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10 Vital Late-Night Spots Around Ann Arbor

Grub that's worth staying up past your bedtime

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Whether it's the finishing touch to a night out or a mere break before continuing festivities, the late-night meal is more than just nourishment or hangover prevention. Dining after midnight can be a fun social experience as the dining options are much less formal and diners themselves are often less inhibited — even if the night did not involve alcohol.

The Ann Arbor area and neighboring Ypsilanti have many choices, from 24/7 diners to bars serving snacks and full service restaurants keeping their kitchens humming a little later than usual. Conveniently, many of these late-night spots are in close proximity to the nighttime action, whether that was in a bar, club, theater, or library.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Old Town Tavern

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122 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-9291
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Townies have been flocking to this cozy, historic location for decades to enjoy burgers and Southwestern food paired with some lively conversation. Pro tip: Check out the live jazz on Wednesdays and folk music on Sundays.

2. Fleetwood Diner

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300 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-5502
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The legendary Fleetwood Diner is open 24 hours a day, in case that late night lasts until mid-afternoon. Courageous eaters will enjoy the Half & Half burger, featuring a patty made with 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground bacon. For others, the large omelets and hippie hash are mainstays.

3. Hunter House Hamburgers

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609 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The original Hunter House in Birmingham has been serving sliders since the 50s. Although only two years old, the Ann Arbor location captures the original's old school diner feel with the added attraction of milkshakes, malts, and sundaes (choose from dozens of available toppings).

4. Mister Spots

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808 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 747-7768
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Mister Spots specializes in Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies as an alternative to the usual late-night offerings of pizza and burgers. There's also cult of devotees dedicated to the shops hot wings.

5. BTB Burrito

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810 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-4822
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A giant BTB burrito will keep keep away hunger pangs until tomorrow’s lunch, so there’s no need to interrupt much-needed recovery slumbers after late-night fun. The raucous BTB Cantina is a couple blocks away and is open until 2 a.m., but the State Street location keeps the lights on 'til 4 a.m.

6. Ray's Red Hots

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629 E University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 998-3647
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Ann Arbor’s version of the classic Chicago hot dog stand serves up hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches to the student crowd. Unlike its Chicago counterparts, Ray’s will allow ketchup on their hot dogs.

7. Pizza House

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618 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-9634
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This large, multi-level space has a sprawling menu to match with a wide selection of pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas. The Chipati — a salad stuffed into a big, thick whole wheat pita — can easily be shared with other late-night revelers.

8. Dom Bakery

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1305 Washtenaw Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 485-3175
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Cravings for donuts and other pastries can happen at any time of the day. Dom’s, one of the last remaining local donut shops, is open 24 hours a day. Make sure to have cash ready as credit cards are not accepted.

9. The Wurst Bar

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705 W Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 485-6720
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The Wurst Bar’s hearty and eclectic menu features specialty burgers and a section devoted to tater tots. But the headliners are the house-made sausages that range from the traditional bratwursts and Italian sausages to the inventive creations like wild game cudighi and fried Hot wing chaurice.

10. Sidetrack Bar & Grill

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54 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 483-5230
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In the heart of Ypsilanti’s historic downtown, Sidetrack Bar and Grill is a popular destination for Eastern Michigan University’s students and faculty. The burgers have been nationally recognized and diners have an extensive list of beers from which to choose.

1. Old Town Tavern

122 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Townies have been flocking to this cozy, historic location for decades to enjoy burgers and Southwestern food paired with some lively conversation. Pro tip: Check out the live jazz on Wednesdays and folk music on Sundays.

122 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

2. Fleetwood Diner

300 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The legendary Fleetwood Diner is open 24 hours a day, in case that late night lasts until mid-afternoon. Courageous eaters will enjoy the Half & Half burger, featuring a patty made with 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground bacon. For others, the large omelets and hippie hash are mainstays.

300 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3. Hunter House Hamburgers

609 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The original Hunter House in Birmingham has been serving sliders since the 50s. Although only two years old, the Ann Arbor location captures the original's old school diner feel with the added attraction of milkshakes, malts, and sundaes (choose from dozens of available toppings).

609 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. Mister Spots

808 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Mister Spots specializes in Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies as an alternative to the usual late-night offerings of pizza and burgers. There's also cult of devotees dedicated to the shops hot wings.

808 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. BTB Burrito

810 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A giant BTB burrito will keep keep away hunger pangs until tomorrow’s lunch, so there’s no need to interrupt much-needed recovery slumbers after late-night fun. The raucous BTB Cantina is a couple blocks away and is open until 2 a.m., but the State Street location keeps the lights on 'til 4 a.m.

810 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Ray's Red Hots

629 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ann Arbor’s version of the classic Chicago hot dog stand serves up hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches to the student crowd. Unlike its Chicago counterparts, Ray’s will allow ketchup on their hot dogs.

629 E University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Pizza House

618 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This large, multi-level space has a sprawling menu to match with a wide selection of pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas. The Chipati — a salad stuffed into a big, thick whole wheat pita — can easily be shared with other late-night revelers.

618 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Dom Bakery

1305 Washtenaw Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cravings for donuts and other pastries can happen at any time of the day. Dom’s, one of the last remaining local donut shops, is open 24 hours a day. Make sure to have cash ready as credit cards are not accepted.

1305 Washtenaw Rd
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

9. The Wurst Bar

705 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The Wurst Bar’s hearty and eclectic menu features specialty burgers and a section devoted to tater tots. But the headliners are the house-made sausages that range from the traditional bratwursts and Italian sausages to the inventive creations like wild game cudighi and fried Hot wing chaurice.

705 W Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

10. Sidetrack Bar & Grill

54 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

In the heart of Ypsilanti’s historic downtown, Sidetrack Bar and Grill is a popular destination for Eastern Michigan University’s students and faculty. The burgers have been nationally recognized and diners have an extensive list of beers from which to choose.

54 E Cross St
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

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