The 5 Best Sports Bars Near Battle Creek

Michigan’s gambling growth is accelerating at a rapid pace, with online casinos and online sportsbooks in the Great Lakes State are just around the corner. Detroit is an obvious hub for gambling and sports activity in Michigan, but Battle Creek is an up and coming contender with plenty to enjoy for casual and diehard sports fans and bettors. 

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a must for any Battle Creek visitor, but there’s also a great helping of quality sports bars in the Michigan town. Plus, Gun Lake Casino and Four Winds Hartford are only about an hour’s drive away, giving Battle Creek residents and visitors a wealth of sports bars in the area. Once online sports betting is live in Michigan, you’ll even be able to place bets on your phone as you enjoy the atmosphere and libations of these locales. 

Battle Creek Sports Bars

Dacey’s Taphouse

11177 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014

Dacey’s Taphouse is right in the center of FireKeepers Casino Hotel, giving customers easy access to Dacey’s Sportsbook, also within the casino. Dacey’s has a ton of HD screens for great sports viewing. 

Dacey’s has an impressive selection of beers, ciders, and cocktails in addition to a full food menu. All-in-all, it’s a great bar for sports fans, bettors, casino gamblers, and everything in between. 

Cricket Club

36 W Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Cricket Club boasts Michigan’s longest cherry wood bar. The 90-foot monstrosity is the bar’s centerpiece, but there’s plenty more to enjoy. Patrons can sample one of the 50+ beers on tap, enjoy darts on one of the Club’s six regulation boards, or play some foosball. 

Add in a few TVs to watch whatever Michigan team is playing, and you’ve got a well-rounded Battle Creek sports bar and restaurant. 


14490 Beadle Lake Road I-94 Exit 100, Battle Creek, MI 49014

Moonraker has a colorful array of libations carefully arranged on its back bar. HDTVs hang over the display, giving bar-goers prime viewing of whatever sport is in season. Moonraker also has a large menu including wraps, baskets, and entrees. There’s something for everyone at this battle Creek institution. 

Gun Lake Casino

The trip from Battle Creek to Gun Lake Casino takes about an hour by car, and it’ll deposit you in Wayland, Michigan, where more sports action awaits. 

Stage 131

1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348

Stage 131 is Gun Lake Casino’s sportsbook and lounge. You can place your bets, grab a drink, and enjoy the games on the book’s huge TV screens. 

Gun Lake Casino is also home to Crossroads, at the heart of the casino floor, and two other bars. The casino also hosts two restaurants, so you’ll never hurt for a place to watch the game and place your bets. 

Four Winds Casino 

A separate 50-minute drive from Battle Creek welcomes you to Hartford, Michigan, home to Four Winds Casino. 

Four Winds Sportsbook

68600 Red Arrow Highway Hartford, MI 49057

Four Winds Sportsbook has a full-service bar and a number of betting kiosks for easy wagering. The book offers a nice atmosphere and a bring your own device option. Just get your bets ready on your phone, then bring the QR code to the kiosk or betting window once you’re ready to place them. 

If you need a bite while you’re betting, you can head to Timbers, the in-venue fast food and deli joint. 

Of course, the sportsbook is complemented by a full casino with hundreds of slots and table games. 

About the Author

Cole Rush

Cole Rush is a Chicago-based freelance writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Prior to freelance writing, Cole spent seven years in communications at a gambling and lottery supplier.