I have seen enough episodes of Bar Rescue to know exactly what makes a bar fun.
Yes, fun is subjective and no, I don’t want to tell you how to spend your weekend, but maybe I can inspire you. I have compiled a definitive list of the four best bars in Big Rapids that will put all arguments to rest.
Number four: Buffalo Wild Wings. You could argue that B-dubs is not really a bar and you might be right, but depending on the night you can get a real bar atmosphere there. They make all the drinks you could ever expect to get in a town like Big Rapids, they have huge TVs so you can watch the Lions lose and the wings are very, very good. But you already knew that.
Number three: Star Shooters. I like to think of Shoots as two different bars. One is the late afternoon-early evening chill bar, and the other is the terrible hell-hole club. The Shooters that is ranked number three is the chill version. Sure your wing order is probably going to be wrong, and the wood panelling on the wall makes you think of your grandma’s nursing home but look, there are enough people there to make it fun and social and few enough people that you can probably still hear yourself think. I haven’t missed the Friday After Class (FAC) specials since I have been of age.
Number two: The Pub. The Pub is awesome in so many ways. First of all, they have Keno, which I love. Secondly, you never have to stand at the bar for a half hour to get a drink like the late night version of Shooters. And lastly, the atmosphere reminds me of an old western saloon after the the boys come back from the Autumn hunt. I have no idea why.
Number one: Gypsy Nickel Lounge. The best bar in Big Rapids, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is Gypsy. Excellent wait staff, sweet outdoor deck overlooking the river, decent whiskey selection and food so good that it will blow your balls off. Honestly, every second you spend your weekend not at Gypsy Nickel is wasted. They have karaoke on Mondays and Wednesdays, happy hour all throughout the week from 3-6 p.m. and music that you will never hear at a dubstep music festival.
Stay thirsty, my readers.