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Michelle and Chris Gerard

Where to Drink Cocktails and Spirits in Detroit Right Now

Get the scoop on this season's hottest drinks.

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Cafe D'Mongo's.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

With the help of the Eater 38 and the Eater Heatmaps, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby.

Now it's just as easy to find out where to get a good, stiff drink in this town. Welcome to Eater's Cocktail Heatmap. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with new suggestions.
—Courtney Ochab

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Two James Distillery

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2445 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
Two James’s cocktail menu now features fall-inspired drinks. The season change also brings the launch of two new spirits: Rye Dog and Johnny Smoking Gun. [Photo]

2. Detroit City Distillery

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(313) 338-3760
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Small batch artisanal whiskey, gin, and vodka are crafted in this Eastern Market hub with local ingredients sourced directly from farms participating in the market itself.

3. Our/Detroit

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2545 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
This women-owned microdistillery features cocktails named after employees of Anthology Coffee and Drought Juice. Weekend tours and sampling are available to try the city’s new crafted spirit.

4. Sugar House Craft & Cocktails - Ford Field

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2130 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123
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With a menu changing seasonally— and sometimes even weekly— this dimly lit bar draws quite a crowd with its drinks and atmosphere.

5. Cliff Bell's

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2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2543
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The speakeasy era lives on with taps featuring traditional and craft beers, signature house drinks, and a list of award-winning classic cocktails— all poured from behind the restored mahogany bar.

6. Roast

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1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
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The wine cellar provides a backdrop for the bar and the bartenders are known for their skill and certifications. [Photo]

7. Great Lakes Coffee

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3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9627
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Though known primarily for its coffee, this shop has a small bar featuring local wine, drafts, and cocktails that also merit attention. Ingredients for the cocktails are carefully selected based on the season, and an array of house-made syrups and infusions are crafted behind the bar.

8. Cafe d'Mongo's

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1439 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
A speakeasy despite its well-known reputation, this bar remains hidden in the dead middle of Downtown. The Detroit Brown cocktail includes a local favorite soda, Vernors.

9. La Feria Spanish Tapas

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4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
A group of friends is sharing a little bit of Spain with Detroit, and that’s not excluding the “bebidas especiales” specialty cocktail menu. Allow us to suggest an early arrival time, as the quaint location fills up quickly during busy hours and with so many tapas available, it’s hard to leave.

10. Craft Work

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8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 447-5418
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Traditional, old-style cocktails that ring true to their name are hard to find, but this new addition to Indian Village is a crowd pleaser with both cocktails and unique dishes. [Photo]

11. Ottava Via

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1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-5500
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails with spirits crafted by local distilleries on the fireside patio. Here, find a romantic ambiance for a traditional Italian meal or a casual setting for pies fired on the imported stone pizza oven.

1. Two James Distillery

2445 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Two James’s cocktail menu now features fall-inspired drinks. The season change also brings the launch of two new spirits: Rye Dog and Johnny Smoking Gun. [Photo]
2445 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Detroit City Distillery

Detroit, MI
Small batch artisanal whiskey, gin, and vodka are crafted in this Eastern Market hub with local ingredients sourced directly from farms participating in the market itself.

3. Our/Detroit

2545 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216
This women-owned microdistillery features cocktails named after employees of Anthology Coffee and Drought Juice. Weekend tours and sampling are available to try the city’s new crafted spirit.
2545 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

4. Sugar House Craft & Cocktails - Ford Field

2130 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216
With a menu changing seasonally— and sometimes even weekly— this dimly lit bar draws quite a crowd with its drinks and atmosphere.
2130 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Cliff Bell's

2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
The speakeasy era lives on with taps featuring traditional and craft beers, signature house drinks, and a list of award-winning classic cocktails— all poured from behind the restored mahogany bar.
2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Roast

1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
The wine cellar provides a backdrop for the bar and the bartenders are known for their skill and certifications. [Photo]
1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Great Lakes Coffee

3965 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Though known primarily for its coffee, this shop has a small bar featuring local wine, drafts, and cocktails that also merit attention. Ingredients for the cocktails are carefully selected based on the season, and an array of house-made syrups and infusions are crafted behind the bar.
3965 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Cafe d'Mongo's

1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
A speakeasy despite its well-known reputation, this bar remains hidden in the dead middle of Downtown. The Detroit Brown cocktail includes a local favorite soda, Vernors.
1439 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

9. La Feria Spanish Tapas

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
A group of friends is sharing a little bit of Spain with Detroit, and that’s not excluding the “bebidas especiales” specialty cocktail menu. Allow us to suggest an early arrival time, as the quaint location fills up quickly during busy hours and with so many tapas available, it’s hard to leave.
4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Craft Work

8047 Agnes, Detroit, MI 48214
Traditional, old-style cocktails that ring true to their name are hard to find, but this new addition to Indian Village is a crowd pleaser with both cocktails and unique dishes. [Photo]
8047 Agnes
Detroit, MI 48214

11. Ottava Via

1480 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails with spirits crafted by local distilleries on the fireside patio. Here, find a romantic ambiance for a traditional Italian meal or a casual setting for pies fired on the imported stone pizza oven.
1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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