Before they were household names, Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Allen, and Drew Carey were performers at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. The establishment, once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best clubs between the coasts,” has been corralling burgeoning stars to its stage since its 1984 inception when it was called Mainstreet Comedy Showcase. Several nights a week, nationally touring comedians who’ve graced the stages of Late Show with David Letterman and Showtime’s Comics Without Borders share witty observations, humorous songs, and intense eye contact with brave audience members in the front row.
Arbor Brewing Company serves organic pub fare that incorporates local farmers’ and growers’ fresh, seasonal meats and produce. The dinner menu showcases Lake Superior whitefish ($13) and the Ar-burger ($13), a 1/3 pound patty of beef from McLaughlin Farm, a local producer of grass-fed, hormone-free cattle. Vegetarians rejoice when served the beer-battered tempeh sandwich ($8) from the lunch menu. Night owls can nosh hearty bar fare from the late-night menu, such as pierogies ($8) or a half pound of chicken strips ($7).
The Village Pub invites diners to dig into classic American pub food or settle in at the granite bar for drinks and sports shown on seven televisions. Burgers and sandwiches abound, including a Yuengling-battered haddock sandwich and The Villager, a half-pound patty topped with monterey jack and fried onion rings and covered in barbecue sauce and chipotle mayo on a brioche bun. Specialities include fish and chips, sirloin steak, and a seafood taco, made with the pub's Bang-Bang sauce. Guests can also enjoy drinks from the restaurant's full bar, one of more than a dozen bottled and draft beers, or a selection of wines.
Cuisine Type: American pub food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Smokehouse Burger
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We are known for our craft beer selection.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
American pub food with burgers, sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and appetizers.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have a new menu, and we've upgraded our building.
PJ's and Gracie's join forces on a nightly basis to saturate Southeastern Michigan with rotating genres of live and recorded music. Travel between the establishments without paying double cover, enjoying Gracie's eclectic mix of acts and PJ's spacious dance floor. Depending on the night, you may swing to a big band, sway to a rock group, or juggle the rave ball to the sounds of a DJ. Check the website for upcoming ear enticers. With your bucket of beers, you can raise a glass to a gleeful guitar solo or toast to a toe-tapping tympani roll. Scoop up this side deal for a cover-charge-less jaunt through two of Ann Arbor's most aurally aware bars.