Thirteen downtown bars and restaurants to celebrate this year's 'Apps & Ales' event

English brown ales, stouts, and amber lagers.

Jambalayas, sliders, and dips.

For the ninth year in a row, one of downtown Bay City’s more popular events will crowd the city sidewalks as revelers bounce from one bar to the next, from one restaurant to another.

In total, 13 bars and eateries will take part in the event. There will also be live music in Unity Park and on Saginaw Street.

The ninth annual Apps & Ales takes place on Wednesday, June 5, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

"The purpose of the event is to bring people downtown but also to highlight the participating businesses," says Susie Maxwell, Executive Director of the Downtown Management Board and Downtown Development Authority.

"When people try the food or the beer, maybe they’ll be tempted to come back. Or maybe they’ll stop at the stores along the way."

For tickets priced at $30 per person, participants walk from business to business, sampling each of the 13 establishments’ selection of two beer samples and two appetizers. Tickets include a commemorative beer glass, too.

A free shuttle is also available.

Participating bars and restaurants include American Kitchen, Asian Noodle, Bay City Boat Lines, Empire Italian Chophouse, Gatsby’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Jake’s Corner Lounge, Mulligan’s Pub, Old City Hall, Riverfront Grille at the Doubletree, Strikers Sports Bar, Tavern 101, The Chambers, and The Public House.

"These businesses are all individually-owned. They’re not franchises. They each have something unique to offer," Maxwell says.

"And they all understand what it means to be part of the downtown family of businesses."

Tickets for the 2019 Apps & Ales can be purchased at any of the participating establishments.

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