Friendliest bar in Ann Arbor?
I'm moving to Ann Arbor from NYC next week with my fiance. We want to find a bar where we can have dinner once a week-ish and chat with some regulars in the hopes of making friends. Not looking for foodie paradise--just a good burger and/or sandwich and a place that isn't full of undergrads during the school year (I'm 26, he's 28, I'm going to grad school but neither one of us wants to relive our undergrad days). I'd appreciate any suggestions!
While it doesnt serve food (yet), Wolverine State Brewing Company on Stadium/Pauline is a great hang-out. Tends to attract a slightly older, hippier crowd (I would consider myself the former, being a few years removed from grad school, but certainly not the latter) and has a very relaxed atmosphere (couches, etc).
Likewise, Ann Arbor Brewing Company on Washington is good - sit at the bar.
Arbor Brewing Company
114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Old Town - *the* townie bar. good food.
Aut bar - lgbt bar that does a mean brunch
Fraser's pub - neighborhood dive, if you're on that side of town, with people there always willing to chat
Jolly Pumpkin - upscale-ish hip bar with good, locally-sourced food and excellent homemade spirits and cocktails
315 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
... and *beer* at the Jolly Pumpkin—two of the top ten in the U.S. per the NY Times.
All of charles' choices are good; Fraser's is a bit more sports-oriented. The Old Town is indeed Ann Arbor's classic townie bar. There are other bars in the U.S. with a picture of a naked lady on the wall, but how many others have a picture of Franz Schubert? Sunday night, when there's acoustic music, is a good place to meet people in that scene.
For actual dinners, I would also suggest Casey's. It's a bit more of a restaurant—mostly tables, but also has a large bar area. The food is consistently good.