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Michelle and Chris Gerard

Eight Detroit Bars Serving Cocktails For $8 (or Less)

Where drink cheap cocktails beyond happy hour.

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Green Dot Stables
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Jonesing for a cocktail but can't quite make the crucial happy hour window? It's a familiar situation. But before resorting to an evening of uninspired well drinks or a PBR and a shot, consider the following options. These Detroit bars and restaurants serve reasonably-priced ($8 and under) cocktails well beyond happy hour.

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1. Green Dot Stables

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2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 965-1523
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At $3 a pop, one can easily indulge in several different cocktails at Green Dot and still come in under budget. Go for a horse racing classic — the mint julep — or try the mystery cocktail off the specials board.

2. Rock City Eatery

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11411 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(248) 633-3072
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Not only are RCE's cocktails plentiful and well-made, but they also ring-in at very reasonable prices (most falling between $8 and $4). Drop in for a bite and order a whiskey sour with tamarind, lime, apple cider, and bourbon.

3. Cafe 78

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Rum and bourbon fans can find something to sip on a budget at Cafe 78. Each drink is an ode to a different Pantone color card. Order the 5195, 1545, or 1205 for less than $8.

4. Dime Store

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719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9106
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If inexpensive brunch cocktails are your soul desire, look no further than this downtown diner. The restaurant offers a full bar. Pick your poison — bloody mary, mimosa, or irish coffee — and enjoy.

5. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Corktown's beloved deli recently expanded into the adjoining building opening two patios and a dimly lit bar. Not only are the cocktails here worth your precious pocket change but they all fall into the $7 and $8 range. Try the refreshing "Pookie's Iced Tea" with a choice of bourbon or vodka, peach, thyme, and lemon.

6. Bobcat Bonnie's

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1800 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
Find an wide selection of $7 cocktails ($5 during happy hour) with easily intelligible ingredients at this Corktown gastropub.

7. Mercury Burger & Bar

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2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 924-5000
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Order an afterwork burger and a Detroit classic "Hummer" milkshake (just $8) with Kahlua, rum, and vanilla ice cream.

8. The Keep

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1407 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226
While this bar offers excellent happy hour discounts, at The Keep one can still pick a stiff $7 classic cocktail from the "Standards" list outside of the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday) window.

1. Green Dot Stables

2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
At $3 a pop, one can easily indulge in several different cocktails at Green Dot and still come in under budget. Go for a horse racing classic — the mint julep — or try the mystery cocktail off the specials board.
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Rock City Eatery

11411 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Not only are RCE's cocktails plentiful and well-made, but they also ring-in at very reasonable prices (most falling between $8 and $4). Drop in for a bite and order a whiskey sour with tamarind, lime, apple cider, and bourbon.
11411 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

3. Cafe 78

Detroit, MI
Rum and bourbon fans can find something to sip on a budget at Cafe 78. Each drink is an ode to a different Pantone color card. Order the 5195, 1545, or 1205 for less than $8.

4. Dime Store

719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
If inexpensive brunch cocktails are your soul desire, look no further than this downtown diner. The restaurant offers a full bar. Pick your poison — bloody mary, mimosa, or irish coffee — and enjoy.
719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226
Corktown's beloved deli recently expanded into the adjoining building opening two patios and a dimly lit bar. Not only are the cocktails here worth your precious pocket change but they all fall into the $7 and $8 range. Try the refreshing "Pookie's Iced Tea" with a choice of bourbon or vodka, peach, thyme, and lemon.
1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Bobcat Bonnie's

1800 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Find an wide selection of $7 cocktails ($5 during happy hour) with easily intelligible ingredients at this Corktown gastropub.
1800 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

7. Mercury Burger & Bar

2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Order an afterwork burger and a Detroit classic "Hummer" milkshake (just $8) with Kahlua, rum, and vanilla ice cream.
2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

8. The Keep

1407 Randolph St, Detroit, MI 48226
While this bar offers excellent happy hour discounts, at The Keep one can still pick a stiff $7 classic cocktail from the "Standards" list outside of the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesday through Friday) window.
1407 Randolph St
Detroit, MI 48226

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