Sangria is a perennial resident on summer bar menus for a reason: the fruit-filled Spanish wine cocktail is briskly refreshing, making it an good match for outdoor drinking. Traditionally the drink is made by mixing red wine, sugar, and fresh fruit, but the baseline recipe leaves plenty of room to experiment with different types of wine, whether it be white, peach, sparkling, or rosé. Many bars also add rum or brandy to give this adult punch an extra kick. It doesn’t hurt that sangria is frequently served in a large pitcher or carafe, so friends can share a few glasses together — preferably on a patio. Here are nine spots serving easy drinking sangria in Ann Arbor this season.Read More
9 Spots to Snag Sangria in Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor townies and students alike count down the days until Dom’s opens for the summer season in March. The restaurant’s extensive backyard patio is best enjoyed with a mason jar of sangria in hand. The beverage comes in three sizes — pint, quart, and gallon.
Palio Ann Arbor
Amid red-and-white checked tablecloths, this traditional Tuscan restaurant offers a red sangria. Diners have the option to sit on the roof in the summer, which features panoramic views of Ann Arbor’s Main Street.
This colorful Mexican cantina serves an extensive list of drinks including red sangria, served by the glass or in pitcher. The glasses are half-off during happy hour.
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Red and white sangria are on the menu in Ann Arbor’s swanky Spanish bar. In true tapas style, a party can order a pitcher of either flavor for the table. Sangria by the glass is also available during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Though the Grotto is better known for its rotating beer selections, the bar also offers glasses of red sangria by way of Sierra Rose in Grand Rapids. Seating is offered inside among the wood and brick, or on the outdoor patio underneath string lights. As a plus, the Grotto is pet-friendly.
Bill's Beer Garden
For a simple sangria in the sun, check out Bill’s Beer Garden. This open air hangout with communal seating serves single glasses of red sangria at the bar swimming with slivers of citrus fruit.
At this Cuban burger destination sangria comes in a glass for one or in a literal fishbowl for up to six people. Chilled in the summer and warmed in the winter, the sangria here is a light alternative to Frita Batidos’ creamy shakes.
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The Lunch Room
Eclectic vegetarian restaurant the Lunch Room is known for its filling sandwiches and burritos, but in warm weather this spot keeps also plenty of sangria in supply. This season’s batch is a mix three types of wine, triple sec, vodka, dark rum, elderflower liqueur, and orange bitters. The drink is served by the glass or in a pitcher with strawberry, basil, and grapefruit garnish.
This iconic converted train depot restaurant mixes things up with a sparkling sangria made with prosecco, Lillet Blanc, peach vodka, cucumbers, and lemon juice.