dukefan (61) Dallas, Texas | December 17, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not from Battle Creek, but my parents live there. Given that my daughter is also in Michigan, I am in BC quite often. This is a World Class bar!!! My only fear is that when ANYTHING top shelf moves into Downtown BC, the locals don’t support it with the vigor that they should. Here is why you will like the Cricket Club (three reasons, but there are many more).
1. Selection - I am not certain of exact numbers, but at least 50 beers on tap. And whoever is choosing knows their beers! Shorts, Bells, Founders and many more great locals on tap. I hate when I go to bars (Griffin nearby is an example) and they’ve got many beers on tap - all boring and second rate (think Stella, Sam Adams, etc.). Not here. To top it off, they’ve got great, great liquor selection on the bar as well. I lived in Chicago for three years - and never once found a bar with this level of sophisticated selection.
2. Price - My wife and I ordered a couple pints of Shorts beer in the afternoon. Shorts is usually about the most expensive beer we can order - but well worth it. The bartender "$5 please". My reply, "Each?" (assuming even that was cheap). His reply "Total". How a place this upscale and nice can charge not just fair, but GREAT prices for their products is a mystery to me.
3. Service - We always feel whenever we visit that we’ve got a personal bartender, a smiling person, and almost like a new friend that is serving us. You never wait for your next drink, you always get attention - and there is no pretension whatsoever in their service.