The Pyramid Scheme

The Pyramid Scheme

Music Venue, Bar, and Arcade · Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids
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
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & MasterCard)
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Neighborhood Pub + Music Venue in the Heartside Neighborhood. A place for the artists, musicians and localists of Grand Rapids.


Based on 391 votes

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    Aron D.
    "New season of the pinball league starts in April."(18 Tips)
    Hope P.
    "Check in and get half off your first drink :)"(4 Tips)
    Kyle K.
    "Also has the best variety of live music in town."(4 Tips)
    "Best damn jukebox ever!"(3 Tips)

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

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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  • JenKudu

    Just popped in one afternoon to play the pin ball machines. Nice selection and decent beers too.

    JenKudu · 1 week ago
  • Mary M.

    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.

    Mary Motta · August 3
  • Brian W.

    Shorts on tap!

    Brian Woods · July 8
  • Niki B.

    Great on 80s night.

    Niki Blaker · June 27
  • Bradley Y.

    Here for the Art Battle...... #artbattle #ultimatepainting #20minpainting #rareharestudio

    Bradley Youngstrom · April 16
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0

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

    Phillip {{ FJ }} 2.0 · January 3, 2014
  • Doug S.

    Bring knee-pads for the dance floor. You'll need them.

    Doug Sharp · January 1, 2014
  • tabitha d.

    the starlight girls

    tabitha danielski · December 12, 2013
  • Rei R.

    Saw a pretty terrible slam poet here, but it's still a great bar & venue. #TotallyPat'sFault

    Rei Robinson · September 2, 2013
  • Eric N.

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

    Eric Novello · August 30, 2013
  • Hope P.

    Check in and get half off your first drink :)

    Hope Parker · August 17, 2013
  • Trevor B.

    1/2 off drinks on Tuesdays.

    Trevor Balfour · August 7, 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
  • Jonathan T.

    Just fyi they don't take amex always bring some cash

    Jonathan Tasman · June 3, 2013
  • Jess-ay Y.

    Ask for Jeremy. Just the tip.

    Jess-ay Yo · May 11, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jake S.

    who is this hella mean blond bartender?? check yo attitude

    Jake Sebastian · January 19, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kasey S.

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

    Kasey Stowell · July 14, 2012
  • Kerrie

    Great shows, and fun games!

    Kerrie · July 4, 2012
  • John M.

    Bring back the shorts anniversary ale! Ask the bartender for it and be very disappointed if they are out.

    John McDaniel · May 15, 2012
  • Matt D.

    Hours: 4pm-2am

    Matt Duff · May 8, 2012
  • DJ M.

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

    DJ Marsh · April 4, 2012
  • ddm marketing & communications

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

  • nok n.

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

    nok now · March 30, 2012
  • Miike

    4-8 half off shorts beer. Over 10 to choose from. Solid.

    Miike · February 23, 2012
  • Cameren C.

    FULL of Hipsters....meh

    Cameren Croel · January 21, 2012
  • 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
  • Anne H.

    Lots of dudes here ...where are the women?

    Anne Holcomb · November 20, 2011

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