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Logan's Alley

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
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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Bung

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

03-01-2009 00:06:40 | More by Bung
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-01-2004 14:01:34 | More by granger10
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-06-2014 12:32:51 | More by JohnParadee
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styleisking

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-29-2014 14:56:46 | More by styleisking
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4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

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
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sarahspat

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%

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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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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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GRFounder

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-28-2014 20:37:47 | More by GRFounder
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Badger6

Virginia

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
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Gigantis

Michigan

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.

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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Logan's Alley in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.