Grand Hotel has many options available for those looking to imbibe, alcoholic or otherwise, located all around the hotel and its various restaurants. Below are some of my favorites, listed in no particular order. Tell me your favorite place to grab an iced tea, alcoholic drink, or coffee on the island in the comments below!
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This breathtaking bar is located at the top of Grand Hotel with a view of everything from the Mackinac Bridge to the lake and ferries and all around the island. There’s almost always live music playing, they serve up a mean Shirley Temple, plus they also can make just about any drink you can think of! Even if you don’t plan to drink, I recommend to everyone to take a few moments and walk up to the top of the bar just to see the view, it’s incredible! You can see more of it in this blog post!
Geranium Bar/Porch Bar
The Geranium bar is located just inside the front porch of the hotel and is fully stocked. Servers pop in and out to bring drinks to guests on the porch, and it’s such a pleasure to sit and rock on the porch with an ice cold drink in hand. In the evenings, a bartender almost always sets up a bar cart right near the front steps to serve up cocktails and cocktails as well!
Just down the road from the hotel is Sushi Grand, one of the newest additions to the Grand Hotel family of restaurants and bars. During our visit, there were lots of Asian inspired cocktails and drinks, in addition to sake, imported beers and more, plus the atmosphere is really awesome! Very much an “East meets West” dining and drinking experience, there’s something here for everyone, especially those with a palette that’s ready to adventure abroad. Read my complete guide to Grand Hotel’s Sushi Grand, here.
My husband and I dined at woods for the first time this summer and it was incredible! The carriage ride back alone was worth the trip. The cozy cabin-esque atmosphere makes for the perfect environment to enjoy a meal with a nice drink or warm coffee. The staff at Woods are very helpful in picking out wine or a drink, and they have a great variety of things to enjoy with your meal in the restaurant or out on the back porch! Read my complete guide to Grand Hotel’s Woods Restaurant, here.
Main Dining Room
It’s said that there has never been a “dry” day in the hotel’s history, even during prohibition. I tend to believe this is true, because Grand Hotel offers drinks at every meal and event they host throughout the day, even during breakfast and afternoon tea! I didn’t have a chance to try it, but they offer Bloody Marys at breakfast (and throughout the day) that the table next to us couldn’t stop raving about – they made it sound amazing! Grand Hotel’s master sommelier, Elizabeth, is one of the most knowledgable people in the world when it comes to drink and meal pairings, so be sure to ask for her advice if you see her.
Jockey Club is one of my favorite places to grab a drink because we’re able to watch carriages pass by, people watch, and enjoy being outside when the weather is nice! They have an indoor bar area as well that’s fully stocked and bartenders know all the best jokes! Read my complete guide to Grand Hotel’s Jockey Club, here.
Adjacent Sushi Grand, Gatehouse is a sports bar with a Mackinac Island twist. Its atmosphere is both cozy yet energetic, making it the perfect place to watch the big game or catch up with friends and family. They can make just about any drink imaginable, in a casual, fun, and exciting atmosphere. Pro-tip: try their whitefish sandwich with a cold beer – it’s the perfect summertime meal!
A street back from the main road, Cawthornes is another wonderful place to stop in for a drink, plus they offer a menu full of specialty and classic cocktails featuring flavors like banana mango and Dragon berries!
The first time my husband and I stayed at Grand Hotel together was the summer we married, and one of my favorite memories there was dancing in the terrace room after dinner. There guests will find no shortage of servers eager to bring you any drink you can think of while you dance the night away! If you’re not looking for alcohol, ask for a mocktail, they’ll be happy to help you find something that suits your tastes.
Audubon Wine Bar
Once your done exploring the island on foot, by bicycle or by carriage, uncork whatever tickles your fancy in the Audubon wine Bar and explore the island (and the entire state of Michigan) by bottle! This comfortable atmosphere is a wine lover’s paradise, with plenty of vodkas, bourbons, whisky and more for even the most discerning tastebuds.
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