Guidebook for Traverse City

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Guidebook for Traverse City

Drinks & Nightlife

Located in a historic railroad depot, enjoy amazing flat-bread pizza and a wide selection of craft brews.
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The Filling Station Microbrewery
642 Railroad Place
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Located in a historic railroad depot, enjoy amazing flat-bread pizza and a wide selection of craft brews.
Situated in a beautiful 1931 red brick building, Rare Bird’s mission is to provide an unsurpassed dining and drinking experience in Traverse City. From their intimate reclaimed wood booths to the cozy and cool lounge and German bier hall style seating made from massive wood slabs that Nate and Tina sustainably harvested, they have a space for everyone to feel comfortable.
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Rare Bird Brewpub
229 Lake Avenue
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Situated in a beautiful 1931 red brick building, Rare Bird’s mission is to provide an unsurpassed dining and drinking experience in Traverse City. From their intimate reclaimed wood booths to the cozy and cool lounge and German bier hall style seating made from massive wood slabs that Nate and Tina sustainably harvested, they have a space for everyone to feel comfortable.
In December 1988 Ron Harrington purchased an aging little tavern called The Depot Bar. He later re-opened it as a Hi-NRG Dance Club catering to the LGBT community. This was the first bar in Michigan to cater to gays north of Grand Rapids. The rest, as they say, is history! Throughout the years Side Traxx has welcomed people of all walks of life, gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual and straight. The bar’s motto is “Not Just a Gay Bar! Gay, Straight or Bi, Everyone’s Welcome!”.
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SideTraxx Dance Bar
520 Franklin St
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In December 1988 Ron Harrington purchased an aging little tavern called The Depot Bar. He later re-opened it as a Hi-NRG Dance Club catering to the LGBT community. This was the first bar in Michigan to cater to gays north of Grand Rapids. The rest, as they say, is history! Throughout the years Side Traxx has welcomed people of all walks of life, gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual and straight. The bar’s motto is “Not Just a Gay Bar! Gay, Straight or Bi, Everyone’s Welcome!”.
Pub fare, craft drinks and handcrafted brew. Games and nightly features, including live music. Located below North Peak Brewing Company, this is Traverse City’s premier Irish pub.
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Kilkennys Irish Public House
400 West Front Street
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Pub fare, craft drinks and handcrafted brew. Games and nightly features, including live music. Located below North Peak Brewing Company, this is Traverse City’s premier Irish pub.

Food Scene

Raduno owners Janene Silverman, baker and chef, and Andrea Deibler, butcher and chef, have many years of combined culinary experience. They offer a rotating menu of seasonal salads, sandwiches, baked goods, pastas and meats.
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Raduno
545 E Eighth St
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Raduno owners Janene Silverman, baker and chef, and Andrea Deibler, butcher and chef, have many years of combined culinary experience. They offer a rotating menu of seasonal salads, sandwiches, baked goods, pastas and meats.
The eponymous retrofitted address on Wellington Street speaks to the inspired minimalism of farm-to-fork cuisine that has established The Cooks’ House as one of the Midwest’s cultiest eateries. The white, well-lit, 26-seat dining room is hung with modern paintings from local artists, and tables are set with white linens and quality crystal, but the restaurant emphasizes a comfortable come-as-you-are approach to enlightened local eating. (The dress code is simply “clothes.”) The Cooks’ House retains a high staff-to-guest ratio so that diners are never wanting for comfort, and atmosphere is relaxed and social with tables trading conversation.
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The Cook's House
115 Wellington Street
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The eponymous retrofitted address on Wellington Street speaks to the inspired minimalism of farm-to-fork cuisine that has established The Cooks’ House as one of the Midwest’s cultiest eateries. The white, well-lit, 26-seat dining room is hung with modern paintings from local artists, and tables are set with white linens and quality crystal, but the restaurant emphasizes a comfortable come-as-you-are approach to enlightened local eating. (The dress code is simply “clothes.”) The Cooks’ House retains a high staff-to-guest ratio so that diners are never wanting for comfort, and atmosphere is relaxed and social with tables trading conversation.
Located a short distance away, the Little Fleet is a collection of food trucks with a common bar featuring cocktails and a wide variety of craft brews. Open all year round, but a must visit in the summer.
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The Little Fleet
448 East Front Street
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Located a short distance away, the Little Fleet is a collection of food trucks with a common bar featuring cocktails and a wide variety of craft brews. Open all year round, but a must visit in the summer.
An Asian dining experience located in the heart of Downtown Traverse City next to the historic State Theatre. Red Ginger’s menu celebrates all of the excitement, allure and interest that makes Asian cuisine deliciously satisfying while sourcing the highest of quality ingredients available, and embracing local and seasonal product. Red Ginger is more than just a restaurant, it’s an experience. The metropolitan atmosphere coupled with the friendliness of the professionally trained staff will surely make a lasting impression in hopes you join Dan, Pam and the team for years to come.
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Red Ginger
237 East Front Street
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An Asian dining experience located in the heart of Downtown Traverse City next to the historic State Theatre. Red Ginger’s menu celebrates all of the excitement, allure and interest that makes Asian cuisine deliciously satisfying while sourcing the highest of quality ingredients available, and embracing local and seasonal product. Red Ginger is more than just a restaurant, it’s an experience. The metropolitan atmosphere coupled with the friendliness of the professionally trained staff will surely make a lasting impression in hopes you join Dan, Pam and the team for years to come.
Sorellina, which means little sister in Italian, has been a part of the vibrant fabric of downtown Traverse City since its opening in 2012. Relax, unwind, grab a glass of wine and join us for both authentic Italian favorites and contemporary Italian culinary interpretations.
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Sorellina
120 Park Street
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Sorellina, which means little sister in Italian, has been a part of the vibrant fabric of downtown Traverse City since its opening in 2012. Relax, unwind, grab a glass of wine and join us for both authentic Italian favorites and contemporary Italian culinary interpretations.
North Peak Brewing Company is located in a historic building which was formerly the Big Daylight Candy Factory, providing a great atmosphere. This is a great spot to enjoy North Peak's own craft brews along with a fantastic selection from the kitchen.
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North Peak Brewing Company
West Front Street
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North Peak Brewing Company is located in a historic building which was formerly the Big Daylight Candy Factory, providing a great atmosphere. This is a great spot to enjoy North Peak's own craft brews along with a fantastic selection from the kitchen.

Shopping

One of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. A beautiful solution to urban sprawl, The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital. Check out Stella's and Pepenero for some good food as well as shops featuring goods from many local artists and craftsmen.
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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
830 Cottageview Drive
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One of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. A beautiful solution to urban sprawl, The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital. Check out Stella's and Pepenero for some good food as well as shops featuring goods from many local artists and craftsmen.

Parks & Nature

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.