Downtown’s members-only Detroit Club is preparing to debut a new cocktail lounge to the masses on Monday, January 14. The new drinking spot dubbed the Library overlooks Fort Street and features a menu with classic and original cocktails — some of which come in fancy circular porthole infusers.
Seasoned Detroit bar team Tara Jagodzinski and Mitch Nigl helped develop the menu at the Library, according to a release. Jagodzinski is an award-winning bartender who previously did stints at Royal Oak speakeasy Johnny’s and the Peterboro among others. Nigl is also a Johnny’s alum. The preview menu, which is expected to expand with the official opening tonight, features options like the Bee's Knees alongside a Suntory Toki-based Mirin Ball cocktail with mirin, lemon, egg white, sesame oil and cardamom smoke and the Ms. Found in a Bottle — a mixture of Botanist gin, aperol, aquavit, lemon, and mirepoix. Visitors can also expect a selection of wines and small plates. Prices for drinks range between $10 and $18.
The historic Detroit Club was revived roughly a year ago after a huge renovation. In March, the club debuted its ground floor restaurant, the Grille Room, which offered the public a glimpse and the primarily private club. Just like the restaurant, the Library will provide non-members with a look inside the property without having to shell out the full fees for an all-access pass. The bar itself features built-in bookcases, deep-grained oak panelling, and a 20-foot high crystal chandelier. Scope out the preview menu below.
The Library is located inside the Detroit Club at 712 Cass Ave.; open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.