybody's there and everybody's drinking on the cheap, enjoying the juke box, singing karaoke, or playin' pool.
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want to this place.
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