The Pubs of Mackinac Island


St. Patrick’s Day is near, rendering jubilant thoughts throughout many. People pack the pubs and relish adult beverages among their green-clothed cohorts. While you won’t be celebrating the holiday on Mackinac Island, you can experience the holiday’s gleeful spirit when you are here.

Taps at the Pink Pony

St. Patrick’s Day is near, rendering jubilant thoughts throughout many. People pack the pubs and relish adult beverages among their green-clothed cohorts. While you won’t be celebrating the holiday on Mackinac Island, you can experience the holiday’s gleeful spirit when you are here.

Many people spend their days on Mackinac biking and exploring, gallivanting, or just relaxing and enjoying the sun’s warmth somewhere. Come nightfall, much of Mackinac’s life heads indoors for a different celebratory experience. For many, the day begins after the sun sets and the last ferry departs.

Mackinac Island’s lineup of restaurants, pubs, and taverns can leave you wishing the night never ends. You and your spouse or friends can create your own “pub crawl” with so many options nestled right along Main Street. A popular endeavor among visitors is having bartenders from each establishment sign a Mackinac Island t-shirt as they progress through the hoppy journey. Let’s explore some of the options to have a bartender take a sharpie to your shirt.

Craft beer aficionados will find liquid splendor at nearly any Mackinac Island establishment, but Draught House should be a required stop. Here you’ll find northern Michigan’s largest collection of craft beers with 50 on tap. Try a new craft beer here and enjoy spectacular harbor views.

For those seeking a “neighborhood” type bar, consider Horn’s Gaslight Bar. Inside, patrons will typically find rockin’ bands and accomplished solo acoustic acts performing the night away. Dance and sing along here for a rocking good time.

Like cocktails, welcoming patios, and good tunes? You’re going to like Pink Pony. Named by Thrillist as Michigan’s most iconic bar, this is a can’t-miss stop when you’re seeking nighttime jubilation.

What makes Mackinac Island’s nightlife special is how each establishment, in both atmosphere and menu, is so unique. Whether you plan your nightlife excursions or just go with the flow, you’re bound to have a memorable time.

If you’re looking for a suggested route, below is a popular one stretching from east to west on the Island. It’s recommended to split the crawl into at least a couple days. Let’s remember to enjoy Mackinac Island’s nightlife offerings responsibly.

    1. Round Island Bar at Mission Point on Main Street
    2. Ice House at Island House on Main Street across from the Marina
    3. Pink Pony at Chippewa Hotel on Main Street downtown
    1. Millie’s on Main on Main Street downtown
    2. Horn’s Gaslight Bar on Main Street downtown
    3. Yankee Rebel Tavern on Astor Street downtown
    4. Seabiscuit Cafe & Grog on Main Street downtown
    5. Goodfellow’s at Lake View Hotel on Main Street downtown
    6. Mary’s Bistro at the Star Line Ferry on Main Street downtown
    7. Draught House located next to Mary’s Bistro
    8. Cawthorne’s Village Inn on Hoban Street downtown
    9. Gate House on Cadotte Avenue at the foothills of Grand Hotel

Now let’s toast to the good times on Mackinac Island. Cheers!

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