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Things to do in Van Andel Arena

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hockey Arena
“Home of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Van Andel Arena is the biggest venue in the city. Check out their website for upcoming events prior to your visit. The arena is a convenient 10 minute walk from the building or short uber ride. You can also use the heated skywalk from Devos Place all way to the arena.”
  • 32 locals recommend
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“HopCat is great for lunch, dinner or a night on the town. It is located right in the heart of downtown and is walking distance to several other bars and restaurants. We've brought our kids as well so during the day it is very family friendly! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The BOB is a local favorite. It has many levels, a Comedy Club, several restaurants, an outdoor patio, Brewery, and lots of music. We love it! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Organic ales & a menu of locally sourced pub grub served in a rustic setting with reclaimed wood.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Music Venue
“3rd Largest venue in Grand Rapids. It's a great place to experience more intimate concerts and other events. You can check out their upcoming events on their website prior to your visit.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“B.O.B. (Big Old Building) is a multi level building with 4 different restaurants, brewery, live music and night club, after 9PM there is a cover charge in the weekend.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Wine Bar, I've never been but I have heard a lot of GREAT things about this place! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing way to spend a Thursday, Friday or Saturday watching any of their comedy shows. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dressing up for an event Downtown? Wheelhouse is a great spot. I used to work for the company that owns this restaurant so I'm a little biased, but the food is amazing and it's complemented with a fun atmosphere! They also have a pretty good happy hour and are super close to VanAndel Arena and the new Movie Theater Downtown! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“This is an interesting bar, very popular in Grand Rapids. The bar has three stories and a dance floor upstairs.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
  • 3 locals recommend
Premise
“If you've heard of GR, you've probably heard of the BOB. The heart of the city, this old brick building houses a variety of restaurants, a brewery, and a hopping night life scene.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“HopCat is great for lunch, dinner or a night on the town. It is located right in the heart of downtown and is walking distance to several other bars and restaurants. We've brought our kids as well so during the day it is very family friendly! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The BOB is a local favorite. It has many levels, a Comedy Club, several restaurants, an outdoor patio, Brewery, and lots of music. We love it! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Organic ales & a menu of locally sourced pub grub served in a rustic setting with reclaimed wood.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“B.O.B. (Big Old Building) is a multi level building with 4 different restaurants, brewery, live music and night club, after 9PM there is a cover charge in the weekend.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Wine Bar, I've never been but I have heard a lot of GREAT things about this place! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dressing up for an event Downtown? Wheelhouse is a great spot. I used to work for the company that owns this restaurant so I'm a little biased, but the food is amazing and it's complemented with a fun atmosphere! They also have a pretty good happy hour and are super close to VanAndel Arena and the new Movie Theater Downtown! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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