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digbaddy44

Honestly it just depends on what kind of things you enjoy. There's almost too many to list lol feel free to drop a comment on some things you enjoy and I'll be glad to give you some ideas!


basketspacecase

Hmmm well I enjoy museums and art and I’m especially interested to learn more about their local music scene. I’m from a town about the same size as GR and we have a decent underground scene here. Also one of my fav underground groups is from GR so I know there’s gotta be one.


digbaddy44

Cool. Thanks for sharing. There's so many different options for you then. I know you said you're staying on the west side but downtown GR is pretty close for almost any part of the city. Plenty of Ubers as well. We can start with the arts and museums (my two favorites): \- The Grand Rapids Public Museum: Fantastic set of unique exhibits with a special exhibit most times of the year \- The Grand Rapids Art Museum: Home to the annual Art Prize Art Festival. Beautiful gallery with amazing art from multiple centuries and cultures \*btw they're a 7 minute walk apart The music scene is pretty big here too: \- The Intersection has shows almost 4 times a week with all different genres \- The Pyramid Scheme also has small underground shows on the weekends with a ton of pinball to play \- Mojo's has dueling piano's on Thursday/Friday/Saturday if I remember correctly Countless other places with live music any day of the week honestly. If you're into vinyl records Vertigo Music is a fantastic place to go. And I don't know where to begin with the food scene. It's actually unreal. So many options in one area and we're known as the Beer City USA. So, if you want a list of breweries I can do that too. Again, most of this is within a 15 minute drive of most areas in GR. Enjoy your trip and have a safe one. Let me know if there's anything else your curious about.


basketspacecase

This is super helpful thank you so so much!! I’ve already started to look into some of the venues you’ve mentioned and I definitely want to check them out. Vertigo is also one I definitely want to check out as I do collect vinyls as a hobby. A brewery list would be fantastic! I’m going to be staying in an airBnB that is close to Mitten Brewing, also Long Road Distillery. Any other places you recommend checking out would be great!


TheLowizard

Max’s South Seas Bar was really cool


basketspacecase

What did you like about it?


TheLowizard

It’s very unassuming from the outside. When you walk in “Pow!” The interior will blow your mind. I seriously felt like I was transported back to an original tiki bar from the 50’s. Drinks were good but pricey would stick to beer next time. Disclaimer: I was also under the influence of the Devil’s Lettuce


misuz_roper

The West side has a cool little scene (Bitter End Coffee Shop!) & it's close to downtown. Definitely check out the nightlife. Check put the wineries & breweries. Meijer Garden us worth a visit. Will you have a car?


basketspacecase

I checked the coffee shop out on Google and I do like that they’re open 24 hours!!


mrshoffu

Frederick Meijer gardens is beautiful, although you have to get there and like plants and sculptures of course


basketspacecase

I do enjoy plants and sculptures lol. How far out from West side is it? I’ll be taking Ubers as my means for transportation while there


Oleg101

If you’re into food and adult beverage ‘culture’, and especially on the young-ish side, definitely just stroll down Bridge St just west of 131. There’s a lot of good bars,micro-brews and restaurants in that short radius.


basketspacecase

Are these places open on weeknights? I’ll be staying from Sunday-Thursday


Oleg101

Yes. Most are open every night, although some of them have tended to shut down at 10 or 11 most nights (staffing issues?) . Some people may go to downtown then later . Sunday night on Bridge St New Holland may have live music and is a popular destination a lot of people , someone else could probably answer that better than me though about the music part.


basketspacecase

What street(s)? would be considered downtown?


Oleg101

Pearl and Monroe is when you’ll truly be at the heart of downtown for the most part and also a lot of popular clubs/bars around that area. Where you want to be for a lot of people in this town if one is in their 20s and out late. Not too far/expensive of a ride share usually from the Bridge St and 131 I was describing earlier on the west side. Just a bit across town a couple miles Ionia Ave and Fulton St is the neck and neck the other most popular night life area, just head south on Lyon. People stay out late in this area, relative to other other places for ‘night life’. I’ll add during the day in downtown the Pearl and Monroe spot downtown is a good place to walk around. There is a pretty big Art Museum if you’re into art.