The adage "Don't judge a book by its cover" can be applied to Baker's Keyboard Lounge, which looks like a hole in the wall establishment but is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the United States. So if you're a jazz fan, this is the club to visit when you want to watch jazz locals mix it up. Another fun feature here is the piano key painted bar, where locals spend many a night listening to their favorite tunes. If you are longing for a bite to eat while you enjoy the music, Baker's has a wide menu with some no-nonsense favorites sure to please.
A Detroit favorite, Slows Bar BQ serves up delectable dishes like Carolina Pulled Pork and St. Louis Spareribs in an ambiance that is warm, cozy and inviting. With wood-paneled and furnished interiors and dull-lighting, this eatery is a great place for a meal with family or friends. The mouthwatering menu here also features the loaded sandwiches and delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. To quench your thirst, choose from the wide craft beer selection available for your enjoyment.
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.
Ronin restaurant and a sushi bar is home to some mighty fine deishes. As with any popular restaurant, you will likely have to endure some time and wait to be seated. However, be rest assured that it will all be worth it. A wide selection of sushi rolls include vegetarian rolls among the fish specials. Great service by the wait-staff round out an exquisite experience.
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.
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.
Located in the building that once housed the ticket office of the Grand Trunk Railroad is the Grand Trunk Pub, which offers great meals and drinks for the locals. This stylish establishment, with 25-foot high vaulted ceilings and brass chandeliers, offers 170 bottled craft beers from around the world along with a variety of specialty cocktails. There is also a full menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers and other entrees available. Be sure to try the Grand Trunk Ruben.
Townhouse Detroit is a chic and classy New-American cuisine restaurant and bar located in the heart of Detroit featuring a beautiful garden patio and a warm cozy interior seating. Relish dishes like the Townhouse Truffle Fries, Smoked Trout, Crispy Duck Wings and the award-winning Townhouse Burger. This burger masterpiece is made with steak aged for 28 days, then cooked-to-order and topped with Bourbon glazed onions, aged White Cheddar and Townhouse Fries in a brioche bun. It is nothing short of spectacular.
Located in the bustling center of Downtown Detroit is the Central Kitchen + Bar, a chic and casual New-American cuisine restaurant and cocktail bar. The spacious, airy and dimly lit interiors here are great to enjoy a meal with family or friends, while the breezy outdoor seating has a relaxed and intimate ambiance. Dig into items like the Duck Rillette, Ahi Tuna Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger and the Lamb Loin Chops. Finish off the meal with an indulgent Cheesecake Crepe with lemon, blueberry and lavender compote.
The Fountain Detroit brings a bit of the beach to the Downtown. Open seasonally, this lively, open-air eatery and bar is arguably the best outdoor dining experience in the heart of the metro. The operating base is set in shipping containers while the enclosing area is decked with beach furniture, sand and umbrellas for shade. Situated right in the middle of Campus Martius Park, with the lovely Woodward Fountain as a backdrop, it is a fantastic place to nosh on casual fare, tipple on drinks and indulge in some people-watching.
Woodward Avenue's crown jewel, Parc's stunning glass facade compels one to take a step inside. The place has an elegant interior that's brought to life with vintage posters of Hollywood legends while quaint yellow lights accentuate the place. Furnished to accommodate larger parties with ease, the place creates a perfect setting for the culinary bliss that is about to commence. The menu covers most of the brunch classics, and their lunch and dinner menu dictate a number of seafood dishes in addition to delectable steaks. There's a full bar to quench your thirst. Parc's happy hours allow patrons to sample small plates, cocktails and wines at attractive prices.
London Chop House is an exquisite dining establishment in the heart of the city. Located in a vintage building, this restaurant preserves its late-1930s history, with a slightly contemporary take on the classic charm. Old-world decor, mahogany furnishings, leather booths and vintage chandeliers comprise the interiors. On the award-winning menu are an array of aged steaks and seafood preparations that will appeal to the most discerning gastronome. Settle down in the cigar lounge, take a swig of cocktail and listen to established musicians play some of the most beloved compositions. Indeed, London Chop House continues to be a perennial classic for upscale dining in Detroit!