Live music returns

Live music experiences for every taste.
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Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill hosts live bands on select nights and Tip Top Tuesday comedy shows. Courtesy Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing night out with drinks, friends and background music or a full-on dance party, you can find a great bar with live music every night of the week in Grand Rapids. From classy cocktails to happy hour brews, these locations come with drinks and a show.

Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar takes on a classic jazzy feel with its live piano performances every Friday and Saturday night, playing songs by request from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Offering unique martinis, mojitos and wine, Mojo’s puts on a lively show in the heart of downtown. 180 Monroe Ave. NW

The BackForty Saloon specializes in line dancing with its live country performances Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m. From local country bands to country music DJs, The BackForty pairs its stage and dance floor with its favorite selection of whiskey, bourbon and scotch for a wild night out with friends and fellow country music fans. 48 W. Fulton St.

The Score takes sports bars to the next level with a fully immersive beach getaway theme, located right on the river. The Score also hosts live music every night of the week beginning at 6 p.m. on its outdoor stage, located amid palm trees and waterfront seating. This place is great for customers with a wide variety of music tastes. Its menu includes almost 130 beers on tap, too. 5301 Northland Drive NE

Billy’s Lounge is the go-to place in Eastown for a night of dancing. Wednesdays are Fuego Latin nights at Billy’s for the natural-born salsa dancers, as well as the beginners, with live music starting at 9 p.m. Throwback Thursdays are perfect for nostalgic souls with a live DJ from 9 p.m.-midnight. 1437 Wealthy St. SE

Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grill hosts live bands on select nights and Tip Top Tuesday comedy shows. Events are updated on social media and cover charges range from free to $30. All kinds of live musicians can be found on the Tip Top stage, from rock bands to DJs. Tip Top offers a classic bar menu. 760 Butterworth St. SW

This story can be found in the September/October 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here

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