HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
40 Beers
67 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 197
Visits: 356
rAvg: 4.6
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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Reviews: 197 | Visits: 356
Reviews by malty:
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4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere is a very open and airy, but still warm & cozy. 20 ft. ceilings with cool old style beer prints staring down upon you from the ceiling. The same prints are found on the backs of various high-sitting stools around the tables throughout the bar - very nice touch of keeping the cool art flowing. Spectacular handmade custom bar that's as nice as I've ever seen - all real wood and very high class. The lighting is very natural during the day (big windows facing the street corner) and adequately (a bit dim) lit at night. Men's bathroom has cool retro rock & film icon prints on the walls: Garcia, Cash, Dylan, Waits, Newman, Pacino, Dirty Harry, etc. War time pin-up prints are fun too. Music is always unique and fresh on the jukebox. The sound system is very full and clear. Not too loud, but still very perceivable. Haven't been there when there's live music or DJ though.

Quality is top-notch. Never had a bad draft or bottle. Always fresh and served in appropriate glass. They even rinse every clean glass with a sprinkler gadget right before the fill it with your beer - just to make sure your glass is perfectly prepared to receive the beer of your liking. 48 taps of fantastic craft beer. Always changing, always fresh. They do have a few certain mainstays, but that's just because demand is so high for these, (ie: Short's Huma Lup IPA, etc.). Their one cask always seems to have something special. I've had so many great cask beers from it, I can't remember them all. There bottle selection is extensive and wide ranging. Many good Belgians, Germans, (Mmmm...Plank) and high gravity special releases. I love their $3 Michigan pint/goblet 2-4pm weekday specials. Just last week I had a (normally $7) chalice of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout for $3. Makes it hard to just pick one when you have to go back to work. Every once and a while they'll have a highly recognized person from the industry visit and showcase some special brews and events. Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery is coming later this month, I believe April 26th (Monday). I'll definitely be coming to this! Michael Plank even brewed a special beer to initiate their brewing system their first summer!

Service is the best. Jeremy and Ernie command the bar like super-cool malt & hop ninjas. Always eager to please your pallet and offer smart suggestions, leaving no beer without proper representation. it can get a little slower when the bar is fully packed, but that's what happens when the bar is packed two deep. To say they're friendly is without question. To say their knowledgeable is correct.

The food is amazing. Great twists on American standards. Soups, burgers/sandwiches, salads, unique appetizers and their infamous 'Crack Fries'. They also host the most amazing beer dinners (usually on Sundays at 6pm) I've had the pleasure of attending. Their commitment to world class craft beer and fresh, clever and tasty food is the best I've ever had under the same roof.

The overall value is reasonable when you take into account the total package of HopCat. They do have great daily specials to help your wallet. They don't cut corners, so remember this when you look at the prices. There are cheaper prices out there, but we're not comparing apples-to-apples when putting them next to 'pedestrian'- type bars either.

I was lucky enough to make it to the 'BA Grand Opening' on a Thursday night in early January '08. It was the night before their official Grand Opening. Everything was Half-Off. I thought I was in heaven. I've been here many, many times since and every visit is always as good as the last. They've made the blueprint, now I'm spoiled for life. (3,666 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cptbenjamin
3.78/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.06/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Place was jammed on Thursday at 6. Bartenders are knowledgeable but overworked. Service tends on the slow side, but only because of all the people. The tenders are hustling. The beer selections are solid and the pricing is fair. (228 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jakelang
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of treeslothguy
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The summer months is when I goto grand rapids to visit the mecca of craft breweries and this place is always tops on my list! All local beers (which are many) are all tapped here! Food is unique and servers are always fun and friendly. Only down point is I'm not the only one who knows of this place so in the summer it does get packed which of course leads to the staff being a bit overwhelmed, therefore slower service. I personally don't care cause this is my goto in grand rapids! (486 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Service can be better, but the selection of beer is AMAZING!!! (62 characters)

Photo of duobob
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of bshemansky
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of bolognasuave
3.68/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

horrible service. could drink or dine and dash with ease if you wanted to. not enough bar tenders working to accommodate the amount of people they have in there on the regular. beer selection and food is great and only thing that saves this place. (251 characters)

Photo of Eziel
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shaskins80
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of donnierickles
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great happy hour deals on food and michigan beers. Their taps are pretty impressive. They always seem to have at least one beer on tap that i have never seen anywhere else. (172 characters)

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of beerdedrinken
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The staff was awesome, very friendly and helpful for my brother-in-law who is not familiar with craft beer. Food was also on point. (131 characters)

Photo of BDeibs
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of KurtE
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this was my kind of bar!!! (26 characters)

Photo of Snyderama
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.