The Pyramid Scheme

68 Commerce Ave SW Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids
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Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.

Live Local Music and Arcade Nostalgia

You might think that the first thing you'd notice about a bar known for live music is the stage. Think again! Before you hit the music venue at Pyramid Scheme, you'll have to go through the growing collection of pinball machines. They're not just for show either. Pyramid Scheme hosts the Grand Rapids pinball league: the first Monday and Wednesday of every month. The league was started in 2012 to give people the opportunity to play competitive pinball in Grand Rapids, all skill levels allowed. Twilight Zone and Attack on Mars are among the classic crowd favorites. Or check out the newer Wizard of Oz pinball machine.

If pinball doesn’t grab your attention, the music will. During the week, you can catch acts that just played in Detroit or Chicago and are looking for an extra gig. This means you can catch a more intimate show from a band after they just played larger venues in bigger cities.

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There is a huge pool of talented musicians in Grand Rapids who share the stage with many nationally touring acts as well. It's a great intimate spot to discover your next favorite artist. While Pyramid Scheme hosts live music about 4-6 days a week, don't worry if you catch them on an off day - this bar also boasts a great jukebox!

This 420-person capacity venue is primarily standing room only. However, two raised platforms on either side of the floor means that there isn't a bad seat in the house as far as line of sight goes. With no barriers to the stage, this is the ideal spot for fans who like to get close to the action.

Cover photo credit: Pyramid Scheme

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