After the sun sets over the frozen tundra of the Lake Michigan shoreline, attention turns to dining and entertainment to make for a fun evening in Manistee. Looking for a live performance on the big stage, a rousing game of cards, or a tub of popcorn at a historic movie theater? Maybe you want to relax by a warm fire with a locally crafted brew? There are plenty of places to go and things to do after hours in Manistee County.
TJ’s Pub is located in the lower level of the one of the city’s greatest architectural landmarks, The Ramsdell Building. Find a cozy spot next to the fireplace of this quaint pub and enjoy a fresh take on lunch and dinner favorites. Featuring Michigan made products and a large selection of bottled beers and wine.
On your visit to Manistee, you won’t want to miss the oldest operating saloon in town. They are famous for their broasted chicken and award-winning soups. While you are visiting, take note of the antique Brunswick bar. Full menu served every day of the week.
Located on the shore of Portage Lake in the quaint town of Onekama, The Blue Slipper is a local gem established in the mid 1880’s. You will love the casual and friendly atmosphere, while enjoying a cocktail, light appetizers, and dinners featured by local food trucks nightly. This historic pub is open afternoons and evenings, closed on Wednesdays.
The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs
Open year-round, this casual full-service restaurant features carefully crafted comfort cuisine perfect for any occasion. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the stunning new South Course clubhouse, offering a birds-eye view of the course and surrounding Northern Michigan landscape, truly something to see at the sun sets over the shoreline. 12 local draft beer selections, a cozy fireplace, and 70” Ultra HD TVs make this a great place to gather for the big game.
This family friendly bar & grill serves classic comfort foods in the heart of Brethren. Traks is the perfect place to grab a pizza and beer while catching the game surrounded by flat screens. The rustic Northern Michigan inspired atmosphere welcomes you to warm up from a day of trekking through the winter wonderland of Manistee.
Brew & Sprits
Set in a relaxing county location, Northern Naturals Cider House & Winery specializes in premium quality organic hard ciders, wines made with organic fruit, sustainable farmed gold medal grape wines, and port wines. They feature 10 taps with rotating varieties of hard ciders made from fresh pressed apples and fermented on-site. Growlers, howlers, and bottles are all available for purchase. Open year round, this cider house invites you to stop in for a taste and stay to enjoy live music.
Located in a historic Downtown Manistee building, North Channel Brewing Co. is a craft brewery and full-service restaurant. Craft beers brewed in-house and 12 rotating taps compliment a menu of Texas inspired BBQ and southern specialties. Gather at this hot spot on the Manistee River for a locally inspired brew and great live entertainment events.
Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first working farm, growing and sourcing local grain to distill a full line of small-batch craft spirits on a reclaimed 1890’s farmstead in Thompsonville. Every step of the process is done by hand at the distillery, making it a unique spot for spirits during every season of the year. Check out their calendar of live entertainment events at: https://ironfishdistillery.com/events/
Featuring community, national, and international live performances for your entertainment, the historic Ramsdell Theater in downtown Manistee is a stunning landmark you really must see. Art exhibits, dance, live music, and theater performances fill their year-round schedule. Ticket information and performance schedule can be found at www.ramsdelltheatre.org.
The historic Vogue Movie Theater in downtown Manistee offers first-run movies every night of the week. Step back in time as you enjoy freshly popped popcorn, and your favorite snacks and beverages while you relax in this beautiful theater restored to its original 1930s décor. The charm of the venue and a community of friendly volunteers add to neighborhood feel of your movie going experience.
The night comes to life a Little River Casino Resort. Whether you are looking for some thrilling casino action or a world-class live performance, you will find entertainment abounds at this popular hot spot. With a 1,600-seat event center and nationally recognized acts taking the stage nearly every week, Little River Casino Resort is a top entertainment destination in Manistee. Check out the calendar packed with popular bands, singers, tours, and comedians, plus seasonal events and special performances at www.lrcr.com/entertainment.
Start planning your winter getaway today!