The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser, an unparalleled option for a fun-filled outdoor adventure, will be coming to Grand Rapids this summer. The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser is a way to enjoy beautiful weather in one, “15-person party bike.” It combines biking and beer-drinking, and is entirely powered by pedals. Grand Rapids will become the 17th city with a “green pedaling machine,” and will be able to book tours on April 14, 2012.
The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser has a set of 3 different routes to choose from, when booking, as well as the option of renting the Cruiser for a private event. Each route allows the passengers to visit 3 to 4 bars, for approximately 20 minutes each. Additionally, if a bar you wish to visit is not on the list, you can call the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser to discuss how to incorporate the stop into your route!
Route 1: Classic Northwest Side Route
Places: O’Toole’s, The Establishment, Kopper Top, Little Mexico, River City Saloon, Play Station Pub, Konkle’s, Joe V’s, Triangle Tavern, and The Holiday
Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 2 Hours
Route 2: Arts District Route
Places: Reserve, Bull’s Head Tavern, Mojo’s, Flanagan’s, Cinco De Mayo, City Flats Bar, Apartment Lounge, Cottage Bar, One Trick Pony, Louis Benton, Viceroy, and The Pyramid Scheme.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Time: 2 Hours
Route 3: Downtown Loop
Places: Grand Woods Lounge, Founders, Tavern on the Square, Bistro Bella Vita, The B.O.B., Peppino’s, McFadden’s, Hop Cat, Bar Divani, Gardella’s, 25 Kitchen and Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings.
Distance: 3.8 Miles
Time: 2-3 Hours
The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser also offers a Bike and Brew Social Mixer Tour for alternative happy hour options. The Tour allows riders to meet new people, as it is a sell-by-the-seat option. A seat can be purchased for $30.00, which includes a t-shirt. (Keep in mind that a $5.00 cash back option is available if you wear your t-shirt on the next tour!) This Pub Cruiser tour option is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm–or 8:15pm to 10:15pm–and Fridays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. However, the Bike and Brew Social Mixer Tour will only run with at least 8 people in a time slot.
The Great Lakes Pub Cruiser operates from April 14 to October 31. From Sunday to Thursday, the tours are priced at $160 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum. On Fridays and Saturdays, tours are priced at $180 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. Both options allow individuals to choose 1 of all 3 routes available. For custom tours, visit the website for general pricing and rental period information. Custom tours can also be organized, case-by-case, by contacting the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser. ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director