Rick's American Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 224 Abbot Rd

    East Lansing, MI 48823

    Map & Directions
  • 517-351-2285

About Rick's American Cafe

Categories
  • Bars & Pubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Dive Bars
Hours
M-Sa 6pm-2am, Su Closed
Associations
  • Restaurant
Year Established
  • 1980
Keywords
  • bar east lansing
  • club
  • bar
  • dancing
  • drinks
  • cocktails
  • beer
  • alcohol
  • msu bar
  • east lansing bar
  • dancing lansing
  • dance club east lansing
  • dance club
  • college bar
  • night club
  • night club lansing
  • night club east lansing
  • club msu
  • bars msu
  • michigan state bar
  • east lansing bar
  • dance club lansing
  • music lansing
  • music east lansing
Products
  • Bar
  • Dance Club
  • Club
  • Dancing
  • Drinks
  • Beer
  • Night Club
  • Cocktails
Specialties
  • Dancing
  • Drinks
  • Music
  • Night Club
Payment Options
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Brands
  • #STR
Services
  • Night Club
  • Dance Club
  • Spartan Bar
  • Full Bar
  • Cocktails
  • Beer
  • Daily Specials
  • Alcohol
  • Dancing
  • Music
Languages
  • English
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This is just perfect. The music that they play in here is enough to keep you going, the drinks that they have in here are tasty and very creative.

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★★★★★

This is just perfect. The music that they play in here is enough to keep you going, the drinks that they have in here are tasty and very creative.

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Rick's has always been a big favorite at MSU. Their live music is great, and I always have a blast on their dance floor. Their free pizza at night doesn't hurt either!

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★★★★☆

Rick's has always been a big favorite at MSU. Their live music is great, and I always have a blast on their dance floor. Their free pizza at night doesn't hurt either!

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Ricks is an East Lansing favorite. A mixture of the students go there and it always proves to be a great time. There is usually a line after 11 pm, but the dj and bands are always great! On Fridays there is a live band that plays 80's rock music.

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★★★★☆

Ricks is an East Lansing favorite. A mixture of the students go there and it always proves to be a great time. There is usually a line after 11 pm, but the dj and bands are always great! On Fridays there is a live band that plays 80's rock music.

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Ricks was always a favorite, it may not be in Casablanca but it is sure a lot of fun. The place is always bumping and full enegry, if you are looking to dance go there. It is also cool because the crowd is for everyone, the space large enough down there that you can branch out easy, drink dance, eat, socialize etc.

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★★★★★

Ricks was always a favorite, it may not be in Casablanca but it is sure a lot of fun. The place is always bumping and full enegry, if you are looking to dance go there. It is also cool because the crowd is for everyone, the space large enough down there that you can branch out easy, drink dance, eat, socialize etc.

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This East Lansing basement bar is no place a 30+ year old would want to frequent. The place is dimly lit, dirty, loud, overcrowded and generally has a line on weekends. I believe they also charge cover on certain nights. Parking is limited and in public pay lots only. The crowd consists of college students... most of which are there to accomplish the goal of getting hammered beyond belief. If you are looking for a quiet, comfortable, cozy or clean bar, steer clear of this place.

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★★☆☆☆

This East Lansing basement bar is no place a 30+ year old would want to frequent. The place is dimly lit, dirty, loud, overcrowded and generally has a line on weekends. I believe they also charge cover on certain nights. Parking is limited and in public pay lots only. The crowd consists of college students... most of which are there to accomplish the goal of getting hammered beyond belief. If you are looking for a quiet, comfortable, cozy or clean bar, steer clear of this place.

Pros: College bar in a college town

Cons: Dirty, poor parking, cover charge, basement bar, crowded

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Good place to get completely black out drunk and not remember what happened. Very very cheap drinks!

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★★★★☆

Good place to get completely black out drunk and not remember what happened. Very very cheap drinks!

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You will find long lines of people at Ricks, yet it is another lackluster bar that East Lansing is home to. The people that go to Ricks are generally attractive young college students and seem to have a good time. Overall, this joint like many other East Lansing bars is overrated, but a staple for the MSU student.

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★★☆☆☆

You will find long lines of people at Ricks, yet it is another lackluster bar that East Lansing is home to. The people that go to Ricks are generally attractive young college students and seem to have a good time. Overall, this joint like many other East Lansing bars is overrated, but a staple for the MSU student.

Pros: Attractive people, Cheap drinks, Good crowds

Cons: Atmosphere, Parking, Lines

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Used to be cool until the city decided to hate fun about 10 years ago.

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★☆☆☆☆

Used to be cool until the city decided to hate fun about 10 years ago.

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Basement bar, like many, with a small dance floor and the possibility to play pool. The DJ's or bands are usually pretty decent and the drinks are decent. The place is large enough that the crowd is some-what diverse. The dress is anything from jeans to bar-dress, not being too fancy. Watch out during the school year as lines tend to be quite long Thurs-Sat, but the same can be said for most places in EL during the same time.

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★★★★☆

Basement bar, like many, with a small dance floor and the possibility to play pool. The DJ's or bands are usually pretty decent and the drinks are decent. The place is large enough that the crowd is some-what diverse. The dress is anything from jeans to bar-dress, not being too fancy. Watch out during the school year as lines tend to be quite long Thurs-Sat, but the same can be said for most places in EL during the same time.

Message from Rick's American Cafe

For almost 40 years Ricks has been the go to spot for Spartans to grab a drink, do some dancing, and enjoy the night life. Ricks is the place to go to get the party going every night of the week, and has been since 1980! Looking to have some fun and show off those dance moves? Ricks is the place to be!



Rick’s is more than a bar, it is an East Lansing and Ann Arbor institution. Rick’s American Cafe was recently named one of the top 25 college bars in America by The Daily Meal. The area’s top DJs perform up to five nights a week and Rick’s is widely considered the best venue to dance with your friends (even the ones you don’t know yet).



The low key look and unassuming atmosphere make Rick’s a fun and inclusive environment. Students, alumni and even faculty have made Rick’s home for years, and so should you…

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