Jacks Waterfront Bistro + Bar
940 W. Savidge Street, Spring Lake MI 49456 - 616-846-1370
In addition to delicious entrees, this waterfront restaurant has an outdoor tiki bar where you can enjoy their signature Rum Bomber or indulge in their happy hours at various times during the week. Jacks hosts a comedy night every Thursday and live entertainment on the outdoor deck during the warmer months.
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Webbers Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge
6339 Edgewater Dr, Erie, MI 48133 - 734-723-7411
For the past 31 years, Webbers Waterfront Restaurant has been family owned and operated. Facing the Ottawa River, right on the edge of the Michigan and Ohio border, Webbers offers drinks such as Electric Lemonade and Cucumber Lime Clamdigger. If these mixed drinks arent for you, you can still sit on their outdoor patio, sip on sangria and listen to live music on Sundays.
Photo: Facebook, Webber's Waterfront Restaurant
1223 S Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417 - 616-842-5920
With its spectacular views of the beach and Lake Michigan, this is the perfect restaurant and bar to visit. The Pirates Den Cocktail Lounge, located inside the restaurant, offers a wide selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks, ensuring there is something everyone will enjoy. I mean, what is better than a Pineapple Upside Down martini?
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Mermaid Bar and Grill
340 Water St., Saugatuck, MI 49453 - 269-857-8208
With draft beers, an assortment of wine and Mermaid Signature Tiki Cocktails served in a pineapple shell, this eight page menu of drinks is enough to make you want to visit more than once. If you are ever visiting Saugatuck, Michigan, visit this bar and grill and bask in the summer sun on the patio overlooking the Kalamazoo River.
Photo: Facebook, The Mermaid Bar and Grill
438 Hancock St., Pentwater, MI 49449 - 231-869-4215
Sitting on the edge of Pentwater Lake, Gull Landing has a large outdoor patio with live entertainment throughout the summer. With martinis, Moscow mules, bottled and draft beer, this is a great place to visit with a group of friends and enjoy a warm summer night.
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311 S. Harbor, Grand Haven, MI 49417 - 616-846-8400
In the heart of downtown Grand Haven, this restaurant has a rooftop deck bar with a large selection of wine and assorted drinks that overlooks the Grand River. After a long day on the water, this rooftop bar is a great place to relax, but still ensures that you are part of the action.
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Odd Side Ales
41 Washington Ave., Suite 160, Grand Haven, MI 49417 - 616-935-7326
This brewery, while a block or two from the waterfront, is still in the heart of downtown Grand Haven and an intriguing place to stop for a drink after a day at the beach. Odd Side Ales has a wide variety of beers on tap and and events happening weekly such as trivia, $5 stein fill and live music.
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94376 CR-690, Sister Lakes, MI 49047 - 269-424-5434
Right off of County Road 690, this lakeside restaurant and bar is a little off the beaten path, but one you need to visit. After a day on the lake, you can park your pontoon right in front of the restaurant, grab a beer on tap and listen to live entertainment on the patio overlooking the lake.
Photo: Facebook, Dockside Dan's
Rivers Edge Bar and Grill
653 W Main St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 - 269-925-6151
This quaint bar and grill sits on the corner of the Paw Paw and St. Joseph rivers. With an outdoor patio, delicious food and drinks, this is a great stop to make, whether you are in the area or just passing through.
Photo: Yelp, River's Edge Bar and Grill
The Beach Bar
3505 Ocean Beach Road, Clark Lake, MI 49234 - 517-529-4211
While this bar is not directly on a beach, it does have amazing views of Clark Lake and enough beer and specialty drink options to make you feel like you are on a beach. With live entertainment on the outdoor patio all throughout the summer, be sure to arrive early to snag a table for your friends in front of the stage.
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1601 Beach St., Muskegon, MI 49441 - 231-755-5022
In the middle of Pere Marquette Park, this Muskegon restaurant and bar is open for the summer. With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, live music and steps away from the beach, this BBQ and beer joint is a great place to take a break before going back to play.
Photo: Facebook, The Deck
Village Cafe and Pub
347 S Hancock St., Pentwater, MI 49449 - 231-869-4626
Enjoy a laid back meal on the outdoor deck and then head to The Village Pub for comedy nights, live music and happy hours. This underground pub in the heart of Pentwater is somewhere different to take your friends. Grab a beer, play a game of Foosball, watch the big game or dance the night away at this historic Pentwater pub.
Photo: Facebook, Village Cafe and Pub
111 River St., Leland, MI 49654 - 231-256-9834
The Cove faces the Leland River and is right in the heart of the little fish town. This waterfront restaurant has a large outdoor patio right on the water that is bustling during the day and at night. With a variety of beers and specialty drinks to choose from the tiki bar, this is the place to be.
Photo: Facebook, The Cove
River Street Station
350 River Street, Manistee, MI 49660 - 231-723-8411
River Street Station is in downtown Manistee and minutes away from the beach and Lake Michigan. This restaurant and bar has a huge selection of beers on tap and daily drink specials. Sit on the patio with ivy covered walls and watch the boats pass on the river all while enjoying one of the many options they have to drink.
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13512 Peninsula Drive, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, MI 49686 - 231-223-4333
As a restaurant, brewery and distillery, Jolly Pumpkin is a classic place to stop at while visiting Traverse City. It is in the middle of downtown and its even kid friendly, so bring the family! If you arent planning a trip to Traverse City anytime soon, they have other locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor and the Dexter Tap Room.
Photo: Facebook, Jolly Pumpkin- Old Mission Peninsula (Traverse City)
6758 Pine St., Caseville, MI 48725 - 989-856-1228
Thumb Brewery is in downtown Caseville and minutes away from the beach. The brewery has quite a list of brews and wines, which means theres something for everyone. Its unique location in an 1800 historic home and open patio gives visitors the perfect place to relax and enjoy the town.
Photo: Facebook, Thumb Brewery
7318 Huron Ave., Lexington, MI 48450 - 810-359-2200
The Village Pub of Lexington is right up the hill from the State Harbor and serene beaches of Lake Michigan. In addition to a large selection of drinks on tap, the pub has open mic nights, karaoke nights and live music. Their weekly specials and great location next to the shops make it a great place to grab a beer and watch the game.
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The Lake House Waterfront Grille
730 Terrace Point Blvd., Muskegon, MI 49440 - 231-722-4461
This waterfront grille offers chilled martinis, old world and new age cocktails. They have a wide selection of food on top of their beautiful waterfront views. Located next to Terrace Point Marina in downtown Muskegon, the outdoor patio offers a perfect location to watch the sunset and sip an after dinner drink.
Photo: Facebook, The Lake House Waterfront Grille
Bridge Street Tap Room
202 Bridge St., Charlevoix, MI 49720 - 231-437-3466
Situated between Lake Michigan and Round Lake, this tap room is in the perfect location in downtown Charlevoix. In addition to a patio that overlooks the lake, they offer 32 beers and ciders on tap, as well as other wine and specialty drinks.
Photo: IG user @lydsandhercats
Jerrys Pub and Restaurant
650 Egan Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49230 - 517-467-4700
Jerrys Pub is the local restaurant on Wamplers Lake in Brooklyn. Sip on a drink after ordering delicious appetizers and watch the beautiful sunset over the lake. Once the sun goes down, Jerrys has live music throughout the week. A visit to this pub is a great way to embarrass a few friends by making them get up on stage and sing a few tunes during karaoke night.
Photo: Facebook, Jerry's Pub and Restaurant
We have gathered a list of the 20 best beach town bars in Michigan. Ranging from family friendly to just for the adults, these bars are sure to make your vacation or day of relaxing one to remember.