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HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
36 Beers
201 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 335
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 451-4677

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hopcatgr

Notes:
Place added by: hopcatgr on 01-06-2008

Rated #3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine.

Hours 11:30 AM - 2 AM seven days a week.

In-house brewing system up and running as of January 2009.

Large outdoor patio open year-round.
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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 198
Reviews by cratez:
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4.9/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First stop on a recent trip to Grand Rapids with nicktbm and our significant others. This legendary pub is a beer geek’s wet dream. Inside sports a massive old-fashioned bar, 6 towers with 50 craft taps, countless tables throughout the interior, and a bustling, party-like atmosphere with killer background music and lots of college-aged beer drinkers. We grabbed a four-person booth beside the bar.

Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. Drinks and food arrived quickly and she made some helpful beer suggestions to my oenophile girlfriend.

The draught and bottle selections are redonkulous. All of the beers are sorted by style and they have tons of rare and cellared offerings from around the world. As an example of how insane the beer menu is, they had 6 barley wines on tap. That alone is worth a "5." Our group ordered a 2011 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Arcadia Hopmouth DIPA, HopCat Weizen, and Bell’s Oarsman Ale on draught and a Saint Somewhere Saison Athene, BrewDog Mikkeller I Hardcore You, and Baird Red Rose Amber out of the bottle. The Hardcore and Oarsman were my favourites of the night.

Food is pretty good as well. I went for the Applewood Smoked Bacon Grilled Cheese while the lady had a Turkey Bruschetta Burger. Each came with a side of Crack Fries and both dishes tasted fantastic. Prices are incredibly fair as 8 drinks and 2 entrees came to less than $70.

Overall, this place boasts an unmatched beer list at excellent value with a really fun vibe. HopCat is the main reason we came to Grand Rapids and we were not disappointed. An essential stop in Michigan and the best beer bar that I’ve encountered so far.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KurtE
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this was my kind of bar!!!

Photo of Snyderama
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of EricTKole
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BryanA
3.59/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Lots of Options on tap, one of the best for Grand Rapids, food was decent, but service was pretty slow

Photo of Jeffrey84
3.6/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I Don't like the service. Servers/bartenders have an elitist attitude. It's like they think that if you don't work there you know nothing about beer.

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4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Great place. Incredibly welcoming and accommodating. Amazing selection.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -29%

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4.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.