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Logan's Alley

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: 185
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Photo of sneakymagician
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Badger6
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of SupaCelt
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.

Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jjshutty
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.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Used to frequent this bar when my friend lived up off Innes. Selection was the best in the city, until Hop Cat took over the Siera Room down by the Arena. Creative list of micros and imports, the bottle list doesn't seem like it changes much, but the drafts vary nicely. Food has improved drastically over the years, but seems a bit pricey for sandwiches. Service can be a bit hit or miss, especially when the place gets over crowded, which it tends to on the weekends. Quality jukebox, enough games to entertain, but those can be limited by the crowd. Overall you could do much worse in GR, but selection of rare brew the Hop Cat wins out.

Photo of bullywee
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.

Photo of malty
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.

Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Well, well, well. I've driven by this place hundreds of times before and never knew the kind of beer selection it had until Tiki beermailed me with the list of their tap and bottle selection. I have been there a few times since and plan on going many more throughout the course of this school year, considering it's right by my college.

The place is really small and gets loud quite easily. There's a deck you can sit on but it gets filled easily. The service is decent if not too knowledgeable about the beers. But I go there for the tap selection. Edmund Fitzgerald, Young's DCS, Abbot Ale, A couple of Founder's beers, some New Holland, a Bell's tap, etc. Best tap selection in GR easily. Their prices are really good too ($3.50/pint for any American beer and $4/pint for all imports), even the bottle prices are good. Last time there I had the Black Tulip (9%) in a pint for $3.50!

This place doesn't look like much but the beer selection and prices are supreme. There's also a nice game room in the back.

Update: I've had the food here a few times and it's good for pub food. The new menu has a nice offering of burgers and sandwiches but it's a bit pricy for pub grub. Service has really varied at times and the selection, while still the best in G.R., does not change enough for my liking.

Photo of styleisking
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of EricTKole
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sarahspat
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.

Photo of deejaydan
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here on a Thursday night, pretty busy. Lots of dark nice wood around. Room for 75 people, tops. Looks like a neighborhood pub, until you look at the beer menu.


Awesome Tap Selection.. SN Harvest Ale on tap for $2 a pint was the special this day, seems to be that they have daily specials. Had a full pint of Great Lakes Nosferatu for $5, which is a steal. Food is basic bar food, seems to be made there in a limited kitchen. Reminds me of an Irish pub, with the limited quick food. Had a pretty good Ruben. If you are in the area and want to be dazzled by the beer selection, be sure to stop in.

Photo of schwartzr33
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Silphium
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.

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Logan's Alley in Grand Rapids, MI
94 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.