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These Awesome Ann Arbor Bars Are Selling Cocktails to Go

Where to find large-format mai tais and beer-and-a-shot kits with picklebacks

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The Last Word is now canning its cocktails.
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Takeout cocktails are now legal in Michigan after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed this piece of legislation into law on July 1, 2020. Bars and restaurants are starting to buoy their takeout and delivery business with alcohol sales during the ongoing pandemic — a win for customers who may not have the chops or the desire to mix a drink at home.

Many of Ann Arbor’s favorite establishments have started to sell cocktails to-go, from classics like Old Fashioneds to signature drinks in bottles, cans, and larger-format containers. Some are available online on the bar websites for pick-up or delivery, while others are only available for order in-person.

There are, of course, a few rules businesses and customers must follow. The drinks must be sold in sealed containers no larger than a gallon with a mandatory label. Customers can’t drink them in transit or on the street unless in specified “social districts.” Nevertheless, it’s a positive step for patrons that want to support their favorite watering holes without necessarily sitting down for drinks in-person.

Below, Eater has compiled a guide to some of the cocktails to-go. If we missed a spot, drop us a note at detroit@eater.com. Remember to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, wash your hands regularly, and stay home when sick, even when picking up carryout. Happy socially distant drinking.

A number of area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Last Word

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301 W Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 585-5691
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Fans of the intimate speakeasy-inspired bar can now enjoy some select cocktails in cans, including the popular Osborn — a combination of gin, pineapple, lime, jalapeno, and ginger beer. Order online for pickup or delivery. 

2. Ann Arbor Distilling Company

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220 Felch St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 882-2169
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The downtown tasting room is only open for patio service, but Ann Arbor Distilling’s cocktails featuring its spirits and fresh mixers are available for carryout. Bottles can be ordered online, but cocktails are only available by ordering in-person.

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3. Grange Kitchen & Bar

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118 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2107
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The farm-to-table restaurant is now offering to-go cocktails, including the GGG, a refreshing mix of gin, ginger syrup, and ginger beer. Order online for pickup.

4. Babs' Underground

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213 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 997-0800
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The hidden underground bar is offering a selection of cocktails with an emphasis on fruit flavors like blueberry and strawberry. Order online and pickup at Babs’.

5. Frita Batidos Ann Arbor

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117 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-2882
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The popular spot from local chef Eve Aronoff Fernandez is offering a line of Latin American-style cocktails such as margaritas and pisco hibiscus lemonade in addition to its tropical shakes and burgers. Place orders online for pickup.

6. Nightcap

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220 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-6070
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This contemporary lounge features modern cocktails as well as beer to-go. Choose from options like large-format, bottled pina coladas or a bottled, single-serving Manhattan. Order online and pick up downtown at the Main Street location.

7. The Bar at 327 Braun Court

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327 Braun Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 219-3768
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The upstairs bar that looks like a late-70s basement now offers its famous whiskey punch, alongside other drinks, in single serving containers and 32-ounce bottles. Order online for pickup. 

8. Mash

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211 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-4095
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Mash is selling a selection of classic bourbon drinks and the grandpa four-pack — a kit containing the four picklebacks, four PBRs, and four ounces of Old Grand Dad Bourbon. Order for delivery through Doordash or pickup through Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery’s website.

9. Detroit Street Filling Station

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300 Detroit St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 224-8262
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The Kerrytown restaurant is offering a line of seasonal cocktails like spiked iced tea and strawberry basil spritzers to-go along with vegan menu. Order online for pickup or delivery. 

10. Knight's Steakhouse

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600 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 887-6899
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This popular eatery is known for its generously sized cocktails as much as its classic steakhouse menu, and all of the drinks are available for carryout. Customers can place orders in-person at the restaurant.

1. The Last Word

301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Fans of the intimate speakeasy-inspired bar can now enjoy some select cocktails in cans, including the popular Osborn — a combination of gin, pineapple, lime, jalapeno, and ginger beer. Order online for pickup or delivery. 

301 W Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2. Ann Arbor Distilling Company

220 Felch St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
A sign on the window of a metal door for Ann Arbor Distilling Co. John Reyes

The downtown tasting room is only open for patio service, but Ann Arbor Distilling’s cocktails featuring its spirits and fresh mixers are available for carryout. Bottles can be ordered online, but cocktails are only available by ordering in-person.

220 Felch St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

3. Grange Kitchen & Bar

118 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The farm-to-table restaurant is now offering to-go cocktails, including the GGG, a refreshing mix of gin, ginger syrup, and ginger beer. Order online for pickup.

118 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. Babs' Underground

213 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The hidden underground bar is offering a selection of cocktails with an emphasis on fruit flavors like blueberry and strawberry. Order online and pickup at Babs’.

213 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. Frita Batidos Ann Arbor

117 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The popular spot from local chef Eve Aronoff Fernandez is offering a line of Latin American-style cocktails such as margaritas and pisco hibiscus lemonade in addition to its tropical shakes and burgers. Place orders online for pickup.

117 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Nightcap

220 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This contemporary lounge features modern cocktails as well as beer to-go. Choose from options like large-format, bottled pina coladas or a bottled, single-serving Manhattan. Order online and pick up downtown at the Main Street location.

220 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. The Bar at 327 Braun Court

327 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The upstairs bar that looks like a late-70s basement now offers its famous whiskey punch, alongside other drinks, in single serving containers and 32-ounce bottles. Order online for pickup. 

327 Braun Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Mash

211 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mash is selling a selection of classic bourbon drinks and the grandpa four-pack — a kit containing the four picklebacks, four PBRs, and four ounces of Old Grand Dad Bourbon. Order for delivery through Doordash or pickup through Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery’s website.

211 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Detroit Street Filling Station

300 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Kerrytown restaurant is offering a line of seasonal cocktails like spiked iced tea and strawberry basil spritzers to-go along with vegan menu. Order online for pickup or delivery. 

300 Detroit St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

10. Knight's Steakhouse

600 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This popular eatery is known for its generously sized cocktails as much as its classic steakhouse menu, and all of the drinks are available for carryout. Customers can place orders in-person at the restaurant.

600 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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