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? 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 wine bars in the Motor City below, and read the other parts of our series on the best cocktail, beer, and entertainment spots in the city.
Motor City Wine Corktown 1949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Located right down the street from Slows Bar BQ, Motor City Wine has a sizeable wine menu in addition to charcuterie boards. It also doubles as a wine shop, carrying a massive selection of bottles which can be purchased and even drank on site. Not a wine connoisseur but forced to tag along with a friend or spouse? Don’t fear! A few beers and cocktails are also available for consumption.
Vertical Wine Bar Downtown 1538 Centre St, Detroit, MI 48226
Located in the Historic Ashley Building, Vertical Wine Bar offers dozens of sparking, red, and white wines by the glass, as well as a bevy of tasting flights. An extensive menu includes cocktails, beer, small plates, fries, foie gras, and crème brûlèe, and while some menu items are a bit pricey, the happy hour is not to be missed.
The Royce Detroit Downtown 76 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
This Spanish style wine bar has dozens of different brands for you to try by the glass. In addition to the substantially large selection, the bar also serves charcuterie and cheese to help you fully appreciate the full bourgeois experience. The Royce also offers classic cocktails like negronis, NY Sours, and Martiniques.
Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique East Jefferson 7968 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
This chic bar in a former bank offers exactly as its name suggests: wine and charcuterie boards. The East Jefferson location is actually in the process of moving to New Center, but the management team expects to release more news in early January.