5 o’clock. That blessed time when the work day comes to a close and you can finally sit back and relax. Grand Rapids is packed with great Happy Hour deals to help you take the edge off of a long day. Here is a list of a few of our favorite places to unwind in GR. Feel free to leave any other great spots we may not have included in the comments below, as these just highlight a few of our personal favs!
Grand Rapids Brewing Company – No one is more proud of their beer than we Grand Rapidians, and our fellow Michiganders. Grand Rapids Brewing Co. honors those of us who love some local beer at “Local Night” Tuesday from 6pm - close! Just show a Michigan ID and get $2 off a Tier 1 or Tier 2 beers from 6pm-12am. Or come between the hours of 4-6pm Monday-Friday for half off Tier 1 or Tier 2 beers, wine, wells, and calls!
Cygnus 27 – Wanna be like Bond? Head up to Cygnus on Wednesdays for their $5 specialty martinis, and you’ll feel like a sophisticated secret agent...ok maybe not, but it's a great place to have a drink with coworkers, clients, or friends while enjoying the modern/chic atmosphere and the best view the city has to offer. Our favorite martini would have to be the Cygnature…..shaken not stirred.
J. Gardella’s Tavern – Looking for an authentic feeling Irish tavern, without the cost of a plane ticket and the hassle of the airport security? Take a trip to Gardella’s located in downtown Grand Rapids. Receive $2 draft pints and $3 Michigan handcrafted drinks from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday. Wednesday’s are half off all drinks from 5pm-11pm. Yep… all drinks!
Rockwell-Republic – If you are reading this right now and it’s before 6pm on Monday-Friday, you should probably head over to Rockwell-Republic on Division for their happy hours specials. $5 sushi/share plates and great deals on local craft beers. But nothing beats the $10 Sangria pitchers.
Mangiamo! – On the edge of downtown sits a beautiful historic mansion, built in the mid-1800s. However, don’t be deceived, this antique monument is not only an important remnant of Grand Rapid’s rich history, it is also one of the best Italian inspired restaurants in town. Check them out on “Michigan Micro Mondays” from 3pm-5pm for select Michigan microbrew draughts for just $2.50.
SpeakEZ Lounge - Located on the west side of town, SpeakEZ Lounge has a cool and comfortable atmosphere that may have you feeling like you've stepped back into the prohibition-era. However, this local hotspot is no secret. Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm choose from $1 off draught beers, $2 off glasses of wine, and $4 appetizers! We love their "Wednesday Wells," with $2 well drinks and free live entertainment.
The Meanwhile Bar - This hip(ster) neighborhood hangout in Eastown is a great spot to catch up with old friends or meet some new ones. The pinball machine and jukebox are a nice touch too! But it's the "ridiculous specials," that keep people coming back. Each day of the week offers unbeatable deals. Sunday-$2.50 Two Hearted pints, Monday-$3 PBR pitchers, Tuesday- $3 Long Islands, Wednesday- $2 house wine by the glass, Thursday-half off Michigan pints, and $1 off all Michigan products until 8pm every single day!
Crooked Goose- If your in Northwest side of town make sure to stop in to Crooked Goose for their incredible happy hour deals and fun. Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm receive $2 Wells, $3 Drafts, and half-off apps! Wednesday is College Night and offers 69-cent PBR Drafts (5pm-8pm) and wings (all day). Or if your'e feeling up to the challenge, come in on a Thursday night for the Jenga-Jameson Challenge. Teams of two compete for the highest Jenga stack while sipping on $3 Jameson and Gingers from 4pm-close.
Peppino's Sports Grille - Peppino's is a sports-lovers dream. With screens in every direction, and personal screens in every booth, you won't miss a second of the action. Stop in Monday-Thursday from 3pm-7pm (Fridays until 6pm) for half-off wells, house wines, and ALL Drafts (20 to choose from), as well as $2.99 10" 1-topping pizzas! With deals like that, even if your team loses....you still win.