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Bars and nightlife in Kalamazoo County

Top bars

New American Restaurant
“Home-style eatery for seasonal American fare & market for locally produced food & cooking classes.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Brewery
“Renowned local brewery with food and an outdoor beer garden. Occasional live music.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Brewery
“Gotta go. Bell’s has been creating the best beer in the world since 1985. Great food of all types too. Check the food specials like tacos and Eccentric Grilled Cheese. Use the bar like a local avoid making lines worse: spread out and get up there. Also bands on weekends. There’s a board above the piano showing who’s in town. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“unexpectedly innovative Italian with lots of locally-sourced seasonal ingredients”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list offers creative pub fare & brunch items”
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great BBQ & Beer. Beer garden is a dog-friendly outdoor space with band stage and view of the river.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Excellent restaurant serving many smaller plates. The atmosphere is wonderful and the mixologists can make you something really special.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“High-end locally owned entertainment center with Escape Rooms, a Painting with a Twist franchise, a top notch arcade, miniature golf, a ropes course and zip line, go-carts. There are many food and drink options including a Tap Room with many local beers and pub food. There is open bowling and also a "first class' lounge/ bowling area for private parties. This very popular airplane​ themed business is a great way for people of all ages to spend a few hours.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Middle Eastern Restaurant
“Offering up authentic, fresh, vibrant Middle Eastern cuisine, and featuring a full bar with beer, wine, and spirits from around the world and the Middle East. Weekly belly dancing! Catering available.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Wild Bull (has mechanical bull to ride), Sky|Deck (great views of the city), The Gatsby, and District Square (DJ w/dancing).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“When open (weekends in the summer), a fun place to grab a drink and watch the sun set. Sometimes closed for private events though. Entrance is through Monaco Bay (bar). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lounge
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“You can ride the mechanical bull to your hearts content if you go during the day!”
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

Music venues

Bar
“Great pizza, fish tacos, burritos and ambiance. Blue and white collar alike. Bump and wash ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“www.kazoostate.com Intimate Concert Hall! Fantastic acoustics, thanks to seriously good theatre design. Renowned architect John Eberson designed our theatre in 1927 to create the feel of a Spanish garden. You’ve never seen a show anywhere like this.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Live music most nights of the week featuring WMU music students and other local musicians. The food is good too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“Monaco Bay is a great bar to meet up with friends or listen to these guys on the piano who are hilarious and keep the place lively. There are a couple levels with different environments. Includes The Skydeck Restaurant where you can eat on the top of the build, The Wild Bull where you go for drinks and to ride the bull. Or you can walk the streets of downtown Kalamazoo and find something right around the corner to do.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Wild Bull (has mechanical bull to ride), Sky|Deck (great views of the city), The Gatsby, and District Square (DJ w/dancing).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Conference Room
Event Space
  • 2 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Fontana's chamber music programming features world-class​performers playing classical, modern and jazz. www.fontanamusic.org”
  • 1 local recommends