A Quick Guide to the Local LGBTQ Nightlife

Written by Audria Larsen | Thursday, 03 December 2015 23:38 |

While West Michigan’s LGBTQ nightlife hot spots are not as plentiful as they once were, the raging clubs and quiet bars you can find in our region are legendary.
Whether you’re intent on cruising the night away, showing off your pipes at karaoke or workin’ it in a pageant, here are some Michigan fixtures.

Last Call: Ramos Gin Fizz at Long Road Distillers

Written by Rei Robinson | Monday, 30 November 2015 14:04 |

Learn how to make the Ramos Gin Fizz from Long Road Distillers. Like a tart creamsicle, it’s a perfect confection for any season, guaranteed to make your eyes roll across the floor (in ecstasy).

Last Call: MLCC at Reserve Wine & Food

Written by Rei Robinson | Friday, 06 November 2015 13:07 |

Learn how to make the MLCC, a rum and Bonal cocktail from Reserve Wine & Food. 

Classy Cocktails

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:03 |

Forget that old go-to swill you’ve been drinking. It’s high time you branch out in West Michigan and meet these six life-changing, high-end cocktails.

Pair a Hands-On Cocktail Class with a Film Screening

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:00 |

In celebration of Grand Rapids Cocktail Week, on Sunday, Nov. 22 the UICA and Grand Rapids Downtown Market are hosting a hands-on cocktail class from 3–5 p.m. at the market and are pairing it with a 5:30 p.m. screening of the 2013 documentary Hey Bartender at the UICA.

Spirits Rising: Craft distilleries emerging in West Michigan

Written by John Wiegand | Sunday, 01 November 2015 14:30 |

Craft distilleries are opening at a pace that probably has the teetotalling proponents of Prohibition turning over in their graves. The influx of neighborhood distilleries surely has the fine people of West Michigan careening into the rapture, glasses filled with craft bourbon in each hand. But the truth of the matter is a little less ominous as the rash of new craft distilleries has far more to do with the growing craft movement in general than it does with the end times.

Finding a Good Cocktail in West Michigan

Written by Missy Black | Sunday, 01 November 2015 14:29 |

West Michigan is overflowing with trendy new breweries, but lest we forget the old fashioned watering hole. From where to score the best Happy Hour deals to the budding Cocktail Renaissance, this special guide is all about the local pubs and taverns. Because lists are fun, here’s a roundup of some must-visit places to get a good cocktail.

‘Iron Bartender’ Competition Celebrates ‘Cocktail Renaissance’

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:39 |

If you’re familiar with the television cooking show Iron Chef, then you’re at least familiar with the general premise of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s Iron Bartender competition. It’s pretty simple: Bring in some talented culinary professionals, throw some surprise ingredients at them and see the creative ways they use said ingredients to create something delectable.

West Michigan’s Oldest Bars

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:38 |

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s how the saying goes, anyway. And at Nick Fink’s, the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, they’re absolutely fine with that adage. While developers are continually constructing flashy, new breweries and trendy pubs across the state, other more ripened watering holes hang their hats on heritage.

Cocktails: What's Hot?

Written by Missy Black | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:34 |

Ordering your usual has gone out the window. That one drink all night routine is tired and, with the high-end craft cocktail popularity, you’d be crazy to flirt with just one flavor.

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