These down-to-earth hangouts are guaranteed to provide good drinks and great company.
MICHIGAN—The Mitten is well known for its top-notch breweries and restaurants. But if you’re traveling through the state, you might be looking for a more low-key hangout to meet locals or just get a good bite of bar food. Take a trip with us as we introduce you to six dive bars guaranteed to make you feel at home.
The Bronx Bar
4476 2nd Ave, Detroit
This Midtown dive is known for its cheap drinks and old-school vibe. It also serves up delicious bar classics like fried pickles, burgers, and sandwiches. The Bronx has been around for decades, and while the surrounding neighborhood has undergone many changes since the bar’s founding, one constant remains the Bronx—a guaranteed good time.
812 E Michigan Ave, Lansing
The oldest bar in Lansing, walking into Stober’s Bar feels like stepping into history. One of Stober’s coolest aspects is the actual bar, where patrons can sit and admire a stained glass inlay of Merlin the Magician and three mahogany-carved griffins. The owners pride themselves on being a venue with low prices and a friendly, open atmosphere. There’s a limited food menu, but make sure to try their pickled eggs.
Rubble’s Dive Bar
112 W Michigan St, Mt. Pleasant
This no-frills college town venue wears its dive identity proudly. It’s known for two things: live music and cheap drinks. Rubble’s is a great place to get your dance on, but as one Tripadvisor reviewer put it best: “If you want atmosphere, go someplace else.”
Old Dog Tavern
402 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
Old Dog Tavern features excellent entertainment options but retains a rustic feel. Along with serving great food, the bar also hosts live music. When you’re ready for some games, play pinball or challenge a friend to ping pong.
401 S Union St, Traverse City
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Brady’s Bar is a Traverse City institution. It’s very much a locals’ bar, but as the owners put it, it’s a place “where you’re only a stranger once.” Food is a highlight here, with some of the most popular items being its burgers, pizzas, wings, and fish dishes.
1751 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette
This Upper Peninsula bar oozes atmosphere. Wooden Nickel is known for its outstanding service and is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Check out the Superior Dome while you’re there—it’s right across the street.
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