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.
Probably the best spot for house music in Lansing. The place is a dive. There not trying to be anything else. You won't find a Moscow Mule in this place. The crowd is local. Not really a student hangout. Maybe on some nights. If I go out in Lansing. It's usually Tuesday night at Macs.
There have been a lot of improvements made since I lived in town, but it's still Macs. That means it's dark and loud, locals run wild and the new generation has their drama. That being said... The new management seems to care about service quality in a way that is almost opposite to the Macs of 2001. I hope you guys keep doing well, but please have some maintenance and leveling done to the pinball machines. Thanks for the cider!
Great venue for live unsigned music... needs some repairs... good bartender's but limited drinks selection B+
Nice barv tenders. Drinks strong and not weak like others. Great music
I used to love this place but sadly the sound quality on live shows is poor now and the new bartenders arent the greatest never paying attention and always on their phones.