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Logan's Alley

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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 185
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

916 Michigan St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503-3526
United States
phone: (616) 458-1612

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Notes:
Check the website for food and drink specials. Logan's offers any of their bottles to-go (at prices lower than advertised on the menu), but no growlers.

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Gigantis

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Logan's Alley appears to be a hole in the wall. Until about a year ago, I always associated the place with the middle-aged after work crowd. You know, men and women with mid-level jobs that don't really interest them anymore. The men have loose ties hanging, albatross-like, around their necks and the women obviously haven't touched up their makeup since the early-morning hours. Both have cigarettes dangling precariously from their lips. Don't get me wrong, that's a crowd I can totally get behind; the aimless working hoards. However, I have realized that Logan's transcends class, age and employment status. The aimlessness is always there though and that is what I love.

The patrons of Logan's are life's wayfarers. They... no, we... are not particularly motivated to do much so we lack presumption. This is one of the best things about Logan's: it has the feel of a working-class dive but offers much more than any dive I have yet patronized. And what, you may ask, does Logan's offer besides some good bullshitting at the bar? It offers the finest beer competition Grand Rapids has to offer.

When I go to Logan's I don't even look anymore at what is one tap (about 20 draughts of varying quality and rarity). I ask for my list. My list has six sections. Light-bodied, light/medium-bodied, medium-bodied, medium/heavy-bodied, heavy-bodied and fruit/sweet beers. Each section has about 30-40 bottles to choose from. When you've consumed the beer, you get your list initialed by the server or bartender. The lists are always changing so if you are one of the lucky few who finish the list, you can go for round 2. The selection on these lists is excellent and you can pretty much get anything you're in the mood for or experiment if you are inclined to do so.

The only downside to Logan's is the size of the place. If it gets busy, it becomes a standing room only situation and there isn't a lot of space to stand in, especially when the deck is closed in the winter months. It is also quite smokey, which I don't mind but I feel that those who do should be forewarned. It is actually a very attractive bar with lots of wood and sort of an old feel to it. Still, you can see why it is called Logan's Alley and not Logan's Alehouse or Logan's Beer Hall. Maybe "Beer Hallway" would apply.

There are all sorts of different types of people there; from college students to senior citizens. The people who work there are generally very nice and, the bartenders at least, know quite a bit about beer if you have questions. The food menu is pretty good too, I think. It's the same menu as Cambridge House and Graydon's Crossing and I have found that the best thing on it are the cheesesteaks. Look, if you're trying to eat healthy, just make a salad before going out because it's pub fare for sure at Logan's Alley. There are daily food and drink specials and, while you can spend a lot of money attempting to finish the list, generally the place isn't all that expensive. There is a pool table and dartboard - if you want to bet a beer on a game, you will almost always find a willing participant.

So if you are feeling a little bit aimless or even worn-down, give Logan's a try. At least they have a beer list you can focus on. It'll relieve any melancholy you may have.

In summary:
pros:
-great selection of beers from around the world - taps and bottles
-fun, unpretentious atmosphere
-great place to eat and grab a drink or stick around all night
-the beer list!

cons:
-a little bit small
-a little bit smokey

02-10-2009 14:11:44 | More by Gigantis
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sarahspat

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

They have one of the best selections of draught beer in GR, but as it is owned by the same people who own Graydon's Crossing and Cambridge House, all three of these places will have the same beers on tap at any given time. I once went to all three in the span of two or three weeks and the tap lists were practically identical. Not that that's a bad thing, because they have pretty decent sized menus, but just don't expect too much variety if you go to more than one of these bars within a narrow window of time. Plus, they try to market each one of these bars like they're so quirky and unique (see LA's website for proof), but actually, they're dangerously close to being bland corporate imitations of truly unique bars. I almost feel like I should copy and paste this same review for all three bars, because I have very little different to say about each one. Oh well. They do have decent selections from microbreweries around the country and great European beers that are difficult to get on tap elsewhere.

For my closing remark, I will say if you're looking for variety, go to Hopcat and if you're looking for soul, there's only one place to go in Grand Rapids: Founders. I wouldn't waste my time anywhere else, unless you really want to explore the city. It's not that Logan's Alley (or the other ones) are bad bars, but Grand Rapids has so much more to offer.

11-09-2008 01:24:46 | More by sarahspat
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jjshutty

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$

Logan's Alley is one of the gems of Grand Rapids' beer scene. Located just outside of the downtown region, the patrons are a wide mix. From the exterior it is unimpressive and actually quite average, but inside the adventure begins.

The interior is dark, smoky, and relaxed. The perfect place for an after work drink, or to watch your favorite game on the tube. The food is cliche bar food, mainly greasy apps. But the beer, oh the beer is exceptional and the sole reason why I go.

If you can name it they will, within reason and season, have it.

12-13-2007 17:19:01 | More by jjshutty
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bullywee

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

Went to Logan's Alley back in Jan 07 finally here is the review. A great little neighborhood bar in a nice older building. The beer selection was solid Michigan craft beers represented with offerings from Founders, Arcadia, Bells and New Holland the draft line up completed by DFH 90, Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada celebration, Delirium Noel, Lindemans Framboise.
The bottle menu was good as well. Food wise was pub fare reasonably priced and tasty, service was prompt, friendly yet to the point. I'd definatley make this a stop on future trips to GR.

05-23-2007 19:58:02 | More by bullywee
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flacks360

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

Been to Logan's a few times, and every time is a great time. A bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but that's the way I like it. Kind of small, and somewhat heavy on the smoke.

The staff is generally very busy and don't chit-chat very much, but they're not unfriendly, and they seem to know their beer pretty well. Which brings us to the selection...

They easily have the best selection of any bar in West Michigan. Plenty of great stuff on tap. Only 2-3 macros. On my last visit, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Bell's Two Hearted, GL Edmund Fitzgerald, Delerium Tremens and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter were on tap, to name a few (probably 20 total). During past visits I've seen plenty of others from Founders and Bells, and even Dogfish 90-min.

Bottle selection is very impressive to say the least. Tons of microbrews from across the country. Nothing that can't be found in a decent beer store, but tough to find in most bars. They have excellent beer menus throughout the place, so if you want something a little more special, it's all laid out on paper for you. Also a plus were the good supply of Belgians: all 3 Chimays (in 750ml form), Rochefort 8 and 10, and Duvel, among others. Just ask for a snifter and you're in business.

Overall, an excellent place to chill and have a few good brews, which is what most of us are looking for, right? Good location about a mile or so east of downtown Grand Rapids and within close range of a handful of other bars.

03-23-2007 02:08:26 | More by flacks360
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This bar was somewhat dark and dingy inside. I like bars of this character. Reminds me of the other, more seedy feeling, bars I frequent in my area. Felt like a towny bar. I happened to make it in for last call on a Wednesday night, so the place was pretty well empty. There were maybe six or eight people inside. No teeny bopper types. Always a plus. The place was dimly lit. It had some booths and tables, a medium length bar for 10 to 12 asses to be perched in front of, and a pool table which adds bonus for me. There was also a video game and a bubble hockey thing-a-mabob. A bit smoky, but mild compared to some places I've asphixiated in. Overall not a large room, but just my type.

This place has a surprisingly killer selection of brews. I counted the tap handles when I was standing there teetering from side to side. Last call. Needless to say I can't remember how many there were. Twenty? Nineteen? Eighteen? One of those. An impressive set of handles. I think only three were macro style lagers. Here are a few examples: Rogue Pale Ale, Hennepin, Dogfish Aprihop, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, John Courage, Beamish, Lindemans Framboise, Founders Centennial and Breakfast Stout, something from Bell's. I was pretty well blown away. Plus they have a cooler behind the bar that is loaded with bottle selections. I remember seeing 750 ml Unibroues in there as well as Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum in 12 ounce bottles. The cooler was loaded. The barkeep said everything on tap is also available in bottle. He followed that with, "We're the beer bar." They damn sure are. I just wish I had had more time to drink there. I only got to try a couple of beers. I'll surely be back. Service was good.

I didn't look at a menu or have food, so I don't know anything about that. The prices were reasonable. I paid $4.50 for a pint of Hennepin. I think $4 for Aprihop. Maybe a bit steep, but I can't really compare it to anything else right now. It was worth it to me. I am most definitely going to go back there sometime when I have more time to soak it all in.

02-17-2006 03:56:49 | More by SupaCelt
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Located on Michigan St. in Grand Rapids, right down the street from 3 or 4 other bars. It doesnt look like much from the outside, but dont second-guess it though, this is one of the best in town.

I stopped by on Thanksgiving evening for a couple of after-turkey brews. Their special for the day was Rogue Mocha Porter on tap for $2 a pint. What a steal! Needless to say, I wasnt shy about ordering up myself quite a few of those. Most other beers were atleast $4 for a pint. The inside are of the bar is kind of small and cramped, but maybe it just felt that way as they began to get quite busy. Probably 5 or 6 large booths, 5 or 6 tables, and a bar that fits atleast 12-15 people. Entertainment consists of 1 pool table, a dartboard, golden tee golf, a hockey/foosball table, a couple tv.s, and a wagon-load of great beer.

The beer selection at this place was unbelievable. There was probably about 20 or so beers on tap, and atleast 17 or 18 I'm sure are worth trying. They have a "beer menu", with (if I remember correctly) about 15 pages of beer options. I believe a sign said they had 120 bottled beers available, which is amazing. They also had food available, but I didnt pay much attention to the eats as I was a little overwhelmed with liquid options.

The service was decent. They all seemed to be working very quickly and hard, without sacrificing too much friendliness. I didnt have to wait long for service, but there definitly wasnt time for chit-chat with the staff.

Overall, this is an excellent place to stop by if you're in Grand Rapids and are looking for some exciting beers to try. The awesome selection is this bar's good selling point.

11-28-2005 01:38:30 | More by jasonpeckins32
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rteis

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

Best selection of beer in all of Grand Rapids. Bottles are too numerous to count. Beer menu has descriptions of many of the beers they offer and a taste score (not sure where they pull that from but it's pretty on target) Don't blink on your way down Michigan Ave. or you'll miss it... great outdoor patio during the summer months. Inside is small, dark and noisy. I've lived just a couple miles from this place, but didn't discover it until this summer.

the beer menu is at least 7 pages long single spaced. Draft choices rotate around so it's always worth a stop back to see what's new. My wife loves the Lindemans Framboise is there on tap... it's amazing. Didn't think it could be better than what comes out of the bottle, but it was.

Definitely worth a trip if you live nearby and definitely worth a stop if you're traveling through.

09-30-2005 14:58:05 | More by rteis
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malty

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped-in last Saturday (2/12/05) upon a buddy's recommendation.

Driving by this place one would never guess the delights that awaited inside. A quaint place to say the least - an 'L' shaped bar that seats maybe a dozen. A tap count of approx. 20-24. That day there was 'Free Food' that consisted of a hot dog bar near the back door with chili, cheese, etc...

Decor: metal embossed panel ceiling. Walnut looking paneling on walls that stood chest high (painted drywall from paneling to ceiling). Clumbsy decorations from posters to blackboards. Some vintage tin beer signs would have finished it off nicely.

OK, now the important stuff... Tap selection was VERY nice: Hobgobblin, Young's Oatmeal (nitro), Urquel, Celebration, Edmund Fitz along with regional offerings from Founders, Bell's & Arcadia. Oh yes, for you $4/60 oz. pitcher types - you could choose from PBR and Old Style. I stuck to the well-stocked bottle selection: Duvel, Orval & Jubel were my choices. My pal went with the Sterkens White, Rogue Shakespear & something else - forgot.

Price for a pint were $3.50 - $4, but I did notice on Thursdays they offered Beamish for $2/pint. I'm sure these guys have a daily special for just about everyone.

Great little pub - will revisit for sure. Great beer, patrons & atmosphere.

02-18-2005 19:59:57 | More by malty
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Silphium

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

A fairly nondescript bar with a handful of tables in the bar room and an additional room with a pool table, darts, and hockey. Huge menu with a fairly extensive beer list; 20 beers were listed on tap, and there were dozens of bottles available. Just prior to my visit, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and Summit Oatmeal Stout were available, both very rare beers in this region (in fact, I'm willing to bet this was the only bar within 100 miles that had those two beers). Others included Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Founders Breakfast Stout, and a handful of other locals and imports. I'm not aware of any other bar in Grand Rapids with this tap selection. In bottles, several Belgian, German, and British beers are available, including Baladin Nora, Duvel, Chimay, etc.

I had the Nosferatu and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The former seemed a bit stale to me, very sweet with little of the original hop character. The SNCA also had an odd sweetness to it; I've had this beer on tap elsewhere several times before and never detected this flavor. A revisit is in store to see if other beers on tap have the same flavor.

Foodwise I was disappointed; I ordered a Reuben and got a hamburger bun with a smearing of sauerkraut, cheese, and a small stack of that cheap 99 cents/package corned beef, probably that Carl Buddig crap. Pretty lame. Their food menu is quite small, and I recommend eating elsewhere before visiting.

02-01-2005 19:57:38 | More by Silphium
Logan's Alley in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.