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Best Cocktail Bars in Detroit

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Wright & Company

Wright & Company is a trendy bar and gastropub housed in a 19th-century brownstone. The interiors are cozy and familiar feeling, but still with exciting modern touches like a tin tiled ceiling and large leather booths. Drinks are carefully and lovingly prepared, utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients. The food menu is a good selection of seasonal small plates designed to share.

1500 Woodward Avenue, 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI, United States, 48226
Cliff Bell's

There’s nothing quite like a night at Detroit’s own Cliff Bell’s: amazing cocktails, live jazz, and award-winning cuisine. The jazz and supper club is all vaulted ceilings, leather booths, and burnished Mahogany. It originally opened in the 1930s, and after it shut its doors in 1985, was reopened in 2005 after painstaking renovations. It’s once again part and parcel of Detroit’s remarkable Jazz scene, which predates and influenced the Motown explosion. Grab a Detroit Dirty Martini and settle down for a sultry evening of great music.

2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI, United States, 48226
Detroit City Distillery

Evoking the Roaring Twenties sentiment, this trendy distillery tasting room brings back the craft of artisanal, small batch liquor. From hand crafted whiskey, vodka, and gin, the Detroit City Distillery sources local ingredients from neighboring farms and even the Eastern Market, where the tasting room resides. Distinctly unique, these quality liquors are the perfect base for a artisanal cocktail or even just neat or on the rocks. Following the Roaring Twenties theme, the bottles feature stylized labels that are a piece of art unto themselves. Both classic and signature cocktails can be found, from a typical Whiskey Sour with egg white and lemon, to a Transfer Season made with lemon, annise tea, bitters, soda and their famed Two Faced Bourbon.

2462 Riopelle Street, Detroit, MI, United States, 48207
Sugar House

The bartenders at Sugar House are true mixologists who turn out sophisticated cocktails. Exposed brick walls and dim lighting give the place a Prohibition-era ambiance, which is topped by a number of hunting trophys adorning the walls. In addition to its extensive cocktail selection, Sugar House also offers light fare such as a cheese plate and charcuterie board, pickled vegetables.

2130 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, United States, 48206
Two James Spirits

Located in the historic neighborhood of Corktown, this popular distillery is known as being the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition era. Distilled and bottled locally, Two James aims to further the artisanal craft movement and revitalizing the Detroit community by using locally sourced products in their production, from grains in the liquor to artists for the labels. The tasting room affords visitors a glimpse and a taste of this beloved local product that has garnered citywide attention. Handcrafted cocktails and tasting flights highlight their vodka, gin and whiskey.

2445 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, United States, 48216
Ghost Bar at The Whitney

Ghost Bar, located on the third floor of The Whitney, exudes a charming ambiance that somehow manages to be hip and old-fashioned at the same time. Outfitted like the rest of The Whitney, the dimly-lit Ghost Bar features antiques, leather chairs and wood paneling. The cocktail list is excellent, and you can order food here as well. In addition to offering great happy hours, Ghost Bar also features live entertainment. Check the website for additional information and a list of upcoming events. Bar opens at 5p from Monday through Saturday.

4421 Woodward Avenue, 3rd floor, The Whitney, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, United States, 48201
The Oakland Art Novelty Company

If you're looking to spend a sophisticated night out with friends drinking fancy cocktails in fancy surroundings, head to The Oakland Art Novelty Company. The classy interiors are meant to evoke the feeling of an old timely speakeasy, but still staying current with modern touches. The bar is strictly seating only, so no standing around hovering for tables, so as to ensure that patrons have a spacious and uncramped experience. Don't worry, however, if you arrive to a full house as they are happy to call you when seats open. Stop in to The Oakland Art Novelty Company for good times with good drinks and good music.

201 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI, United States, 48220
Valentine Distilling

Avoiding the mass production scene and sticking with small batch artisanally crafted whiskey, gin and vodka, Valentine Distilling is a unique Detroit attraction. Following a slow and precise process, the liquors that come from this distillery are handcrafted with care and attention that can be tasted in every premium bottle. The cocktail lounge offers a taste of this fine product either in a flight of tastings or cocktails made with specialty infusions. A special happy hour, as well as tours of the facility and process make this truly a one of a kind Detroit experience.

161 Vester Avenue, Ferndale, MI, United States, 48220
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