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Obstacle No. 1

4.8
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$30 and under
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Cocktail Bar
Quite simply, Obstacle No. 1, aims to be your place for craft cocktails in West Michigan. This handsomely appointed lounge will offer a unique combination of Basque influence in both the cocktails & atmosphere. We look forward to helping you cross that first Obstacle, over drinks of course.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 57 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.9
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Love the vibe. Food is tapas style and totally delicious. Get a little dressed up and enjoy. It’s magnificently dark and comfy.

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operafoodie
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obstacle no. 1 is an upscale bar with a supreme ambience and the showmanship of it's amazing bartending star, J.P. Worth the slightly higher prices for innovative drinks and small plates.

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vipPamelaD
Northern MI
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great addition to 8th Street in Holland Michigan! An evening spent at obstacle No.1 winks you away and with a lil imagination you are in a lovely place far far away! The mixology and cocktails are perfect. Order a variety Of small plates and it’s is a perfect evening!

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vipdouglasy
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and presentations in a relaxed environment.

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RashelleW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ambience and drinks in Holland. And nice that they have food available from the adjoining restaurant.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time in after walking past it a million times! We were such big fans. We only stayed for cocktails but the service was wonderful, personal, kind, and informative! We absolutely loved the vibe and the atmosphere here. So perfect for our date night. We’ll be back 😊

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Asher
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best cocktails in Holland, and a great quiet intimate date night location!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lighting is too low. Very difficult to read food and drink menus. Otherwise, a great place.

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vip7732203351
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is definitely about the cocktails.... And they are truly unique and amazing. Our bartender was intuitive, engaged and talented. Food was good and very rich but definitely second to the exemplary cocktails.

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LaurieD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

JP has it spot on with his drinks. We were amazed how he personalized his drinks. I think the fact alone that he will talk with his customers and spend time In conversation as his time allows. I loved hearing about his background. He was chosen perfectly to run this new gem.
I love the ambianceBut for me, hard time reading menu and wouldn’t mind a small menu light! Thank you JP ! It’s clear a lot of hard work and passion goes into what you do.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JP is the cocktail master

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. The mixology and good selection is remarkable.

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Swami
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No food so scratch that part. Beautiful cocktail bar with great drinks and exciting presentations. Very nice ambience - could be in any city.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff - great people. Helped answer all of my questions & were very patient. The drinks were spectacular. Will for sure have to go back!!

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vipJCMG
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks and food! Unique menu. Attentive service.

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TimothyD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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AmandaM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Amazing drinks, first rate, friendly service and overall great time! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Incredible atmosphere and was my first time. Loved the experience but was disappointed that we had a 6:30 reservation, ordered dinner food and by 7:45 they came over and said we have another reservation at this table at 8. I love experiences and didn’t like being rushed out

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Drinks are amazing! Perfect score!

JC
JoeC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Wonderful place to spend an anniversary. The selection of tasty drinks is incredible. The preparation and presentation were entertaining. We definitely recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent beginning to our anniversary night out!

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KerryAKG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Old Fashioned and appetizers were delicious! Highly Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, from all of the staff, and amazing food and beverages. Relaxing surroundings with unique decor top it all off.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JP is an excellent human being and his drinks are even better. The room is beautiful and very well put together. Everybody should at least visit once for the experience they have curated for their customers

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AlyssaD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would recommend! If you need a place for dinner, drinks, or a special occasion/celebration this is it!

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Gem85
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for the unique, intimate ambiance. Great place to have an artisan cocktail where it's quiet enough to easily have a conversation. Personalized tableside service.

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SuzanneA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Did not eat there. JP is amazing. We were accidentally charged $55 each for $15 drinks, but JP took care of it.

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JennyV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drinks & food! Incredible service! Fun atmosphere!

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Eater1
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for a romantic evening. Cocktails are pricey but amazing and worth it!

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Eirracj
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

This was our third visit. I've never had such bad service here. We sat with empty water glasses and empty drinks for over 25 minutes until we flagged down our server.
It was less crowded than our past two visits so not sure why it was like this. we ordered the charcuterie board and the server said it would have almonds. it didn't and when I asked the other server they said it wasn't supposed to. after this we went to Poquitos for dinner and noticed that the same exact charcuterie board was 3$ less so felt kind of duped on that. We would've had more than one drink but no one wanted to take our order I guess.

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vipDiner19
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Awesome craft cocktails in a cozy environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and appetizers.

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vipPamB
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Much better experience on our second visit. Staff was more interactive and they now had mini flashlights so you could read the menu. Good place to go before or after Poquito’s.

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JenniferC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only thing that changed this review from a solid 5 stars across the board is the fact that the restaurant is VERY cozy and VERY dark, so if you need to read something on the menu, they give you a flashlight. That’s not bad, it’s just “quirky” and it made for a memorable date night. Also, the restaurant is notably a drink destination with a few tasty nosh options. I wouldn’t go in expecting a full meal. But the charcuterie board was delicious!

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SpencerB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, very unique. Would recommend this to anybody that is looking for specialty drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. An obvious cocktail bar but the food is amazing. Very limited but Fantastic and the bartenders will make whatever your heart desires

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fun to go once

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Eater1
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for a quiet drink and conversation. You are paying for the ambience but great valentine day was had here!

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ReaganC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful little spot. I loved spending an evening here enjoying the drinks and the atmosphere. Be prepared for the drinks to cost a little more, but are worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 guys for a brief get together 👍🤠

FAQs

Obstacle No. 1 is rated 4.8 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.