The GR Happy Hour Challenge – Can You Hit All 9 Before Spring?

If We Just Invented Happy Hour Hopping, We’re Not Sorry

When the winter gloom starts to kick in, we all feel it. I know I do!

As hard as it tries to keep me in, I’ve found a new love – Grand Rapids happy hour! If Grand Rapids is abundant in anything, it’s our bars and restaurants. From cozy dining rooms, to bustling taprooms, there is a place for everyone. 

I’m on a mission to keep getting myself out and about, even with the plummeting temps. If bar hopping is already a thing, why not happy hour hopping?

Here are nine of the best Grand Rapids happy hour spots to visit this year to kick your winter blues. And bonus points if you can hit them all before spring!

Make it a weekend: Pair Happy Hour Hopping with one of our Adventure Dates for the ultimate weekend in GR.

Hop on Over to These 9 Grand Rapids Happy Hour Spots

01: Michigan Beers, Check

If you are looking for somewhere to try new Michigan beers, 7 Monks Taproom is the place to go!

With 51 drafts, 7 Monks always has a considerable selection of some of Michigan’s best.

What better time to try them than happy hour when all of their Michigan drafts are $2 off?

Grand Rapids Happy Hour

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

7 Monks Taproom

When:

Monday – Friday; 3 pm – 6 pm
Tuesdays from 3 pm – 11:45 pm

Best Weekly Special:

Go on Monday Burger Night anytime between 3 pm – 10 pm and get a greasy spoon burger & fries for $7!

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $2 off all wine pours, burgers, sparkling wine, Michigan drafts, and all whiskey pours
  • $5 cheese curds, fried pickles, sweet potato fries, garlic breadsticks, and egg rolls
  • $7 draft cocktails, pork sliders, wings
Happy Hour Grand Rapids at 7 Monks Taproom

7 Monks Taproom is located at 740 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI

02: The Sangria is Calling and I Must Go

For the sangria lovers, Stella’s Lounge is your stop.

Sangria for you and your friends for $8!

It’s loud, it’s a bar, and it’s a sure taste of Grand Rapids. Shoutout to their retro arcade + pinball!

Grand Rapids happy hour at Stellas Lounge

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

Stella’s Lounge

When: 

Monday – Friday 4 pm – 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm

Best Weekly Special:

Every Thursday is burger night at Stella’s Lounge! From 4 pm – 10 pm, get $5 off all burgers with the purchase of a drink.

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $1.75  PBR
  • $1.25 Blatz
  • $8 Pitchers of Sangria
  • $2 Wells drinks 
  • 1/2 off Chronic Fries and Chili Cheese Fries

Stella’s Lounge is located at 53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI

03: When You’re Looking for the Luxe Experience without the Formalities

We’ll put Reserve Wine & Food into the “polished casual” dining category.

It’s perfect for a date night when you’re looking for somewhere nice but, well, casual!

Reserve Food and Wine gives an intimate but inclusive dining experience, attended to by an amazing staff.

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

Reserve Food & Wine

When: 

Every day from 4 pm – 6 pm

Best Weekly Special:

 Visit during Wine Wednesday at Reserve and get 50% off select bottles of wine all day.

Happy Hour Specials:

  • 50% off select pastas and handhelds
  • $5 select cocktails and wine pours

Reserve Wine & Food is located at 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

04: That Neighborhood Vibe

Nestled in the East Hills neighborhood, The Green Well is a warm and welcoming restaurant.

Besides a fabulous banana’s foster bread pudding, The Green Well offers great happy hour deals.

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

The Green Well

When: 

Tues – Friday: 2 pm – 5 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: All Day

Best Weekly Special:

Burgalicious Tuesdays! $10 for a burger and a domestic beer. Beef, turkey, and blackbean burgers are available and the toppings change each week.

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $3 select MI beers
  • $4 house wine 
  • $5 house margarita, moscow mule, classic daquiri, old fashioned, and tom collins
  • $6 avocado toast, breads & spreads, truffle fries, chips & guac, smashed brussel sprouts, truffle fries, deviled eggs

The Green Well is located at 924 Cherry Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 

05: Kitchen Tables, Grandma’s China, & Great Grub

The Old Goat has an eclectic, cozy atmosphere.

If their pizza isn’t enough, their happy hour should do the trick! The Old Goat boasts one of the best wine deals in happy hours across the board.

Have some soup, have some wine, and have a darn good time!

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

The Old Goat

When: 

Monday – Thursday from 3 – 6 pm

Best Weekly Special:

Unlimited Cups of Soup with Bread. $12. Available til 4 pm.

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $3 wine, $3 fries
  • $1 off all draft beers 
  • $6 goat cheese spread
  • $7 Don Ho hot wings 
  • $8 burgers

The Old Goat is located at 2434 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 

06: Keep Creston Funky

Recently opened in July, River North Public House is an energetic but sophisticated space with a great cocktail menu.

Their appetizers are second to none and during happy hour they’re 1/2 off!

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

River North Public House

When: 

Mon – Fri : 3 pm – 6 pm

Best Weekly Special:

No weekly specials that we know of yet. Hope they add some soon!

Happy Hour Specials:

  • 1/2 off appetizers
  • $2 off beer, wine, and cider
  • $3 Well drinks

River North Public House is located at 2115 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 

07: Happy in Downtown

Brick and Porter is a perfect place to spend a cold, snowy evening in downtown without having to take out a mortgage. Somehow, they keep their prices in check, their attitudes lowkey, and the service and food top notch.

Not only do they have great happy hour deals (get the artichoke dip!), but their burgers are worth a visit!

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

Brick and Porter

When: 

Mon – Wed: 2 pm – 6 pm
Mon – Wed: 9 pm – 11 pm
Thursday: All Day

Best Weekly Special:

On taco tuesday, Brick and Porter offers $4 margaritas and $2 off tacos!

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $3 wells
  • $4 calls
  • $1 off drafts, wine, bottled beer
  • $2 off appetizers (excluding Thursdays)

Brick and Porter is located at 47 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids, MI 

08: I Knew them When…

Well known for their “cosmik fries,” and yes they are definitely out of this world, HopCat is a Grand Rapids superstar. So much that we have two of them! It’s not everyday that a GR brand goes national, but HopCat did and we’re not afraid to be a little bandwagon.

Bonus: HopCat has a lot to offer in the Michigan beer department. Their beer list is long and always updated on their website.

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

HopCat – Downtown GR

When: 

Mon – Thur: 3 pm – 6 pm
Mon – Thur: 10 pm – close

Best Weekly Special:

None at the moment, but we hope they bring back bottomless Cosmik Fries with a burger soon!

Happy Hour Specials:

  • $1.50 off draft beer and cocktails
  • $3 well drinks and select wines 
  • $4 Tito’s, Jameson, and Captain Morgan
  • $5 off burgers
  • Shareables starting at $2

HopCat Downtown is located at 25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 

09: Around the World in 80 Bites

ROAM by Sanchez is just hanging out over by DeVos Hall waiting for someone to notice how epic happy hour at 3 pm is. Get a table before 5, especially on concert nights…

Seriously, if you want to take your mouth on a global adventure, visit ROAM. Global Street Food. Those San Chez people know what they’re doing.

Happy Hour Highlights

Where:

ROAM by Sanchez

When: 

Mon – Friday: 2 pm – 6 pm

Weekly Happy Hour Specials:

  • Mon: Half-off beer with burgers
  • Tues: Half-off margaritas and paratha tacos
  • Wed: Half-off wine and desserts
  • Thur: Half-off mules and hash balls
  • Fri: Half-off beer and kielbasa

ROAM by San Chez is located at 250 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 

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