NEW DETROIT BAR SPOTS
If you’re sick and tired of a Budweiser on the porch and looking for adventure around the city, here’s a list of some of the newest drinking spots in town.
With a mission to offer artful hospitality, creative cocktails and a dining experience to come back for, they put together the dream team, including “Joe Rob” behind the bar and Brendan Edwards in the kitchen. With nearly 50 cocktails to choose from, Joe created a menu that offers 10 modern classics from America’s best cocktail list, while concocting a monster list of his own creations.
225 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit / (313) 736-5533
They’re big and bold on cocktails and concoctions with a loud Facebook that lets you know exactly when you should be at their door because of a $5 strawberry infused vodka, mint and lemon punch. Want something harder? Their Gem of the Market’s full of Old Forester bourbon, green chartreuse, mint, lime juice and ginger. Gin drinks, rye drinks, vodka drinks…they’re stacked.
140 Cadillac Square, Detroit
TOWNHOUSE (bar or whiskey library)
Fancy your own personalized decanter filled with a special monthly barreled whiskey at your favorite bar? Townhouse is one of the only places that will do that for you AND with a smile. Their whiskey library is a personal space where some of America’s finest whiskies are stored. Killer cocktails are also mixed up at the round bar and you’ve got a variety of ways to sit- all the way outside, partially inside, at a sushi bar, at a round bar, all the way inside or in the library. Take your pick but make sure to reserve that pick before someone else does.
500 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
This dimly lit space that feels like your best friend’s living room has 80 plus whiskies, carefully chosen wines and every drink is made with quality in mind. Buffalo-infused bourbon makes up a daiquiri like you’ve never seen before and house-soaked bourbon cherries top off their take on classic beverages. They’ve got whiskey flights that take you across the world and they’ll talk your ear off about anything behind the bar if you want to hear.
608 Woodward Ave., Floor 2 (above Grand Trunk Pub)
The area’s first nano-brewery is a product of a Hatch Detroit business incubator win. The group of individuals promised to bring clean, small batch brews to the taste buds of residents and visitors alike. They’ve got Antwerp’s Placebo which is a dark Belgian ale, Handsome Stranger which is a hibiscus saison all floral and dry in nature. The team brews with local ingredients whenever they can and they make sure to whip up some seriously tongue twister-type names to make it all the more fun.
1400 Porter St., Detroit
Owners of Wright & Co. and Sugar House teamed up with MOCAD to bring the city an artfully delicious experience. Not sure what you want to try? Mention something to a bartender and they’ll take it away and come back with a wild and close-to-perfect creation. The bartenders are Sugar House-trained so you know it’s the real deal. There’s a rotating cocktail menu, beer, wine or coffee.
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit (MOCAD)
This place was born out of lifelong friendships and a devotion to tomfoolery. The team behind Detroit City Distillery aimed to remind everyone of the low-key times of prohibition and the quality spirits that took shelter. They bottle their own spirits and syrups, offering Moscow Mules, lemonades with lavender, absinthe and their Two Faced Bourbon and Bloodline Whiskey. Shop Eastern Market or dodge it all together and duck in for some roaring fun.
2462 Riopelle St., Detroit
After rehab construction work and a whole swarm of ideas, the place decided they’d kick out cocktails, some with jalapeno, and shut down any non believers who said the curb appeal was no good. Try a Casa Louie (Casamigos Blanco, Green Chartreuse, jalapeno, and lemon) or the Transformer (Journeyman Gin, basil, cucumber, elderflower, and fresh lemon) and start believing.
30 Clifford St., Detroit
We all know this one SO WHY HAVEN’T YOU BEEN TO THE DETROIT ONE YET? The service is fast and accurate with text alerts, the taps are out of this world in number and they circle the bar. The art gives you something to marvel at on each wall and even on the walk to the bathroom. Choose from one of the 130 beers on tap. Or choose more than one. And then more than that.
4365 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Your favorite whiskies are reasonably priced here at a corner favorite and from the moment you walk in you feel like you’re at a lounge that still lets you watch the game on flat screen instead of talking about Hemingway. You can do that, too, if you want…but they keep it unpretentious. Guess what? They’re doing brunch now, too.
1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Looking for a true Detroit experience? International AND local electronic acts flow in and out of this basement party place while drinks are always pouring. The same team that owns Cornerstone takes responsibility for this place as well so you know it’s bound to be a good time.
1456 Woodward Ave. (below Cornerstone), Detroit
Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5