The Pyramid Scheme

The Pyramid Scheme

Music Venue, Bar, and Arcade
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
  • Aron D.
    "New season of the pinball league starts in April."(17 Tips)
    Hope P.
    "Check in and get half off your first drink :)"(3 Tips)
    "Big selection of Shorts beers."(2 Tips)
    Kyle K.
    "Also has the best variety of live music in town."(4 Tips)
62 Tips and reviews
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  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
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  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KnappAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Coming here, drinking a couple beers and playing some pinball is my favorite way to forget my troubles in GR. Also has the best variety of live music in town. Some truly great bands come through here.
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GoldnerMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you ever have the chance, check out anything French director Rene Laloux has to offer. Time Masters is pretty cool, but I strongly recommend Fantastic Planet. It's a really good film.
  • Joey B.
    Joey BaschJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great spot, better people. The venue director is the greatest person you'll ever meet. If you don't fall in love instantly, there's a hundred dollar bill here with your name on it...gosh... :)
  • Katy
    KatyMay 16
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best venues in town! Check out a show here; you're bound to have a great time. Big selection of Shorts beers.
  • Brittany Z.
    Brittany ZemaitisSeptember 10, 2014
    The drinks are rather pricey, but there always something going on here. I like to come here just to find out what's going on in town.
  • James R.
    James RoederJuly 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    my second home. Great music, beer, and pinball machines! Employees are some of the nicest around.
  • Eric N.
    Eric NovelloAugust 30, 2013
    Great spot- killer collection of pinball machines and solid beer on tap - heaven!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 28, 2015
    Just popped in one afternoon to play the pin ball machines. Nice selection and decent beers too.
  • Karen Z.
    Karen ZackApril 1, 2014
    Awesome pinball, awesome beer, friendly/helpful staff & a great concert venue!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BeatonJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great venue! An email list worth signing up for so you don't miss what bands are playing when!
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0
    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0January 3, 2014
    Really solid collection of pinball machines! My favorite is the Simpsons.
  • Aron D.
    Aron DubyMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    New season of the pinball league starts in April. If you want in look up grand rapids pinball league on Facebook
  • Jose
    JoseOctober 2, 2014
    Dope GR venue. Good beer selection take a run at some pinball while you wait for da cho.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaAugust 3, 2015
    I saw a concert in the back area and actually had to leave because it got so loud. the music got so distorted. i had to cover my ears - they hurt despite plugs. not a good value. others left too.
  • Tommy A.
    Tommy AllenMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the go to venues of downtown. Won't know what it's about until you get here.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McFarlandApril 14, 2014
    My first time here was for The Guttermouth show April 1. What a Great experiece. Show rocked...@ So did the venue.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DawsonOctober 5, 2012
    Let the owner play songs on the jukebox, trust me I'm a jukebox junkie. Its a pleasant surprise
  • ddm marketing & communications
    Great spot with a great selection. Check-in and get 1/2 your first drink!
  • Kathy J.
    Kathy JohnsonAugust 27, 2011
    Rebirth brass band from new Orleans Holy shit. Awesome!! Thank you CJ for the concert gift!!! Makes us miss nola like the dikins!!3
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RozekJune 11, 2011
    If you order from stellas remember its vegitarian. I recommend Peppino's take out right down the street on Ions Ave.
  • Casey B.
    Casey BrowerMay 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Jeremy is great at manning the glory hole. If you have $5. In quarters
  • Juliet B.
    Juliet Bennett RylahJune 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The front bar is always free. Only a cover to get into the venue. So drink here, 'cause its not overpriced and it's sweet.
  • Richard R.
    Richard R.January 13, 2015
    Great dive bar plus pinball! Win win.
  • Beth B.
    Beth Barry-MartinAugust 31, 2014
    Vault of Midnight Game Day. We're playing Poo: The card game.
  • John M.
    John McDanielMay 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Bring back the shorts anniversary ale! Ask the bartender for it and be very disappointed if they are out.
  • Rei R.
    Rei RobinsonSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Saw a pretty terrible slam poet here, but it's still a great bar & venue. #TotallyPat'sFault
  • Awesome Mitten
    Awesome MittenAugust 17, 2011
    No food served but Stella’s, a local restaurant featuring vegetarian and regular bar food, delivers free to the door!! Read more
  • Tarah R.
    Tarah RhenaeJune 24, 2013
    1/2 off first drink 1st time you check in :)
  • Miike
    MiikeFebruary 23, 2012
    4-8 half off shorts beer. Over 10 to choose from. Solid.
  • Sue S.
    Sue SwansonSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great art and staff:-) dan cox is awesome :-)
  • Sara L.
    Sara LopezDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Grand Rapids pinball league plays every other Wednesday night!
  • Hope P.
    Hope ParkerAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check in and get half off your first drink :)
  • Alex V.
    Alex VanderkooyDecember 28, 2014
    Beer. Pinball. Live music venue.
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TasmanJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just fyi they don't take amex always bring some cash
  • Eat Local West Michigan
    Eat Local West MichiganSeptember 19, 2011
    Be sure to try their Art of the Cocktail entry!
  • Jess-ay Y.
    Jess-ay YoMay 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for Jeremy. Just the tip.
  • Wesley
    WesleyAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Hey some guy just called us hipster's, I used to call people that before it was popular!
  • Doug S.
    Doug SharpJanuary 1, 2014
    Bring knee-pads for the dance floor. You'll need them.
  • Bradley Y.
    Bradley YoungstromApril 16, 2015
    Here for the Art Battle...... #artbattle #ultimatepainting #20minpainting #rareharestudio
  • DJ M.
    DJ MarshApril 4, 2012
    all hipsters, all the time. but, they're friendly...
  • Trevor B.
    Trevor BalfourAugust 7, 2013
    1/2 off drinks on Tuesdays.
  • nok n.
    nok nowMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Come to dance and play pinball. Run out of quarters.
  • Grant G.
    Grant GuntherAugust 31, 2014
    Pinball drinks and good music
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CuencaJuly 21, 2013
    Pinball machines and beer yes pls
  • Angie L.
    Angie LaugAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    1/2 of Short's pints on Wednesdays!
  • Tabatha G.
    Tabatha GroverNovember 4, 2015
    Love the atmosphere here
  • Arianne
    ArianneNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best damn jukebox ever! Stop reading and play it already!!!
  • Nick M.
    Nick ManesAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Just going to say this is a cool place, and Kevin R's tip is FUCKED UP!
  • Kate M.
    Kate MillsJanuary 3, 2015
    Pinball is awesome!
  • Niki B.
    Niki BlakerJune 27, 2015
    Great on 80s night.
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