Downtown Detroit's anticipated al fresco drinking destination The Skip has set the date. The outdoor bar, located in the art-filled Belt Alley next to Standby, is slated to make its official debut on Thursday, June 2. The cocktail lounge was developed as a more casual counterpart to the expansive modern cocktail menu found at Standby, with fresh seasonal cocktails and street food.
The Skip occupies a space that was previously reserved for the Belt's dumpsters and its name references those origins as well. A black and white Shepard Fairey mural called Pattern of Destruction fills the back wall next to a wood bar coated distressed black paint. A mixture of booths with wooden tables — both singles and communal — fill the seating area, which can accomodate approximately 40 patrons. A rep for the restaurant tells Eater that The Skip is expected to expand its patio seating farther into the alley in the coming weeks.
Bartender Joe Robinson has developed a summery menu that's filled with frozen beverages and cocktails with a tropical tiki flair such as the Jungle Bird — Cruzan blackstrap rum, Cappelletti, pineapple, and lime. There's also plenty of boilermakers for those beer-and-a-shot kind of days. While the bar menu won't be released at the time of the opening, Latin American-style street food dishes will be unveiled within the next few weeks. Get a sneak preview of the cocktail menu below:
The Skip is located in The Belt Alley between Broadway and Library. The bar is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open from 3 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.