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Grand Rapids Nightlife

You'll find plenty of things to do after dark in Grand Rapids. Our downtown entertainment district puts you in the middle of a dazzling array of nighttime diversions: live-music places, sports bars, brewpubs, comedy clubs, theatres and more. Everything's within a five-minute walk of your downtown hotel!

Venture outside the city center and you’ll find even more nightlife fun – from concert venues and cocktail rooms to dance clubs and sports bars to bowling alleys and a fowling alley. Visit scores of craft breweries, cideries, distilleries and meaderies, all over town. If you’re up for a short drive, hit the game tables at Gun Lake Casino or take a moonlight stroll along a Lake Michigan beach. Scroll down to search our nightlife options by region and category.

Ideas for your night out!

Ideas for your night out!

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Wine Bars

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Gun Lake Casino

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Food & Dining
Food & Dining

10 Must-Try Spots Featuring Nonalcoholic Beverages

  • by Rick Jensen photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
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Being in Beer City, USA, it’s understandable that local breweries, bars, and restaurants…

Cocktails & Spirits
Cocktails & Spirits

Locally Crafted Hard Seltzer in Grand Rapids

  • by Rick Jensen photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
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Hard seltzer continues to attract new fans across the nation and is one of the hottest new trends in…

Live Music
Live Music

A Visit to Midtown: Tips for a Night of Live Music

  • by Amy Busse photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
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While there have been many things I’ve missed as a result of the pandemic, one of the things…

Beer City
Beer City

Dive Bars to Check Out in Grand Rapids

  • by Rick Jensen photo by Austin Graff (@austinkgraff on Instagram)
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The term “dive bar” has evolved in meaning over the years. What once meant an…

Cocktails & Spirits
Cocktails & Spirits

Irish Pubs of Grand Rapids

  • by Kirsetin Morello photo by Bree Girard
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Some years ago, I discovered the smooth, delicious spirit that is Irish Whiskey. Since then…

Coffee
Coffee

A Local's Guide to Grand Rapids-Area Coffee Shops

  • by Rachel Radwan photo by Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge
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Not only is Grand Rapids widely recognized as a top 10 Foodie City and Beer City USA, but its locals…

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