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Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 35
Beer Avg: 3.27
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
131 Albert Ave.
phone: (517) 333-4040
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Huge place. Harper's must make a fortune being right in the downtown area adjacent to the MSU campus. Clean, contemporary brewpub look with their highly polished copper behind glass and a tidy sprawl of tables-for-four with a bar (very big) a few steps lower in the middle of the place. Fun place when they have a band.
The beer was what I would expect for a college town: lackluster. Solid, well-made brews, but nothing I'd want to take home in a growler (not even sure if they offer beer to go). They offer a variety of styles ranging from Lite toThey know that they are in a college town and as a result they can get away with serving uninspired beer. At least the young, naive patrons can have a good expereince with fresh, hand-crafter beer.
12-02-2002 06:32:48 |
More by yen157
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Despite it's mediocre reviews, I really enjoyed this place. We had a nice evening on the deck. The inside was dead but the bar and the brewing equipment looked impressive. Service was a little slow but the waitress was nice enough and we weren't in a hurry. The tap list seemed a little "dumbed down" as others have said. A hefe, raspberry hefe, a light beer, a pale ale, and their foreign export stout. All misses for me except for the export stout. That was a solid offering and the brewer should build on that. Our dinner salads were a little overpriced but nicely done. Overall, it's worth the stop if you know what you are looking for. Definitely in the thick of the college scene but I'd go back again.
04-29-2006 18:36:55 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I find myself surprised with the other reviews that I see here. My guess is that people don't understand that if you go into the downtown of a college town you will find college bars, even if they are brewpubs. I find the atmosphere great for a college bar and loved how it was smoke-free before the rest of Michigan. Their brews are usually pretty good, though some are not the greatest, but you can never go wrong with the Grove Street or Spartan Wheat. Wednesday is definitely the day to go with half off basically everything. I find the food pretty good for a bar also, though didn't rate it as I have not had enough of it to know well.
The one negative thing I can say about Harper's is that the service is terrible any time that they are somewhat busy, but that just means to buy pitchers instead of pints or just go straight to the bar, same as most college bars.
So to conclude if you want a college bar that is a brewpub, Harper's is perfect, but don't go if you arn't ready for a bar with lots of college kids, drinking, and a DJ or live music that is often loud.
06-08-2010 01:12:57 |
More by Spiekerbox
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
I expected something a bit smaller and out-of-the-way before moving to Lansing. Much to my surprise, this place is huge, and a popular destination. There were ~7 beers on tap, and they were weighted towards the "light" end of the spectrum, unfortunately. That said, the three beers I tried were respectable. The food was mediocre and overpriced, unfortunately. Part of the fun is pulling into the lot across the street (you'll pay ~$3) and finding the last remaining parking space before the person following you has a chance to pull into the opening. Heh heh. Overall, Harper's is worth another visit, despite its bourgeouise atmosphere.
04-19-2005 05:19:27 |
More by Silphium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Harper's is an interesting phenomenon. It is a brewpub nestled among a dozen of so Busch bars in the heart of a Big Ten college town. They have a great brewer, who incidentally used to brew for MBC, who is not given alot of artistic license. Probably their best beer is their light, which is actually a very well done Kolsch. The Pale Ale is nice, and some of their rotating beers are pretty good too. Their beer is pretty accessible to most, but it's better than the bar that it replaced. Also they serve bottles of macros, which breweries are not supposed to do.
The service is TERRIBLE and has this reputation. If you go, sit at the bar. It's the only way to get prompt service. I went there with a group of about 8 and they had some kind of pub crawl passing through in a side room, so all of their waitstaff concentrated on them. They put a white shirt on one of their kitchen staff to serve us and he barely spoke English. One person asked for their trippel and the waiter said "I'll see if they can make that." He didn't know that it was one of their six on tap beers.
They rotate beers outside of their normal 4 pretty slowly, and the food is pretty good.
05-27-2004 20:56:02 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
The atmosphere here changes nightly, from a jazz club feel one night, to a college club the next, to a pool hall the next, etc. They have live bands a lot that vary greatly as well.
Overall quality is nice. I enjoyed going here on some of the slower nights. On busy nights, order your drinks three at a time because service disappears.
They usually have a decent selection of home brews ranging from wheats to stouts. Some are good, some aren't. They cater more toward the casual college drinker, so don't expect to get your socks blown off.
In the end, it's a light change from the typical bar scene. Not bad, and depending on the band, sometimes very enjoyable.
02-25-2008 19:41:50 |
More by ElGrecoVerde
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Definitely a college bar first and brewpub second. The beer that I have had here is decent, nothing really has ever stood out. It seems to be made for the college kids. It is a nice place with ok service. I can't ever remember getting food here, but the times I have come, it was toward the end of the night, after drinking for quite awhile. This is not my type of bar, as I like laid back places, with real good selections. But if you like the college scene and decent beer, it is not a bad choice. I would go to Crunchy's or Dusty's first if I had to choose.
02-26-2009 14:22:47 |
More by MasonBeerMan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $
I've lived in the relative area of this place for a long time but never realized it was a brewpub (not just a bar/restaurant) until now so I finally checked it out.
Place looked very nice outside and in--very new, clean, with brewing equipment on display inside. Very spacious inside also. I went when it wasn't busy at all so it was no problem finding a seat.
I only came to check out their homebrew selection and to catch up with some old friends. The selection seemed interesting but less dark beers than I had hoped for. I tried their Pale ale and was pretty pleased with it.
However, the service was horrible--especially for not even being busy at all. It took a long time for my party to place an order and then to actually receive the drinks. When mine came, it wasn't even what I ordered (it was some fruity beer that I had no interest in whatsoever). So once I finally got the beverage I wanted it was quite good.
The prices were really good, I had happened to come (unknowingly) on a day where all drinks were half off. So my pint of the good stuff was only $1.50. What a night to be the DD, right? So the cheap prices may have been partly to blame for the bad service, but not from what I've heard from others.
The atmosphere was nice, however it quickly go way too loud inside. Now, this place is a Restaurant and pub, so I was expecting to be able to converse and actually hear the other people that I came with, but no. A band started to play and they were so loud that I couldn't continue a conversation with my friend next to me. So we decided to then exit.
So all in all, Harper's has definite potential with their nice facility, seemingly quality brews (if there's a next time I'll have to try the food), and low prices. However, the service and volume made it unpleasant enough that I may take my time revisiting.
04-02-2008 02:42:57 |
More by jeremyd365
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $
Harper's, very hit and miss. The selection lacks as is noted by other reviews, but I find myself coming back monthly or more to see if they've changed up their 2 seasonals. Last batch they had a delicious milk stout that was WELL worth a growler refill or two.
After visiting last evening, i've noticed that they currently have "Finnigans red" and a stout (which neither are as satisfying as i would have liked them to be). The red is pretty average and the stout tasted far too thin.
One of my favorite things about the place is the very reasonable prices, happy hour pints for $1.75, growlers at first fill for $9(i think) with refills being $5. I find myself coming every so often to get mine filled, pretty much only because it's the closest brewpub to me, and I find myself in the east lansing area fairly often.
Oh, one last note - it really is embarassing to go into a brewpub and have a majority of the people in there drinking bottles of domestic swill like bud/miller light.
02-17-2007 15:28:13 |
More by drxandy
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
We were looking for a place to meet up with an old college friend and picked this as the only brewpub in town. I was surprised to find out it was in the old Dooley's building that I spent a lot of time in a a student long ago.
We were there Friday around 5:00 Pm and while I know it's summer in a college town, it was really dead. I tried the maibock and the wheat and both were decent, but nothing I'd seek out. My wife tried the pale ale it was okay. I had a tuna sub and it was nicely spiced and tasty. My wife ordered the burger with the pickled hops but just got a regular cheeseburger. Service was a bit slow, especially considering how dead it was.
While I wouldn't avoid the place I probably wouldn't suggest it either.
07-25-2012 18:20:16 |
More by spartan1979
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