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Grand Rapids Guides: Top 5 Laid-Back Bars

Top 5 Laid Back Bars in Grand Rapids

Sometimes it takes everything I have to leave the house. You mean I have to change out of my yoga pants and put on makeup? Ugh. Am I right ladies? After a long week I’m generally one step removed from drinking straight tequila alone at the kitchen table and crying, so there is no way I’m going to tackle crowds, snooty waitresses, dress codes or look for parking once I do leave.

I need to look for something laid-back. I need a hassle-free hole-in-the-wall (in the nicest way).

Here are my top 5 picks for low-key bars when you need a night out without any fuss. Yoga pants are bare faces welcome.

1. Bobs Sports Bar

Bobs Sports Bar Grand Rapids

One could say that all of the bars on Michigan street are low-key hole-in-the-walls (again, in the nicest way). And, this is true. However, there are times when you have to wait for a table at Birch, or choose standing room only at Logans. At, Bob’s Sports Bar, you are guaranteed a seat, the pool table’s usually open, the greasy food hits the spot, and the wait staff makes stiff drinks without waiting. Easy peasy, lemon squeazy. For more on the glory of Bob’s, you can check out the Beer O’Clock GR review-ish thing by resident roving drunk, Ben Brugger.

Bob’s Sports Bar happy hours and daily specials »

 

2. Pub 43

Pub 43 Grand Rapids

In the midst of blocks and blocks of jam-packed breweries, dance clubs and over-priced restaurants is Pub 43. Pub 43 makes you feel at home with board games, stiff drinks and all-around friendliness. The parking may take a second, or a few bucks, but it is worth it to sit and have a relaxing night out, play some pool, shuffleboard, and do some people-watching. Oh, and shuffleboard! You can read Beer O’Clock’s resident debauchery expert’s review of Pub 43 if you like.

Pub 43 happy hours and daily specials »

 

3. Last chance

Last Chance is on the verge of being so laid back that it’s almost like drinking at home but with a cast of South East Side characters way more colorful than your dull family. Last Chance is in Burton Heights and they don’t have anything fancy — which is all the better. They have cheap drinks and bar food. And, although, one time one of the waitresses told us to ‘fuck off’, she was drunk, got fired, and the rest of the staff more than made up for it. If you’re looking for drinks a night with a bunch of south-east-siders and that’s about it, The Last Chance is your place.

Last Chance happy hours and drink specials »

 

4. Rezervoir lounge

Rez Lounge is the old Sazerac, and not a whole lot has changed except the loud dance music is gone. They have  a comfy atmosphere, friendly wait staff and a lot of space. Space means no waiting for tables. The food is really, really good and well-priced. And, they have euchre tournaments on Wednesday night. It’s almost like spending a night in, but so, so much better. Big parking lot out back makes your life easy if you’re coming from outside the Creston neighborhood.

Rezervoir Lounge happy hours and daily specials »

 

5. Speak EZ

Speak EZ Lounge Grand Rapids

This bar has become my idea of a “sophisticated” night out. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to dress up, find parking or spend a lot of money, but something about the atmosphere and the menu makes me want to put on real pants. They have a fun coctail menu and dinner options are a little out of the ordinary, but delicious and inexpensive. Enjoy this bar on a date with someone else, who wants a laid back bar. Also, if you like drinking in the morning, this place is the soccer bar in GR. And since it’s early, pajamas are totally legit (in our opinion).

Speak EZ happy hours and daily specials »