June 1 2016 11:40 AM

Top of the Town winners welcome newcomers



Best Hangouts

Best Biggby: Delta Township — 2002 W. Saginaw Highway In Greater Lansing, it feels like you’re never more than a scone’s throw away from a Biggby. Our readers chose the chain’s Delta Township location as this year’s Best Biggby.

2. East Lansing — 3499 E. Lake Lansing Road

3. Okemos — 4756 Marsh Road

Best Coffee Shop (non-Biggby):

Strange Matter Coffee Co. Upscale coffee stop Strange Matter Coffee Co. is winning over Lansing coffee snobs with its assortment of espresso drinks, pour-over coffees and cold brews, not to mention its oh-so-Instagramable drinkware.

2. Starbucks

3. (tie) Coffee Barrel and Espresso Royale

Best Dance Bar: Green Door Offering live entertainment seven nights a week with music ranging from blues to classic rock to upbeat funk, Green Door was voted the best spot to break it down on the dance floor.

2. Spiral Dance Bar

3. Tequila Cowboy

Best Hangout for Students:

Crunchy’s Known for its burgers, buckets of beer and popular karaoke nights, Crunchy’s took the top spot as the Best Hangout for Students.

2. HopCat

3. Pinball Pete’s

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar: Spiral Dance Bar Catering to the LGBTQ community since 1998, Spiral’s funky decor, expansive bar and extravagant events helped it take the top spot for the Best Gay/Lesbian bar.

2. Esquire

3. Zoobie's

Best Happy Hour: Houlihan’s With drink specials starting at $2 and small portions of appetizers just $3.95, Houlihan’s is the place to be during happy hour. Happy “hour” is a misnomer here; the bar offers specials from 3 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Zoobie's

3. Crunchy’s

Best Karaoke: Crunchy’s Crunchy’s has been offering its popular karaoke nights since 1995. Warm up your vocal cords and get in on the fun Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights, or just grab a craft brew and enjoy the show.

2. Green Door

3. Sir Pizza Grand Café

Best Lansing-area Brewery:

Lansing Brewing Co. Lansing Brewing Co. hit the ground running this year, opening in October with 12 taps of locally brewed beers. The Stadium District brewery edged out fellow newcomer Ellison Brewery + Spirits and pushed some of the area’s established breweries out of the top three.

2. Ellison Brewery + Spirits

3. Eaglemonk Pub & Brewery

Best Lansing-area Distillery: American Fifth Spirits American Fifth Spirits is proud that it is Lansing’s first distillery. Using locally sourced ingredients, the Stadium District distillery churns out its flagship vodka, Hue, as well as Fat Five unaged whiskey, Capital Gin and the brand new Turtleback Rum.

2. Lansing Brewing Co.

3. Red Cedar Spirits

Best Movie Theater: NCG Known for its wide selection of movies, family-friendly environment and $2 Tuesdays, NCG took this year’s award for Best Movie Theater.

2. Celebration! Cinema

3. Studio C!

Best Music Venue: Green Door The Green Door is a prime spot to catch live music seven nights a week. The Michigan Avenue venue hosts everything from blues to funk to hip hop.

2. Loft

3. Wharton Center

Best Open-mic night: Green Door — Comedy Night Green Door’s Comedy Night took this year’s award for Best Open-mic Night, beating out some of the region’s best known musical open mic nights.

2. Avenue Café

3. Moriarty’s

Best Patio: Waterfront Bar & Grill While there are plenty of places to enjoy a burger in the open air, it’s hard to beat Waterfront Bar & Grill’s riverside location and killer view of the downtown Lansing skyline.

2. El Azteco

3. Peanut Barrel

Best Place to Take Kids: Impression 5 Science Center Since 1972, Impression 5 has offered a fun, interactive space where kids and families can learn more about science.

2. Potter Park Zoo

3. Hawk Island Park

Best Pub/Tavern: Zoobie’s A former factory bar, Zoobie’s has become one of Lansing’s hippest watering holes under the direction of the Potent Potables Project. The ownership group opened the Creole/Creole Coffee Co. last year and will break ground soon on a Frandor taco joint.

2. Dagwood’s

3. Crunchy’s

Best Spartan Sports Hangout: Buffalo Wild Wings Chain bar/restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings, known to many to as B-Dubs, specializes in chicken wings tossed in a variety of sauces. Featuring televisions and projection screens mounted on virtually every inch of available wall space, the bar was voted best place to catch some MSU sports.

2. Spartan Hall of Fame

3. Crunchy’s

Best Sports Bar: Nuthouse Sports Bar Downtown Lansing’s Nuthouse, with its wall of televisions, was voted the best place to watch sports.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings

3. Buddies – Holt

Best Vacation Spot in Michigan: Traverse City Known for its freshwater beaches, picturesque wineries and its annual Cherry Festival, Traverse City was voted as the Best Vacation Spot in Michigan.

2. Mackinac Island

3. Upper Peninsula

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