From food truck parks in Petoskey and Traverse City to a pink-themed pub and restaurant on Mackinac Island, here are your top 7 Red Hot Best winning spots to enjoy happy hour in Northern Michigan!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories ranging from healthcare and frontline workers to restaurants, wedding venues and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge Winner

Pink Pony, Mackinac Island

Located inside the Chippewa Hotel at 7221 Main St. #103, Pink Pony is a famed Northern Michigan restaurant, bar and music venue on Mackinac Island. Famous for its pink decor and nautical theme, you can always find a happy hour deal while sitting right on the water or at the indoor bar.

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Benzie & Leelanau Winner

Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, Northport

With “Happy Hour” in its name, it’s no wonder this third-generation family restaurant snagged the Red Hot Best award. Located at 7100 N. Manitou Trail in Northport, Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern serves up local wines and brews, and famous martinis and manhattans.

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Winner

TJ’s Pub, Manistee

Located at 399 River St. in Manistee, TJ’s Pub hosts Thirsty Thursdays every week from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy half-off appetizers and $1 off wine pours, well spirits and select draft pints.

Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes Winner

Dockside, Bellaire

Pull up on your boat to this Torch Lake summer staple located at 6340 Old Torch Lake Dr. in Bellaire. Enjoy a menu of traditional American dishes ranging from classic baskets to burgers when you stop by for happy hour and explore the full bar options.

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling Winner

Rolling Oak Brewing Co. | Grayling

Located at 509 Norway St. in Grayling, Rolling Oak Brewing Co. is known for its incredible beers that embody Northern Michigan. 

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

The Back Lot Beer Garden, Petoskey

This food truck park located at 425 Michigan St. in Petoskey features multiple food trucks serving up everything from tacos to mac and cheese. In 2021 happy hour ran daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and was half-off all drafts. Check their Facebook for current happy hour specials and more.

Traverse City Red Hot Best Winner

The Little Fleet, Traverse City

Located at 448 E. Front St. in Traverse City, The Little Fleet boasts a full bar and serves up a wide variety of craft cocktails, beers and more. They’re also a food truck park during the summer with everything from burgers to bbq.

View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list to find the best breweries, events and more.

Photo(s) by The Back Lot