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Genesis cover band The Musical Box faithfully recreates the classic performances of the 1974 album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the last recorded with Peter Gabriel at the helm. Mixing costumes, slide projections, outlandish costumes, and visual effects, the show weaves a dreamlike tale of a boy named Rael searching for his brother in a surreal vision of New York, set to complex instrumentation and werewolf-identifying supersonic squeals. With Genesis' original slides and sonics carefully calibrated to recreate the original sound of the album, The Musical Box fashions a multimedia experience as close to the original concerts as possible. The Orbit Room immerses showgoers in an intimate space, with ample standing room facilitating enthusiastic arm waves and spontaneous ribbon dancing.

2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Flanagan's Irish Pub's gastropub menu rotates nearly weekly with eclectic offerings such as pulled pork tacos and specialty burgers with fresh, seasonal toppings. Chefs still cook up classic Irish dishes such as fish and chips or shepherd's pie, but also put twists on old favorites: reuben bites—mini reuben sandwiches rolled in wonton skins—are a house specialty. On the weekends, live bands and DJs fill the air with music.

139 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

J. Gardella's Tavern offers casual comfort food for the formal and uncomfortable at its three-story location. Fire-up feasting from the menu with spinach artichoke dip ($6.99) or J. Gardella's chili, a cup of family secrets, beef, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and beans ($2.99). Once initial hunger pains have been tamed, guests can turn their stomach's sights toward a main dish. The pulled-pork sandwich accompanies its eats with barbecue sauce for dipping ($6.99), whereas the black-bean garden burger ($5.99) and the buffalo-chicken wrap ($6.99) spoil the stomach and spare the hog. Entrees include lake perch with fries ($8.99) and a chicken or beef burrito ($8.99), with the sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted dessert known as Elephant Ears ($3) providing a fitting finale to the feast. Vampires can use this Groupon for the late- night menu or to sip on some of the adult beverages at the full bar.

11 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Once each new batch of beer has passed through Hideout Brewing Company's 280-gallon system, brewers transfer it from fermentation drums into kegs one by one. The hands-on process takes time, but brewmasters still manage to keep The Hideout's 32 taps filled. Drafts like the Smuggler's Hazelnut Stout and the Gangster IPA are available year-round, thought most of the bar's selection rotates among specialty and seasonal beers, as well as occasional hard ciders and meads. The brewers are often playful with different styles of beer, steeping chocolate and jalapeños or using wild yeasts that build a complex maze of flavors.

Along with food from outside vendors, Hideout's pours pair well with a modest menu of bar snacks such as mini tacos, corn dogs, and soft pretzels. Drinking and dining commences on the main floor, where Prohibition-era photographs surround weekly rounds of board games and chess. Karoake wednesdays feature locals on vocals while Saturdays bill live bands for entertainment. Competitive shouts can always be heard drifting from dartboards, and there’s also a horseshoe pit in Hideout's backyard garden, where steeds respectfully leave their hoofwear before coming inside for a drink.

3113 Plaza Dr NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US