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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
254 W Grand River Ave
phone: (517) 351-2506
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Crunchy's is an East Lansing institution, and recently became my favorite place to go for a few brews. The atmosphere is dark and cozy, with writing and carvings all over the walls. The taplist is good, if you like local Michigan beers (I do...), with selections from Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, and Dragonmead, with other staples like Stone and Rogue. The food is great, their burgers are fantastic and the selection is good. One of the best things about Crunchy's though, are the deals. The other day I went for dinner, got a burger for $3.95 and a 25oz mug of Rogue Chocolate Stout for $4.75. This is even cheaper than buying a bomber at the store! I'm getting hungry and thirsty as I write this. Highly recommended.
02-26-2007 02:02:32 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Considering that I pass this place every time I walk to and from class, it is a frequent watering hole. The outside looks kind of sketchy with the dark windows and older looking sign, but once inside it has a very warm atmosphere. There is writing all over the walls and it is quite smoky, but it is a perfect dive bar. The service is quite good. The wait staff always makes sure that you have a drink in hand and visit your table very often. The tap selection changes every week, but there is always something worthwhile. On my last visit there was Bell's Two Hearted and Hopslam, Arcadia London Porter and Hopmouth, Rogue Imperial Stout and Brown Nectar, Stone Arrogant Bastard... just to name a few of their beers on tap. The food is quite good (especially the burgers) and is also quite cheap. And on top of all of the other positives they have excellent specials (burger specials on the week days, half off most beer and spirits after 9pm on sundays) and the beer is amazingly cheap at all times. The other day I had a 25 oz. mug of Rogue Imperial Stout for $6.50. What a treat. All in all, this is a fine establishment and I almost wish I didn't type this review- I kind of wish this was my little secret hideout.
01-16-2007 06:03:40 |
More by david131
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $
A typical college dive but I like dives. There were twenty-six beers on tap, including Stone Arrogant Bastard. I was really surprised to see that.
I didn't have any but it caught my eye as a friend is a fan. They did have Bell's, Hell Hath No Fury. I have seen this in only three places. It is a great Scotch Ale type beer as much as I can tell
I had some chicken strips with hot sauce. That wasn't that great but alright for a late night snack.
I will be going back before/after Michigan State Spartan basketball games.
11-28-2006 21:02:10 |
More by mcsecne
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $
I would be remiss if I didn't comment on one of my all time favorite hangout's. This was my bar of choice in college. Its a little out of the way of the block and a half of bars in EL, but if your willing to walk the extra block and a half down Grand River you won't be dissappointed. So lets start with the negatives of Crunchy's
1. Its not your typical college bar.(no dancing or live music which means not a whole lot of hot blondes running around in skin tight black pants).
2. Its kind of a dive, lots of MSU stuff hanging on the wall and people are allowed to write on the wall(don't let your kids read it), and in general the bar doesn't have the most fragrant smell.
3. Depending on who the waiter or bartender is it could take awhile to get your food or drinks because they tend to serve regulars quicker.
Now for the positives....
1. Best beer selection in town...usually ranging from 20 to 30 beers on tap, most of which change every month or so and almost all the beers are microbrews from Michigan.
2. Buckets of Beer....have 3 or more friends with you, why not get a bucket of beer....oh yeah 200 oz.
3. Their food...burgers and pizza mmmm mmm.
I cannot even tell you the amount of times that I have been drunk at this place....check it out!!
09-19-2006 19:26:43 |
More by HopHobo
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very scary when I first walked in. The entrance is down an alley and it takes me back to those undergrad days. The place wreaks of hormones, cheap cologne, and cheap perfume. Thankfully, it was a nice evening and we sat outside. Clearly, we were the "odd couple"...married and with a child in the thick of College U. The taplist really shines here though. Founders Strong Ale, Stoudt's Maibock, some one offs from Rogue, Arcadia, Bells...you name it, they have it. Very extensive and hard to find brews. The pizza was pretty good but nothing outstanding. The service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive despite having a bunch of other things going on. Definitely worth a stop if only for the tap list. Go early unless you're looking to do shots with some frat boys.
04-29-2006 18:41:42 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Crunchy's is one of those place you only seem to find near big state universities. It's the party bar with the big taplist. The somewhat dingy decor with graffiti carved into all the boothes with the color scheme of the school across the street.
The menu was pretty standard pub grub. I had a burger, and it was quite tasty. I also had some spinich artichoke dip, which would have been more enjoyable served with something better than the supercheap industrial grade tortilla chips.
The reason to come here is beer. Lots of taps, highlighted by many great Michigan beers. That is what makes Crunchy's worthwhile.
02-26-2006 23:19:14 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
enjoyed the trip to crunchy's, little kinda hole in the wall joint, usually filled with college students from MSU. the selection is very good ton of Micro brews on tap from rogue, new holland, shorts, sierra nevada, founders, dragonmead, bells, great lakes, arcadia. they also had newcastle and guinness with a few like bud and lite but over all a killer selection of what ever is available from the distro. i have also heard that they get special kegs from some breweries in michigan. which could explain why thay had both new hollands barrel aged pilgrims dole and the dragons milk on tap.
the service was pretty good and the staff got us our drinks and food pretty fast.
the food was alright nothing special but really iwas there for killer beers. i had a chicken nacho it was pretty good but it had way to many chips for the toppings. but really its the good beers on tap and how fresh they are kept.
pretty good value imo the beers were served in hudge mugs (think 22 oz) and were $4, the nacho was $6 and was pretty big. 2 people split it.
i was very pleased with the visit but giving me 22 oz of barrel aged NHBC pilgrams dole would put a smile on anyones face.
02-05-2006 20:24:27 |
More by plaztikjezuz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
My wife and I visited on three evenings, Friday, 5.13.05 (19:15 21:15), Saturday, 5.14.05 (21:30 00:45) and Monday, 5.16.2005 (21:20-22:30).
Atmosphere: I love how you enter Crunchy's---through a narrow alley, each end marked with a painted-on arrow and the words "entrance" that leads to a very non-descript door. The bar is dimly lit by a smattering of green-glassed overheads and strands of Christmas lights, split fairly evenly between four- person booths and variously-sized table seating plus an average-sized bar and accompanying stools. There's a jukebox (we heard everything from nü-metal abominations to Johnny Cash to the Temptations), two big screens that were showing standard-definition NBA playoff action or MLB on our visits, as well as a few pinball and arcade games. This bar is the epitome of collegiate, from the MSU paraphernalia that is freely scattered around the bar to the co-eds eagerly chanting the name of the member of their group finishing up the last bits of cheap swill from an industrial plastic bucket. Theres a patio facing Grand River that would likely be quite enjoyable during nice weather. Our waitress on the first evening explained that majority of the bar was non-smoking until 21:00 at which time anywhere became fair game; even during such times we never noticed the air getting dramatically clouded. Early Friday evening the crowd was diverse and included students, families with small children and professionals wrapping up the workweek; Saturday and Monday evenings the crowd seemed to be solely students. We did notice that the vast majority of the crowd seemed to be enjoying Miller Lite, Labatt or similar brews which struck us as strange only because of the emphasis on craft brews on the beer list.
Quality: The default serving for beer is a 25-ounce mug and thats what we ordered, though we did see a few people enjoying standard pints. We were slightly disappointed on our first visit when my wife ordered a New Holland Black Tulip and it was served in the mug rather than more appropriate glassware. However, after recently experiencing draft Black Tulip that was either well beyond freshness or put through a dirty line at another Lansing establishment in recent weeks, Im pleased to report there were no such missteps here or with any of the 8 beers we enjoyed. The beers seemed to be served at a rather cool uniform temperature; a definite shame when we were drinking Dirty Bastard and Chocolate Stout, but by the time wed made it 1/3 of the way through our mugs theyd warmed up nicely.
Service: We found our servers to be friendly and helpful; at times they were a bit pokey but we never found ourselves desperate enough where we gave up and just went to the bar to take care of ourselves. 2 of the 3 seemed to have decent beer knowledge but one was unable to shed any light as to our inquiry of the brewery of origin of what was generically-listed as Hefeweizen on the beer list, even after making a trip to the bar to ask. On Saturday evening our waiter was happy to bring us a sample of the Black Raspberry Nectar and asked our thoughts on it after wed tried it.
Selection: Beers seem confined solely to draft---we didnt notice any bottles and after we saw the tap selection neither of us felt compelled to ask if there were any available. The beer was *very* reasonably priced. Mixed drinks are also served. Heres the tap listing as of 5.16.2005:
New Holland Black Tulip
New Holland Red Tulip
Founders Dirty Bastard
Black Raspberry Nectar
Darkhorse Raspberry Ale
Bells Consecrator Dopplebock
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Bells Two-Hearted Ale
Bells Amber Ale
Great Lakes Elliot Ness
Bells Double Cream Stout
Petes Strawberry Blonde
Arcadia London Porter
Leinenkugels Honey Weiss
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Labatt Blue Light
The beer list noted that New Hollands Mad Hatter IPA would be available soon.
Food: We only ate on 2 of our 3 visits. The menu is almost solely the usual suspects---burgers, nachos, fried appetizers and pizza, though we did notice a burger that incorporated dried cherries and oats that seemed off the beaten path a bit. Much of it is notably inexpensive, particularly the burgers, and there is a different menu item special daily; for example, on Mondays between 16:00-22:00, quarter-pound burgers with fries are $2.00, making for a very reasonably priced supper. While not spectacular, we very much enjoyed our burgers and nachos but were a bit disappointed in the deep dish-style pizza which was soggy to an unfortunate extreme.
Overall: Folks in other cities (even within MI) might be somewhat unimpressed, but as a local I very much enjoy this place and will be visiting regularly. Relative to other area bars, Crunchys would merit nothing but 4s and 5s.
05-17-2005 20:25:22 |
More by NoBigThing
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Crunchy's is my all time number one favorite hangout and is hands down the best bar for beer in Lansing. They have up to 19 Michigan Micros on tap, plus the occasional out of state selection, such as Rogue dead guy and Celebration ale. The waitstaff is prompt, occasionally grumpy, but you never have to go up to the bar, even on busy Saturdays. They have awesome burgers and excellent pizza, plus an array of other great pub-grub dishes, perfect with their beer selection. The prices are fair, generally about 4.25 for a 25 oz. mug outside of happy hour. Sunday nights are half off pizza and beer, so you can eat drink and be merry for under $10. Excellent place with a "small town" feel, a must see for any advocate traveling through Lansing.
05-17-2004 15:29:45 |
More by nortmand
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