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HopCat

YOUR RATING = None |
BEER AVG
3.87/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
54
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
235
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
379
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.19%
 
 
Taps:
48
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
HopCatHopCat
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 451-4677 | map
www.hopcatgr.com

Notes:
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.

Added by hopcatgr on 01-06-2008

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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 379
Reviews by kylelenk:
Photo of kylelenk
2.83/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Residing in GR I am fortunate to be able to frequent HopCat quite often. Being a regular, I've come to realize there is much needed for the bar to live up to it's reputation.

Atmosphere is decent but is always overcrowded. You're giving a multitude of different seating arrangements which can be either booths, couches (upstairs), picnic tables, or traditional seating. The bar looks quite dusty but my recommendation is to always sit at the bar...no matter what...as the bartenders are the only experienced staff in the establishment.

The service is obviously the Achille's Heel as the waitstaff are undertrained and unbelievably slow. I've walked in at 12:30AM with almost nobody in the bar and it has taken more than 15 minutes for a waitstaff member to come over. Additionally, I've had waitstaff confuse nitro beers with firkins...not something to expect with being named the 3rd best beer bar in the world.

HopCat has an outstanding collection if you're from out of town but often seems to cycle through beers if you're familiar enough with the establishment. Their bottle selection is quite a gem as they don't distribute menus unless you request. I was able to find some Mikeller even though it has sense stopped being distributed in the GR area.

People may rave about the Crack Fries, which are amazing, but the burgers seem to be quite generic (Sysco). Stella's across the street has hand formed burgers that come stuffed at the same price point...which is embarrassing concerning both restaurants share the same ownership.

I will say that HopCat throws some awesome parties. Their Wood and Wild Ale Fest last year brought some true whales to tap. Additionally, they throw parties when breweries enter the distro market and offer a chance to find some rarer beers.

Value is reasonable. Their specials often carry unreasonable stipulations like the $6 burger and beer combo being limited (last time) to a New Holland Kolsch despite the fact it carried the same price point as some of their own pub beers.

All in all I compare HopCat to DisneyWorld...Fun to take people when they're from out of town but you can see right through all of it's shortcomings. If they can't fix the service, at least fix the website as the taplist is sometimes months out of date...something in this day in age should be always synced.

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of NateDyk47
3.76/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Really good food, A TON of good beers both on tap and bottled. Pretty cramped and the service isn't that great. That said, I've never regretted going there.

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good beer selection, Get the crack fries

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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.