A recent addition to Houghton has greatly increased the availability of good fresh beer in this town. The Keewenaw Brewing Company has been in operation for a few years, and is already winning friends and converts to their interesting and tasty brews all over the great Northwoods.
Note that their operation in central Houghton is a true "microbrewery" and as such (by Michigan State Law) they do not serve food or other beverages. They do have peanuts, however! (Those wish peanut allergies should be forewarned, although there is a peanut-free zone in the bar.)
You might want to try the Pick Axe Blonde or the Full Gale Pale Ales, although they brew many other varieties as well.
If you're looking for a night of variety, the Rock House is the place for you. You can bowl, challenge your date to an arcade game, sing karaoke, or grab a bite to eat. The prices are reasonable and the menu is pretty standard fare- pizza, burgers, etc.
Dress Code: Casual
Visit the Houghton Waterfront Park, where you may find concerts, annual festivals, or other events on summer days and evenings. The photo is of Waterfront Park, which is a popular hangout for locals as well as tourists in the warm months.
The Rozsa Center located on the Michigan Technological University Campus has a variety of events throughout the year. Check out their schedule at www.rozsa.mtu.edu
Check out the Historic Calumet Theater, which is located in historic Calumet, Michigan at 340 Sixth Street. This theater has everything from the National Shakespeare Company and the Duluth Symphony to Doo-wop, Richie Havens, country western shows, folk festivals, community theater events, the Nutcracker, and local dance and school plays are performed here. Sometimes the theater also has a "Club Indigo" series, which includes a dinner and an old classic movie. The box office is open Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 2 hours before performances. You can contact the Theater by phone at 906-337-2610. Vsit their website at www.calumettheatre.com
Dress Code: Generally dress in the UP is casual.
Michigan Tech University is located next to downtown Houghton, so the bars there cater to the college crown. The 3 main bars on the strip are the Downtowner (DT), Ambassador, and the Douglas Houghton Saloon (Doghouse). The DT is known for it's large patio, which overlooks the Portage canal. The Ambassador is known for it's large Fishbowls. The Doghouse is a smaller, quieter bar with an 'older' feel to it. All the bars are quite busy on weekend nights during the school year.
Dress Code: Very relaxed. No one gets too dressed up.