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Detroit's 10 Most Underrated Bars

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Detroit (with some help from Metro Detroit) is this year's Bar City according to Esquire, and while there are plenty of places getting attention, there are plenty more that continue serving beer, food, and welcoming customers with a smile every day with no press. Which of these under-the-radar places are deserving of some extra praise? We asked, and you answered. These are the 10 Most Underrated Bars in Detroit and Metro Detroit according to you, our readers. Comments came in on the site, on Facebook, via email, and anonymously.

Many of these blurbs were written by the readers who suggested them. Have another place in mind that deserves a little love too? Share it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Inn Place

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917 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 547-6051
"Great Karaoke, cheap drinks, and the place is decorated to literally insane levels for holidays, with Christmas being particularly over-the-top."-Pete H.[Photo]

2. Stables Bar & Grill

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14950 Middlebelt Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 427-1646
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This is that place where locals go, where the beer and the burgers are solid, the regulars make up a majority of the clientele, and the games are great. Just don't call it a "dive", it's a neighborhood bar okay? [Photo]

3. Ye Olde Tap Room

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14915 Charlevoix St
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 824-1030
Don't come expecting lots of food and fancy drinks, this is the place locals love for the extensive international beer selection. They have some light fare to soak up the booze, the occasional band, and free peanuts, but really, the beer list is where it's at. [Photo]

4. Rustic Cabins Bar

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15209 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
(313) 821-6480
They might not have the best craft beer selection, but the prices are good, the crowd is a mix of old, young, and in between, and they have pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere that keeps people coming back again and again. [Photo]

5. Marshall's Bar

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14716 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 821-0610
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Don't go ordering something fancy, but do go looking for a friendly place to grab a no-frills drink (and maybe a jello shot if there's a special event). Come here to make new friends and leave pretension at the door. [Photo]

6. Bert's Market Place

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2727 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-2030
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"Not unknown, and perhaps not underrated, they make a respectable bloody mary, there's great live music, and there's no better place to be in Detroit on a Saturday morning."-Pete H. [Photo]

7. Steve's Place Bar And Restaurant

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410 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226
"Mr Steve's next to St Andrews - a must if you hang out in Detroit. Go to support Steve, stay for a shot of Schnapps."-Anonymous [Photo]

8. Urban Cellars (Jefferson House)

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2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0200
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"Another plug for the new Pontch, their liquor selection is really good, and their craft cocktails are surprisingly good."-Pete H. [Photo]

9. PJ's Lager House

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1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-4668
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"I know PJ's gets some hype, but not nearly as much as it deserves, I love that place."-DetroitGreaser "PJ's Lager House is a great little find, PJ gives new up and coming musicians a chance that they would not get otherwise and he sure is not in it for the money."-Ren C. [Photo]

10. Long Tom Lounge

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6815 Roosevelt Ave
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 381-7365
It's a family-owned joint that has good food and a comfortable atmosphere. It's simple, and it's great. [Photo]

1. The Inn Place

917 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
"Great Karaoke, cheap drinks, and the place is decorated to literally insane levels for holidays, with Christmas being particularly over-the-top."-Pete H.[Photo]
917 N Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067

2. Stables Bar & Grill

14950 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia, MI 48154
This is that place where locals go, where the beer and the burgers are solid, the regulars make up a majority of the clientele, and the games are great. Just don't call it a "dive", it's a neighborhood bar okay? [Photo]
14950 Middlebelt Rd
Livonia, MI 48154

3. Ye Olde Tap Room

14915 Charlevoix St, Detroit, MI 48215
Don't come expecting lots of food and fancy drinks, this is the place locals love for the extensive international beer selection. They have some light fare to soak up the booze, the occasional band, and free peanuts, but really, the beer list is where it's at. [Photo]
14915 Charlevoix St
Detroit, MI 48215

4. Rustic Cabins Bar

15209 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
They might not have the best craft beer selection, but the prices are good, the crowd is a mix of old, young, and in between, and they have pool tables and a relaxed atmosphere that keeps people coming back again and again. [Photo]
15209 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

5. Marshall's Bar

14716 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48215
Don't go ordering something fancy, but do go looking for a friendly place to grab a no-frills drink (and maybe a jello shot if there's a special event). Come here to make new friends and leave pretension at the door. [Photo]
14716 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

6. Bert's Market Place

2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207
"Not unknown, and perhaps not underrated, they make a respectable bloody mary, there's great live music, and there's no better place to be in Detroit on a Saturday morning."-Pete H. [Photo]
2727 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

7. Steve's Place Bar And Restaurant

410 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226
"Mr Steve's next to St Andrews - a must if you hang out in Detroit. Go to support Steve, stay for a shot of Schnapps."-Anonymous [Photo]
410 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Urban Cellars (Jefferson House)

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
"Another plug for the new Pontch, their liquor selection is really good, and their craft cocktails are surprisingly good."-Pete H. [Photo]
2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

9. PJ's Lager House

1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
"I know PJ's gets some hype, but not nearly as much as it deserves, I love that place."-DetroitGreaser "PJ's Lager House is a great little find, PJ gives new up and coming musicians a chance that they would not get otherwise and he sure is not in it for the money."-Ren C. [Photo]
1254 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Long Tom Lounge

6815 Roosevelt Ave, Allen Park, MI 48101
It's a family-owned joint that has good food and a comfortable atmosphere. It's simple, and it's great. [Photo]
6815 Roosevelt Ave
Allen Park, MI 48101

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