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 bars for a night of entertainment in Detroit below, and read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on the best cocktail and beer spots in the city.
Cadieux Cafe East Side 4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224
This East English Village institution has been serving the city’s Belgian population for over a century. A bastion of feather bowling in the United States and a speakeasy during the prohibition, Cadieux Cafe is still pumping out mussels, fries with mayo, European beers, and live music until 2am most nights. If that’s not appealing enough, comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key, of “Key & Peele,” counts it as one of his favorite spots in the city.
Punch Bowl Social Detroit Downtown 1331 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Private karaoke rooms, bowling alleys, arcade games, billiards, ping pong, foosball, board games, and giant jenga are just a few of the entertainment options at your disposal at Punch Bowl Social. A full food menu compliments a diverse drink sheet, including alcoholic milkshakes and shareable punch bowls.
POP + Offworld Arcade Downtown 128 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226
Ready Player One Bricktown 407 E Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226
Another barcade downtown, Ready Player One offers more than 40 arcade games running on tokens distributed with each drink and food item purchased. Rock ‘n’ Rye chicken wings, meatloaf sliders, and video game inspired cocktails.
Deluxx Fluxx Downtown 1274 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226
Blacklights illuminate hundreds of colorful posters plastering the walls of the underground bar featuring custom arcade games and 20 cocktails on tap. Entertainment options at Deluxx Fluxx include DJs, burlesque performances, karaoke, live bands, and bingo.
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge Green Acres 20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
Baker’s began in 1933 as a restaurant, but became known throughout the decades as one of the hippest jazz bars in the country. Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Woody Herman, and Nat King Cole have all graced the stage at some point, and live performances and great drinks are still in supply today.