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Where to Drink Cocktails and Spirits in Detroit Right Now

Here, now, are 24 establishments serving up creative craft cocktails in Metro Detroit.

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The list of Metro Detroit establishments with craft cocktails seems to grow weekly. From Cliff Bell's to Two James and Cafe 78, this list attempts to capture the latest and greatest in Detroit's artisanal beverage world as well as a few older favorites.

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Two James Distillery

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Two James spirits are some of the best in the area and the cocktails change seasonally. Melt away the winter chill with a Hot Tea Toddy made with Two James' signature Grass Widow Bourbon. [Photo]

Detroit City Distillery

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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.

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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.

Cliff Bell's

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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.
The wine cellar provides a backdrop for the bar and the bartenders are known for their skill and certifications. [Photo]

Great Lakes Coffee

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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.

Cafe d'Mongo's

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A favorite haunt for visiting celebrities and Detroiters alike, D'Mongos Speakeasy offers strong drinks and plenty of characters. The Detroit Brown cocktail includes a local invention, Vernor's ginger ale. [Photo]

La Feria Spanish Tapas

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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.

Craft Work

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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]

Ottava Via

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Enjoy handcrafted cocktails with spirits developed by local distilleries. Here, find a romantic ambiance for a traditional Italian meal or a casual setting for pies fired on the imported stone pizza oven.

The Sugar House

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Go to The Sugar House for a side of history with your cocktail. The bartenders here know their stuff thanks to a rigorous training program. [Photo]

Cafe 78 (Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit)

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This new space in MOCAD features a cocktail list inspired by the Pantone color palette. The eatery transitions from a cafe in the morning to a bar and bistro at night. [Photo]

Wright & Co.

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This downtown gastropub features an extensive craft cocktail menu peppered with both contemporary and classic beverages. [Photo]

The Oakland

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Hidden in plain sight, The Oakland recalls the feel of a classic prohibition-era speakeasy with expertly made cocktails and an extensive list of whiskey. They also offer a separate menu of virgin beverages on request. Show up early, call ahead, or expect to wait.

Vivio's Food & Spirits

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Vivio's is known for one thing—their extensive Bloody Mary menu. Choose from a selection of six different cocktails with varying amounts of garnish. [Photo]

Antietam

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Designed by bartender Albert DePompeis, Antietam’s artisanal cocktail menu features savory and sweet beverages served at an art deco bar. [Photo]

Selden Standard

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Like the restaurant’s fresh seasonal menu, Selden Standard’s beverage program features a rotating selection of cocktails made with house-syrups and bitters. [Photo]

Rock City Eatery

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Bartender Ricky Ruggero’s inventive cocktails pair well with the clever flavor profiles found on Rock City Eatery’s menu. Purple Drank takes on new meaning here: a mixture of Valentine white blossom vodka, crème de cassis, and soda. [Photo]

Green Dot Stables

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At $3 per cocktail, trying several different drinks on the Green Dot Stables menu is a much easier decision than taking on the Mystery Meat board. [Photo]

Gold Cash Gold

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Gold Cash Golds cocktail menu is comprised of a selection of hidden gems. Dad’s Trophy is made with Old Overholt rye, Amaro Zucca, Laphroaig rinse, and bitters. [Photo]

Valentine Vodka Distilling Co

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Try out Valentine Vodka’s signature spirits in the company’s Ferndale tasting room, which offers a selection of infusions and cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients. [Photo]
Pair the innovative dishes on Torino’s ever-changing tasting menu with the restaurants artisanal cocktails. [Photo]

Mad Hatter Bistro bar tea room

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Discover whimsical beverages at Birmingham’s Mad Hatter Bistro. The company offers two varieties of Bloody Marys and mimosas as well as other potions to pair with brunch, lunch, or dinner. [Photo]

Rusted Crow Distillery

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Rusted Crow Distillery’s own vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon are mixed into the scratch cocktails at this Dearborn Heights nightspot. [Photo]

Two James Distillery

Two James spirits are some of the best in the area and the cocktails change seasonally. Melt away the winter chill with a Hot Tea Toddy made with Two James' signature Grass Widow Bourbon. [Photo]

Detroit City Distillery

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.

Our/Detroit

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.

Cliff Bell's

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.

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The wine cellar provides a backdrop for the bar and the bartenders are known for their skill and certifications. [Photo]

Great Lakes Coffee

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.

Cafe d'Mongo's

A favorite haunt for visiting celebrities and Detroiters alike, D'Mongos Speakeasy offers strong drinks and plenty of characters. The Detroit Brown cocktail includes a local invention, Vernor's ginger ale. [Photo]

La Feria Spanish Tapas

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.

Craft Work

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]

Ottava Via

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails with spirits developed by local distilleries. Here, find a romantic ambiance for a traditional Italian meal or a casual setting for pies fired on the imported stone pizza oven.

The Sugar House

Go to The Sugar House for a side of history with your cocktail. The bartenders here know their stuff thanks to a rigorous training program. [Photo]

Cafe 78 (Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit)