June 6 2017 02:35 PM

City Pulse and Fox 47 present the 2017 Top of the Town winners

Best Hangouts


Best Bar: Lansing Brewing Co.

Whether you’re looking to play a round of corn hole on the patio, take a yoga class in the Stockhouse or just belly up to the bar for an Amber Cream Ale, there’s a place for you at Lansing Brewing Co. The Stadium District brewery has become a popular gathering place for Lansing beer lovers.

2. Zoobie's

3. Dagwood's

Best Biggby: East Lansing - 3499 E. Lake Lansing Rd.

Out of all the Biggbys (Biggbies?) in the Greater Lansing area, the one in East Lansing is the fairest of them all. Our voters described this location as fast and friendly with great baristas.

2. Lansing - 2002 W. Saginaw

3. Grand Ledge - 914 Charlevoix

Best Coffee Shop: Strange Matter Coffee Co.

Despite the influx of craft coffee joints, Strange Matter Coffee Co. remains the Best Coffee Shop in the non-Biggby division. If you think you see a lot of Strange Matter on your Instagram feed now, wait until it starts making doughnuts … .

2. Bloom Coffee Roasters

3. Starbucks

Best Dance Bar: Spiral

Lansing’s premier LGBTQ bar is also the best place in town to shake your groove thang. Our voters raved about the “diverse crowd” that dances the night away at Spiral.

2. Green Door

3. Tequila Cowboy

Best Hangout For Students: Crunchy's

What's not to love about buckets of pizza nugs and craft beer?

2. Pinball Pete's

3. HopCat

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar: Spiral

Spiral’s unique atmosphere and themed parties earned the Old Town establishment the Best Gay/Lesbian Bar award for the seventh straight year.

2. Esquire

3. Sir Pizza Grand Cafe - Old Town

Best Happy Hour: Zoobie's

Happy hour at Zoobie’s is more than just drink specials. Artisanal pizzas, bruschetta and other creative appetizers pair excellently with wine, craft beer and cocktails.

2. Houlihan's

3. HopCat

Best Karaoke: Crunchy's

This East Lansing staple might attract some with their famous Crunchy Burger or buckets of beer, but the real draw is Crunchy’s karaoke night. According to voters, the bar wins best karaoke, “no contest.”

2. Green Door

3. Tequila Cowboy

Best Lansing-Area Brewery: Lansing Brewing Co.

With flagship beers like the Angry Mayor IPA and Official Union Golden Ale and a constant rotation of new brews, Lansing Brewing Co. has become of favorite of local beer enthusiasts.


2. Ellison Brewery + Spirits

3. Eaglemonk Pub & Brewery

Best Lansing-area Distillery: American Fifth Spirits

Liquor might be quicker, but at American Fifth Spirits, alcohol aficionados will want to take their time with these creative cocktails. The ever-evolving cocktail at American Fifth’s tasting room features a variety of tasty options made with its own vodka, gin, rum and whiskey.

2. Lansing Brewing Co.

3. Ellison Brewery + Spirits

Best Local Outing with Friends: Lansing Lugnuts

It’s summertime, which means plenty of opportunities to watch Lansing’s home team battle for minor league supremacy. To get even more bang for your buck, go on Thursday nights to stuff yourself with $2 beers and hotdogs.

2. Lansing Brewing Co.

3. Zoobie's

Best Movie Theatre: NCG Eastwood Cinemas

NCG wins over Greater Lansing moviegoers with reclining seats, a “great selection of times” and, most important to our readers, excellent concessions, including great popcorn and “stellar soda refills.”

2. Celebration! Cinema

3. Studio C!

Best Music Venue: Wharton Center

East Lansing’s Wharton Center beats out the area’s rock clubs and blues bars to snag its first-ever win for Best Music Venue.

2. Green Door

3. Loft

Best Patio: Waterfront Bar & Grill

A burger, a cold beer and an exceptional view of the Grand River all add up to the best patio in Lansing. Our voters love being on the water to eat with friends, meet with clients or catch some live music.

2. El Azteco

3. Peanut Barrel

Best Place to Take Kids: Impression 5

From infants to grandparents, Impression 5 has “something for every age,” our voters said. Activities like Impression 5’s bubble room and the giant Lite Brite are fun for the young and the young at heart.

2. Potter Park Zoo

3. District5

Best Spartan Sports Hangout: Spartan Hall of Fame

If you can’t get a ticket to the game, the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe is the place to be for MSU sports events. Memorabilia galore and a slew of HD plasma tvs cover the walls of this Spartan hangout, so you’ll never miss a play.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings

3. Reno's East

Best Sports Bar: Nuthouse Sports Bar

With televisions almost everywhere you look, Nuthouse Sports Grill is our voters’ favorite place to catch a game with some friends.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings

3. Crunchy's


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