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MOVEMENT GUIDE: WHERE DO I DRINK IN DETROIT?

Posted on May 11 2017

Movement season is upon us and we’re here to share a few of our favorite spots around Detroit. For those looking to escape Hart Plaza for a few hours and explore our city, we’ve got you covered from culinary to culture must-dos! Enjoy!

First up, our favorite bars to drink in Detroit city.

CORKTOWN:

Lager House Detroit

Lager House

One of our favorite spots to grab a shot and a beer. Live music, good vibes and a super unique bar menu that offers options like Catfish Strips, Burgers and Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich – vegan and gluten free friendly!

Motor City Wine Detroit

Motor City Wine

Wine shop, wine bar, big patio – What else do we need to say?

LJ's Detroit

LJ’s

The wood paneled walls decorated in all-things-vintage  makes you feel like you’re hanging out in your friends parent’s retro basement. Super laid back dive with a pool table, darts and bar-top games to keep you entertained.

Sugar House

Sugar House

An intimate candle-lit craft cocktail lounge, where taxidermy dress the walls and the rare spirits are endless. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable, and in addition to the seasonal cocktails, they offer delicious selection of snacks as well.  

UFO Factory

UFO Factory

Live music, art, arcade games and hot dogs (vegan optional)! Rad bar with cheap drinks and good people.

Two James Distillery

Two James Distillery

"Highest quality, environmentally conscious handmade spirits utilizing locally sourced agricultural products with the aim of revitalizing the community and reinforcing the craft product movement." That about sums it up.

MIDTOWN / NEW CENTER:

Bronx Bar

Bronx Bar

An old favorite to day-drink the weekend away. Cheap booze and a patio perfect for those warm summer days. Charleen the bartender is probably one of the cooler people you’ll meet – just don’t piss her off.

Honest John's Detroit

Honest John's

Inexpensive breakfast and brunch menu as well as some killer Bloody Mary’s. One of midtown’s favorites to nurse a hangover or work on one.

The Old Miami Detroit

The Old Miami

One of Detroit’s staples, established in 1979 (and not much has changed). The walls are adorned with Veteran memorabilia and a large grassy backyard with a pond and BBQ serves as an outdoor event space throughout the summer.

Temple Bar Detroit

Temple Bar

Home to one of Detroit’s favorite dance parties, Haute to Death, this Cass Corridor gem will make you feel right at home and as though you’ve been patronizing the bar for years.

Jumbo's Bar Detroit

Jumbo’s

One of the last Cass Corridor dives located on Third Street. Shot and a beer kind of spot.

Marble Bar Detroit

Marble Bar

Once called the Detroit Eagle, Detroit’s ‘leather daddy bar,’ Marble Bar re-opened in 2010 as a live music venue with a wide-open space and an upstairs to kick back. The bar hosts a variety of beers and classic cocktails for all to enjoy.

Nancy Whiskey Bar

Nancy Whiskey

Located in north Corktown on the first floor of a corner building, you can count on endless whiskey and some serious fish fry.

EASTERN MARKET:

Detroit City Distillery

Detroit City Distillery

A prohibition-style distillery located hidden away on Riopelle Street offers whiskey, gin and vodka made from local ingredients.

DOWNTOWN:

Grand Trunk Pub Detroit

Grand Trunk Pub

The converted railway station is only minutes away from Hart Plaza, but good luck getting in Movement weekend. Perhaps stop in the next time you’re in Detroit for Sunday brunch or one of the 170+ craft beers.

Checker Bar Detroit

Checker Bar & Grill

Legit hot dogs, Sloppy Joe’s and B.L.T.’s. Cheap drinks and home to the once a month event “Off World Arcade.” Also, patio friendly.

The Keep Detroit

The Keep

Located next to Checker Bar, The Keep is super laid-back with a speakeasy atmosphere serving up craft cocktails and good beer.

Queens Bar Detroit

Queen’s Bar

Located right next to the Puppet Art Theatre, the bar’s interior is minimal with sleek wood and leather booths. Brought to you by the good dude’s who own the Bronx, the sister bar is great for a beer and a burger.

The Skip Detroit

The Skip

If you’re looking for a frozen cocktail, the Skip is where you need to be. Located in The Belt Alley, this small oasis is surrounded by murals from some of the world’s most renowned artists.

Cliff Bell's

Cliff Bell’s

This Art Deco cabaret club is one of downtown Detroit’s most iconic spots. Grab a martini, listen to some jazz and chill out.

SOUTHWEST:

El Club Detroit

El Club

You’re likely to end up at El Club during Movement, but we figured we throw it in anyway. El Club is one of the newer bars to open in Detroit. Many of our favorite bands and DJs have performed.   


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