Last Chance Tavern and Grill celebrates microbreweries with beer on tap from Bell?s, Left Hand Brewing, Founders, and Angry Orchard. Guests can sample a variety of brews with a flight of beers, and take home their favorite in a growler. During lunchtime hours, chefs top burgers with olive mayo, jalape?os, smoked bacon, and housemade barbecue sauce. Other handhelds include piping-hot pizzas and philly cheese-steak sandwiches. The tavern also provides an array of entertainment, where guests can belt out their favorite tunes on karaoke nights, flex their brains during trivia contests, or relax during live music performances when they can finally take a break from humming all the time.
Customers at Hubs Inn share pizzas of their own design, with boursin alfredo sauce and basil pesto serving as alternatives to classic red sauce if desired. Other hearty menu favorites include house-made chili as well as the eatery’s signature dish: grilled steak laid atop three-cheese tortellini. Burgers are specially seasoned in-house and paired with hand-cut fries. Ambitious diners can take on the burger challenge, in which they attempt to eat a 3-pound burger and a 1-pound order of fries in under an hour without using their fifth stomach.
Streetlight glow cascades across the brick-paved road that lies in front of Ritz Koney Bar and Grille, where a bronze sign bearing the bar’s name glimmers above the door as guests filter in and out. That same door swings open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, letting the vocal melodies of open-mic events and live entertainment briefly escape into the night. There’s never a cover charge to get in, leaving extra money in the pockets of patrons who stop by for a drink after work, on a date, or during a quest for the world’s crispest cocktail napkins.
Under the guidance of cofounders and brothers Mikhail and Arkadiy Sarkisov, the skilled coaches at Grand Rapids Fencing Academy enlighten budding swordsmiths on the essential techniques of modern fencing. During informative classes for all experience levels, students learn the foot moves, blade work, and confetti-cutting skills of èpèe-, foil-, and saber-style fencing. Each session is designed to improve mind-body coordination and flexibility while providing aerobic exercise. A wall of full-length mirrors allows pupils to view and modify their techniques inside the sprawling hardwood studio.
Mikhail and Arkadiy Sarkisov sharpened their fencing skills on the former Soviet Union's national fencing team before earning medals in their home country's national championship. In 2004, the United States Olympic Committee named Mikhail the Developmental Coach of the Year in fencing. Both brothers hold master's degrees in fencing and have placed highly in numerous tournaments across multiple globes.
Although officially founded in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony's history stretches back to 1917 when an enterprising group of local musicians began practicing together and holding regular concerts. In the years since, the ensemble has retained this self-starter mentality while growing into one of the nation's preeminent regional orchestras. Always asserting its idiosyncratic individuality, the organization earned a 2007 Grammy nomination for its collaboration with flamboyant electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the ire of conductors for its rule that all batons should be able to shoot sparks.
Shining its spotlights on everything from live concerts to cage fights, the Orbit Room morphs to handle intimate concerts and packed dance parties alike. A two-tiered design lends ample room for more than 1,600 swaying fans or 800 three-legged racers, with an open ground floor and loge resting below a seated balcony. Five bars adorn the two floors, quenching fans' thirst before they hop into the mosh pit or stretch their legs in the balcony.