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Cheap Drinks

Drink Craft Beer on a PBR Budget


t’s easy for freelance craft beer writers to drink on the cheap. If our fame and influence fail to garner us an endless supply of free pints from

West Michigan’s finest microbreweries, at least it’s perfectly acceptable and sometimes even required for us to drink at 4 p.m., which is prime time for happy hour specials. Sadly, in your reality, you’re probably stuck in

a cubicle for the majority of your daylight hours, where drinking is frowned upon. But fret not, because it’s still possible for you to drink good beer without draining your bank account; you just have to know when and where to go. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork for you, so you can drink on a budget any day of the week. By Kelly Quintanilla


Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids; $2.25 Class 1 (Pale Ale, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard, Porter) $3 Class 2 (Double Trouble, Imperial Stout) 7 p.m.–close


Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield Ave. SE, Grand Rapids; $2 selected bottles Open–close


Old Boys’ Brewhouse 971 West Savidge St., Spring Lake; $3 house brew pints Open–close


The Meanwhile Bar 1005 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids; Half off Michigan pints: $2.50–$3 Open–midnight


Kalamazoo Beer Exchange 211 E. Water St., Kalamazoo;

Half off bottles: $1.25–$5.50 3–6 p.m. Bonus: Market crashes throughout the day/night, where select beers are dropped to rock-bottom prices


Cambridge House 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids; $2 pints 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Arcadia Brewing Company 103 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo; $3 pints Open–close

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of ethanol to the hippocampus, we love the variety and plenitude of afternoon specials. Happy hour is a time-honored way for bars to nudge beleaguered 9-5ers into the doors, but those of us with less “traditional” terms of employment love them for their economy and that secret thrill of drinking in daylight. Stella’s Lounge (53 Commerce Ave. SW) is not to be denied its crown for thrift, with


n inarguable positive of life in West Michigan is the low cost of living. As many pursuits involve the introduction

happy hour daily from 2–6 p.m. It is justifiably hard to beat a pitcher of sangria for $8, and well drinks top out at just $2. Perhaps even more enticing are the Meanwhile’s (1005 Wealthy St. SE) rotating cast of daily, 4 p.m.- midnight spe- cials. We at Revue are drooling over Thursday’s $3 Vern Ehlers, a tall, bracing combination of Jameson and Vernors. We think if the esteemed Congressman joined us in the beer garden for a pint he would agree. Lacking a garden, but more than making up for it in other ways is the Anchor Bar (447 Bridge St. NW), where you can wash down a handful of free popcorn with Grand Rapids’ best Bloody Mary ($4). Wells are strong and just $2 each, and the daytime

crowd is a real Westside treat. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday 3-7 p.m. Our thrifty friends in Kalamazoo have

been bragging about their own end-of-the- month hangouts, like Home Bar on Portage Street. The worn tables, beer-ad-festooned walls and friendly bartenders indicate why this bar is sometimes described as a “homey dive,” and that’s the way locals like it. It’s a great spot for off-the-cuff conviviality with strangers, especial- ly midday when 7-oz. drafts are just fifty cents. Mondays and Tuesdays mean mixed drinks are just $2.50 from 4-7 p.m., but with drinks this cheap, it’s almost as though happy hour were from open to close. By Lydia Clowney

etting a taxi can be a challenge, and those club clothes won’t look too good at a bus stop,

but the GR Hopper ( is an almost unbelievably good alter- native. The service will pick you up at your house, transport you to the nightlife destination of your choice, and take you back home at the end of the night. The fact that the deal includes rides on the hopper from bar to bar within the downtown “hopper box” and discounts and specials at area establishments is a deal sweetener, but we are even more excited by the prospect of forgoing those endless walks home from our pub of choice. Fares from in and around downtown start at just $5 for the whole package, with rates from Allendale running slightly higher. Even if you forget to plan ahead, the hopper will drive your car home for you for just $15, making the GR Hopper the most flexible designated driver in town. By Lydia Clowney




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