Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 29
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
As all East Lansing bar's, this is definitely a college bar and you should know that before you come. MSU is a big party school and all of the bar's in the downtown area reflect that. Crunchy's though is one of my favorites of all of them.
The atmosphere is usually good, loud with a lot of people but never too busy (they don't let that many people in), there is never a cover, and the beer specials (for cheap beer) are usually very good. Most people go in there to share a bucket of beer and end up drinking a lot, that's how college bars are. However their beer selection is also superb with many Michigan craft brews available at any time, usually for a relatively normal price. I have never had a problem with service and the bartenders are always very nice if you don't want to wait for a server.
If you want to go on a weekend though I recommend you make sure you get their early or you will be waiting in line for a while, as most people come early and stick around for a while, and they never let the place get too packed. It is a good time though and everyone one there is there to have fun.
06-08-2010 01:21:11 | More by Spiekerbox
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I moved to Lansing recently and as a beer geek was told I needed to make it to Crunchy's.
The atmosphere is that of a college bar. It is smoky (until May 2010), loud, and there don't seem to be as many people interested in tasting great beer as in getting drunk. They do have lots of TVs playing all sorts of things, and they were more than willing to change one over to the San Diego Chargers games on Sundays when I visited.
Service is helpful, as noted with TVs above, but hit and miss with knowledge about good beer. They do seem to be overwhelmed at times by the number of tables they are serving.
The selection of beer is admirable for a college bar. They seem to specialize in MI beers. I didn't taste any off flavors from poor sanitation. However, it was difficult to taste much after being in the smoke for a while.
The food here is pub grub. Half-price pizza on Sundays is nice. Burgers are reputedly "the best in town", but are really just average burgers.
Pricing is way out of control on the beer. $10-12 pints for the higher ABV offerings! I paid less in Manhattan. There are specials, but for a reliable, affordable pint, look elsewhere.
I've been a few times now, and I now tend to steer clear due to the high prices and smoky atmosphere (the latter will change in May though and I may return if they have something special on tap.)
04-18-2010 20:41:24 | More by dfillius
2.4/5 rDev -40.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$$
Past reviews have some accuracy to them: this is a college bar. Plenty of cheap drinks and eats available for the crowd.
The beer menu was spartan (pun intended) in its' description of the selections. The staff that we had attend to us offered us nothing in the way of "assistance' in this even though we queried her. She was strictly a take-your-order-and-get-you-your-order kind of person. And it wasn't even busy there! Pints and mugs were not in line with what we normally pay at other establishments ($6.50 for a pint of Bell's Porter?). We did not find the selections to be consistent in their prices with other beer bars.
Very disappointed in this place based upon previous reviews. I wonder if maybe some are influenced by their days there as students and wax nostalgic about their glory days there. If this is the best that (East) Lansing has to offer this beer advocate, we'll just bypass stopping in Lansing and do our business at Webberville, Battle Creek, and/or Kalamazoo.
If I ever am in the area, "need" cheap beer and want to hang out with a college crowd, then this is a typical place to go and do it.
04-04-2010 01:33:42 | More by joedodger
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is easily the best true beer bar in the greater Lansing area for its wide selection on 25+ taps and nearly all of them craft beer or rare imports.
The food is solid pub fare with easily the best bar burger in town. The half-off Sunday pizza special is a ridiculously great deal. You can sit down and get a pan pizza and a 25 oz mug of great beer for $12-15.
Some of the noteworthy beers on tap as of 1-18-09.
Bell's: Amber, Hopslam, Two Hearted
Founder's: Crumudgeon, Backwoods Bastard (Double Trouble is on deck)
Short's: Huma Lupa, Soft Parade ('ye Ole Leg Spreader)
Livery: Pale Ale
Dark Horse: Scotty Karate
Samichlaus Imperial Lager
The atmosphere is fitting of a college town pub. There are new flat panel televisions to follow your favorite sporting event, and a couple of dart boards available.
This is a fun place and I recommend a visit if you are a BA in town looking for a beer.
01-18-2009 16:35:47 | More by BeachHoppy
3.85/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
love the fact that so many michigan craft brewers are represented throughout :D
thanks to crunchy's i've gotten to try 8 different shorts brews at the brewer night, a 1oz taste of sam adams utopias, and various other deliciousness that no other place in the area would care to test the market with.
the place gets busy so service can be horrible, but other than that their food selection is what you would expect from a sports bar, but their burgers are delicious and they make a few different types with beers they have on tap, which is a nice touch.
well worth a visit.
04-03-2008 22:40:03 | More by drxandy
3.93/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Crunchy's holds "Brewer Night' every other Wednesday where they have the brewer from a great lakes area brewery along with a good selection of their beers on tap. It's like Christmas every time for me. (being on a Wednesday, brewer night doesn't usually draw the stereotypical college crowd which is a plus for us atypical few)
I went there Wednesday to meet the people from Arbor Brewing and i was thoroughly impressed. I sampled Arbor's goods and enjoyed the live band that actually played quality music including some of their originals.
It was a bit loud, so people who don't like that might want to take my review with a grain o' salt.
This is my bar of choice in the saturated East Lansing market.
03-29-2008 15:22:19 | More by ahartmurmur
3.33/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
I went there last week when Larry Bell was hosting a Bell's beer tasting there. It was my first time but I will return.
Crunchy's is small. In fact there were only two tables open when I arrived at 6:30. There is writing all over the walls, and it is definately a college bar.
Typical bar food. Lots of things come in buckets: beer, wings, burgers, pretzels. If you do get the wings, be forewarned that they are all drums. I had the pretzels which are a great snack if you need something to fill up on and kinda sober up. They are known for their burger, and I saw several and they looked great!
The beer that I had that night was great. It was Bell's because of the event, but the beers came in 25oz(?) mugs for about $4! They have several taps that seem to have a good selction at all times. And they have many bottles if you can't find what you're looking for. Some rare bottles too.
If you get a bucket of beer, and mind you it's mostly Miller/Bud, they are $25 a piece!
Service was poor.
I will definately return as it is small and not crowded. It's easy to chill in that bar.
03-01-2008 20:09:18 | More by toolbrew
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Ah Crunchy's. To quote the great Homer, Crunchy's was to me in college "The cause of and solution to all of life's problems." The "cause" because I often lingered there long after I should have left, even after the bucket O' beer was gone, but solution because of the great selection, hangover curing grease burgers, and good times one could have there.
This place is usually ensconced in small white twinkle lights, which are draped over the bar, which is to the right and back, or the booths, which are to the left. Spartan schwag is throughout, as one would expect. Because of the location, this is a great place to watch the Spartans, and then drown your sorrows following the inevitable football loss, or celebrate without abandon after the basketball team wins. Cheap tables split the booths on the left, and are in front of the bar to the right. 2 large console tv's stand watch at either end of the place. Also, feel free to leave your mark on the wall, whether it is in marker, etching, or something else not involving a bodily fluid. Don't touch the carpet. Just don't.
Fellow BA's,keep in mind this is a college bar, so there will be macro swill among the heavenly nectars. Hell, there might even be Stroh's on tap. But most of the taps, around 20-30 (though I"ve never counted) are craft beers, and primarily dedicated to beers from Michigan, all in top quality condition. I'm not a macro fan anymore, but if you've never been to Crunchy's, it's worth it going in with some friends to get a bucket of beer. Or at least watch someone try to tackle this endeavor. This is a five gallon bucket, and I believe you need 4 people to get one. One short, you can probably talk them into it. 2 short, go ask those guys in the corner to sit with you for a minute so you can get the bucket. No, the bucket is not respecting beer, but since when is college about respecting anything, especially your body.
There is only pub food here, and even the healthy stuff will cause your cholesterol to go up 20 points, but the burgers are greasy and delicious. I've never had good service here, but I've never really cared either as I was usually focused on my beer.
As it is a college bar in the economic wasteland that is Michigan, the prices are very reasonable. What's not to like about a $2 burger and beer that is not much more expensive.
Crunchy's is an EL institution, one that should be cherished as the dive bar that it is for many years to come. That they have amazing MI craft beer makes this the place, unlike other former college haunts of mine, that I'll absolutely hit once I make my way back through East Lansing.
11-10-2007 01:46:41 | More by tboom29
4.05/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Crunchy's is a study in contradictions. This bar is located a stone's throw away from MSU campus, and the decor reminds you of it...the atmosphere is something that any frat member would be comfortable with, as is the availability of beer in buckets...which are always a hot seller. The place itself though is definitely oriented toward the educated beer drinker...while they have a couple of macros on tap, and a few more in the fridge, the big emphasis is clearly on local micros as they carry a range of stuff from Bells and Founders to Dark Horse, Arcadia, King, Atwater Block, Short's and more, as well as some non-locals.
The staff is solid, quick service and friendly at that. The bar food is tasty and the price is reasonable. In terms of the beers, the prices are quite affordable and the selection is in a state of constant rotation.
Crunchy's, in short, is easily the best place to get a beer in Lansing. It's not an epic, top of the line beer bar by any means, but for a small local place it has a remarkable number of taps, and offers brews at an affordable price.
10-31-2007 23:06:36 | More by CortexBomb
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
We stopped by this spot after the 2007 MBG Winter Beer Festival. This is an interesting place, definitely a dive by just about any standards, just feels very much like a college place. Lots of green and white all over the place, not surprised at all obviously. I didn't like the atmosphere at all honestly, lots of loud drunks, grimy tables and rickety, uncomfortable furniture. They did have excellent beer on tap though, the likes of Bell's Hell Hath and Short's Chocolate Wheat were notable among the dozen or so craft beer taps. At $5.50 for a 22 oz mug, you can't top that. The food was good, well priced, though a bit greasy. Our waitress was quick and helpful, always a good thing. I'd stop by again when in Lansing, but this isn't worth going out of your way for.
02-28-2007 10:56:15 | More by Gaisgeil
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Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
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