Check Out Some of the Top Downtown Hotspots in Flint

Amir Baz

Downtown Flint’s bar scene is perfect for anyone who wants to have a night out on the town instead of staying in the dorms and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Downtown Flint is amazing; there’s really no other way to say it. Its nightlife is unique and can’t be recreated anywhere else, and those trying to use the excuse that downtown Flint isn’t safe after dark are going to have to find new excuses as to why they can’t go out. The streets are kept safe by the UM-Flint Department of Public Safety, Flint police, Michigan State Troopers and security guards.

Hanging out in downtown Flint is like finding the hidden diamond in the rough each night. You just have to really know where to look to have an amazing time, and luckily for you, I’m willing to share my insight.

Saginaw Street is home to many great bars and restaurants and there is truly something for everyone  If you work your way north from West Third Street, you’ll see places such as The Cork, Table and Tap, Blackstone’s, Rodney’s Loft, The Torch, 501 Bar & Grill, Raspberries Rhythm Cafe and Lounge, Churchill’s, Soggy Bottom Bar, and Tenacity Brewing Company.

Picking a place to be your go-to spot really depends on its atmosphere and your budget, but don’t worry, there’s a lot of diversity when it comes to bars in downtown Flint.

The Cork, which is known for its fantastic wine selection and meals, is an ideal date night spot instead of a place to get rowdy at. The Cork also has daily specials throughout the week.

Table and Tap is a great place for beer and barbecue lovers. It has some of the best chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, and craft beer around. And if trivia is your thing, be sure to head there on a Tuesday night.

Blackstone’s is Flint’s Irish-American pub, and has $1.50 well drinks every day from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. In addition, it has the perfect amount of televisions, which makes it the best option for anyone looking to catch a game and grab a few drinks.

The Loft is a bit smaller than the other places and is the spot for people who enjoy dancing, but it tends to get crowded quickly on the weekends so if you want to check it out, make sure to go early.

For one of the best burgers in town, you have to check out The Torch. The Torch is known for their burgers that are made with no substitutions and an environment that is nice and cozy.

501 Bar and Grill is great for dinner anytime with a group of friends and has relaxed atmosphere that makes it perfect for catching up with an old buddy, a big group of friends or for date night.

Raspberries Rhythm Cafe & Bar is the place to be on the weekends for jazz enthusiasts, as they are the only Jazz lounge in downtown Flint. With a dance floor and bar, this is a great stop for anyone who wants to relax and tune in to some great music.

Churchill’s is the place to be on Thursday night for anyone 21 and over that has a college ID. Some of the specials include $2 pitchers, $1 well drinks and the “Burger of the Month.”

I will say my all-time favorite bar downtown would be Soggy Bottom Bar. A bar that was once just a simple dive bar has become Flint’s newest place to be because it offers jazz night on Tuesdays, trivia on Wednesdays, mean Old Fashioned drinks and a large selection of craft beers.

Reading this you’re probably surprised downtown had all of these spots. It’s crazy what you can find when you do a little exploring. Don’t stay cooped up inside. Downtown Flint is a blast! So call up some friends and make any night an adventure.