In the center of downtown East Lansing, the Riv offers a relaxed casual atmosphere where it’s hard to imagine anyone feeling out of place. Named “Favorite Bar” by East Lansing residents, The Riv has a great atmosphere, friendly staff, dirt-cheap drink specials, and a jukebox like no other.  We have 2 pool tables, tons of Big Screen HDTVs, Giant Jenga, Darts, Bags, and the sound is ON for all Spartan sporting events.

East Lansing’s Best Downtown Bar for Drinks, Games, & More

Voted ‘Favorite’ Among East Lansing Bars for Cheap Drinks and Pool Tables!

Nestled in the heart of downtown East Lansing, The Riv embodies the vibrant spirit of this college town – fun and inviting. As the go-to choice for locals and visitors alike, we’ve earned our title as the “Favorite Bar” among East Lansing bars. Here’s why.

Our mission at The Riv is simple: to provide a casual, welcoming, laid-back atmosphere where everyone feels right at home. Whether you’re looking to grab a cheap drink in East Lansing with a group of friends or a sports enthusiast looking to catch the latest Spartan game, we’ve got you covered.

One of the hallmarks of The Riv is our commitment to offering dirt-cheap drinks. We understand that price matters, so we make sure that everyone can enjoy a great time without breaking the bank. Our drink menu features various options, from classic cocktails to ice-cold draft beers. And we have excellent food!

If you’ve been looking around East Lansing for bars with pool tables, we’ve got you covered with not one but two pool tables – you never have to wait long for your turn. 

If pool isn’t your thing. No problem. We offer Giant Jenga, Darts, and Bags to keep the fun going. Plus, with plenty of Big Screen HDTVs throughout the bar, you won’t miss a minute of the action. When it comes to Spartan sporting events – the sound is always ON!

Our jukebox is a standout feature, offering tunes that cater to every musical taste. It’s just another reason why The Riv is the ultimate destination for a memorable night out with cheap drinks in East Lansing.

When it comes to specials and pricing, we believe in keeping things fresh and exciting. To stay updated on our latest specials, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 517.351.5855. We’re here to make sure you get the best bang for your buck!

Interested in becoming part of The Riv family? We’re always on the lookout for passionate people to join our team. Apply today by sending your resume to

At The Riv, we’re not just a bar – we’re a community where good times and friendly faces come together. Join us and experience East Lansing’s favorite bar for cheap drinks and pool tables. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Due to COVID current pricing is currently unavailable. Please contact The Riv to check on pricing and specials. 

Looking to join our team? Apply today by sending your resume to!