The Arena is a Heretic of downtown Ann Arbor bars
the owners are Michigan State graduates in the middle of Ann Arbor (hey not everyone can get into U of M)
when banning smoking became the trend, well the Arena lit up a cigarette, a cigar, and a joint.
Basically, the Arena is too cool to follow the fakie Hippie Ann Arbor rules and trends. We also won’t jump on the pricey high end mood lit, we paid a lot of money to make our bar look this beat up and rustic BS.
The Arena is that hot kid in high school who refused to cheer at the pep rally…oh, you know what? He was actually smoking outside in the parking lot during the pep rally and he hated that music you were listening to. The Arena was never going to pretend to be something so you’d like him. He didn’t care. And the fact that he didn’t care made you like him.
That said, The Arena rarely participates in events held downtown. Taste of Ann Arbor? We’ve got your taste of Ann Arbor but you’re going to have to walk your ass to our bar to try it!
So, I was kind of shocked to find out The Arena is participating in Restaurant Week.
If you’re sick of the whole trying to be a part of the scene scene, come visit us. Good food, good beer, good view of your favorite game, no BS.