Dive Bars in Pontiac

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• For $24, you get an American pub dinner for two, which includes two entrees (up to a $44 value) and one appetizer (up to a $10 value; up to a $54 total value). • For $8, you get $16 worth of American pub fare and drinks at lunch.

32955 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak,
MI
US

Lansing's original sports bar assuages appetites with a broad menu backdropped by big-screen sports and quirky regulars who all play the wacky neighbor in reality's long-running sitcom. Warm up flavor feelers with an appetizer sampler ($8.95) of onion rings, chicken fingers, fried mushrooms, and mozzarella sticks before insulating stomachs against poorly aimed cannonballs with a bacon cheeseburger ($5.75) or chili dog ($4.25). Art's popular homemade deluxe pizza ($15.50–$18.50)—adorned with pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and olives—keeps groups of competitive friends sated between rounds on the bar's shuffleboard, dartboards, and Michigan Lottery machine. Wash down any repast with a massive 32-ounce beer shooper ($4.15), which treats drinkers to the giddy thrill of chugging a fishbowl without the hassle of choking on another miniature castle.

809 E Kalamazoo St
Lansing,
MI
US

Wild Beaver Saloon's energetic staff dish out classic bar eats, selections from a full bar, and the occasional choreographed bar-top dance. Fun-filled evenings kick off with a slate of thin crust pizza such as pepperoni ($8.99) or three types of cheese ($7.99), while domestic beers ($3.25) sooth heated palates and gasping beer fish. Imported suds ($4.25) present varying tastes of foreign degree, pairing well with home favorites such as a signature chicken quesadilla, a triumvirate of chicken, melted cheese, and red onions ($7.99). Pairs of chili dogs ($5.99) and full racks of smoked ribs ($18.99) challenge hands to stay free of slippery sauces in preparation for games of pool or longest handshake contests.

205 S Washington Sq
Lansing,
MI
US

The Tin Can isn't a bar where you go to impress someone. It's just where you go to have a great time and celebrate in a beloved dive bar scene. The staff fully embrace an unpretentious aesthetic, opting for a wide selection of Michigan craft brews and fridges brimming with cans of Hamms, PBR, and Natty Light. Bar-goers can play darts to a soundtrack of tunes from the internet jukebox and sate appetites with chili-cheese dogs and spicy buffalo chicken dip during rounds of trivia. For the adventurous or those on dessert-only diets, the bar serves up not only Jell-O shots, but frozen pudding shots and Faygo bombs made with a range of candy-flavored sodas.

414 E Michigan Ave
Lansing,
MI
US