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We have a group of 7 heading up for the game this fall.
We're flying in to Flint and staying at the Gatehouse Suites on East Grand River Avenue.
Question- What are some of the best bars/restaurants to go to in the area? Anything we must see/do while in town?
Looking forward to the trip and hoping we can keep it competitive.
the olive garden by the mall is pretty nice.
Red Haven is a great tapas restaurant not too far from where you are staying. Not walkable but close.
For a taste of East Lansing's bar scene, Crunchy's is a landmark institution. Great beer selection.
Another bar selection that is downtown directly across from campus is Peanut Barrel.
we have a pool and a pond. the pond will be good for you.
There is an awesome (if a bit expensive/pretentious) restaurant that will be just around the corner from your hotel. It's called Red Haven; corner of Hagadorn & Mt Hope.
As for bars, there aren't any that I would say are "can't miss," everything in EL is pretty much the same; dive-y and small. Although by that time the new Hopcat (a 100 tap craft beer bar) will be open, and I'm told it will be a game changer. In fact the rest of the bars in the area might have already boarded up their windows and thrown in the towel by then.
As for something to do, there is a really cool but little known RE Olds (the guy who started Oldsmobile) Museum towards Lansing's downtown. If any of your group are car guys they will enjoy the hell out of it. The museum is also shares a parking lot with the world renowned Lansing Ballet.
Hopcat sounds good. We have a lot of craft beer places down here in Tampa. Usually like trying a couple of the local dives too.
Thanks for the tips.
The MSU Dairy Store for ice cream. Lock it.
I second Peanut Barrel. Try sitting on the patio. Not a better outdoor dining experience in East Lansing.
Also, on gameday you can drink anywhere on campus so walk around sipping beer on the north side...one of my favorite fall traditions.
Put your efforts into figuring out how to get out of Flint alive.
Does landing in Bishop even really count as Flint? I know it's technically in the city (thanks to some interesting boundaries) but I've never really associated the airport as being part of Flint.
For local dives, Crunchy's and Peanut Barrel are definitely the top choices.
I'm guessing none of them are 7.
So it sounds like for fine dining head to the fancy Olive Garden by the mall.
Chunky's and Peanut Barrel for drinks.
Ballet for post drinks entertainment.
Ice cream for dessert.
And a trip to AMwood's pool.
Flint? Bring your Kevlar vest
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
No joke, ask this same question to a Boise State board. They were here last year and would probably be more helpful from a visiting team prospective.
I'm kidding on a couple of those.
I appreciate the suggestions. It looks like we'll be able to walk to a few of the places. Thanks!
This is true. But, so sad.
Go bar hopping downtown.
End up at Rick's late night for sloppy drunkiness...if you like that sort of thing.
Or go to the Landshark. I'm sure Jerry and the Juveniles and the Jr. Juveniles will be rocking out.
This post was edited by NigelUno 13 months ago
Just curious - what is the hourly rate at the Gatehouse Suites now?
Just take a cab to the corner of MAC and Albert. Within a 5-10 block radius there are several college bar options.
Rick's, Landshark, PT Omalley's, Harpers, The Riv, Peanut Barrel, Crunchy's, Dublin Square.
If there aren't any lines just bounce around. None of them are 'must see' but they get different crowds.
My favorite is the Peanut Barrel. It's low key and unimpressive. Good sandwiches, a few decent beer options, dart boards, etc. Typically an older crowd.
If you're looking to experience E.L. in it's full dirty drunken collegeness then make sure to hit up the other bars mentioned above........
Enjoy your trip.
Appreciate all the feedback gents. Looking forward to the trip in the Fall.
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You left out the most important part about Peanut Barrel, Long Islands.
This is a Pallas’s cat. Their round pupils give them an odd human quality. They disturb me...deeply.
If you can find a parking spot on game day to get to the downtown EL area, everything is walkable. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to get within walking distance - Peanut Barrel, the new HopCat, the Riv, BW3, Landshark, PT's, Beggar's Banquet, and others are all within a short walk to each other. Crunchy's is a little further and would be a few minutes of a walk to the rest of them. As for food - Peanut Barrel for burgers, Crunchy's for Pizza (and a lot of good beer), BW's is BW's, and the others all have some form of bar food that likely won't make you ill and will absorb the beer.
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