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QUEENS BAR ADDS A CLASSIC, SIMPLE DRINK SPOT TO DOWNTOWN

QUEENS BAR ADDS A CLASSIC, SIMPLE DRINK SPOT TO DOWNTOWN

The team behind Midtown’s old school Bronx Bar brings Downtown another corner spot with another borough name, Queens Bar, and the new destination is as no-nonsense as you’d expect.

The space opened pretty quietly but drew in devoted Detroit bar scene followers, friends, neighborhood foot traffic and more by word of mouth and social media teases. The space, located at the corner of Farmer Street and Grand River Avenue, close to the The Belt, is quickly taking shape as a neighborhood go-to.

The interior is much lighter than the dimly lit Bronx Bar, with wide windows that wrap around the building’s exterior and light walls with a smooth looking, clean bright bar. Although the drink menu maintains a low-maintenance vibe with favorite and staple beers (a list of rotating craft beers, Stroh’s), similar to Bronx, the bar takes its own shape with stacks of board games available, including a 90’s N’Sync game, and plants dressing up the patio.

The patio is almost always full with friends gathering over pints and the vibrant art area that Queens Bar inhabits. The People Mover glides along the tracks above the bar and the area bustles with traffic, although street parking can be usually snagged somewhere on Farmer. The bar is housed in the old Biegas Gallery, next door to Detroit’s PuppetART Theater. Down the road is Library Street, with Citizen Yoga, a branch of the Detroit Public Library and the new Vault of Midnight. And the action on Woodward Avenue isn’t far from Queens Bar, either.

The bar’s hours run consistently from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., except for on Sundays, when the place closes at midnight.

Stop in and visit, grab a beer and keep an eye out for a future food menu as the space does have a small kitchen.

Queens Bar is located at 35 East Grand River Ave. Follow Queens Bar on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5