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Michelle and Chris Gerard

These 12 Detroit Bars Were Made For Day Drinking

Bars slinging drinks before noon

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Honest John’s.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Day drinking: Sure it’s somewhat frowned upon by society but sometimes, dear readers, the moment warrants an a.m. libation. Perhaps a celebration is in order or someone is serious need of a drink and a comforting chat with a local bartender. And who says coffee shops are the only acceptable work place outside of the office? Some of us just prefer to study or perform daily work duties while sipping a really great craft beer and snacking on a burger.

To this end, we’ve assembled a guide to bars that open before noon. Some come with a Wi-Fi connection for drinkers toting a laptop. Others are simply there to with a cold beer and shot. Quite a few offer food.

Where do you like to day drink? Drop us a note at the tipline or in the comments. Map points are organized geographically, never ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

2 Way Inn

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A historic (possibly haunted) dive bar, Two Way has been trading in booze since the late 1800s. The drinks are simple and cheap and bartenders start filling glasses around 11 a.m. on most days.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Northern Lights Lounge

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A popular spot in New Center’s for a drink, Northern Lights Lounge opens before noon in concert with the kitchen for those patrons that want to do some occasional morning imbibing.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Woodbridge Pub

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Woodbridge Pub swings open for lunch and drinks before noon most weekdays. The bar offers a variety of burgers, salads, and sandwiches alongside affordable beer, wine, and cocktails.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Bronx Bar

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This beer and a shot bar in Cass Corridor favorite serves up tasty burger. The doors open early and stay open until 2 a.m. nightly.

Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; noon on Saturdays and Sundays

Great Lakes Coffee

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At Great Lakes Coffee on Woodward Avenue offers a blend of coffee, beer and wine. Try a 50/50 (half coffee, half beer) or go all out with a pour from the bar’s wine list. Food options are robust with salads, sandwiches, pastries, and select small plates available. The cafe also offers a reliable internet connection.

Opening Hours: 7 a.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday

Honest John's

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It’s easy to spend an entire day at Honest John’s and some probably have. This relaxed Cass Corridor spot is popular among day drinkers and workers who aren’t bound to the office because it offers the trifecta of booze, food, and Wi-Fi. Grab a glass of wine in the morning, read the paper, and relax.

Opening Hours: 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. on Sunday

Tucked away on the second floor of the Siren Hotel, this recreation of an old-fashioned luncheonette features a full bar that’s open all day. That means diners can drink boilermakers with their pancakes or sip Irish coffee with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs at virtually any hour. There’s also Wi-Fi, for folks who want to get some work done.

Opening Hours: 10 a.m. daily

Firebird Tavern

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Greektown’s casual pub swings open early for downtown lunch crowds and offers a solid selection of whiskey for connoisseurs in need of a daytime shot. Sip while snacking on soft pretzels or a turkey-bacon panini.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Anchor Bar

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This old-school Detroit bar recently came under new management and received a trendy makeover, but it still opens early for lunch crowds. Drinks start pouring at 11 a.m. and the restaurant offers items like Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and chili to soak up the suds.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Mudgie's

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Mudgie’s bar hours are in line with the restaurant so it’s easy to have a mid-day glass of beer or wine with lunch. Hungry? The deli offers an excellent selection of sandwiches and — for those in need — Wi-Fi.

Opening Hours: Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Batch Brewing Company

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Porter Street favorite Batch Brewing Company’s house brews start flowing around lunchtime, for a mid-morning beer fix. Chase the drinks with arancini, gumbo, or a heaping plate of nachos. The brewery also features free Wi-Fi.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday

Abick's Bar

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A beloved Prohibition era neighborhood bar in Southwest Detroit, Abick’s opens early every day of the week pouring beer and shots. Soak up some history while chatting with the bartenders and regulars and don’t forget to bring cash.

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and noon on Sunday

2 Way Inn

A historic (possibly haunted) dive bar, Two Way has been trading in booze since the late 1800s. The drinks are simple and cheap and bartenders start filling glasses around 11 a.m. on most days.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Northern Lights Lounge

A popular spot in New Center’s for a drink, Northern Lights Lounge opens before noon in concert with the kitchen for those patrons that want to do some occasional morning imbibing.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Woodbridge Pub

Woodbridge Pub swings open for lunch and drinks before noon most weekdays. The bar offers a variety of burgers, salads, and sandwiches alongside affordable beer, wine, and cocktails.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Bronx Bar

This beer and a shot bar in Cass Corridor favorite serves up tasty burger. The doors open early and stay open until 2 a.m. nightly.

Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday; noon on Saturdays and Sundays

Great Lakes Coffee

At Great Lakes Coffee on Woodward Avenue offers a blend of coffee, beer and wine. Try a 50/50 (half coffee, half beer) or go all out with a pour from the bar’s wine list. Food options are robust with salads, sandwiches, pastries, and select small plates available. The cafe also offers a reliable internet connection.

Opening Hours: 7 a.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday

Honest John's

It’s easy to spend an entire day at Honest John’s and some probably have. This relaxed Cass Corridor spot is popular among day drinkers and workers who aren’t bound to the office because it offers the trifecta of booze, food, and Wi-Fi. Grab a glass of wine in the morning, read the paper, and relax.

Opening Hours: 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. on Sunday

Karl's

Tucked away on the second floor of the Siren Hotel, this recreation of an old-fashioned luncheonette features a full bar that’s open all day. That means diners can drink boilermakers with their pancakes or sip Irish coffee with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs at virtually any hour. There’s also Wi-Fi, for folks who want to get some work done.

Opening Hours: 10 a.m. daily

Firebird Tavern

Greektown’s casual pub swings open early for downtown lunch crowds and offers a solid selection of whiskey for connoisseurs in need of a daytime shot. Sip while snacking on soft pretzels or a turkey-bacon panini.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Anchor Bar

This old-school Detroit bar recently came under new management and received a trendy makeover, but it still opens early for lunch crowds. Drinks start pouring at 11 a.m. and the restaurant offers items like Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and chili to soak up the suds.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. daily

Mudgie's

Mudgie’s bar hours are in line with the restaurant so it’s easy to have a mid-day glass of beer or wine with lunch. Hungry? The deli offers an excellent selection of sandwiches and — for those in need — Wi-Fi.

Opening Hours: Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Batch Brewing Company

Porter Street favorite Batch Brewing Company’s house brews start flowing around lunchtime, for a mid-morning beer fix. Chase the drinks with arancini, gumbo, or a heaping plate of nachos. The brewery also features free Wi-Fi.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday

Abick's Bar

A beloved Prohibition era neighborhood bar in Southwest Detroit, Abick’s opens early every day of the week pouring beer and shots. Soak up some history while chatting with the bartenders and regulars and don’t forget to bring cash.

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and noon on Sunday

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