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 beer lovers in Detroit below, and read Part 1 of our series on the best cocktail spots in the city.
Ye Olde Tap Room Jefferson-Mack 14915 Charlevoix St, Detroit, MI 48215
Ye Olde Tap Room, on the city’s east side, was founded in 1915 just before the Prohibition Era. It’s situation at the end of a commuter trolly line meant the basement bar thrived as a speakeasy during the thirteen years of prohibition. Previously owned by two former Detroit Tigers players, the Mack family purchased the establishment in 1966, and the bar now serves over 250 beers from around the globe.
8 Degrees Plato Detroit Chinatown 3409 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
“8° Plato Detroit is located at 3409 Cass Avenue Detroit, Michigan. An amazing selection of bottled and canned beer, cider and meads are available, but we also have a bar in the back to provide draft beer for growlers to go. Yep. There are ‘taps’ in the Detroit store. You can actually have a beer while you are shopping for your beer. Or just hang out. Looking for more Detroit history? Ask Brigid ~ her family arrived with Cadillac in 1701.”
HopCat Midtown 4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
HopCat has over 130 beers from around the world on tap. “We’re listed among Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, CraftBeer.com has rated us the #2 beer bar in the U.S., and from 2012-2016 RateBeer.com has ranked HopCat Grand Rapids as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. We’re humbled by how craft beer lovers all over the world have responded to our philosophy.”
Jacoby’s German Biergarten Bricktown 624 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
Jacobys’ German Biergarten has a full menu of German and American food, but the establishment really shines in its European beer offerings. The menu boasts about two dozen German varieties, a dozen Belgian beers, and a smattering of English, Scottish, and Canadian brews as well as your American favorites.
Grand Trunk Pub Downtown 612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Check back for Part 3 of this series, where we discuss the hottest bars in the city for games and entertainment.