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9 Best Places For Nightlife Downtown Kalamazoo, MI

Posted on November 10th, 2017

You knew Kalamazoo was home to the best craft beer in the country, but in addition to great beer, there’s some pretty amazing nightlife downtown as well! Each of these venues is exceptionally unique; from the history they hold, the drinks they serve and the iconic musicians gracing their stages every night, you’re sure to find the experience you’re looking for in Kalamazoo. 



Louie’s Trophy House Grill

Located at the Corner of North and Walbridge. Serving Kalamazoo since 1918. Louie’s doors were open through Prohibition and the Great Depression as a speakeasy, a convenience store, and a soup kitchen. The past 70+ years have been dedicated to friends, cold drinks, delicious food, and live entertainment! They have a unique and intimate back room providing weekly music, comedy, open mic, and special events.




Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

On June 11, 1993, Bell’s Brewery, Inc. became the first Michigan brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. The Eccentric Café offers customers a chance to taste many of our well known beers, as well as small batch brews that are not distributed outside of the pub. Visitors enjoy its warm atmosphere and spacious beer garden. The Eccentric Café also features a food, an extensive collection of art and ephemera, and live music throughout the week. 




Kalamazoo State Theatre

Open since 1927, the State Theatre is one of Kalamazoo’s last historic theatres, bringing you the best in music, comedy and more.




Old Dog Tavern

The Old Dog Tavern opened in January 2010 and is located in the historic Star Building. They have cold drinks, hot food, delicious snacks, live music, pinball and free Ping-pong! 




Shakespeare’s Pub

Choose from 44 drafts that change almost daily, a full menu, over 30 big screen TV’s, darts, pool tables, Megatouch and Shuffleboard. Daily drink specials, reservations for large parties and live music and bands downstairs. 




The Union Cabaret & Grill

The Union offers free live music every Monday-Saturday. Think route 66, blues, jazz, funk and more! Try food from the great food states, like Texas, Kansas, and the Carolinas (best Gumbo in town, 6 different signature BBQ sauces, Saint Louis style ribs, and more). 




Arcadia Brewing Co.

Enjoy live music, communal seating and deli-style food service. Sip on beer, wine, Michigan-made soft drink like Faygo, and more!




Rupert’s Brew House

Featuring handcrafted brews and the best in local music nightly!




Monaco Bay

Monaco Bay Piano Bar and Grill is the cornerstone of the Entertainment District. Every Friday and Saturday The Players serenade the audiences as they dine from our diverse dinner menu. Later, the lights go down and the energy level rises with the Late Show, a full-on dueling piano spectacular!