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Marshall's Bar.
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Detroit's 10 Most Underrated Bars

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Marshall's Bar.
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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.

The Inn Place

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"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]

Stables Bar & Grill

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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]

Ye Olde Tap Room

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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]

Rustic Cabins Bar

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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]

Marshall's Bar

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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]

Bert's Market Place

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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]

Steve's Place Bar And Restaurant

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"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]

Urban Cellars (Jefferson House)

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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]

PJ's Lager House

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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]

Long Tom Lounge

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It's a family-owned joint that has good food and a comfortable atmosphere. It's simple, and it's great. [Photo]

The Inn Place

"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]

Stables Bar & Grill

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]

Ye Olde Tap Room

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]

Rustic Cabins Bar

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]

Marshall's Bar

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]

Bert's Market Place

"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]

Steve's Place Bar And Restaurant

"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]

Urban Cellars (Jefferson House)

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

PJ's Lager House

"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]

Long Tom Lounge

It's a family-owned joint that has good food and a comfortable atmosphere. It's simple, and it's great. [Photo]

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