From craft distilleries to restaurants sourcing spirits from all over the world, a cocktail craze has hit Grand Rapids like never before. From cocktails with a view (Knoop, MDRD and Mertens Rooftop) to cocktails mixed with michigan cocktail bar-made Faygo soda (The Tin Can Bar), this city is the perfect place to find your new favorite drink.
A True Local Hangout & Top-Notch Cocktails
Bumbo’s is that rare combination of friendly local hangout and top-notch cocktail bar, making it a go-to for many in the area. The team makes delicious drinks that don’t require eyedroppers or other sundries, and it’s always affordable at happy hour ($3.50 for cocktails during the week).
The Old Fashioned
At Roma Cafe, the old standby is done right. The gin-based, rye-based cocktail is served with Maraschino cherries, orange juice and bitters, and topped with soda. It’s a classic you should try at least once in your lifetime.
Detroit’s Best LGBTQ+ Bar
Sipping in Style: Michigan’s Must-Visit Cocktail Bars for Craft Cocktails and More
Michigan’s oldest consistently operating LGBTQ+ bar is cozy, welcoming and unpretentious. It’s also home to a colorful “Rainbow Road” street mural outside the bar, celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community.
It’s also a great spot to relax after a show at the nearby Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. In addition to regular specials, including (Mar)Tini Tuesday and Thirsty Thursdays, the bar features a wide selection of small plates that pair well with a cocktail.
A Resonant Asian Lounge
Basan’s carefully crafted drink menu features complex, nuanced drinks with flavors that evoke elegant Asian lounges. A specialty Old Fashioned highlights the flavors of chrysanthemum, yuzu and honey. The space also offers a wide range of sakes, sourced from all over the world.
Weiss Distilling Co.
34 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017, United States