Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Lansing nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Lansing Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

The Exchange

Designed to inspire visions of grandeur and dollar signs, this Michigan Avenue watering hole attracts a fairly upscale crowd of downtown professionals and cocktail connoisseurs – most of whom swear that the bartenders here shake up some of the...  Read More

Set along an East Lansing side street, this noteworthy haunt is homey and pub-like, with a more mature clientele than the town's usual collegiate watering holes. Stained glass light fixtures, dark wood paneling, and original artwork in the main...  Read More

Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub

One of East Lansing's more popular restaurants and watering holes, this brewpub boasts a swanky bar area surrounded by high bistro tables and booths. Huge beer vats stand in plain view like sentries, letting you know that the beer is, indeed,...  Read More

Downtown - East

When it comes to finding a great place downtown to enjoy live jazz or blues, most locals will point you to the Green Door, which features terrific live acts six nights a week. Conveniently located between the capitol and the MSU campus, the...  Read More

Many locals regard this as the Capital City's premier gay dance club, featuring retro and Top-40 parties and professional house DJs skilled at keeping the fun going long after old folks have hit the sack. The club's stylish interior features...  Read More

Tripper's Sports Bar & Restaurant

Billed as Mid-Michigan's biggest sports bar, Tripper's offers a TV (50 of them!) in almost every nook, cranny, alcove, or corner you can find, and you can bet that some form of sporting event (from Big-10 hoops to Aussie-rules football) will...  Read More

Rick's American Cafe

Rick's is arguably one of the best joints in East Lansing to catch up-and-coming live acts. Bands with names like the Foster Kids, Jedi Mind Trip, Global Village, and Green Trio have rocked college kids, who in turn laud the bar's oft-cheap beer...  Read More

Peanut Barrel

This cozy college-town bar and grill is a favorite haunt with students, but also with alumni and even faculty. A great place to catch a game on the tube or just kick back and hang with locals, the Barrel offers patrons video games and a...  Read More

Riviera Cafe Restaurant Lounge

Known to regulars as simply "the Riv," this East Lansing watering hole is a terrific place to encounter some local color, grab a cold one, and catch a game on the tube. The attitude is warm and inviting – this is the type of joint that makes...  Read More

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