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HopCat

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Taps: 100
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

300 Grove St
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-4327
United States
phone: (517) 816-4300

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(Place added by: BrewtalHonesty on 10-04-2013)
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HopCat has a great industrial urban vibe, and an incredible beer selection of over 100+ beers on tap, including a number of great Michigan craft beers. The food is also awesome (order the crack fries with beer cheese).

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I finally got a chance to check out HopCat's East Lansing location when visiting an old friend of mine from college when we both happened to be in town. It didn't disappoint.

The decor was nothing spectacular, but it makes a good attempt to make you feel cozy here. Is it cold outside? Then you might as well stay here all night and check out the menu. Which, by the way, has 100 taps. It's insane. Everything from a German Hefeweizen, to a local Michigan brew.

Things got busy, but the 2-story design got us a table quickly. Then we were presented with the beer menu. Talk about intimidating! The staff was very friendly and listened to us when we spied a better table. The upstairs area got really loud, but come on... college town, Saturday night, it happens.

All in all, this place is exactly when East Lansing needs. It's a place where you can grab any style you can think of, for a reasonable price, and it kicks the butts of every other bar in town. Hopefully this is a trend and more beer bars will start popping up in the area. Too bad I live in Arizona now. Oh yeah, the food is great too.

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3.45/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Great venue. I like the design of the space, the artwork that was used.
It sounds like something like this has been needed in East Lansing for a while, so I'm glad the BarFly crew made it happen.

Now to the HopCat itself. I wasn't blow away. The taplist had nothing that really stood out to me, where as HopCat GR has at least 4 or 5 beers on a night that really take you back, and make you appreciate that true quality of the beer being served. HopCat Lansing felt much more middle of the road beer wise. College town possibly, trying to appeal to the beginner beer geek? That may be possible.

The food was HopCat food, tasty, pub food. The atmosphere was nice, and I really enjoyed all the natural light that was coming from the front windows. I don't travel thru Lansing all that often, and HopCat EL won't make it a destination for me.

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So excited to see HopCat sprucing up the Lansing beer scene! I have only one knock, and that is the acoustics upstairs. God damn is that a loud area. Other than, well, there's 100 taps with great variety and good rotation. Food could easily begin and end with the crack fries (co-workers still talking about them two days later), but I've had some darn good sammiches there too. Prices are reasonable. Looking forward to the events they set up. Best spot in Lansing.

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

HopCat East Lansing is absolutely fantastic on nearly every level.

100 beers on tap at all time ("Standard 20" beers are always on tap with the other 80 rotating in and out depending on the day and season). As you would expect, the selection is phenomenal, with a number of pales, IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Fruits, Belgium's, and rare beers. Being a Michigan beer bar, probably 60-75% of the beers are from Michigan Breweries such as Bell's, Founders, Oddside Ales, Arcadia, New Holland, Arbor, etc.

The service is pretty fantastic. The bartenders all know what they are doing and know how to pour and serve a quality beer. Beers are served in the appropriate glass, whether it be a pint, tulip, or pilsner glass. The bartenders are knowledgeable and can assist you when searching through which of the 100 beers you want to try.

The atmosphere is unlike any other East Lansing bar, with paintings of various musical artists around the bar, unique furniture and design, and a great men's bathroom with old school playboy covers as the wallpaper (can't speak to what is in the women's bathroom). The bar has 2 floors ("Standard 20" beers on tap on the 2nd floor) and has just enough TV's to be a good place to watch a game, but not be a typical sports bar.

The food is all excellent. I have yet to hear someone complain after ordering something off the menu (mostly bar food of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers). There is a whole section for nachos, and their known for their "crack fries" served with beer cheese sauce. Not incredible, but good with a beer late at night or during the day.

Hopcat is easily the best place in Mid-Michigan to get a beer. It has a selection to die for, bartenders who know their stuff, good food, and an atmosphere not found at any other bar in East Lansing.

A must visit for any Michigan beer lover.

HopCat in East Lansing, MI
97 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.