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5 Places to Drink Whiskey in Grand Rapids for St. Patty’s Day

St. Patrick's Day 2017

It's that time of year again... St. Patrick's Day! Last year, Team TIS shared with y'all our "luckiest libations" to consume on St. Paddy's Day—from beer, to liquor, and even green smoothies. Since our most favorite Irish holiday is on a Friday this year (hellz yes!), we're going all out and making it a Whiskey Weekend.

Care to join us? Here're 5 spots in Grand Rapids we plan to celebrate the holiday with a whiskey drink or two.

Gray Skies Distillery

Who doesn't want to sip on a glass of "good hooch made local?" Gray Skies Distillery in the North Monroe district believes that better spirits are made in-house, with local ingredients—and we can't say we disagree. Whether you prefer your whiskey on the rocks or in a cocktail, Gray Skies' Michigan Single Malt Whiskey is sure to satisfy.

Stella's Lounge

You can't go wrong on St. Paddy's Day when you're drinking at an establishment with over 250 whiskeys behind the bar. That sure is a lot of whiskey—no complaints here! Stella's Lounge, located right downtown, not only has one heck of a whiskey selection and some killer cocktails, but also some of our favorite bar food in the city. Stella's will be packed to the brim this weekend with Irish on Ionia, but we assure you, it's worth the wait.

Butcher's Union bartender

Butcher’s Union

Bridge Street's newest addition, Butcher's Union has a seriously extensive whiskey menu and some delicious takes on classic whiskey drinks like the Old Fashioned and Manhattan. No matter your whiskey drink of choice, you can't go wrong here—these peeps know their stuff!

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

Let's be real—you kinda have to go to an Irish pub on St. Paddy's Day. If you've got your sights on celebrating this holiday the authentic way, Flanagan's is a go-to spot. Being an Irish Pub, you better believe that they have a fun-filled weekend packed to celebrate the holiday, including live music, bagpipers, and they'll be showing the NCAA tournament, too! Keep tabs on Flanagan's Facebook page for activity dates and times this weekend.


If a particularly strong, stiff whiskey drink or two is calling your name, then Sidebar is a must-visit this St. Paddy's Day weekend, especially. The handcrafted cocktails concocted by the talented staff at Sidebar are insanely creative and tasty. No matter your liquor of choice, Sidebar has plenty of cocktails for you to try. Just make sure you stick with the whiskey drinks this weekend. ; )

Wherever this St. Patrick's Day weekend may take you, the TIS crew wishes you a fun and safe time. Cheers!