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Crunchy's

Not Rated.
Crunchy'sCrunchy's
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 50
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

254 W Grand River Ave
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-4212
United States
phone: (517) 351-2506

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @crunchys

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

For over two years Crunchy's was my go-to bar as a student at MSU (I miss it dearly). With a great selection of beer and an awesome dive bar atmosphere, its hard to find anything much better in the area.. Did I mention you can order a mop bucket full of beer?? =)

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of philerman
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was with my son checking out Spartan Stadium and asked someone else who happened to be an alum where a good place for lunch was and he mentioned Crunchy's for burgers. Headed over here expecting the likes of beer pong and lots of BMC stuff and was extremely pleasantly surprised to find what has got to be one of the top 10 beer lists of anywhere I've been. The menu has good, honest descriptions while the selection leans heavily toward Michigan with more common micros (but more obscure like Lagunitas Sonoma County Stout, Dogfish 61) from the coasts. I had a bratburger that was outstanding and my son enjoyed the beef tacos. They also have tater tots which I never realized before (most of my local watering holes are too classy) are the perfect palette cleanser while working through a flight. 24 beers on tap and nothing outrageously priced, though I'd say there wasn't too much sessionable or summer-oriented.

Photo of Slay40
4.09/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is fun and friendly

Quality of food and beer is great

Service has been great on all of my visits

Great selection of food and always great selection of craft beer

Food is awesome, great burgers of course

overall a great place to grab a great burger and beer
and I realize i said great alot

Photo of stevepat
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

On sunday prices are the best. Overall the best place for beer heads in EL and one of the best in the Lansing area. Great selection on tap that rotates constantly. I've never had a bottled beer here but I've seen on the menu that they do have a decent selection. Lots of brewery centric events that let you try never bottled beers from your favorite brewer and pretty good bar food. All in all a great little beer and burger joint. Must for any beer head attending MSU or visiting family.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I came based on the BA reviews and wasn't disappointed.

As others have mentioned, it's a college bar with a great selection of Michigan beers. $8 for four 5 oz. samples and I was drinking world class (mostly Michigan, but also a good selection of Great Lakes, Stone 16th Anniversary & Dogfish Head Urkontinent) beers. Bartender also gave a nice number of samples of the taps I didn't order. I didn't try the food, but I hear the burgers are awesome. Also tried a house ale brewed by the manager at Dark Horse - a brown ale with Citra hops. Very pleased.

Photo of JDizzle
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I hit this place up every time I'm in town traveling for work.

It is what it is-a college dive. It can't be more than that or it would turn into a pile of nice shit in no time. But what they do have is a sick list of craft beer on draft at all times.

I have never been disappointed at their tap list. They always have a huge selection of MI beers that aren't always easy to find, anywhere! They also have brewery tap takeovers that don't cost a lot and have a brewery rep with 15 or so taps of special and std taps.

Food is always good-not great, but exactly what you would expect.

Parking is the only down side of going here. They are beside a coffee place that will tow your ass before you get in the door.-BEWARE!

Can't wait to get back there!

Photo of buffs9
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hit Crunchy's quite a few times while living in East Lansing, but never reviewed. Just went back to visit friends and hit Crunchy's twice.

It's definitely a college dive type bar, which serves cheap food and beer, but at the same time they always have great stuff on tap that you can't find in the area.

I really like the burgers, nothing gourmet about them, just a really tasty burger.

I think my favorite part is they offer flights so you can choose any 4 beers on tap to sample. Only place in EL I ever found Kuhnhenn beers.

Photo of GRBrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is funny because when I was in college we went here to drink buckets of Miller Lite and sing kareoke. While this is still welcome here, they added a ton of craft beer taps and have a legit selection. The burgers here are awsome as well.

This is the best place I have found in East Lansing and always make a point to stop in here when I am back in East Lansing for a Michigan State football game.

Last time I was in I found some great Dogfish Head beers that I had not found anywhere else.

Photo of Biere
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Crunchy's is by far the best beer in the Lansing area, and perhaps mid-Michigan. Indeed it is a college bar, but it is actually on the edge of downtown East Lansing, just outside of the core downtown E.L. bar scene. The nice thing about this location is that parking is usually not a problem, with a long row of metered spots directly behind the bar and a large metered parking lot just down the street if that is full.

Depending on when you go, the crowd is actually a good mix of college students, locals, and beer geeks from across the area. Sure, if you go on game-day or late on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night during the school year then it will be almost all college students and possibly a line to get inside. However, there is a good after-work crowd that consists of a good mix of people and almost never too crowded (the only exception to this is near the end of the semester when the occasional bar-crawl comes through). Its not completely uncommon to spot families earlier in the day, especially on weekends.

Although Crunchy's is a college bar, don't let that make you think that they don't have a strong focus on microbrews, especially Michigan micros. They host monthly "brewers nights" with breweries such as Founders, Bells, Sierra Nevada, Dark Horse, New Holland, and many others. They always have rare and limited-release brews during these events.

I have been a patron for nearly ten years, and the best thing about Crunchy's is the selection on the 30 or so taps. They don't carry 20 plus macros/imports with a handful of micros like many other "beer bars" that have that many taps or more (i.e. Old Chicago). In fact, the only "constants" they always have on tap are Miller Lite, Labatt, Labatt Lite and Guinness. The other 22 or so taps are constantly changing micros, and not just flagship brews from various micobreweries. They often have specialty and limited release beers on tap from many breweries (and not just on the fore-mentioned brewers night). For example, they are one of the few places in the area to get KBS on tap the last few years (they also had Blushing Monk on tap when that came out). Their website publishes the taplist at any given time, and I give them much kudos for keeping the list up to date!

Service can be hit or miss but pretty solid for the most part. Some servers really know their beer, while others can seem a bit clueless. Plan to wait a bit if they are really busy or if you sit outside on the patio. The bartenders are very knowledgeable if you sit at the bar. Although there have been a few times where I didn't have the fastest or nicest service, I have never had someone act rude or screw up my order/check.

Food is actually pretty good for bar food IMHO. Burgers are good, and so is the pizza. Their "nugs" (fried dough) are also tasty. Prices are pretty good (it's a college bar) but the specialty brew prices have definitely increased over the past few years. That said, you can still get a pretty good burger and fries for $5 and a mug (25oz.) of Founder's Centennial for about about $5.50 during happy hour.

Photo of kenm2118
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As mentioned, it is a college bar. We went here on Saturday later afternoon. The place was not full but there was a group of college students, all with same green shirts on, having a good time playing some sort of drinking game. No worries to me but may be an issue for others.

The beer list was about 20 or so. You could have beer in a few different options. They had snifters, pints and mugs. The mug was huge-close to 24oz. I had a snifter of Expedition for $6. They also had flights of any four beers for $8.

The selection was decent. Besides, Expedition, they had about four other Bell's beers. They also had Left Hand, Brewery Vivant, Kuhnhenn, Founders, Arcadia, Shorts and a few others. Not much of a bottle menu.

The service was very good and quick. The guy didn't act like the annoying waiter from Office Space. "Sounds like a case of the Mondays"

The food was good. Nothing special but good. They sell buckets of food. We had the bucket of pizza nugs. Also, enjoyed the Salmon Burger.

I would definitely go back to Crunchy's

Photo of jale
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Hands down the best place in Lansing/East Lansing for great tap beer selection. I have stopped at Crunchy's a dozen times and have never been disappointed with the tap selection. I have had many Michigan beers that were seldom seen outside of the breweries. They also feature craft beer from around the country. The food menu is your typical bar food. This is a typical college bar but the taplist is what always brings me back. The taplist on their website is normally up to date so you can count on having what is listed. Most beers, even the higher alcohol ones are available in a snifter, pint and mug sizes.

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

As all East Lansing bar's, this is definitely a college bar and you should know that before you come. MSU is a big party school and all of the bar's in the downtown area reflect that. Crunchy's though is one of my favorites of all of them.

The atmosphere is usually good, loud with a lot of people but never too busy (they don't let that many people in), there is never a cover, and the beer specials (for cheap beer) are usually very good. Most people go in there to share a bucket of beer and end up drinking a lot, that's how college bars are. However their beer selection is also superb with many Michigan craft brews available at any time, usually for a relatively normal price. I have never had a problem with service and the bartenders are always very nice if you don't want to wait for a server.

If you want to go on a weekend though I recommend you make sure you get their early or you will be waiting in line for a while, as most people come early and stick around for a while, and they never let the place get too packed. It is a good time though and everyone one there is there to have fun.

Photo of dfillius
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I moved to Lansing recently and as a beer geek was told I needed to make it to Crunchy's.

The atmosphere is that of a college bar. It is smoky (until May 2010), loud, and there don't seem to be as many people interested in tasting great beer as in getting drunk. They do have lots of TVs playing all sorts of things, and they were more than willing to change one over to the San Diego Chargers games on Sundays when I visited.

Service is helpful, as noted with TVs above, but hit and miss with knowledge about good beer. They do seem to be overwhelmed at times by the number of tables they are serving.

The selection of beer is admirable for a college bar. They seem to specialize in MI beers. I didn't taste any off flavors from poor sanitation. However, it was difficult to taste much after being in the smoke for a while.

The food here is pub grub. Half-price pizza on Sundays is nice. Burgers are reputedly "the best in town", but are really just average burgers.

Pricing is way out of control on the beer. $10-12 pints for the higher ABV offerings! I paid less in Manhattan. There are specials, but for a reliable, affordable pint, look elsewhere.

I've been a few times now, and I now tend to steer clear due to the high prices and smoky atmosphere (the latter will change in May though and I may return if they have something special on tap.)

Photo of joedodger
2.4/5  rDev -41.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Past reviews have some accuracy to them: this is a college bar. Plenty of cheap drinks and eats available for the crowd.

The beer menu was spartan (pun intended) in its' description of the selections. The staff that we had attend to us offered us nothing in the way of "assistance' in this even though we queried her. She was strictly a take-your-order-and-get-you-your-order kind of person. And it wasn't even busy there! Pints and mugs were not in line with what we normally pay at other establishments ($6.50 for a pint of Bell's Porter?). We did not find the selections to be consistent in their prices with other beer bars.

Very disappointed in this place based upon previous reviews. I wonder if maybe some are influenced by their days there as students and wax nostalgic about their glory days there. If this is the best that (East) Lansing has to offer this beer advocate, we'll just bypass stopping in Lansing and do our business at Webberville, Battle Creek, and/or Kalamazoo.

If I ever am in the area, "need" cheap beer and want to hang out with a college crowd, then this is a typical place to go and do it.

Photo of BeachHoppy
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is easily the best true beer bar in the greater Lansing area for its wide selection on 25+ taps and nearly all of them craft beer or rare imports.

The food is solid pub fare with easily the best bar burger in town. The half-off Sunday pizza special is a ridiculously great deal. You can sit down and get a pan pizza and a 25 oz mug of great beer for $12-15.

Some of the noteworthy beers on tap as of 1-18-09.

Bell's: Amber, Hopslam, Two Hearted
Founder's: Crumudgeon, Backwoods Bastard (Double Trouble is on deck)
Short's: Huma Lupa, Soft Parade ('ye Ole Leg Spreader)
Livery: Pale Ale
Dark Horse: Scotty Karate
Samichlaus Imperial Lager

The atmosphere is fitting of a college town pub. There are new flat panel televisions to follow your favorite sporting event, and a couple of dart boards available.

This is a fun place and I recommend a visit if you are a BA in town looking for a beer.

Photo of drxandy
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

crunchy's!
love the fact that so many michigan craft brewers are represented throughout :D
thanks to crunchy's i've gotten to try 8 different shorts brews at the brewer night, a 1oz taste of sam adams utopias, and various other deliciousness that no other place in the area would care to test the market with.
the place gets busy so service can be horrible, but other than that their food selection is what you would expect from a sports bar, but their burgers are delicious and they make a few different types with beers they have on tap, which is a nice touch.

well worth a visit.

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Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.