TheHUB’s City Guide highlights what’s hot and happening in Flint

TheHUB’s City Guide highlights what’s hot and happening in Flint

There’s a lot going on in Flint’s downtown district. 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 a plenty of activities and entertainment to choose from.

Check them out in the guide.

Facebook photo/Big Donut

TONIGHT, Aug. 30; 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.. Soggy Bottom Bar – Big Donut. Greater Flint natives and Big Donut founders Morty Magee, Scheenn Kowalski and Krank McClearly crank out some of the best avant-garde punk and their own blues”ish” sound.

Come out and hear them tonight at Soggy Bottom Bar known for its friendly and energetic crowds.

Soggy Bottom Bar is located at 613 M L King Ave.

To learn more visit their Facebook page. 


FRIDAY, Aug 31; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Flint Institute of Arts’ Happy Hour on the Patio. It’s “on” as FIA’s Palette Café hosts its final free Friday Night Happy Hour of the summer season featuring drink specials from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Get in on the giant lawn games like Jenga, Connect 4, Cornhole and Frisbee. The Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St. in Flint’s Cultural District.

To learn more visit the Flint Institute of Arts Palette Cafe Facebook page.

Friday, Aug.  31; 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.


Facebook photo/Bikes on the Bricks. Reprinted with permisson

Friday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Bikes on the Bricks Hundreds of bikers will roar into Flint to take part in the 12th annual event that draws hundreds including the many locals who come out to soak in and celebrate the areas biking culture. The events begin Friday and end Sunday evening,

Among scheduled events Friday, is the Damned Wheel Club’s Mini Bike Race (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and a live performance by the Jon Fett Quartet (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.).

There is a jam-packed day of activities planned Saturday highlighted by the Harley ride in, a crowd favorite that steps off at 11 a.m. from the Vehicle City Harley Davison dealership and concludes in downtown Flint. The Rockabilly Pinup Girl contest (2 p.m.), Motorcycle Fashion Show (3:30 p.m.) and a performance by Daze of Glory (5 p.m.) are among Saturdays main stage events.

The Genesee Ramblers (noon) will take the stage Sunday, followed by the popular Police Last Man Standing Finals (1 p.m.), Family Fun Block Party (1 p.m., Salvation Army) and Motorcycle Show Awards Ceremony (4 p.m.)

To see details about bikers’ registration and a full listing of events visit the event page.

Facebook photo/ANPC

Saturday, Sept. 8; 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Tenacity Brewing – ANPC.  Bring your dancing shoes. ANPC returns to Tenacity! Tasty brews and food paired with zesty music in the style of New Orleans and early jazz is what’s on tap. This swinging band doesn’t often make it this far north, so be sure to catch them here.

The crowds will come out for this free show (no cover). Tenacity Brewing is located at 119 N. Grand Traverse St.

To learn more visit Tenacity Brewing’s Facebook page.

Friday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 4th Annual Hispanic Festival at the Flint Farmers Market. Celebrate Latino culture with an evening of free entertainment, ethnic food, vendors and artists, including performances by El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil & Mariachi and Conjunto los Hermanos Escamilla.

The event takes place at the Flint Farmers’ Market located at 300 First Street in downtown Flint.

To learn more, visit the facebook event page.

Fruit of Elegance is one of the many local businesses that offers a taste of the best of Flint. Photo by Alvin Brown

Friday, Sept. 14, 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.

To learn more, visit the facebook page.  



Photo by Danen Williams

501 Bar and Grill. The 501 is the place where business gets done.

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!

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


Blackstone’s is an ever-popular stop among Flint locals. Facebook photo courtesy of Blackstone’s

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. 




Facebook photo/Churchill’s

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.

To learn more visit Cork’s Facebook page.

Facebook photo/Market Tap

Market Tap Rooftop Bar. Take it outdoors at 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.

Photo by Danen Williams

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 is just one of those insider places. It attracts an eclectic after work crowd and 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.

Photo by Danen Williams

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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Lead image: Permission of Bike the Bricks/P. Autumn Photography




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