Best dive bars in Saugatuck

dive bars in saugatuck

Every town needs a good dive bar – a place you can count on having a familiar, cozy atmosphere, characteristic dim lighting, neon beer signs, and the promise of a pool table. For the traveler, the dive bar can offer a taste of home.  If you’re in Saugatuck, Michigan and you’re looking to have a good time, surround yourself with down-to-earth people, or just drown your sorrows, these are the spots to visit. Here are the best dive bars in Saugatuck:

Best Dive Bars in Saugatuck

Sand Bar Saloon

141 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Located right in downtown Saugatuck, the Sand Bar has all the hallmarks of the classic dive bar. Order a locally brewed craft beer or your favorite standard and then pick up a game of pool. This bar is cash only, but there’s an ATM on premises.

The Cove

41 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406

This little bar hidden in plain sight on the Blue Star Highway. If you’re looking for an affordable meal and drink, The Cove can’t be beat. Play pool on one of their tables or catch Euchre on Sundays. 

Spectators Sports Bar & Grill

6432 Bluestar Hwy Saugatuck, MI 49453

If the sports bar atmosphere is more your style, Spectators is the obvious choice. Located right on Blue Star Highway, it’s the place to go to watch the game with a side of beer and wings. 

Corner Bar

220 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Catch live music at the Corner Bar in Saugatuck, attached to Coral Gables. This friendly bar is a favorite for its great menu and entertainment. Stop by for karaoke on Saturdays.

Evening in Saugatuck: Drinks, Dining, and Lake Michigan sunsets

When the buzz of the afternoon starts to fade and the light becomes a little softer, the energy in Saugatuck becomes pleasantly muted. Now’s the time to wind down (or prepare to crank it up, if you’re a night owl). Either way, you’ll want to spend the golden hours with music, tasty cocktails, and beautiful views. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend an evening in Saugatuck.

How to create a perfect evening in Saugatuck

evening in saugatuckCatch a musical act in the park or at a venue

West Michigan is brimming with great musicians, and there’s no better way to kick off an evening than a great set in a great setting. Every summer Wednesday from 7-9pm, catch a different musical act in riverside Wicks Park. And on the weekends, you can almost always find musicians playing at places like Saugatuck Brewing Company, Borrowed Time, or Fenn Valley Vineyards.

Drinks at Red Dock

Fans of Red Dock call it a taste of Key West in West Michigan. The outdoor bar and eatery puts you right in the harbor. A cheeky sense of humor pervades the island-style decor, and your bill will come to you on a mouse trap. Pair your cocktail with water views, a light breeze, and a sunset when you hang out at Red Dock.

evening in saugatuckDine with class

Evenings are a great time to get a little dressed up and treat yourself to a meal of the highest quality. For a culinary experience that will leave your taste buds inspired, you can’t go wrong with Bowdies Chophouse. Or try one of the unique dishes and cocktails put together at Hercules. Visit J. Paul’s at The Kirby for a farm-sourced meal paired with a delicious selection of wines.

Catch the sunset over Lake Michigan

No two Lake Michigan sunsets are ever alike, and that’s why spending the day’s waning hours on the lakeshore is always a good idea. With totally unobstructed views of the sky, the reflective artwork of the waves, and the limitless creativity of the clouds’ refractions, you will begin to understand the true meaning of the word “awesome.”

evening in saugatuckBonfire at your vacation rental or on the beach

By the time you return to your home base, the sky’s fiery reds and oranges will be fading into dusky blues and purples. The air will feel a little chillier. The chorus of chirping crickets and peeping frogs will begin to crescendo, and fireflies will start to decorate the yard. Join them in ushering in the night: convene with friends and family around the crackling warmth of a bonfire. There’s no better way to say “goodnight” to a summer day in Saugatuck.

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The Best Saugatuck Bars for Your Nightly Adventure

saugatuck bars

When you’re looking for a place to grab a drink or watch the game, there’s plenty to choose from in Saugatuck. Many Saugatuck bars also offer great dinner options, as well. Plan your evening when you’re on vacation with us and experience the best nightlife in Saugatuck. There’s plenty from which to choose! Here are the best Saugatuck bars for your nightly adventure.

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The 7 Best Saugatuck Bars

Borrowed Time is a wonderful place to gather where you’ll enjoy the finest craft beer, fine wine, charcuterie, fine cheeses, small plates, delicious homemade desserts, and more! The very homey atmosphere will make you glad you chose to borrow some time here.

Sand Bar (The Sand Bar Saloon) is Saugatuck’s favorite dive bar! Come in for an old-fashioned jukebox, billiards, great drinks, and a lively atmosphere. Be forewarned: they only take cash. So, come prepared!

Phil’s Bar and Grille is a local favorite with a diverse beer and food menu! Their great selection of craft beer and wine perfectly complements their incredible burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Saugatuck Brewing Company serves the best craft beer you can find in town, and their Pub’s kitchen also cooks up some great burgers, sandwiches, wings, and more. Order a Boathouse Stout or Oval Beach Blonde ale with your meal, and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Saugatuck offers.

Wicks Park Bar & Grille has an elegant ambiance, warm lighting, and boasts great quality drinks and food. The variety on the menu means that there’s something for everyone in your party. Plus, the bar’s extensive drink menu makes it a great place to get cocktails, beer, wine, or margaritas.

Hercules Bar & Grill offers an upscale take on classic Mediterranean food with American twists. Their bar is fully equipped for a classy outing with friends or work associates. There’s nothing questionable here. Just great quality drinks and food!

Bowdies Chop House is the type of high-class quality you’d expect to find in Lower Manhattan. So, if you’re looking for a classy spot to enjoy top-quality food and fare, then Bowdies is the place for you. Featuring great drinks, exceptional steaks, contemporary cuisine, and American eats, there’s something for everyone in your party. A reservation is required.

A Great Way to Wind Down a Vacation Evening

Spend an evening at any of these fine establishments and you’ll have a great night. Then, come back and relax at your vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our beautiful vacation rentals are just minutes away and offer unbeatable quality in the area. So, when you’re planning your vacation or getaway to Saugatuck, browse our available rentals. Then, contact us to reserve your stay! We are eager to accommodate you!