The Pyramid Scheme

The Pyramid Scheme

68 Commerce Ave SW (at Oakes), Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
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Neighborhood Pub + Music Venue in the Heartside Neighborhood. A place for the artists, musicians and localists of Grand Rapids.


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Note: ONLY applies to your first drink, not your second or eighth! Must present unlocked screen at point of purchase of first drink, no later. PITCHERS excluded.

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  • Juliet B.

    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.

    Juliet Bennett Rylah · June 5, 2011
  • Joey B.

    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... :)

    Joey Basch · July 21, 2011
  • Nick M.

    Just going to say this is a cool place, and Kevin R's tip is FUCKED UP!

    Nick Manes · August 23, 2011
  • Awesome Mitten

    No food served but Stella’s, a local restaurant featuring vegetarian and regular bar food, delivers free to the door!! Read more

    Awesome Mitten · August 17, 2011
  • Arianne

    Best damn jukebox ever! Stop reading and play it already!!!

    Arianne · November 2, 2011
  • Sue S.

    Great art and staff:-) dan cox is awesome :-)

    Sue Swanson · September 23, 2011
  • AB

    Do NOT wear Old Navy flip flops.

    AB · May 23, 2011
  • Angie L.

    1/2 of Short's pints on Wednesdays!

    Angie Laug · August 21, 2011
  • The Pyramid Scheme

    1/2 off your first drink! Please show unlocked screen to the nearest staff member to redeem!

    The Pyramid Scheme · January 4, 2013
  • Tommy A.

    One of the go to venues of downtown. Won't know what it's about until you get here.

    Tommy Allen · March 3, 2013
  • nok n.

    Come to dance and play pinball. Run out of quarters.

    nok now · March 30, 2012
  • Cameren C.

    FULL of Hipsters....meh

    Cameren Croel · January 21, 2012
  • DJ M.

    all hipsters, all the time. but, they're friendly...

    DJ Marsh · April 4, 2012
  • Trevor B.

    1/2 off drinks on Tuesdays.

    Trevor Balfour · August 7, 2013
  • Jess-ay Y.

    Ask for Jeremy. Just the tip.

    Jess-ay Yo · May 11, 2013
  • Mitch P.

    Tell Justin that you love his ginger beard.

    Mitch P · August 26, 2011
  • Eric N.

    Great spot- killer collection of pinball machines and solid beer on tap - heaven!

    Eric Novello · August 30, 2013
  • Casey B.

    Jeremy is great at manning the glory hole. If you have $5. In quarters

    Casey Brower · May 11, 2013
  • Trevor G.

    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.

    Trevor Goldner · March 24, 2013
  • Sarah D.

    Let the owner play songs on the jukebox, trust me I'm a jukebox junkie. Its a pleasant surprise

    Sarah Dawson · October 5, 2012
  • Brian S.

    Try to beat my Grand Champion high score on Cirqus Voltaire!

    Brian Smock · September 7, 2012
  • Kasey S.

    Really solid collection of pinball machines! My favorite is the Simpsons.

    Kasey Stowell · July 14, 2012
  • ddm marketing & communications

    Great spot with a great selection. Check-in and get 1/2 your first drink!

  • Alex B.

    Great venue! An email list worth signing up for so you don't miss what bands are playing when!

    Alex Beaton · January 15, 2012
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0

    Really solid collection of pinball machines! My favorite is the Simpsons.

    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0 · January 3, 2014
  • Sara L.

    Grand Rapids pinball league plays every other Wednesday night!

    Sara Lopez · December 19, 2012
  • Thracsis E.

    $2.50 PBR drafts! Woot!

    Thracsis Everdread · December 13, 2012
  • Kerrie

    Great shows, and fun games!

    Kerrie · July 4, 2012
  • Eat Local West Michigan

    Be sure to try their Art of the Cocktail entry!

    Eat Local West Michigan · September 19, 2011
  • Hope P.

    Check in and get half off your first drink :)

    Hope Parker · August 17, 2013
  • Jessica C.

    Pinball machines and beer yes pls

    Jessica Cuenca · July 21, 2013
  • Tarah R.

    1/2 off first drink 1st time you check in :)

    Tarah Rhenae · June 24, 2013
  • Aron D.

    New season of the pinball league starts in April. If you want in look up grand rapids pinball league on Facebook

    Aron Duby · March 4, 2013
  • Ty V.

    F this noise. Twenty minutes leaning on the bar and no service.

    Ty Volpo · September 30, 2012
  • Wesley

    Hey some guy just called us hipster's, I used to call people that before it was popular!

    Wesley · August 18, 2012
  • Matt D.

    Hours: 4pm-2am

    Matt Duff · May 8, 2012
  • Brian S.

    Try to beat my score on Bride of Pinbot. I'm the Grand Champion! [outside the Billionaire Club]

    Brian Smock · November 19, 2011
  • Kevin R.

    If you order from stellas remember its vegitarian. I recommend Peppino's take out right down the street on Ions Ave.

    Kevin Rozek · June 11, 2011
  • Richard R.

    Great dive bar plus pinball! Win win.

    Richard R. · January 13
  • Kate M.

    Pinball is awesome!

    Kate Mills · January 3
  • Alex V.

    Beer. Pinball. Live music venue.

    Alex Vanderkooy · December 28, 2014
  • Jose

    Dope GR venue. Good beer selection take a run at some pinball while you wait for da cho.

    Jose · October 2, 2014
  • Brittany Z.

    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.

    Brittany Zemaitis · September 10, 2014
  • Beth B.

    Vault of Midnight Game Day. We're playing Poo: The card game.

    Beth Barry-Martin · August 31, 2014
  • Grant G.

    Pinball drinks and good music

    Grant Gunther · August 31, 2014
  • Kyle K.

    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.

    Kyle Knapp · August 23, 2014
  • Forrest

    Pinball machines are everywhere in here.

    Forrest · August 9, 2014
  • James R.

    my second home. Great music, beer, and pinball machines! Employees are some of the nicest around.

    James Roeder · July 21, 2014
  • Kyle M.

    My first time here was for The Guttermouth show April 1. What a Great experiece. Show rocked...@ So did the venue.

    Kyle McFarland · April 14, 2014
  • Karen Z.

    Awesome pinball, awesome beer, friendly/helpful staff & a great concert venue!

    Karen Zack · April 1, 2014

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