Portage café now serving cocktails, beer, and wine


At Water Street, we are always looking for new and exciting areas to expand and respond to what our customers are looking for. When the studying and work has ended for the day, we want our customers to be able to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. What better way than with a refreshing cocktail, smooth glass of wine, or cool local beer? With that in mind, we are excited to debut our recently acquired liquor license at our Portage cafe with an official Cocktail Launch Party on June 16th, from 6pm-10pm.

It’s party time!

We’ll be offering 25% off all cocktails, beer, and wine from our Spring Menu, and 30% off delicious appetizers all evening. Guests can also enjoy live music from Borr+McFerrin from 6pm-8pm, fun giveaways, and a special tasting from One Well Brewing.

Now is your chance to try something cool and refreshing, like our Hibiscus Twist, made with Tito’s Vodka, lemon juice, freshly brewed Hibiscus Rooibos Iced Tea, and Lavender Syrup (made in house using locally grown lavender from Shades of Lavender Farm in Mattawan, MI). Looking for something with a little zip? Try our Irish Coffee with a BANG! We combine Jameson Whiskey, Water Street’s own cold brew (Iced Coffee with a BANG), and simple syrup, then we pour over coffee ice cubes and top with a float of heavy whipping cream.

With such a vibrant local beer scene in Kalamazoo and Portage, we couldn’t help but feature some local beers on our beer list. One of our favorites is One Well Brewing’s Sweet Water Street. An Imperial Porter at 7.1%, this beer highlights our very own Water Street coffee, as well as donuts from another Kalamazoo mainstay: Sweetwater’s Donut Mill. Sweet and smooth, it’s the perfect beer to pair with our summer desserts. Our beer list also features selections from Kalamazoo’s own Bell’s Brewery, as well as Grand Rapids’ Founder’s Brewing Company and Brewery Vivant, and more.

If wine is what you’re looking for, we have a carefully selected list, including a 2016 Barista Coffee Pinotage from Western Cape, South Africa. Rich with coffee, chocolate, and mulberry notes, we recommend pairing a glass with a delicious Spinach and Feta Turnover. Or try a mimosa, featuring the Valdelavia Cava Brut, along with fresh squeezed orange juice.

Water St Live!

What else goes well with a cocktail? Live music! We are happy to continue our Water St Live series of free live music at our Portage cafe throughout the summer. Catch Borr+McFerrin at our Cocktail Launch Party on June 16th, then come back to hear The Birdseed Salesmen with Helen Yee on June 28th. Our full event listing can be found on our events page, as well as on Facebook. Each of these events will be free of charge and feature local artists from the Kalamazoo or West Michigan area. With such a lively musical community in Kalamazoo and Portage, we are thrilled to be able to showcase local musicians’ talents and provide a fun, relaxing evening event.

Our cocktail, beer, and wine menu will be changing seasonally, so come in and try these offerings while you can. And we hope to see you on June 16th!

Beer and and wine is served from 7am to close Monday through Saturday, and 12pm to close on Sunday. Cocktails are served 4pm to close Monday through Friday, 7am to close Saturday, and 12pm to close Sunday. Stay tuned for news on approval of our full license, which will allow us to serve cocktails with Sunday morning brunch, as well as let guests enjoy their drinks on our outdoor patio.