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What Night Life Is In Grand Rapids, MN?

Some may ask, “There is a night life in Grand Rapids, MN?”, and our reply is “Yes”.

Sometimes people don’t think of night life in a small rural up north town. But, Grand Rapids is not typical. You will find live music, art walks, world class theater, and more. Grand Rapids, Minnesota offers a wide variety of art and culture on a weekly basis, and sometimes our events calendar fills up so much that people have to make tough decisions about what to attend. For more information, make sure to check out our Night Life page for inspiration as well as our Grand Rapids Events Calendar.

Answer 1: Live Music

Grand Rapids has many different locations that offer live music. The atmosphere of the locations are pretty laid back, but if you want to dress up for a date night or to celebrate a special occasion, nobody will mind. Every Wednesday, head to the Grand Rapids VFW in downtown Grand Rapids for Jazz with Sam Miltich and Friends.  The VFW also hosts an Open Mic Night every Thursday. Then the Fraternal Order of Eagles hosts bands every Friday and Saturday night. Sunday’s are acoustic afternoon at the Locker Room in Coleraine. And Pickled Loon has been hosted regular acoustical musicians periodically on Friday and Saturdays. Klockow Brewing Company offers live music on most Friday’s, and sometimes more.

Answer 2: World Class Theater

Grand Rapids is home to a hidden gem of a theater; where they bring the stars home: The Reif Center. The Reif Center performance season typically is September to June. They bring broadway style shows and grammy award winners to the northern Minnesota stage. feature CenterStage MN that brings Minnesota musicians to the stage. For the second year, the Reif has partnered with KAXE to The Reif Center offers shows mid-week and on weekends every month. Their 2017/2018 season has something to offer everyone from 1-100. You are sure to be entertained in the newly renovated Reif Center that offers two full stages and hosts monthly artists in their lobby gallery.

Answer 3: Craft Brewery

Klockow Brewing Company opened its doors in the fall of 2017. They offer 6-9 different craft brews on tap, and Minnesota made Spring Grove Soda Pop, and now serving Teavana Tea. They do not serve food, but they do allow you to bring your own food in, deliver food in, and have partnered with a few Grand Rapids Restaurants to provide unique menu offerings. Almost every Friday night they have live music.

Answer 4: Dining Around Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids offers a wide variety of restaurants from rustic and charming, the place where all of the locals go, to fine table linen dining experiences, and everything in between. To focus on just a few: 17th Street Grill at Timberlake Lodge Hotel offers a relaxed setting during the day where you can fill your plate with all you can eat fresh salad bar, and at night it is a great location for a date-night. You will find a seasonal menu and nightly chef’s specials. Florio’s located just minutes outside of Grand Rapids in Cohasset, is a great family style restaurant that has nightly specials, and are known for their prime rib, chicken dinner, and fish fry. Forest Lake Restaurant offers three restaurants in one. Upstairs you will find a northwoods bar that serves a full menu, and a sit down family style restaurant. Downstairs offers a classic steak and seafood dining room with northwoods atmosphere facing Forest Lake. The Pickled Loon offers weekly specials like: all you can eat bluegill Monday’s, and all you can eat crab legs Friday’s. You can assess Pickled Loon via a boat for a unique dining experience located on Pokegama Lake. Zorbaz on Pokegama is the place for adults to go 9pm-2pm where they offer DJ style music, drinks, mexican and pizza, and lots of fun.

Answer 5: Lodging

You will find many close and convenient Grand Rapids Hotels/Motels that offer a wide variety of on-site amenities, and a quaint and charming Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast that is located on Pokegama Lake just on the edge of town. Your options in town are Grand Rapids Motels: Itascan Motel, Pinegrove Motel, and Forest Lake Motel. Your in town Grand Rapids Hotels are: AmericInn, Country Inn & Suites, Super 8, Timberlake Lodge Hotel and Hotel Rapids. And there is one Bed & Breakfast in Grand Rapids is Green Heron Bed & Breakfast located on beautiful Pokegama Lake.  These properties are close and conveniently located to head out for some live music, dining, drinks and dancing or to take in a theater show.

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