Bar food you can’t beat An ode to fries, craft beer and MSU basketball

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November officially marks the return of our favorite sport — basketball. For those who aren’t spending games in the iconic student section the Izzone, there are plenty of spots in East Lansing where you can enjoy the game, a couple of beers and, not to mention, delicious food. While a trip to the Breslin Center is hard to beat, we promise these local bars will be flowing with Spartan pride. 

We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to eat, drink and enjoy a Michigan State basketball game on the big screen. 


ing Magazine loves Crunchy’s — there’s no denying that. From its exciting karaoke nights to its more relaxed happy-hour deals, we can’t say no to a trip to this classic East Lansing establishment. Come to watch the big game, get a bucket of local craft beer and a bucket of tots — yes, you read that correctly, a BUCKET. 

Senior communication and marketing major Kait Kisel is a Crunchy’s fan for a variety of reasons. 

“I love the crowd it draws in, especially on game nights when the fans come through. Everyone is there for the same reason and it really makes it feel like you’re with your Spartan family,” said Kisel. “You can’t forget their food. Pizza nugs are unmatchable and the fact that you can get ranch seasoning on your fries is the cherry on top.”


Arguably the nicest restaurant on this list, HopCat is usually the spot to take your parents. The food is nicer and pricier, the drink selection is wider and, overall, it has more of a family-friendly vibe. But coming here for a game won’t set you back too much. We recommend the Moscow mules and of course the famous Crack Fries. 

Lou and Harry’s

Not interested in your traditional game-day food and looking for a more diverse spread? Check out Lou and Harry’s for anything from nachos to Mediterranean cuisine, not to mention their deals — free tacos, $3 mugz Thursdays, margarita night — are hard to beat. Their regular DJ, DJ Tony, particularly loves the vibe that MSU basketball games bring. 

“People are having a great time,”  DJ Tony said. “It’s lit.” 

Not of age to hang at the bar? Or simply just not in the mood? Create your own game-day watch party in at home. If you’re in the dorms, gather up your hallmates and head to the nearest TV.