If you want a cheap drink and a small, “up north Michigan bar” feel, head on over to the Mushroom Bar and Grill in Mesick, Michigan. Mesick??!??! Yeah... Mesick. Map it, it's a city in Michigan - trust me.
Though I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough for their more unusual items such as duck, their bar food served up just fine- and what’s more, they had wi-fi! This is not a small compliment in Mesick. It really is cheap eats with a lot of food. A couple dollars gets you nice and full. It's basically greasy foodie heaven.
One plus is that they are located smack dab between Traverse City and Frankfort, so the location lends itself to up north vacation commuters. You’ll get a smile, a $3 glass of wine/ draft beer, and a game of pool if you so desire. And the bonus is the people watching- listen to some local gossip while you watch sports or hang out at the bar.
I spent every summer in Mesick and remember the good ole days of Fish Fry Fridays and fried chicken. It's been totally remodeled, but every time I walk in I still can smell the same fry grease, wood, and hint of smoke that you just can't remodel out of a place. It's a place that reminds me of my childhood and though I don't think its the best bar I have ever been to they will definitely see me every time I stop up.
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.