There’s something special about a dive bar, especially as high-end cocktail drinking flourish in Detroit. Sometimes all that’s necessary at the end of the day is a $2 beer and a dark bar. That’s not to say every dive is the same. Each one takes on its own personality, built up with age and a bit of grizzled credibility. The scratched wood and walls covered with wood paneling and memorabilia tell stories and keeps your mind wandering as you sip.
In the past few years the city has lost some of its most storied dives from Tom’s Tavern to the Stonehouse Bar (a trend seen across the country) while welcoming a crop of bars attempting to imitate the aesthetic. That makes it all the more important to celebrate and patronize the beloved local hangouts that are still pouring stiff drinks. Relaxed, affordable, and filled with character, here are 14 of Detroit’s classic dive bars.Read More