Blackrocks Brewing rocked the bar scene in Marquette when they opened in late 2010. They took an old four-square house on Third Street and converted it into the niftiest little "nanobrewery" "and beer club" east of the Mississippi. The placed is operated by a team of some of the most interesting and well-connected guys in the northwoods, and this place is always busy, with a diverse but typically Marquette assortment of bicyclists, hipsters, union organizers, environmentalists, pre-law students and bakery cooks. The place comes fully into "best bar in the world" mode on Sunday evenings in the summer, when the house band plays on the patio. Golden beer in the gloaming! You can't beat it.
One warning: these guys are craft brewers, and they are passionate about their beers. They developed out of the home-brewing world, and they like their beer to be strong, bold, and assertive. Did I say that it was strong - as in many of the beers are 7.0% and above A.B.V.? Drink responsibly here, and if you are coming in a four wheel vehicle, be sure to have a D.D.
Because they are so popular, basically they sell out of their beer every week. This means that Blackrocks has limited hours. Generally, they are always open from five to ten p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, they occasionally they will open on a Wednesday - if they have a big supply - or they might close on a Sunday if they run out. Got that?
Because they have a special Michigan license for microbreweries, they do not sell any other form of alcohol beverage besides what they make themselves. They also do not have a kitchen, but they welcome patrons to bring their own food. Their beers go very well with entrees from the Border Grill, which is just two blocks north on Third Street.
Nothing really special about the Doghouse, but it's smaller than other downtown MQT bars, and it attracts a somewhat older and more mature crowd than the Verabar nightclub across the street. "Beer and a shot" kind-of-place.
The best new thing in Marquette in 2012, the Ore Dock Brewing Company is an example of the exciting "knock-on" developments that the great craft beer revolution is bringing about in American towns and cities. Little Marquette Michigan, population 25,000, now has Three Craft Breweries - and they are all within walking (or crawling) distance of one another.
The Ore Dock is located in a carefully restored commerical space in downtown Marquette. Much of the facility was an auto repair shop and car storage garage for much of the 20th century. Portions of the building were constructed in the late 19th century, making this one of the oldest surviving structures in Marquette. Happily, the owners of the Ore Dock preserved much of the original industrial feel of the building - there's nothing generic about the place.
Nor is there anything generic about the beer on tap. The owners hired an expert brewmaster from Wisconsin, a fellow with extensive experience in Europe and a genuine passion for German and Belgian brewing styles. It's great to see so many international varieties of beer being made - and made well - in the Upper Peninsula.
As is the case with the Blackrocks Brewery just up the hill on Third Street, the Ore Dock does not sell any other alcoholic beverages, nor do they have a food kitchen, but you are more than welcome to bring in your own food from outside.
A little rougher than some of the other bars in downtown Marquette, Remie's is also open early in the morning - for the late-shifters! At nighttime, you'll find a mix of townies and college students, with a few more of the "serious" drinkers than you might find at other establishments. Once in a while fights break out here close to the 2 am closing time - the bouncer earns his money! But generally it's friendly here.
Can't make it to Venice this week? Boat Drinks at the Villa Capri may be just what you're looking for! It's the only bar with a Venetian theme in the Marquette - and the decor has not changed since the late 1970s! If you like red walls, this is the place for you.
Be bold and try one of the "Villa Special 'tinis": it's like a cross between a shotglass of mouthwash and a grasshopper ice cream drink!
This nightlife tip comes from my experiences in Marquette while living on our boat in the Lower Harbor Park. For this reason my tips are all centered around the down town area, and are not a complete list of what Marquette has to offer. Upfront and Co. offers a variety of live music groups, including rock, folk, blues, country or jazz at reasonable prices. Not only will you find local talent, but you will also find groups from all over the country. There have even been some well-known artists such as Vince Neil. Check out Upfront’s web page’s calendar to find out what events are coming to the club. The calendar will give you the dates, a description of the group, and the band’s web page if they have one.
Dress Code: Casual dress fits well here. Check out their photo Gallery on their web page to see what the crowd looks like.
Shamrock bar & restaurant is a really good place to go. Authentic western food, Guinness, Kilkenny, Large range of drinks, friendly staff and atmosphere. you can make lots of firends there who come from different countries. Also they have live music every sunday. free pool!!!
How can you mention the night life scene of Marquette without mentioning Remie's... A classic bar that's been around since the mid 1900's The clientele is mostly regulars 20's to 50's and college crowd mixed in, Remie's opens at 7 am for you early birds. Bands on Saturday nights. Around 2:30 am most nights (especially weekends) you can hear the bartenders/bouncers clearing the place out by yelling "You don't have to go home but you can't stay here...!"
Dress Code: Casual - Anything goes from Construction worker grubby to pretty princess glam.
The Portside is both a restaurant and a bar, and there are people in town who love it for both its food and its ambience. The place attracts an interesting mixed crowd of locals, college kids and staff, and visitors from out of town who are passing through. The Portside has a good variety of beers on tap - be sure to try one of the Bells varieties (from Kalamazoo) if you've never had one before. Many people (including Yooperprof) also say that the Portside has the best pizza in town. And the bread sticks -- WOW. Live music on most Thursday nights - in the summer the bands set up on the outside patio.
Thursday Night at Vango's: a Marquette tradition. Local musicians Jim and Ray providing classic tunes for an appreciative audience. They cover a bit of everything, but keep coming back to Jimmy Buffet. "Cheeseburger in Paradise."
The Landmark Inn bar on Thursday nights, the place is a ton of fun when they hav Patrick Lynch play his Irish tunes. For the younger people there's the Shamrock...dancing every night, 18+ on Thursdays
At the Landmark, the beer is good, the atmosphere is friendly, comfortable and welcoming and even if you're not Irish (I'm not) you can have a great time!!
Dress Code: It's located in the Landmark Inn, which sports a 5-star resturant. But it's also located in downtown Marquette which has a lively bar scene, especially on Thursday, so casual, is the usual fare. But sometimes the people come in from the clubs in skirts, so pretty much, how ever you're comfortable