There are new bars, new restaurants and new social spaces popping up every which way in Detroit, but when you want good ‘ol dependable and seriously tasty concoctions, we’ve got a list of must-go-even-though-you-probably-have-been for you.

Old Miami

This quirky and seriously classic space will take you back in time and offer you a full bar of craft, crazy and well drinks. Walk outside in the bar’s backyard and you might catch a hotdog cart or a corn hole match.

3930 Cass Ave., Detroit / (313) 831-3830

OUR Detroit Vodka

Local individuals connect globally to operate this micro-distillery, bringing flavor, style and class to Detroit by way of its visitors and loyal residents.

2545 Bagley Ave., Detroit

Two James

The tasting room hosts pop-up eateries and is always stocked full of your favorite house-made bourbon, vodka, gin and smoked whiskey. The cocktails are carefully crafted to impress, flatter and taste just downright delicious.

2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 964-4800


As a Corktown must-visit, Sugarhouse has quality bartenders who can recommend anything once you mention a simple craving. They might even smoke your whiskey EFK style, too.

2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-0123

Bookies Bar & Grille

Enjoy classic American fare, live entertainment, sports on impressive TVs and more here while you sip on your favorite domestic beer, craft beer or mixed cocktail. Like comfortable rooftop seating with a view of the city? They’ve got it!

2208 Cass Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-0319


The martini list here is something of a dream with wasabi inspired cocktails and classic gin drinks flow. It’s right in the heart of the stadiums and venues downtown so stop on in before a show or game and toast to something tasty.

2233 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 963-4040

Town Pump

The tin ceilings and wood walls put you back in time at Town Pump Tavern. Grab a timeless burger and a brew for a steal here, right in the heart of the downtown entertainment district.

100 W. Montcalm St., Detroit / (313) 961-1929

Cliff Bell’s

This jazz bar is a Detroit staple and has night out written all over it with old-time cocktails and live entertainment every weekend. Try a sharable dish while you’re at it.

2030 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 961-2543

Buhl Bar

With selective hours, Buhl Bar caters to the after work crowd, keeping the place dim, relaxing and a bit on the swanky side. Experience their cocktail hour and you’ll feel like you’re in a movie.

535 Griswold St., Detroit / (313) 285-9306

D’Mongo’s Speakeasy

This place has been around since anyone can remember and the speakeasy vibe creates a busy, bustling atmosphere. Special menu cocktails and your favorite drinks can be shared with friends and family in this eclectic space.

1439 Griswold St., Detroit

Delux Lounge

This Greektown lounge offers a martini menu, DJs and dancing, private booths and more. It’s a city favorite!

350 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 / (313) 962-4200

Exodus Rooftop

Exodus offers a rooftop view with dancing, DJs and signature drinks. Feeling a little less social? Try dinner and drinks inside! You’re bound to have a good time either way.

529 Monroe Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-1300

Firebird Tavern

Firebird is right in Greektown with an all-American menu, full bar and lively crowd. Stop here for dinner or drinks and snacks and you won’t be sorry.

419 Monroe Ave., Detroit / (313) 782-4189

Old Shillelagh

It’s a sports fan’s haven with shuttles to the game and a regular’s hideaway for some Irish drinks…why not make it yours, too? Friends, family and strangers come here and leave with memories.

349 Monroe Avenue, Detroit / 313.964.0007

Park Bar

It’s next to Bucharest and houses comedy shows pretty regularly…why aren’t you already there?

2040 Park Ave., Detroit / (313) 962-2933

Punch Bowl Social

Bowl, laugh, play bar games and drink! With a killer menu and a full bar, this social spot is the city’s latest must-see.

1331 Broadway St., Detroit / (313) 749-9738

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5


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