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A5 Insider's Guide: Michael Sullivan

A5 Insider’s Guide: Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan is the producer of the Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket.

Like Cher, Madanna and Beyonce, Michael Sullivan is known by one name in the world of Detroit sport fandom – Sully. Catch him on 97.1 The Ticket weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. keeping time and cracking jokes on the region’s highest rated sports talk show. A high-school football star and said “ladies’ man”, loyal listens are well versed in Sully’s late night escapades along the Woodward corridor. A true metro Detroiter he knows how to balance the best of the city and the suburbs, here are some of his favorite spots to eat, drink and play.

EAT // Ronin (Royal Oak)

I absolutely love this place and go often with friends. They have really good drinks (Ronin Mojito is my go-to) and their apps (always get the shrimp tempura and the chicken wings) and sushi are great. I love the vibe at Ronin, it’s always crowded and a fun time on a Friday night, whether you’re upstairs or downstairs.

DRINK //Fifth Ave (Royal Oak)

It starts with the staff. Tony, Marty, Dan, Alex, Chris, etc are nothing short of outstanding to my friends and I. Always welcoming and very hospitable. I can’t tell you how many great memories I have at that place. It’s a fun bar that’s always packed and the place to be.

PLAY // Comerica Park & The Big House

If I’m going as a fan, definitely Comerica Park. Watching a Tigers game at Comerica is the epitome of summertime. I think it’s a very underrated park with great views.

If I’m going as media, I’ll say Michigan Stadium. Great setup, great hospitality, and I love gamedays in Ann Arbor. The food is good up there too!

EXPERIENCE // Renaissance Center

I always enjoy taking the elevator to the top of the Renaissance Center. It’s without question the best view of the city and a great place to take out of town guests. I was sad to see Coach Insignia close but can’t wait to see what comes next.

Detroit is home. I love traveling and have been to a lot of places, but the one thing that always stands out about Detroit is the authenticity of the people here. People aren’t fake, they’re real, and it’s a very hard working city. The ’08 recession was tough on everybody but we did a great job rebounding and coming back stronger. I’ll always respect us for that and take pride in the comeback.

– Sully

Photo credit: Michael Sullivan