Bar Scene Remains Unchanged (Meanwhile….) E-mail
Here is my usual experience when I go “out to the bar”: I pay too much for bad drinks, there is nowhere to sit, and I am assaulted with bad music, neon beer signs, and several football games I don’t care about.

Here is my experience with a new bar in town: I buy a couple of delicious Michigan beers for my wife and me at a reasonable price. Eclectic music fits nicely into the background while we have a chat with some friends. I’m talking about The Meanwhile Bar on the corner of Wealthy and Diamond.

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GRNow Catches Up with Jim Brickman E-mail
He’s won multiple songwriting awards. He’s produced gold and platinum records. He’s the most successful performer you may have never heard of. He’s Jim Brickman and he’s coming to town December 26th and performing at Devos Hall.

Full Interview

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Grand Rapids' Holiday Tradition E-mail
As far as Holiday traditions go, few can stack up against The Nutcracker Ballet which has positively stood the test of time by being nearly synonymous with the Christmas season. This year, the Grand Rapids Ballet will continue it’s more than thirty year tradition of performing the Ballet for Grand Rapids audiences at the Devos Performance Hall.

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Hopcat Opens January 12 E-mail
Hopcat will be opening in the former location of the Sierra Room at 25 Ionia on January 12. The beer bar will have 49 beers on tap and 125 bottled beers, including a wide variety of Michigan microbrews. Hopcat will also have its own mini-brewery for guest brewers who will create custom beers on a monthly basis. In the winter, a fully enclosed heated outdoor smoking area will be offered and canvas siding will be pulled away in the summer to create an open-air beer garden. Local band Jimmie Stagger will open as part of the January 12 festivities.

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Go Java Gets Going E-mail
Coffee lovers in the Heartside neighborhood will no longer have to walk as far for their daily fix, now that Go Java has opened on Ionia Ave. The coffee shop takes over the former Hava Java Deli location next to Bar Divani and will focus on a traditional line of coffees and espressos.

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Yesterdog Documentary Captures Institution's Nostalgia E-mail
Bill Lewis is a modest man. He’s a regular guy. The kind of guy you might see at the gas station buying a morning coffee and doughnut. He looks like somebody’s uncle. Among the various Eastown boutiques, coffee shops, and book stores, Bill sells…hot dogs. As you may have guessed by now, Bill owns Yesterdog (everyone been there? Good) in the eclectic neighborhood on GR's southeast side.

On the subject of this unassuming Grand Rapids institution is a new documentary entitled “The Yesterdog Documentary”.

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Ring in 2008 New Year's Eve Guide E-mail

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Ring in 2008 in style at dozens of locations around Grand Rapids including traditional favorites like The B.O.B., the Amway Grand and the Children's Museum, or celebrate at new additions Moxie, River City Slims, Naya and the J.W. Marriott. View the guide featuring NYE information about dozens of locations.

Ring in 2008 New Year's Eve Guide
 
Biggest Bar Night of the Year Guide E-mail
The biggest bar night of the year takes place Wednesday, November 21. Check out our list of special events, live music and drink specials at dozens of bars from around Grand Rapids including Moxie, McFadden's, The B.O.B., Bar Louie and more.

2007 Thanksgiving Eve Bar Guide

 
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