600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Frankly, this is a bar that shouldn’t work. The owner calls it the “Island of Misfit Toys”. It’s a post-prohibition(?)-themed bar/restaurant, with an ambitious menu of heavy, often absurdly-portioned dishes from every genre. It’s also open for every single Premier League soccer match, and completely packed for brunch. It’s the home of Arsenal Grand Rapids, and makes ambitious, delicious cocktails. They host science talks, an off-brand Moth night, and a crazy variety of musical acts, with jazz on Sunday nights. The requisite crowds show up for each of those, making increasing the eclectic nature of the place. The team here doesn’t try to be “cool”, they just try to be fun.