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Michelle Gerard

16 Reliable Detroit Happy Hours to Try This Fall

Where to find discounts on beer, wine, cocktails, and food too

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The J.C. Bramble at Barter.
| Michelle Gerard

The clock is off and it's time to hit the bars for a little food, drink, and socializing. But where to go? Happy hour is a good time to a neighborhood bar, but it's also a prime opportunity to visit some of the city's finer establishments. Quite a few of Detroit's restaurants and bars serve up excellent cocktails and bites at steep discounts in the latter hours of the afternoon and the late evening.

Whether a cocktail, a draft beer, or oysters are in the cards, these happy hour hot spots are serving up great deals. Some like Norma G’s in Jefferson-Chalmers are brand new, while others like Roast with its legendary happy hour burger are Detroit classics. Here are 16 excellent options for tracking down a legit happy hour below Eight Mile.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Peso Bar

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2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 974-6197
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Hubbard-Richard Mexican restaurant and margarita bar Peso is offering $5 tequila shots and cocktails during happy hour five days a week alongside $3 draft beers and $4 glasses of wine. Pair the drinks with a torta or a crunchy plate of tacos doraditos.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

2. Gold Cash Gold

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2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 242-0770
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This Corktown New American restaurant features happy hour specials on weeknights ranging from $2 cans of Stroh’s and $6 daiquiris. On Wednesday, happy hour runs all day on the bar and patio. Pair the drinks with options like ham and potato croquettes, stuffed olives, and fried chicken sandwiches.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday

3. UFO Factory

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2110 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

Hip indie bar and restaurant UFO Factory already has relatively affordable drinks to begin with, but during happy hour customers can take an extra $1 off the regular price for well cocktails and domestic beers. The best deals happen from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday nights when in-house, vegan-friendly hot dog spot Laika Dog’s menu is served at half-price.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

4. Lady of the House

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1426 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 818-0218
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One of Detroit’s hottest restaurants features an excellent happy hour at the bar and on its new patio. All drinks on the menu ranging from daiquiris to gin martinis to a casual shot of Tullamore Dew and a Highlife (referred to as a Dew and Brew) are all available for a mere $6 alongside glasses of wine. The kitchen also prepares a rotating menu of happy hour specials such as oysters on the half shell, chicken pot pie, and fancy toast.

Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

5. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Laid back Corktown sandwich spot and bottle shop Mudgie’s offers happy hour deals all week long on on beer, wine, and cocktails as well as $3 shots of Jameson or Fernet-Branca. The restaurant also serves discounted bar snacks such as pizza quesadillas, vegan tempeh reuben sliders, and fried bologna bites.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

6. Roast

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1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
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Celebrity chef Michael Symon's meaty downtown steakhouse is known near and far for its happy hour specials. Available only in the bar, look out for $5 deals on cocktails and wine as well a $4 beers. The bar’s menu is half-off during happy hour and comprised of sizable dishes like the oft-raved about Roast burger — 5-ounce beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, and a fried egg. It lives up to the hype.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday

7. Parc

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800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 922-7272
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Just off Campus Martius in downtown, this classy Detroit restaurant is serving happy hour with ample food and drink specials. Alongside $6 and $8 wine pours, $7 cocktails, and $5 draft beers, customers can snack on a variety of $7 dishes ranging from oysters on the half shell to Maine mussels.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

8. Cornerstone Barrel House

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1456 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

This downtown Detroit establishment caters to whiskey aficionados and casual bar crowds alike. Hit the restaurant five days a week for discounts on beer and liquor ($4 bourbon shot of the day, anyone?) as well as a a full menu of bar snacks including $3 sliders and sides.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

9. The Skip

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The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

This casual indoor-outdoor tiki bar in the Belt Alley serves some of the best drinks around and during happy hour many of the options including the old fashioned are served at a discount. Looking for something to eat with the drink? Chef Jesse Knott serves items like wagyu beef hot dogs and chicken empanadas from the bar’s food cart.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

10. Firebird Tavern

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419 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 782-4189
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This casual restaurant on the border of Greektown offers half-off American craft brews and wine and $5 deals on appetizers like Irish nachos or pancetta-artichoke flatbread.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

11. Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4973
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Visitors to Cass Corridor’s shipping container food hall can count on $4 house wine pours and deals on domestics like Bud Light and Coors. On Red Wings and Pistons game days, pickup $1 pours of Labatt. Pair the happy hour drinks with $1 wings from Coop.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

12. Seva

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66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6661
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Not to be overlooked, Seva's bar-only weeknight happy hour caters to vegetarians and vegans with half-priced deals on its bar menu including appetizers, wine by the glass and bottle, and draft beer by the glass and pitcher. Try the yam fries, guacamole and chips, or perhaps the General Tso's cauliflower.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

13. Craft Work

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8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 447-5418
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Craft Work offers a popular neighborhood happy hour in West Village with an extensive list of drink specials for liquor, cocktails, beer, and wine ranging from $3 to $7. Pair the drinks with options like cheeseburgers, vegan fried rice, and half a dozen oysters. There’s also a reverse happy hour for late-night drinking.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday

14. Norma G's

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14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 290-2938
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Jefferson-Chalmers’ Caribbean restaurant Norma G’s is now serving a weeknight happy hour with cocktails like rum and coke, tequila and pineapple, and Caribbean mules (rum, lime, and ginger beef). Beer, wine, and cocktails run from $4 to $7 during the special.

Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

15. Lost River

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15421 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 720-0673
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East side tiki cocktail slinger Lost River offers tropical vibes year-round and an inviting happy hour with deals all-night long on Sundays. Customers can count on $2 beers, $4 mugs of daily punch, and $6 glasses of rum-based Navy Grog.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday

16. Barter

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11601 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 707-0986
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This welcoming Hamtramck cocktail bar features a reliable weeknight happy hour with discounted drinks including $2 PBR and Hamm’s, $5 well cocktail and wines, and $7 classic cocktails. For patrons who prefer affordable late-night drinks, there’s also a reverse happy hour with the same deals.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close Monday through Friday

1. Peso Bar

2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

Hubbard-Richard Mexican restaurant and margarita bar Peso is offering $5 tequila shots and cocktails during happy hour five days a week alongside $3 draft beers and $4 glasses of wine. Pair the drinks with a torta or a crunchy plate of tacos doraditos.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

This Corktown New American restaurant features happy hour specials on weeknights ranging from $2 cans of Stroh’s and $6 daiquiris. On Wednesday, happy hour runs all day on the bar and patio. Pair the drinks with options like ham and potato croquettes, stuffed olives, and fried chicken sandwiches.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday

2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

3. UFO Factory

2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Hip indie bar and restaurant UFO Factory already has relatively affordable drinks to begin with, but during happy hour customers can take an extra $1 off the regular price for well cocktails and domestic beers. The best deals happen from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday nights when in-house, vegan-friendly hot dog spot Laika Dog’s menu is served at half-price.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

2110 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

4. Lady of the House

1426 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

One of Detroit’s hottest restaurants features an excellent happy hour at the bar and on its new patio. All drinks on the menu ranging from daiquiris to gin martinis to a casual shot of Tullamore Dew and a Highlife (referred to as a Dew and Brew) are all available for a mere $6 alongside glasses of wine. The kitchen also prepares a rotating menu of happy hour specials such as oysters on the half shell, chicken pot pie, and fancy toast.

Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

1426 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Laid back Corktown sandwich spot and bottle shop Mudgie’s offers happy hour deals all week long on on beer, wine, and cocktails as well as $3 shots of Jameson or Fernet-Branca. The restaurant also serves discounted bar snacks such as pizza quesadillas, vegan tempeh reuben sliders, and fried bologna bites.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Roast

1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Celebrity chef Michael Symon's meaty downtown steakhouse is known near and far for its happy hour specials. Available only in the bar, look out for $5 deals on cocktails and wine as well a $4 beers. The bar’s menu is half-off during happy hour and comprised of sizable dishes like the oft-raved about Roast burger — 5-ounce beef patty topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, and a fried egg. It lives up to the hype.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday

1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Parc

800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Just off Campus Martius in downtown, this classy Detroit restaurant is serving happy hour with ample food and drink specials. Alongside $6 and $8 wine pours, $7 cocktails, and $5 draft beers, customers can snack on a variety of $7 dishes ranging from oysters on the half shell to Maine mussels.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

800 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Cornerstone Barrel House

1456 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

This downtown Detroit establishment caters to whiskey aficionados and casual bar crowds alike. Hit the restaurant five days a week for discounts on beer and liquor ($4 bourbon shot of the day, anyone?) as well as a a full menu of bar snacks including $3 sliders and sides.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

1456 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

9. The Skip

The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226

This casual indoor-outdoor tiki bar in the Belt Alley serves some of the best drinks around and during happy hour many of the options including the old fashioned are served at a discount. Looking for something to eat with the drink? Chef Jesse Knott serves items like wagyu beef hot dogs and chicken empanadas from the bar’s food cart.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Firebird Tavern

419 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226

This casual restaurant on the border of Greektown offers half-off American craft brews and wine and $5 deals on appetizers like Irish nachos or pancetta-artichoke flatbread.

Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

419 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

Visitors to Cass Corridor’s shipping container food hall can count on $4 house wine pours and deals on domestics like Bud Light and Coors. On Red Wings and Pistons game days, pickup $1 pours of Labatt. Pair the happy hour drinks with $1 wings from Coop.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Seva

66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Not to be overlooked, Seva's bar-only weeknight happy hour caters to vegetarians and vegans with half-priced deals on its bar menu including appetizers, wine by the glass and bottle, and draft beer by the glass and pitcher. Try the yam fries, guacamole and chips, or perhaps the General Tso's cauliflower.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

66 E Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Craft Work

8047 Agnes, Detroit, MI 48214

Craft Work offers a popular neighborhood happy hour in West Village with an extensive list of drink specials for liquor, cocktails, beer, and wine ranging from $3 to $7. Pair the drinks with options like cheeseburgers, vegan fried rice, and half a dozen oysters. There’s also a reverse happy hour for late-night drinking.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214

14. Norma G's

14628 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

Jefferson-Chalmers’ Caribbean restaurant Norma G’s is now serving a weeknight happy hour with cocktails like rum and coke, tequila and pineapple, and Caribbean mules (rum, lime, and ginger beef). Beer, wine, and cocktails run from $4 to $7 during the special.

Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

15. Lost River

15421 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48224

East side tiki cocktail slinger Lost River offers tropical vibes year-round and an inviting happy hour with deals all-night long on Sundays. Customers can count on $2 beers, $4 mugs of daily punch, and $6 glasses of rum-based Navy Grog.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday

15421 Mack Ave
Detroit, MI 48224

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16. Barter

11601 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This welcoming Hamtramck cocktail bar features a reliable weeknight happy hour with discounted drinks including $2 PBR and Hamm’s, $5 well cocktail and wines, and $7 classic cocktails. For patrons who prefer affordable late-night drinks, there’s also a reverse happy hour with the same deals.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close Monday through Friday

11601 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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