The Best Bars & Nightlife to Visit When in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan has plenty of bars and nightlife options to choose from if you’re looking for a great night out on the town. There is something for everyone, from small, local pubs to trendy dance clubs. No matter your music or drinks taste, there is a fun little spot to call home for the evening. Choose from one of the best bars & nightlife in Northern Michigan options while you are visiting the most beautiful part of Michigan.

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Traverse City

The Little Fleet – If you’re in the Traverse City area, make sure to check out The Little Fleet. This trendy bar is perfect for those who love craft beer and cocktails served with a smile in a modern setting. If you want a bite to eat, there are food trucks from April to October.

Union Station – If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, stop by Union Street Station. This local favorite is known for its great selection of beers and wines. Established in 1891, this dive bar will create new memories for you and your friends.


Bridge Street Tap Room – A nice family-friendly casual tavern, the Bridge Street Tap Room has fun sandwiches and good beer with a waterfront view!

The Town House Bar – The only bar that doesn’t serve food in Charlevoix, The Town House Bar is primed to give you a fun evening with affordable drinks and friendly service.


Ernesto’s Cigar Lounge and Bar – There really is not a classier way to unwind than by leaning back with a big cigar and a smile on your face. Ernesto’s is the perfect, low-key place to relax and smoke a cigar while talking to the locals in Petoskey.

The Side Door Saloon – A quirky Northern Michigan eatery and hangout spot, The Side Door Saloon’s food menu will definitely throw you for a curveball. Not quite a late-night spot, The Side Door Saloon should still earn a visit from you if you are in the area.

Plan Your After-Night Needs with Freshwater Vacation Rentals

No matter where you are in Northern Michigan, you’re sure to find a great bar or nightclub that suits your needs. After exploring the town, you should come home to a quiet evening at a Freshwater Vacation Rental. We offer an array of rentals across the state, from the Upper Peninsula to Western Michigan. Of course, if you’re staying in the Northern Michigan area, you can check out our cabin & vacation home rentals and the Things to Do page, highlighting the top activities and attractions. 

Start planning your trip to the Wolverine State today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Freshwater Vacation Rentals family.