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20 Places to Drink in Detroit Right Now

The newest and best bars to visit

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Detroiters are headed back to the bars, and there’s no shortage of quality bars to visit. The state, after all, is well known for its craft beer scene and the city offers its fair share of cocktail hotspots. There’s also plenty of classic establishments pouring affordable drinks. In this map, find the best of the new guard. Each is less than two years old and brings something different to the table. Whether it be an event space serving up sangria and EDM records, a neighborhood cocktail spot with a custard walk-up window, or a coffee shop-brewery combo, here’s where and what to drink this moment in Detroit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Iron Gate

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3019 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 407-7043
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Smack in the middle of historic Wyandotte, this stylish bar serves craft beer and wine, amazing cocktails, and creative dishes that are perfect for sharing or for trying more than one. Try the churros, bang bang shrimp over spicy cabbage, marinated beets, or the butter lettuce made with avocado, sugar bacon, radish, jicama, and citrus vinaigrette, for starters.

2. M Cantina

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13214 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 399-9117
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For years, M Cantina served an impressive selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. But the owners recently secured a liquor license and have spent months stacking what they believe to be the largest collection of agave-based spirits in Michigan, with more than 1,000 different bottles on hand. Pair a beverage with enticing tacos such as Peking duck, chile relleno, grasshopper, vegan rice . mole barbecue short rib, marinated shrimp, or duck carnitas. 

3. Supergeil

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2442 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 462-4133

Supergeil, which just landed in Corktown, specializes in Berlin-style döner kebabs and tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels). It’s owned by David Landrum of Two James Spirits, which has a distillery and tasting room across the street, so unsurprisingly, cocktails also are a draw. The two-page drink menu includes ciders, wine and beer along with a list of gin and tonics that can be enjoyed at its 4 p.m. happy hour.

4. D.PRIME Steakhouse

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1777 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 465-1645
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One of the few fine-dining restaurants open seven days, the MGM steakhouse has expanded its hours and its cocktail options. Among cocktails, the Old Smokey includes buffalo trace, rosemary-infused syrup, and angostura bitters; Summer Rain highlights Ciroc summer citrus, basil, passionfruit, and ginger Ale; Layered Down features Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Licor 43, Spaulding’s Coffee Liqueur, nutmeg, and cinnamon sugar.

5. Detroit Beer Exchange

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1260 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 638-2361
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The owner behind Kalamazoo Beer Exchange has brought a stock-market bar to downtown Detroit, where beer costs fluctuate like stock prices. In addition to beer, there are appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and desserts, and a weekend brunch.

6. Olin Bar & Kitchen

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25 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 774-1190
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Olinan American-Mediterranean brasserie from restaurateur Holly McClain, opened in downtown Detroit in September in the former PuppetArt Theater building. The small plates and paella can be accompanied by a white, red, or rose; bottles or drafts; and a few cocktails. Drink at the bar or at a dining room table.

7. Collect Beer Bar

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1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

The bar atop Bunny Bunny in Eastern Market specializes in self-distributed local beers and hard-to-find beers and customers can fill 32-ounce growlers to-go. Order food for carryout from Bunny Bunny and take it upstairs to the roof.

8. The Lexington Bar

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5063 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48208

Former Proof martini lounge owner Dave Frassetto and his friend Julius, started serving libations in the Woodbridge neighborhood last year. The bar features 20 taps of beer, cider and seltzer, plus cocktails inspired by the musical tastes of the staff, Each day, there are $5 specials on beer and a shot, and on a rancor (2 ounces of vodka and a can of Red Bull),

9. Spot Lite Detroit

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2905 Beaufait St
Detroit, MI 48207

Spot Lite is a performance space, small record store, and art gallery. It also includes a bar/cafe. Owned by Jesse Cory and Roula David, a former bartender, means visitors can sip on classic martinis, sangria, mojito, and pesca while listening to EDM.

10. Two Birds

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8130 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

The teams that run downtown Detroit custard window Huddle, Eastern Market bar Collect, and east side tropical craft cocktail and rum bar Lost River partnered to run this West Village haunt. Go to this old house for wine, cocktails (vodka-, gin-, and rum-based ), custard, or a mix of both. One of the highlights is the take on the hummer, which is said to have originated in Detroit. It includes two Hawaiian rums along with Huddle vanilla custard.

11. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

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6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 462-4184
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Seats are limited for the Afterwork Wine Down, a BYOB Friday evening event (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. reservations) that includes healthy cuisine and spins by a DJ. A $25 reservation includes one seat for 2 hours and set-ups for bottles. No additional corkage fee will be charged.

12. Hotel Saint Regis Detroit

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3071 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-3000
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The Hotel St. Regis has recently renovated its B L V D Lounge in the lobby, bringing back midcentury glamour to Midtown. Customers here enjoy a twist on the classics. Sit in the golden suede chairs around the bar, while overlooking East Grand Boulevard. On Fridays, live entertainment includes open mic and poetry readings.

13. Oak & Reel

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2921 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 270-9600
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Oak and Reel is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a primary focus on seafood. The bar is primarily focused on wine with a mix of by-the-glass choices and bottles ranging in price from $39 to $450. Drinks also include classic and Italian-styled cocktails such as spritzes, negronis, and old-fashioneds.

14. The Congregation

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9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 307-5518
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After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, cocktail and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. The owners kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. There’s beer on tap and by the bottle, white and red wines, and coffee cocktails.

15. The Film Lab

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3105 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

The Film Lab has revamped into an event space with a restored, Art Deco cocktail bar indoors and an outdoor patio. Check out the Happy Hour specials between 6 and 8:30 p.m., featuring a new drink menu. The bar also features two private screening rooms.

A view of the Film Lab from looking out from a nook at the screen and marble bar. Gerard + Belevender

16. Good Vibes Lounge

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16801 Harper Ave
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 499-8127
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The East English Village bar is a neighborhood spot that’s gained popularity through word of mouth, and a clientele diverse in age, ethnicity, and class. Good Vibes credits the to-go cocktails, as well as its more recent ticketed brunches featuring trap and R&B music, and popular dishes like its lobster burger and the seafood combo for the bar’s survival and success.

17. HM Style Lounge & Chill Room

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19566 M-5
Detroit, MI 48223

Owner Herschell Masten, former co-owner of British Sound Systems, a U.K.-based EDM and house music label, brings his experience abroad to Rosedale Park. He’s modeling HM Style on the pubs in London, which double as a community meeting spot. So in addition of being a place to grab a beer or a cocktail, the lounge hosts regular music events, nightly programming based on a musical genre, seniors night, and artists’ events.

18. Motor City Brewing Works

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19350 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 832-2700
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John Linardos opened the city’s first microbrewery in 1994. Now he’s opened a second taproom on the Avenue of Fashion. Visitors will find the perennial favorites Ghettoblaster Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale, as well as a small-run cider, a new summer ale, and a few canned cocktails. New menu items featured only at the Livernois taproom are made for sharing, include vegetarian beef nachos, a charcuterie plate, and the Banh Mi Oh My sandwich.

Owner John Linardos shored up the exposed wooden roof beams and repaired bricks, windows, and the fieldstone fireplace. The hardwood floors have been sanded and polished to a shine.
Owner John Linardos shored up the exposed wooden roof beams and repaired bricks, windows, and the fieldstone fireplace. The hardwood floors have been sanded and polished to a shine.
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19. Ferndale Project

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567 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 556-5512
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An experimental arm of the Eastern Market Brewing Co., Ferndale Project took over the space previously occupied by Livernois Tap.  Ferndale Project, in many ways, reflects the vision of its predecessor with beer as the focus, on-site production, a full menu, extensive indoor seating, and an outdoor biergarten. There’s also an espresso bar, and ciders and sours on the brewery’s menu. EMBC regulars can also find some of its classics on tap such as White Coffee Stout and Market Day IPA as well as new creations like raspberry and blood-orange gose. About half of the food items on the menu are vegan.

20. Madam

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298 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 283-4200
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Slide up to the bar or lounge at this swanky new hotel for cocktails, wine by the bottle, or sparkling brunch punch.  The lounge and dining room menus include pizza, pasta, caviar, and warm appetizers.

1. The Iron Gate

3019 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Smack in the middle of historic Wyandotte, this stylish bar serves craft beer and wine, amazing cocktails, and creative dishes that are perfect for sharing or for trying more than one. Try the churros, bang bang shrimp over spicy cabbage, marinated beets, or the butter lettuce made with avocado, sugar bacon, radish, jicama, and citrus vinaigrette, for starters.

3019 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192

2. M Cantina

13214 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

For years, M Cantina served an impressive selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. But the owners recently secured a liquor license and have spent months stacking what they believe to be the largest collection of agave-based spirits in Michigan, with more than 1,000 different bottles on hand. Pair a beverage with enticing tacos such as Peking duck, chile relleno, grasshopper, vegan rice . mole barbecue short rib, marinated shrimp, or duck carnitas. 

13214 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

3. Supergeil

2442 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Supergeil, which just landed in Corktown, specializes in Berlin-style döner kebabs and tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels). It’s owned by David Landrum of Two James Spirits, which has a distillery and tasting room across the street, so unsurprisingly, cocktails also are a draw. The two-page drink menu includes ciders, wine and beer along with a list of gin and tonics that can be enjoyed at its 4 p.m. happy hour.

2442 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

4. D.PRIME Steakhouse

1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

One of the few fine-dining restaurants open seven days, the MGM steakhouse has expanded its hours and its cocktail options. Among cocktails, the Old Smokey includes buffalo trace, rosemary-infused syrup, and angostura bitters; Summer Rain highlights Ciroc summer citrus, basil, passionfruit, and ginger Ale; Layered Down features Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Licor 43, Spaulding’s Coffee Liqueur, nutmeg, and cinnamon sugar.

1777 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Detroit Beer Exchange

1260 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

The owner behind Kalamazoo Beer Exchange has brought a stock-market bar to downtown Detroit, where beer costs fluctuate like stock prices. In addition to beer, there are appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and desserts, and a weekend brunch.

1260 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Olin Bar & Kitchen

25 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Olinan American-Mediterranean brasserie from restaurateur Holly McClain, opened in downtown Detroit in September in the former PuppetArt Theater building. The small plates and paella can be accompanied by a white, red, or rose; bottles or drafts; and a few cocktails. Drink at the bar or at a dining room table.

25 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Collect Beer Bar

1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

The bar atop Bunny Bunny in Eastern Market specializes in self-distributed local beers and hard-to-find beers and customers can fill 32-ounce growlers to-go. Order food for carryout from Bunny Bunny and take it upstairs to the roof.

1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

8. The Lexington Bar

5063 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208

Former Proof martini lounge owner Dave Frassetto and his friend Julius, started serving libations in the Woodbridge neighborhood last year. The bar features 20 taps of beer, cider and seltzer, plus cocktails inspired by the musical tastes of the staff, Each day, there are $5 specials on beer and a shot, and on a rancor (2 ounces of vodka and a can of Red Bull),

5063 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48208

9. Spot Lite Detroit

2905 Beaufait St, Detroit, MI 48207

Spot Lite is a performance space, small record store, and art gallery. It also includes a bar/cafe. Owned by Jesse Cory and Roula David, a former bartender, means visitors can sip on classic martinis, sangria, mojito, and pesca while listening to EDM.

2905 Beaufait St
Detroit, MI 48207

10. Two Birds

8130 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

The teams that run downtown Detroit custard window Huddle, Eastern Market bar Collect, and east side tropical craft cocktail and rum bar Lost River partnered to run this West Village haunt. Go to this old house for wine, cocktails (vodka-, gin-, and rum-based ), custard, or a mix of both. One of the highlights is the take on the hummer, which is said to have originated in Detroit. It includes two Hawaiian rums along with Huddle vanilla custard.

8130 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

11. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que

6529 Woodward Ave suite a, Detroit, MI 48202

Seats are limited for the Afterwork Wine Down, a BYOB Friday evening event (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. reservations) that includes healthy cuisine and spins by a DJ. A $25 reservation includes one seat for 2 hours and set-ups for bottles. No additional corkage fee will be charged.

6529 Woodward Ave suite a
Detroit, MI 48202

12. Hotel Saint Regis Detroit

3071 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

The Hotel St. Regis has recently renovated its B L V D Lounge in the lobby, bringing back midcentury glamour to Midtown. Customers here enjoy a twist on the classics. Sit in the golden suede chairs around the bar, while overlooking East Grand Boulevard. On Fridays, live entertainment includes open mic and poetry readings.

3071 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

13. Oak & Reel

2921 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

Oak and Reel is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a primary focus on seafood. The bar is primarily focused on wine with a mix of by-the-glass choices and bottles ranging in price from $39 to $450. Drinks also include classic and Italian-styled cocktails such as spritzes, negronis, and old-fashioneds.

2921 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

14. The Congregation

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206

After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, cocktail and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. The owners kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. There’s beer on tap and by the bottle, white and red wines, and coffee cocktails.

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206

15. The Film Lab

3105 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A view of the Film Lab from looking out from a nook at the screen and marble bar. Gerard + Belevender

The Film Lab has revamped into an event space with a restored, Art Deco cocktail bar indoors and an outdoor patio. Check out the Happy Hour specials between 6 and 8:30 p.m., featuring a new drink menu. The bar also features two private screening rooms.

3105 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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16. Good Vibes Lounge

16801 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48224

The East English Village bar is a neighborhood spot that’s gained popularity through word of mouth, and a clientele diverse in age, ethnicity, and class. Good Vibes credits the to-go cocktails, as well as its more recent ticketed brunches featuring trap and R&B music, and popular dishes like its lobster burger and the seafood combo for the bar’s survival and success.

16801 Harper Ave
Detroit, MI 48224

17. HM Style Lounge & Chill Room

19566 M-5, Detroit, MI 48223

Owner Herschell Masten, former co-owner of British Sound Systems, a U.K.-based EDM and house music label, brings his experience abroad to Rosedale Park. He’s modeling HM Style on the pubs in London, which double as a community meeting spot. So in addition of being a place to grab a beer or a cocktail, the lounge hosts regular music events, nightly programming based on a musical genre, seniors night, and artists’ events.

19566 M-5
Detroit, MI 48223

18. Motor City Brewing Works

19350 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Owner John Linardos shored up the exposed wooden roof beams and repaired bricks, windows, and the fieldstone fireplace. The hardwood floors have been sanded and polished to a shine.
Owner John Linardos shored up the exposed wooden roof beams and repaired bricks, windows, and the fieldstone fireplace. The hardwood floors have been sanded and polished to a shine.
Konrad Maziarz

John Linardos opened the city’s first microbrewery in 1994. Now he’s opened a second taproom on the Avenue of Fashion. Visitors will find the perennial favorites Ghettoblaster Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale, as well as a small-run cider, a new summer ale, and a few canned cocktails. New menu items featured only at the Livernois taproom are made for sharing, include vegetarian beef nachos, a charcuterie plate, and the Banh Mi Oh My sandwich.

19350 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

19. Ferndale Project

567 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220

An experimental arm of the Eastern Market Brewing Co., Ferndale Project took over the space previously occupied by Livernois Tap.  Ferndale Project, in many ways, reflects the vision of its predecessor with beer as the focus, on-site production, a full menu, extensive indoor seating, and an outdoor biergarten. There’s also an espresso bar, and ciders and sours on the brewery’s menu. EMBC regulars can also find some of its classics on tap such as White Coffee Stout and Market Day IPA as well as new creations like raspberry and blood-orange gose. About half of the food items on the menu are vegan.

567 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220

20. Madam

298 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

Slide up to the bar or lounge at this swanky new hotel for cocktails, wine by the bottle, or sparkling brunch punch.  The lounge and dining room menus include pizza, pasta, caviar, and warm appetizers.

298 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

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