The Avenue Cafe
Located front and center on Lansing's fabulous East Side, the Avenue Cafe stands like a beacon of truth and justice for the masses, keeping its finger firmly placed on the pulse of the community, yet too inebriated to remember the beats per minute. Wanna come see some awesome musical performances by local and national acts alike? We've got ya covered. How about imbibe some strong cocktails or delicious craft beers? Oh yeah, we've got plenty. Feeling weak? Well, get some food in you, ya silly goose. And no better place to do that than Nomad Kitchen, serving some irresponsibly tasty burgers, incredible house-made vegan patties, and fries so good that even the Queen of England has personally endorsed them on her Twitter feed, one would assume.
So come on out and tie one on with friends old and new. Play all the pinball, pool, or Ms. Pac-Man your heart desires. Let our lovely staff of adorable miscreants fill your face with delectable potations and vittles. Take in all the crazy-good live music your little ears can handle. Eat. Drink. Be Merry.
I love the games... service is really great when you can get it. If it gets busy it can take half a beer waiting to order the next round. It seems like some people get waited on and others do not. Still, everyone is very nice and it's a nice place to chill. Don't expect a lot of comforts, it's very much a hole in the wall where the well maintained arcade gets the most love. They seem to have most of the pinball Pete's pinball machines, certainly more than I saw at Pete's last year.
I ordered 3 drinks while I was there. The first two were over a 5 minute wait until the bar tender greeted me. They weren’t busy and had another bar tender working as well. I decided to try the food and was handed a receipt and I didn’t see a spot for a tip or to sign. I also didn’t have cash, so I walked away. He brought the receipt up to me and showed me where to sign, still no spot for a tip. Then he said “if you tip you’ll get better service.” Then walked away. By his appearance he didn’t look sober, maybe he was having a rough day. However that is still bad service.
I love the Avenue, it's always been a great place!! The food they serve is delicious, they've got great craft beer and there's usually some music happening. Definitely one of the best spots in Lansing!
The rich smell of patchouli with undertones of vomit, poop, and sloshed alcohol permeates the air. The large area is well suited as a place to gather, but the atmosphere seemed cloudy with chalk dust and vape. The clientele consists of men in flannel and skinny jeans who have neck beards that have not been trimmed since before it was cool to have neck beards alongside their perfectly parted pompadour, and they mingle with women in thick framed glasses and a knitted pom pom caps sporting Misfits patches, shaved heads, and nose rings. This bar is the kind of place you should go to if you want a low fat soy shot and gluten free non-alcohol beer served to you in Dixie cups while the bartender to refers to you as "ze". The bathroom had no doors, but there where pretty see through cloth curtains safety pinned up on the stalls, and they where filled to overflowing with excrement.
The place feels very comfortable. The main level has seating, a big bar with a handful of taps that also serves food, and a small area for live music. The upstairs has more seating, classic arcade games and dart boards. The bar staff were friendly and worked quickly. I had the pork belly rice bowl and would definitely recommend it.