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Petoskey Area Blog

After Skiing, the Beat Goes On

Posted on November 6th, 2019

After a day on the slopes, or being outdoors enjoying winter’s other cool activities, the fun keeps on coming. When you think après ski, what’s one of the first thing that pops up? Right. Cold beverages (the adult kind). Beer or spirits, you’ll find some of the best crafted right here in the Petoskey Area.  Ready for a little live music to top off your day? Got you covered there, too. If you can’t have fun here, you’re not trying.

Breweries

Come for the tasty craft beer, stay for the delicious fresh-ground burgers!  Be a part of Petoskey Brewing history within the walls of the brewery building built in 1898.

Beards Brewery is a small microbrewery focusing on a craft brew experience. 20 rotating taps in this downtown Petoskey brewery mean something for ever beer lover.  But don’t stop at sampling the brews – enjoy lunch or dinner or just an appetizer. Menu options include pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees like fish and chips or ribs – all with an interesting spin.

Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen was originally built in 1899 as part of the White Timber Logging Company. The building at 112 S. Park St. is now home to Boyne City’s only producer of quality craft beer. The menu was created with two things in mind – foods that pair well with beer and taste excellent. Stiggs’ focus is on locally-sourced items, from-scratch recipes & hand-crafted cuisine on every plate. Enjoy!

Distilleries

A high five is used to celebrate, say hello, and give thanks. The beauty of a high five is It is shared amongst friends and strangers alike; it shows no prejudice. It is just a still moment in time that is pure bliss. At High Five Spirits they wanted to embrace this magical moment by providing you with the smoothest, most satisfying spirits in the mitten state.

Before Long Road Distillers made the spirits, they made a decision. For them, it was a simple one—take no shortcuts. That meant using honest ingredients grown across the region, supporting the natural and agricultural resources of West Michigan. It meant crafting every batch from start to finish. And it meant taking a road that many seem to avoid. From that point forward, they’ve been on a journey to develop spirits worthy of people’s admiration. The Boyne City Tasting Room offers a guided sampling of award-winning, Michigan-made spirits and retail of bottles and merchandise to go.

Nightlife

The Zoo Bar. The name alone implies your state of mind upon entering this rocking bar at Boyne Highlands that features live entertainment, tap takeovers, spirits and dancing! Meet up with friends or make new ones at the hottest aprés ski experience in northern Michigan.

The Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel offers live entertainment every weekend in a casual, roll-up-your-sleeves environment. The Noggin Room Pub is also home to the famous “Hall of Foam.”

Odawa Casino Resort welcomes you to Ozone, a club to rival any hotspot in NYC or LA, uniquely located in Petoskey. This is the pinnacle of nightlife chic. There’s a high-tech dance floor—throbbing with lights and sound—blowout concerts, hilarious comedy club shows and ultra-exclusive Party Pods that take the high-end experience to epic new levels.

The Snowflake Lounge is on the third floor of the Clock Tower Lodge at Boyne Mountain Resort. It’s THE place to enjoy adult beverages while listening to the latest dance hits.  If you are looking for an exciting nightlife scene, head to the Snowflake for a rocking good time not soon to be forgotten!

Wood-fired pizza, craft beer, sports, live music, and karaoke singers… it’s all here. Pine Lake Lodge is located upstairs from the Boyne City Taproom. 40 taps of craft beer with a heavy influence of Michigan-made brews as well as some from around the country. There’s a little cider in the mix as well. A selection of cocktails is also available.

City Park Grill, one of Petoskey’s oldest buildings, was originally constructed in 1875. McCarty Hall, as it was then known, was a males-only billiard parlor that offered cigars and “intoxicating beverages.” Today, City Park Grill maintains a loyal clientele with house-made cuisine. Check to see if live entertainment is on tap that night.

Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne City not only serves their own awesome craft brews, they also serve up some great live music.  Check their calendar for listings.

Ernesto’s Cigar Bar offers a place to enjoy fine cigars in the comfortable lounge area. Peruse the goods in the walk-in humidor and relax at the bar with a unique selection of craft beer, unique wine, and hard to find liquor. Live entertainment on select evenings.

Of course, sometimes all you want to do is to relax over a delicious meal served with our famous Up North hospitality. For a complete menu of dining options from casual to gourmet, click here.

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 About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.

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