Famous for its beer, burgers and boisterous karaoke nights—every Thursday, Friday and Saturday—Crunchy’s in East Lansing has been a favorite bar for many over the last three decades. From Michigan State students and alumni, to professors and Lansing locals alike, Crunchy’s has everything bar goers could ever want in a local watering hole.
Michael Krueger, Crunchy’s manager for seven years, has owned the bar for the last two. With over 15 years of experience in this line of work, he believes that Crunchy’s vibe and unique character are what keep people coming back.
“We are very accepting of everybody that wants to be here,” Krueger said. “We are sort of this melting pot, and the people make Crunchy’s what it is.”
With 33 people on staff ensuring customers have a one of a kind experience, Crunchy’s provides some of the best free entertainment in the East Lansing community. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, local comedians start their stand-up shows that leave the audience gripping their sides and slapping their knees. And before these comedic specials, trivia night starts at 7 p.m., as well. On Wednesdays, live music performed by singers and songwriters from the area takes place at 10 p.m. sharp. And as I mentioned before, Thursday through Saturday are Crunchy’s famed karaoke nights, while Jerry Sprague, a renowned Michigan performer, takes the stage every Sunday night.
To top it all off, while all of this is taking place, Crunchy’s also has great deals throughout the week. From discounted beer to Crunchy’s buckets, these specials are too good to pass up. To view each drink and food special, check out: http://crunchyseastlansing.com/specials/.
For Krueger, it is no surprise that Crunchy’s has the reputation that it has. As the first bar to serve craft beer in the East Lansing community, Crunchy’s now has 27 beers on tap and won the 2016 award for “Best Burger in Town” voted by the people of Lansing.
“[Crunchy’s] is not a dance floor,” Krueger said. “You can just relax in a booth, set up a couple of tables, relax with your friends and have a good beer.”
So grab your pals and visit Crunchy’s on Grand River. Whichever day you may choose to go, you will not be disappointed.
Diana Nicoletti is a senior pursuing a double major in professional writing and creative advertising. When she isn’t typing away, she is jamming out to Fleetwood Mac and discovering new albums to spin on her record player, appropriately named Stevie. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @dnicks23.