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31 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

254 W Grand River Ave
East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-4212
United States

(517) 351-2506 | map

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Reviews by dfillius:
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I moved to Lansing recently and as a beer geek was told I needed to make it to Crunchy's.

The atmosphere is that of a college bar. It is smoky (until May 2010), loud, and there don't seem to be as many people interested in tasting great beer as in getting drunk. They do have lots of TVs playing all sorts of things, and they were more than willing to change one over to the San Diego Chargers games on Sundays when I visited.

Service is helpful, as noted with TVs above, but hit and miss with knowledge about good beer. They do seem to be overwhelmed at times by the number of tables they are serving.

The selection of beer is admirable for a college bar. They seem to specialize in MI beers. I didn't taste any off flavors from poor sanitation. However, it was difficult to taste much after being in the smoke for a while.

The food here is pub grub. Half-price pizza on Sundays is nice. Burgers are reputedly "the best in town", but are really just average burgers.

Pricing is way out of control on the beer. $10-12 pints for the higher ABV offerings! I paid less in Manhattan. There are specials, but for a reliable, affordable pint, look elsewhere.

I've been a few times now, and I now tend to steer clear due to the high prices and smoky atmosphere (the latter will change in May though and I may return if they have something special on tap.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateDyk47
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rkf1976
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Crunchy's is a Lansing/East Lansing institution. An awesome dive bar with a great beer selection and great burgers. The service is fast and friendly and always willing to answer questions. When Michigan State is in session (Sept-May) it can get pretty busy, but it's definetly worth wait.

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Photo of silverbullet361
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of st8fan19
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Love Crunchy's! Loved coming here when I lived in Lansing. Great selection of taps, good food and lots of fun.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rjcoy06
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerGuyTy
4.75/5  rDev +17%

For over two years Crunchy's was my go-to bar as a student at MSU (I miss it dearly). With a great selection of beer and an awesome dive bar atmosphere, its hard to find anything much better in the area.. Did I mention you can order a mop bucket full of beer?? =)

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Photo of Erico1
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of WwLoganxX
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wingsman19
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of JLSIV
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of astronautjones
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MattByMoonlight
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of philerman
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was with my son checking out Spartan Stadium and asked someone else who happened to be an alum where a good place for lunch was and he mentioned Crunchy's for burgers. Headed over here expecting the likes of beer pong and lots of BMC stuff and was extremely pleasantly surprised to find what has got to be one of the top 10 beer lists of anywhere I've been. The menu has good, honest descriptions while the selection leans heavily toward Michigan with more common micros (but more obscure like Lagunitas Sonoma County Stout, Dogfish 61) from the coasts. I had a bratburger that was outstanding and my son enjoyed the beef tacos. They also have tater tots which I never realized before (most of my local watering holes are too classy) are the perfect palette cleanser while working through a flight. 24 beers on tap and nothing outrageously priced, though I'd say there wasn't too much sessionable or summer-oriented.

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Photo of Slay40
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is fun and friendly

Quality of food and beer is great

Service has been great on all of my visits

Great selection of food and always great selection of craft beer

Food is awesome, great burgers of course

overall a great place to grab a great burger and beer
and I realize i said great alot

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Photo of stevepat
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

On sunday prices are the best. Overall the best place for beer heads in EL and one of the best in the Lansing area. Great selection on tap that rotates constantly. I've never had a bottled beer here but I've seen on the menu that they do have a decent selection. Lots of brewery centric events that let you try never bottled beers from your favorite brewer and pretty good bar food. All in all a great little beer and burger joint. Must for any beer head attending MSU or visiting family.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I came based on the BA reviews and wasn't disappointed.

As others have mentioned, it's a college bar with a great selection of Michigan beers. $8 for four 5 oz. samples and I was drinking world class (mostly Michigan, but also a good selection of Great Lakes, Stone 16th Anniversary & Dogfish Head Urkontinent) beers. Bartender also gave a nice number of samples of the taps I didn't order. I didn't try the food, but I hear the burgers are awesome. Also tried a house ale brewed by the manager at Dark Horse - a brown ale with Citra hops. Very pleased.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I hit this place up every time I'm in town traveling for work.

It is what it is-a college dive. It can't be more than that or it would turn into a pile of nice shit in no time. But what they do have is a sick list of craft beer on draft at all times.

I have never been disappointed at their tap list. They always have a huge selection of MI beers that aren't always easy to find, anywhere! They also have brewery tap takeovers that don't cost a lot and have a brewery rep with 15 or so taps of special and std taps.

Food is always good-not great, but exactly what you would expect.

Parking is the only down side of going here. They are beside a coffee place that will tow your ass before you get in the door.-BEWARE!

Can't wait to get back there!

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Photo of buffs9
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hit Crunchy's quite a few times while living in East Lansing, but never reviewed. Just went back to visit friends and hit Crunchy's twice.

It's definitely a college dive type bar, which serves cheap food and beer, but at the same time they always have great stuff on tap that you can't find in the area.

I really like the burgers, nothing gourmet about them, just a really tasty burger.

I think my favorite part is they offer flights so you can choose any 4 beers on tap to sample. Only place in EL I ever found Kuhnhenn beers.

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