City Guide: Great ways to enjoy the chill

City Guide: Great ways to enjoy the chill

Flint’s downtown district provides a great backdrop for evening entertainment.  Light up the night at one of the many popular clubs or eateries that line Flint’s Saginaw Street and surrounding  area, attend a signature event or get out and enjoy them all. There’s plenty of eateries, entertainment and activities to choose from.

Check them out in our City Guide.

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; Mixdown at Factory Two. Get out for Flint’s funnest fundraiser (say that fast three times…), benefiting Flint Local 432. Tickets are only $15 for what some might call a foodie’s paradise. Chefs Tim Archuleta (Ichi Sushi), Tony Vu (MaMang), Steve Swart (  Ruckus Ramen) and Anthony Guiett (Flint Golf Club) will be dishing it up alongside great beverage hosts  Tenacity Brewing,  Flint City Hard Cider Co. and Biggby Coffee Burton.There’s some pretty kickin’ entertainment scheduled too.

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the event page.

FRIDAY, Oct. 12; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Second Friday Artwalk. Enjoy local eateries, live music and the works of various artists on display throughout a variety of downtown Flint art galleries and businesses including The Local Grocer (601 Martin Luther King Avenue), which hosts an evening of social crafting, with Flint Handmade, along with a display of framed prints and handmade goods from local artists.

Stop by the Greater Flint Arts Council (601 S. Saginaw Street) for this months walking map.

Tuesday, Oct. 16; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Flint Institute of Arts’ Late Night Wind Down.

Enjoy drink specials and fun events in the Palette Café in addition to gallery tours, meditation, community yoga and more. There’s even free art projects for kids and adults.

Museum hours have been extended to 9 p.m. To learn more visit the Flint Institute of Arts events page.

Thursday, Oct. 18; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Tenacity Brewinghosts “Painting with a Twist”  Join Jesse, grab at drink at Tenacity’s “Inspiration Station” and get busy painting your very own original witch pallet (black hat and broom stick optional) board.

The event is open to the 21+ crowd. A $35 entry fee gets you instruction, paints and painting supplies,  your own rectangular board surface and plenty of artistic moments (more alcohol, more moments).

Drinks are available for purchase. Tenacity Brewing is located at 119 N Grand Traverse Street. To learn more visit the Tenacity Brewing event page.

Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. – Capitol Theatre hosts the Late Night Tailgate. Comedians Sarah Tiana and Steve Rannazzisi will join former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels on stage  at the Late Night Tailgate event, which promises to deliver a hilarious mix of comedy and sports parodies – –  somewhere between hits on the armchair quarterback and  the best of SNL (see Star-studded Tailgate Tour promises to leave Flint laughing).

The Capitol Theatre is located at 140 E. 2nd St. in Flint, visit

Friday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. The Flint Farmers’ Market’s “Comedy Night at the Market” Get ready to pee yourself as comedians Adam Degi, Tom E. Thompson and Kara Coraci take over the Flint Farmers’ Market for a unforgettable laugh fest.

Admission for this event is $15. The Flint Farmers’ Market is located at 300 E 1st Street.

To purchase tickets or learn more visit the event page.


Friday, Oct. 26; 8 p.m. Halloween Drag & Burlesque Show at Capitol Theatre.  Get ready as the Capitol Theatre plays host to it’s own glitter and glamfest, Flint style. Performers include Jon Benet, Cina Moan, Abby Cadabra, Goddess Miss Grace and Veronica Lockhart. 

Dress up or down depending on your mood and make sure to get out the lipstick and get on those heels for what promises to be a party crowd.

Ticket prices are $20. To learn more visit the event page.

Wednesday,  Oct. 31;  Soggyween at the Soggy Bottom Bar – The best costumes, creatures and cocktails will be “on” at Soggy Bottom Bar’s “Soggyween.”

The costume and trivia contest starts at 8 p.m. and the crowd will take over from there. Get started at the bottom.

Soggy Bottom Bar is located at 613 M L King Ave. To learn more visit their Facebook page. 

Friday, Nov. 2; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.) Buckham Gallery Mic Night – It’s Mic Night at Buckham Gallery.

Show off your theatrical, musical, spoken word and other performing arts skills (acoustics and small amps; 10 min set limit). Beverages (bottled water, coffee) and cookies are a part of the gig.

The gallery is located at 134 ½ W. Second St.

To learn more visit the Buckham Gallery Facebook page.

Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Second Friday Artwalk. Everyone loves this cultural event, which features an ever-changing glimpse of area artists, local vendors and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to meet and mingle with locals.

Maps are available at the Greater Flint Arts Council and parking is available throughout the downtown area.



501 Bar & Grill The after work crowd is lively and diverse and the cocktails divine. As the evening approaches, the conversations expand in concert with the growing crowd. Oh, their menu? Try everything. It’s all good!

The 501 is the place where business gets done.

To learn more visit the 501 Bar’s Facebook page.


Blackstone’s. What could be better than a night out at one of Flint’s classic drinking and dining bars?

Join the crowd on the outside patio and watch Flint’s ever-changing streetscape unfold.

To learn more visit Blackstone’s Facebook page. 



Churchill’s Food & Spirits. Get into the spirit of things at this iconic establishment.

Located at 340 S. Saginaw St. in Flint’s historic downtown district, Churchill’s features 400+ whiskeys and the support of its own in-house whiskey expert John Saites.

To learn more visit Churchill’s Facebook page.




Cork. This chic wine bar featuring more than 100 varieties of wine and spirits is located in a vintage building on Flint’s Saginaw Street. Many say it stands among Genesee County’s finest restaurants and offers eclectic American & European small plates & entrees. Cork is located at 635 Saginaw St.

Cork is located at 635 Saginaw St.

To learn more visit Cork’s Facebook page.


Market Tap Rooftop Bar. Visit Flint’s full service rooftop bar located on the second floor of the Flint Farmer’s Market located at 300 E. 1st St.

The bar is open Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays noon – 10 p.m.

To learn more visit Market Tap’s Facebook page 


Raspberries’ Live Smooth Jazz.

Enjoy Chef D’s catfish and local sounds at Raspberries Rhythm Bar & Grill 448 S. Saginaw St. in Flint’s downtown business district.

To learn more visit Raspberries’ Facebook page. 

 Table & Tap’s outdoor patio offers a panoramic view of Flint’s downtown business district and the beautiful Capitol Theatre. Described as an urban barbecue and tap house, Table & Tap offers plenty of varieties of Michigan beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks.Table & Tap is located at 555 South Saginaw St. To learn more visit the bar’s Facebook page.




The Loft. The Loft is just one of those insider places. It attracts an eclectic after work crowd then gets a bit livelier as area students and locals arrive.Enjoy great drink specials, inexpensive cocktails and beers and some pretty lively conversations. The Loft is located at 460 S Saginaw St.

To learn more visit the  Facebook page.


The Torch. Serious burger aficionados love this place, which recently was recognized as one of the top sellers of Guinness Draft by Fabiano Brothers, Inc, a distributor serving 22 Michigan Counties.

The Torch is located at 522 Buckham Alley.

To learn more visit Torch Bar’s Facebook page.


X: The speakeasy.  Discover the X factor that’s taking hold in downtown at X, Flint’s newest high-end cocktail lounge.  Located next to Table and Tap at 555 S. Saginaw St., right across from the Capitol Theatre, X’s speakeasy environment and classic cocktails has been generating raves and attracting an eclectic crowd.

To learn more visit the Facebook page.



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