Clare Mackenzie aka Mac could never have imagined that his beloved saloon would turn out to be a nationally recognized music venue! Started in the forties, Mac's has been an institution in the Michigan bar scene ever since, but it wasn't until 1995 when all that changed. Kenny Knot, a Mac's regular and semi famous midwest punk rocker and founder of ETCH MAGAZINE, began booking underground music per the request of owner Paul Fata. Lucky for the world that Kenny had an enormous talent for booking and an extreme knowledge base of cutting edge music ! Thus began Macs fore into the world of Music!
Since, Macs has hosted some of the worlds most influential acts! from metal to punk, from electro to folk, ska to roots, Macs abilities know no boundaries! succesfully plunging into any genre it is Macs chameleon like nature that makes her so popular. From Mastodon, Macklemore, Frontier Ruckus, the Devil Wears Prada, Papadosio, BoomBox, The Polish Ambassador, Agent Orange, Man Man, Mustard Plug, Viva Le Vox, BoomBox, Captured by Robots, and Manchester Orchestra just to name a scintilla! With a critically acclaimed roster spanning decades, Macs has repeatedly worked her way into the rock n roll North American touring scene and has been a fixture in pollstar and billboard ever since. Hosting such a diverse mix of national music is mac's strength however carving a midwest niche for herself was a long and arduous process, much akin to the distillation of a fine scotch or the character and complexity achieved in the creation of an artisinal beer, but it has made her famous.
Macs has one more aspect which keeps them coming night after night, tour after tour, year after year... the ENERGY! No other bar or venue can compete with the buzz of Mac's Bar! the grimy floor- intimate atmosphere- and signed promo shots paired with whirling guitars, bass drums, rubbing shoulders, beautiful women, whiskey, beer foam and crowd screams of joy all combine to envoke the much beloved musical spirit that is MACS! A downright staple in the Midwest and Michigan bar scene Macs has been a favorite for singles + drinkers + music buffs college students and thrill seekers alike for decades! and will continue to comfort and amaze in the years to come. Come in and feel the Buzz.
This place is for the adventurous..... We went in to have a quick drink and to check out the crowd. It is a little grimy.... but, we didn't mind.... The drinks were cheap and good pours and everyone was friendly! They occasionally have shows there with a cover charge.
It was a punk joint, not particularly nice, but good bands. Guiness on draft, so, I liked the place.
Sorry to see that this place has lost its mojo from the 70's & 80's. A live music bar? No way! When I was getting my degree @ MSU and when I was a young alum this place got fueled by a great and loud jukebox. The music infused the patrons with copious amounts of energy and led to a wild and crazy atmosphere . This was magnified on post football game Saturday's. We would spend hours in there drinking cheap draft beer by the pitcher, and having more fun than should be allowed. This of course led to several chance encounters with, in my case, the lovely ladies. What more can you ask from a bar?? Sadly I heard they got busted one too many times for serving to minors which caused them to close and re-open as just another bar. No doubt the brief period between 1972 and 1978, when the drinking age was 18 led to the bar relying too heavily on minors for a substantial part of their revenue. Looks like it will never be the same. I only gave it the third star because of its past greatness. RIP The Macs Bar of my youth.
Little hole in the wall bar that will always be my favorite in Lansing. I grew up going to this bar for all ages shows and didn't stop once I was legal. Always friendly service and great drink options.
It's very dive bar-like. It could be a lot cleaner (dust in the speaker caused a small fire recently). Bathrooms are interesting...Clean, but dim. The drinks are priced well. The stage is small but the sound and lights are good. It's a comfortable local place. It could just use a few updates.