Let's be real. We're probably not going to travel far for fun after enduring this snow storm. So let's talk about the best neighborhood bars in Lansing!
Westside Neighborhood - bordered by MLK, Oakland, Clare, and Olds Ave.
Harry's Place - This bar started in 1921 and used to be a favorite of workers at the Fisher Body Plant. Now they describe it as everyone's bar with a very friendly atmosphere. Their menu has plenty of downhome American food, a Friday fish fry, as well as Greek favorites, an homage to their Greek beginnings.
Eastside - bordered by S. Pennsylvania, 4-96, 1-27, and Saginaw
The Green Door - This spacious bar with a dance floor describes itself as a blues bar, but the genres of music vary every day of the week. DJ trivia followed by live djs are on Tuesdays, blues is on Wednesdays, karaoke is on Thursdays, and Fridays and Saturdays can feature anywhere from a classic rock band to a current pop band. Their menu is short, but they do pizza and burgers very well.
The Waterfront Bar and Grill - Located inside the City Market, it is just a short walk from Marketplace, Riverfront Apartments, and The Outfield. This bar has the most neighborhood feel among the downtown bars. Many of the regulars sitting up at the bar know nearly everyone there and if they don't know you, they'll likely strike up a conversation. Patrons young and old often sing along together to the juke box. Brand new dart boards with lighted rings are lined up on one wall in their own area. Their menu features excellent pizza and Gump's bbq. Wash it all down with a $2 All Day IPA or Fat Tire can.
Old Town and Groesbeck
Zoobies - Zoobies appeals to both beer aficionados with an artfully chosen rotating beer list, but also the craft cocktail lover with their very own craft cocktail menu. It is rumored that they have some of the best Moscow mules in Lansing, too. They share a food menu with The Cosmos Pizza, consisting of creative gourmet pizzas and irresistible appetizers like duck fat fries, goat cheese bruschetta, and stuffed corn fritters. They also offer several unique salads with optional protein. Park at The Cosmos - it is just easier that way.
Tecumseh River - Northwest Lansing by the airport
Airport Tavern - The Airport Tavern is a longstanding bar and restaurant on Grand River. It is a simple and cozy place that serves both lunch and dinner. They are known for their affordable steaks and prime rib, which are arguably the best in Lansing.
Forest View Neighborhood - bordered by Jolly, Aurelius, Collins, and Mt Hope Rds
Leo's Lodge - Like all Leo's around town, this bar and restaurant has a cozy up north feel with knotty pine and taxidermy everywhere. Leo's Lodge has the game on TV and a menu with your favorite American fare - along with Mexican offerings. Customer favorites include the turkey reuben, steak fajita salad, the pizza (on special on Sundays), and the cheese bread.
Colonial Village - bordered by W. Mt. Hope Ave, W. Holmes Rd, Pleasant Grove Rd, and MLK
and Baker neighborhood
LeRoy's - This bar is dark and cozy in the front, but the back bar features a bright atrium-like look. (In the summer, patrons really enjoy "The Back Yard", a large covered deck added in 2006.) Burgers are Leroy's specialty - there are 13 on the menu! The menu is rounded out with fried chicken, shrimp, and fish, as well as traditional sandwiches, sides, and appetizers at really affordable prices.
REO Town, Moore's Park, Quentin Park, and Old Everett
REO Town Pub - The ReoTown Pub is one of those classic, old long, narrow neighborhood bars. Here you will find rotating craft beers, but no food, unless it is Wednesday, when they have their popular steak night. One of the best parts of ReoTown Pub besides the people is the free jukebox!
Westgate Tavern - The Westgate's pizza may be the best kept secret in town (it is very cheesy!). Patrons also love the burgers, including the juicy-Lucy style. They'll always have the game on and they host a lively karaoke on Saturday nights.
Reno's West - Reno's West (or any of the Reno's, really) is one of the largest bars in town. The front/east area has more of a family restaurant feel, with arcade games. A small bar area separates it from a large enclosed area featuring a very large wraparound bar with a solid row of flat screens above showing a variety of sporting events. This area has a lot of windows and light due to the overhead doors that open up in the summer. You may be able to catch a live band starting at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Reno's offers a wide selection of flavored vodkas (the drinks are doubles) and craft beers. The food menu has your typical American fare, with their pizza really taking the spotlight. Try the potato or bbq chicken!
Coach's - Cozy but spacious, stop in to play pool or catch a live band or dj on the weekends. The pizza here is so good, those in the neighborhood often order it for take out. In the summer months, you can join a volleyball league and play on the beautiful court bordered by their nice wooden patio and a line of mature, plush trees.
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