Wife and I visited on a Sunday afternoon because Crunchy’s was unexpectedly closed. We were the only customers for the entire time we were there, so waitstaff was attentive. Food was okay; six beers on tap. We tried three: two okay, one not so good. We had trouble enjoying our food because several flies were pestering us.
rumproasts (209) Grand Rapids, Michigan | June 8, 2012| Updated October 28, 2015
six beers on tap during my visit. all were average or below. service was ok, but they were definitely not busy.
seemed to be focused on serving beers for college kids to drink on the cheap rather than brewing quality beers.
Worst service in town. Plan to wait forever for table service. Always obnoxiously loud in the evening. Their food sucks. The layout around the bar encourages traffic jams.
This is not a restaurant or brewpub, this is a dive college bar/club in disguise. There are far better places to go if you want food or a decent nightlife in downtown EL.
I’m pretty sure the reason they brew their own beer is to pull in folks looking for craft beer, take advantage of the trendy look of microbrews, and cut deeper margins on their sales.
Decent homemade brews on hand. Alright food, but really not a huge selection by any means.
trayns (23) Beverly Hills, Michigan | February 13, 2009
Avoid this place. They have 4 bers on tap, none of which are good. All are watered down and are not worth your time. The bar is constantly understaffed and crowded. Don’t waste your time or money, and go to Ashley’s in Ann Arbor.
Cool looking and had decent beer when I was living in the area. Always a great thing to come and get half priced beer on Wednesday. Service was always slow, the servers don’t know their beer. The brews were always sugared up so that they gota higher ABV. Then the good brew master left. I haven’t been back since, planning to next time I’m there for a growler as Florida doesn’t have them.
Place looked very new, clean, with brewing equipment on display inside. Very spacious inside also. I went when it wasn’t busy at all so it was no problem finding a seat.
I only came to check out their homebrew selection and to catch up with some old friends. The selection seemed interesting but less dark beers than I had hoped for. I tried their Pale ale and was pretty pleased with it.
However, the service was horrible—it wasn’t even busy at all. It took a long time for us to place an order and then to actually get the drinks. When mine came, it wasn’t even what I ordered. Once I finally got the beverage I wanted it was quite good.
The prices were really good, I had happened to come (unknowingly) on a day where all drinks were half off. So my pint of the good stuff was only $1.50.
The atmosphere was nice, however it quickly go way too loud inside. Now, this place is a Restaurant and pub, so I was expecting to be able to converse and actually hear the other people that I came with, but no. A band started to play and they were so loud that I couldn’t continue a conversation with my friend next to me.
So all in all, Harper’s has definite potential with their nice facility, seemingly quality brews (if there’s a next time I’ll have to try the food), and low prices. However, the service and volume made it unpleasant enough that I may take my time revisiting.