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, downtown, is the most...
The BOB, downtown, is the most popular night spot in the area. It has 4 floors of restaurants, clubs, and a comedy revue. They charge cover after 9pm. There are clubs and bars all over the place downtown, but the best are located near the arena (and the BOB). I recommend The BOB, Taps, Flannigans, and J. Gardellas. Bulls Head is good, but VERY noisy. Opus is very popular with aging yuppie types. Stay away from any bars in the Amway Grand Plaza complex, and those on Division Ave. (they advertise a lot, but are dull, dull, dull). Go to Mulligans and The Intersection in Eastown for the best live music and the grunge scene. The bars and clubs in the suburbs tend to attract a redneck crowd.
The BOB is fun because there is so much to do in one building.
Dress Code: Most are dressy-casual... khakis and a shirt.
One Trick Pony: Nice dining atmosphere
This place has a great atmosphere with kind service and moderate pricing. If you want a downtown restaurant that is reasonably priced with a good atmosphere this is a good one.