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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

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    Cocktail Week GR
    This is a guest post by Tory O'Hare, Founder of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild . With the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s mission reflecting the group’s passion and desire for strengthening West Michigan’s cocktail culture, and ExperienceGR’s consistent creative efforts to boost Grand Rapids’ community engagement, a cocktail festival seems like the perfect collaboration. The Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild is excited to join Experience Grand Rapids and the Michigan Distiller’s Guild to invite you to the first-ever Grand Rapids Cocktail Week! We’re kicking off an 11-day long celebration focuses on the burgeoning cocktail movement and helping the public explore and educate themselves to enjoy a higher standard of drinking culture, plus encourages local bars and restaurants to step up the caliber of their spirits programs and learn more about Michigan and craft distilleries.... Read More ›
    Cocktail Week Grand Rapids - Nov 8-19
    November 11-22 is gearing up to be quite an exciting transition into the 2015 Holiday Season!  The GR Cocktail Guild is excited to bring the 1st Annual Cocktail Week GR to town. Photo Courtesy of Experience GR The cocktail culture has been growing in Grand Rapids for years now: local bars, bartenders, new distilleries, and passionate sippers have made cocktails just as relevant and just as hand-crafted as craft beer.  The Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild was founded in March of 2015 by chef and cocktail lover Torrence O'Haire and is making waves in the hand-crafted culture of West Michigan, and this year, for eleven days you can enjoy events around town designed to showcase the talents and local ingredients of bartenders all over the city. ... Read More ›
    The Cottage Burger from The Cottage Bar and Restaurant
    Did somebody say "olive burger?" ExperienceGR did a few weeks back, when we asked readers for their favorite Grand Rapids location to grab one. With so many great restaurants in West Michigan, it was tough to narrow them down. However, the restaurants featured here kept rising to the top. The Filling Station Olive Burger “The olive burger has been a long time West Michigan favorite and is a perfect fit for our menu which is inspired by many Grand Rapids classics,” said Andrew Christopoulos of The Filling Station . “People love olive burgers because of the way the bold flavors combine to create that unique taste you don't get with other burgers.”... Read More ›