Detroit boasts one of Esquire’s “Best Bars in America 2018,” a couple dozen breweries and beer houses, barcades, distilleries, underground speakeasies, tiki bars, and alley bars. What does this mean for Detroiters and visitors? There’s no shortage of drinking establishments to visit after a hard day of work, before a show, or during a weekend of sports. Check out our favorite cocktail spots in the city below.
The Sugar House Corktown 2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
“The Sugar House is Detroit’s original craft cocktail bar, opening in the fall of 2011 in the historic Corktown neighborhood. In addition to the foundational 101 classics, the Sugar House features a rotating seasonal menu of original house cocktails and one of the deepest back bars in the city. The extensive spirits list is anchored by the many hand picked single barrel bourbons and American whiskies.”
Standby Detroit Downtown 225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
“Our primary focus is on the principles of hospitality. We are a bar dedicated to serving our community with thoughtful service, fine food, and good drink. Boasting a cocktail lab equipped with a centrifuge, liquid nitrogen, and all manner of advanced culinary tools, Standby’s bar program produces drinks of both a highly complex, technical nature and beloved approachable classics.”
Mutiny Bar Southwest 4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Mutiny Bar is a tiki bar on the southwest side close to Clark Park and Taqueria El Rey. Try the Rye Tai with Lot 40 Rye, Pierre Ferrand Curacao, orange, and lime or Walk The Plank with poblano infused Jim Beam Bourbon, raspberry, and grapefruit soda. Going out with a group? Check out the Scorpion Bowl with Sailor Jerry Rum, Hennessy VS Cognac, Luxardo Amaretto, and orange.
The Keep Downtown 140 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226
Hidden downstairs in a barely-marked building downtown, The Keep serves up around 30 different kinds of cocktails, as well as more than two dozen beers. A little confusing to find the entrance at times, look for the door on Congress Street.
The Skip Downtown The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226
“A lively watering hole in the heart of Downtown Detroit, The Skip is the place to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and let the good times roll. Our team of drinking enthusiasts take pride in serving you our signature frozen cocktails, innovative drinks or just a cold can of beer. Whatever your pleasure, we’re here to indulge it.”
Grey Ghost Midtown 47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201
“Nestled between the historic Brush Park and Midtown neighborhoods, Grey Ghost Detroit was born of dedicated craftsmen, committed to the art of butchery, refinement of crafting cocktails and unparalleled hospitality.” Try the Not Yo Libre with tequila, chipotle, cola, lime, and angostura or the High Society with London Dry Gin, Cocchi Rosa, creme de mure, and absinthe.
Check back for Part 2 of this series, where we look at the best bars in Detroit for beer lovers.