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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +17.6%
You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning...
This place looks like a neighborhood dive, and is as friendly and down to earth as you would expect as such. BUT the beer selection and menu choices were definitely well above anything I could have hoped for. As a craft beer traveller, I really appreciate finding a pub that carries and celebrates local breweries. We got to try Oddsides Citra, Brewery Vivant, Right Brain and Shorts ControverSI ale. Also an excellent short-rib and bacon sandwich.
The ratings don't make you think this is a must visit stop for travellers coming to GR.
This is a must visit.
06-15-2012 02:35:37 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
4.65/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
-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!
-a little bit small
-a little bit smokey
02-10-2009 14:11:44 | More by Gigantis
4.65/5 rDev +9.4%
Logan's Alley is a neighborhood pub that embraces it's neighborhood. The regulars frequently refer to it as their "living room" and is friendly enough to draw people to drive from the suburbs on a daily basis!
As all of Michigan, it is smoke-free. Drinks are poured generously (but not irresponsibly), which brings the liquor crowd back again and again. The beer selection is where they really rock it though--so many revolving taps and hundreds of varied bottles! I've had good beers and bad beers, all at Logan's Alley. If you can drink "4 Beers A Month" (who can't?) you must join their "Around the World" Club; half off all bottles on Wednesday and worth-it prizes for quarterly milestones.
They can appeal to just about anyone... The 3rd shifters swing by for the 7am open and the kitchen actually stays open until 2am for the late-night munchies. You really can't go wrong at Logan's.
04-08-2013 04:54:58 | More by Jax2QT
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
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
4.51/5 rDev +6.1%
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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
4.44/5 rDev +4.5%
Logan's Alley has the best selection of bottled beer I have ever seen. They actually have a leather bound book that showcase roughly 250 beers from around the world. They always have a great rotation of taps and are one of the few places I've seen with a dedicated Delirium tap.
The reason I started heading to LA is because I was working 3rd shifts and they were one of the only bars that was open at 7am. Many 3rd shifters, particularly from the medical field, tend to head in after work. The atmosphere is very laid back and the bar has the typical whole in the wall feel.
The staff all seem very knowledgeable and friendly, particularly for the time of morning they're behind the bar. If you're looking for a great place to try some new brews without the crowd or hype, this is the place you need to be!
06-07-2011 23:39:50 | More by EnJeiBee
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Great selection of brews and great food! I always enjoy my time there. It's easy to find a beer that I'll like, and I can be rather picky.
The only real problem is that the place is tiny and has little parking. This is a real problem on a Saturday night...so I just go to its sister pub - The Monarch Club. I went during a weekday afternoon and the place was almost empty - but parking was easy to find.
If this place were bigger, with more parking and some entertainment, it could be a major destination in GR during the weekend. Right now, it's a popular neighborhood bar.
11-14-2012 20:24:32 | More by sneakymagician
4.32/5 rDev +1.6%
Being totally transparent, I haven't been in here since early last decade, am in GR for some family business, and it happened to coincide with a Founder's KBS rollout week...so we rolled over to get a pour of the KBS.
Right up front, it isn't Logan's fault, but the place was a madhouse, in a good way. People were friendly, pumped up for the KBS, and generally in great spirits. The staff were great, too. The place was crazy busy, they never skipped a beat, and served everyone fast and with a smile.
Tried a couple other beers while there as well, but the boards and beer lists were endless, with so many craft beers from Michigan and beyond, there is no way to go there and not find something, or some style, you would not like...even a shitty adjunct from St Louis.
Go in a have a beer, you'll love this place. I know if I still lived in GR, I'd probably go there a couple times a month, just to try something new and enjoy the neighborhood feel that the bar reeks of.
03-22-2014 03:17:55 | More by Badger6
Logan's Alley in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.