Where to Drink in Detroit
Collected by Shandana A. Durrani , AFAR Local Expert
From popular sports bars to swanky speakeasies, Detroit runs the gamut when it comes to drinking parlors. Wanna watch a Red Wings game? We’ve got you covered. Rather have an old-school cocktail made with high-end spirits? No problem. Wanna try a locally produced craft beer? We’ve got that, too. Detroit is an imbiber's mecca, with many bars and watering holes within walking distance of cultural sites and hotels. Spend a night bar hopping the streets of Midtown or Downtown.
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
"Have you heard about d'Mongo's? It is Ryan Gosling's favorite place to visit when he comes to town!" Although I never saw Ryan Gosling, bartender Red knew immediately that I was new in Detroit and that I'd never been in before. She recommended I...
1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Housed in the historic Hartz Building in Downtown Detroit, beer fans will love Detroit Beer Co. It has a rotating beer selection and brews seven or eight fresh house brews each day, which you can even watch being made as you sip your drink. The...
2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
It doesn't matter what time of day you find yourself at Sugar House, the drinks are always incredible. As is their attitude toward the creation of a good libation. Just take this quote on their menu as proof: "We are still heartily of the opinion...
300 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Elwood Bar and Grill now lies in the shadow of Comerica Park on Adams but it was built in 1936 by Charles Noble at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Woodward Avenue. Moved in 1997 to make way for the new Tigers stadium (Comerica Park) it was and...
2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Astro Coffee is a youthful coffee shop located in the historic yet revitalized Corktown neighborhood of Detroit that serves up beans from some of the country's finest roasters, including San Francisco's Sightglass Coffee and Durham's Counter...
2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
So many different kinds of sliders! At prices this low it’s like an ultimate happy hour menu all day and night: The only question, how many can you eat? Choose from familiar favorites like fried chicken or gyro, or choose more unusual offerings...
140 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Situated in Cadillac Square, this swanky Downtown den boasts an extensive list of classic and inventive cocktails such as the Kali-Vodka Swizzle and the Skeleton Boulevard as well as a 40-deep tap beer selection. In the summer, enjoy your beverage...
47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Grey Ghost Detroit is one of the most talked about cocktail bars in recent years. Helmed by a group of native and transplanted Detroiters, the swanky watering hole keeps them coming with its creative cocktail, beer, and wine lists. Sit back in one...
1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Considered one of the friendliest sports bars in this sports-loving town, Nemo’s is a haven for anyone looking to catch a Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, or Pistons game. A tin ceiling draws the eye but it’s the gregarious staff, classic drinks,...
76 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Part wine shop and part wine bar, The Royce offers an extensive array of New and Old World wines in modern, white-bricked surrounds. Opt for a wine by the glass and a small plate and relax in one of the tufted leather couches on the second floor....
225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Nestled in the mural-laden Belt in Downtown, Standby is a speakeasy and lounge that caters to imbibers who desire craft cocktails using local or unique ingredients. The laid back atmosphere is enhanced by the friendly and knowledgeable staff, with...
1500 Woodward Ave floor 2, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
American small plates and craft cocktails are what’s on the menu at this airy bar-cum-restaurant that features floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, exposed brick, and an expansive tufted banquette. It also serves one of the best brunches in...
349 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Irish pubs dot the American landscape. The Old Shillelagh is Detroit’s preeminent bar if you’re into Gaelic cuisine and hospitality—and who isn't? The bartenders are solicitous while the drinks and food are the standard pub variety.
2462 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Harkening back to Prohibition’s heyday, Detroit City Distillery is the place to go if you are looking for innovative cocktails made with unique spirits. The tasting room is situated in historic Eastern Market so you can shop for provisions and...
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