Central City Tap House

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Central City Tap HouseCentral City Tap House
Central City Tap HouseCentral City Tap House

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

359 S Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-4842
United States

(269) 492-0100 | map

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 26
Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The original CCTH and still, in my opinion, the best. This has a nice vibe—‘classy,’ and great for conversations over some stellar selections or even a dram or two. I found their vibe to be welcoming and warm, the sort of place I could sit barside and enjoy myself or bring a group for a booth. Plus, pretzels!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Pushing it, the wife and I stopped at Central City at some point during our crazy night of bar-hopping in Kalamazoo. This place is right on downtown, but in a dead area. The restaurant next door was closed and Central City itself was winding down at 11pm.

Very chill, still a good amount of people despite the impending last-call, and nice bartender too.
Of the 18 taps (plus one firkin) at Central City, I ought to highlight Bourbon County! Woohoo…

Also Founders Oatmeal, Barrel Aged Cali Belgique, Founders Sweet Repute, Triple Karmeliet, Hitachino, Piraat, Meantime Barleywine, Destihl, Westbrook… great stuff.

Just for the beer, I would come back here in an instant.

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Photo of SteveSly
3.23/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

There are actually two locations now. The original Taphouse downtown and the newer location in Portage. I don’t know, something about this place kind of bugs me. Yes, they sometimes have unique beers that you can’t find anywhere else, but I never seem to be all that impressed with their overall selection on any given visit. Their food is high priced and not all that good in my opinion. They are part of the Millennium restaurant group here in Kalamazoo which own a series of high end eateries most of which are a bit overrated for the price. Lots of people love this place though, so maybe it is just me.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: a nice looking place once you find it. Hidden back indside of another restaurant. once your in it has nice comfy tables and lots of wood furnishings, a good amount of tvs.

Quality: We went there for the sweet repute. It looked like they had some other good beers but only stuck around for the one beer. I've also heard of some pretty great taps events here

Service: good and problemless service while i was there

Selection: not the biggest but certainly a great list.

Overal: if your in K-zoo check what they have on tap here, there may be a gem and this place doesn't get super busy so its certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of MichiganHammer
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

When in Kalamazoo Michigan C.C. Tap House is an excellent spot for hard to find Craft beer. Whether you're into Belgians or good American made Crafts they have a great selection on tap and a wide variety of bottles as well. My latest visit I was able to get a Bourbon County on tap and a Bourbon County Coffee Brand in a bottle making a very happy patron! When ever I get a chance I can stop in and always find something great to drink, highly recommend stopping in when you're in Kalamazoo!

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

CC Tap House was a bit confusing at first but after further review and knowledge gathering, I now understand. It's located inside of a what seemed to be bistro style restaurant, and it appears to be dominating the business. They share a kitchen, but from my understanding that is where it ends.
The Tap House side of the restaurant is about half the size of the bistro, seats about 12-15 at the bar, and seats another 45+ on tables. The beer menu was very nice. The tap list consists of about 25 beers, everything from Rodenbach Classic (that was a first time try for myself) to a Paw Paw sour, Anderson Valley stout, etc. A real good varying selection.
The bottle list had some real nice bottles available as well, and was broken down in an easy to read format.
Brandon the beer manager seemed friendly and knowledgeable. It sounds like he has a good foot hold with the beer community and this place seems like an awesome addition to the Kalamazoo beer scene.
I had the Lamb sliders and they were pretty good. Not great, but not terrible. Prices were slightly higher than other Michigan beer bars, but not on Chicago levels.
This will be a stop for me whenever passing thru.

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Photo of adamdd
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Central City Tap House has come a long way in the few years they have been open. It really is the go-to place in Kalamazoo for a great selection of import and domestic microbrews. They have 20+ taps and split these evenly between the imports and domestics. They also always have something good on cask. The bottle list is extensive, including many large format bottles. If you are in town, drop in on Sunday for 1/2 off large bottles. CCTH also puts on a lot of events that are one of a kind. Chances are that you will find something special/unique on draft anytime you stop in.

Their staff is generally well educated on the beer that they are serving, and are always friendly. They have a great outdoor patio, and the front dining area has large doors that open to the street. The food is definitely not your average pub/bar type food. The lamb sliders are one of the stars on the menu.

Overall, CCTH is the place for beer in Kalamazoo. They give a lot of larger and more famous West Michigan beer bars a run for the money. Next time you are visiting Bell's, make it is point to drive a few blocks to Central City Tap House.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stumbled in here before heading home after a single-day sojourn to visit Bell's... I only stopped in to say hi to kzoobrew, but was EASILY persuaded to stick around for a while.

Parking on street was touch and go, and most spaces had a time limit-- I don't even know where to look for better parking, but it must exist as this pub is inside of the mall....
I initially entered the curbside door and found myself looking at a Italian kitchen/French catacombs type cavernous room with lots of stone and rock appointments... I looked at "the bar" (a long counter with 8-10 empty stools beneath) and thought to myself, ''this can't be the right place!'' Several employees gave me strange looks as they cleaned and prepared the place for customers.
I walked around back looking for the bathroom and discovered a passage leading around the corner to the real bar. I still have no idea where the fuck I was for the first 3 minutes after entering-- it seemed like an entirely separate venture that shared a bathroom.

Anyway, eventually I figured it out and sidled up to a bar. The place had a solid selection-- 3 barrel aged beer from the Livery and many other MI beers featured. I got a pour of KBS... I always hate when places fill unmarked snifters halfway... It feels so unreliable, like they are just eyeballing it. I got my 4-6 oz pour of KBS and was a bit chagrined to find out it cost me $9. Yowza.

They made up for it though.

It just so happens there was a Goose Island event planned that evening so I got to have pours of King Henry, Coffee, Bramble, and 2011 BCS for a reasonable price.

The food was quite good. I had the schnitzel and enjoyed it though found it just a hair dry-- more butter man!

Overall-- I had a lot of fun at this place, though much of that was due to the company and the Goose lineup.
I still plan to stop here again next time I make it up to Kzoo.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I stopped in for lunch and to check out the place since this was our first visit. The ambiance is pretty much what I like to see in a pub setting. We had great timing for our visit because there were 4 Bourbon barrel-aged beers still on tap from a special tasting that the restaurant hosted two days ago.

So I have to rate the beer selection as near perfect almost by default. Unfortunately I also have to rate the value as a bit pricey, but well worth the experience that we had with those 4 BA beers. But looking over the beer list and reading the upcoming offerings to be on tap I think the selection is very good even if the BA offerings had not been there. There is also a great selection of bottled beers. We'll go back there again.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went down to CCTH last night for a Goose Island bourbon barrel tasting event wit flights of KH, BCBS, Bramle, BCBCS. Chris the local rep for Goose Island was on hand doing pours of various barrel aged offerings. They put together a good list of complimentary beers on tap. Several barrel aged offerings from The Livery were on tap accompanied by an assistant brewer from there too. The atmosphere was warm and inviting soft lighting rich wood finishes. It was pretty busy for a Thursday night but the staff handled the task like professionals. The food was far above average witch is to be expected they share the kitchen/chefs with Epic Bistro. You will want to do your research to know where it is located. I know my way around K-zoo quite well so I had no problem finding it and parking, but to a newcomer you would want to look this up ahead of time. Overall I truly enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely be back in the future

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Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here a couple of times, and each time I enjoy myself but always leave wishing for just a touch more. I have been for lunch on both occassions. The food was good, but didn't quite live up to how it read on the menu. The beer selections were good, with interesting and unique choices on both occasions. Service was about right. The interior was well done with interesting lighting, higher tables, and some TV's. I would definitely go back, but it really isn't a destination to travel long distances for.

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Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by Central City for lunch on a Monday over the holidays. It was actually pretty full, with most of the tables in use. It's a nice space. Perhaps a bit contrived, but it's cozy with a nice bar. Nicely lit and decorated. Fits the concept.

The beer menu is good. Not incredible, but probably the most diverse selection in Kalamazoo. I didn't really ask the waiter or bartender about the beers, so I'm not sure of their beer knowledge.

Food was simple but good. We had good service.

Worth a stop.

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Photo of decadance
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Easily put, this is the best, higher end beer bar in the city of Kalamazoo. Good selection which is frequently rotated. The staff is awesome, personable, and actively learning. The staff is also willing to ask questions when they don't know the answer, the mark of someone who cares in my opinion.

The food is excellent. All of this adds up to the fact this is not a college bar. This is the reason I keep attending. I never have to see my students, or have my students serve me. As an educator, that is a huge plus.

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Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo, MI
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 26 ratings