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.
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.
Old Miami boasts a cozy ambiance, lots of good music and an eclectic crowd. Short for "Missing In Action Michigan," this unique dive bar is frequented by students and bikers alike. Sip on a cool concoction while you enjoy the upbeat music. Take a breather from the action in the cozy lounge area as you indulge in people-watching. Their impressive array of live acts and music performances will take your breath away. Pool tables are scattered all around the place to keep you entertained through and through. The back patio delights with its intimate setting, perfect for summer gigs. Frequent parties, themed events and special acts are designed to tempt and tantalize the senses.
Small's is a very popular bar lodged in the beautiful city of Hamtramck. It is considered as one of the best rock venues by a number of magazines and critics alike. Housed in what was formerly a bank, Small's front room is home to an Art Deco era mahogany bar stocked with an impressive selection of 53 variants of beer and top shelf liquor. You also get one of the best 'Jukeboxes' here which belts out some great tunes. Then there is the back room which has one of the best live rooms in town, where bands have gigs and keep audiences entertained. Besides this, the bar also boasts of a pool table and arcade games arena which adds to the overall fun quotient. You can also expect great acts at this place which is considered to have the best sound system around town. "Small" only in name, this bar promises the best in drinks and entertainment.
One-Eyed Betty's is a beer lover's paradise, offering 44 beers on tap and over 100 types of bottled beer. Enjoy a game of pinball with friends in between rounds of refreshing drinks. The food menu is also impressive, featuring items like delicious burgers, salads and full meal plates.
This local bar and live music venue has been a Corktown institution since it was founded as a bakery in 1914. PJ's Lager House impresses guests with its blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, offering a warm atmosphere and delicious dining and drinks menus. You can also enjoy live concerts, featuring prominent local and national acts in any number of genres. Come on down and join the crowds at PJ's Lager House, where you're guaranteed a good time!
Located in Downtown Detroit, The Whisky Parlor calls out to every whisky aficionado and scotch lover out there to sample some of their finest collections of the amber spirit. What's more, this historical parlor thinks ahead and offers divine shared plates to complement your whiskey palate. All this, while you listen to classic vinyl records that take you back to another era, or while listening to local Jazz bands that are as smooth as the scotch in your glass.
Somewhere between a laidback local joint and a lively Greektown gem, Firebird Tavern is the place to be for all-American brews and mouthwatering bar bites. Get acquainted with the Detroit craft beer scene with a Lake Brothers Lager or opt for a specialty cocktail like the Firebird Shandy. Pair any order with elevated pub fare like wild game meatballs with bourbon gravy, Moroccan-spiced steak frites, and perfectly messy poutine. You're guaranteed a warm welcome at Firebird Tavern whether you come for a mellow meal or swing by spirited event, which regularly includes festivities like game-day celebrations and DJ-led dance parties. Come check it out!
Craft whiskey is what Cornerstone is known for among locals who dine and drink in downtown Detroit. But a great selection of whiskey is not the only reason people visit, the menu of American soups, salads, sandwiches and specialties is reason to visit without even ordering a dram of whiskey to accompany your meal. Of course, if you do come for the whiskey, the selection of bourbon, rye, scotch or Canadian in addition to many other small-batch bottles will definitely impress you.
From the remnants of a building that has seen the ups-and-downs of downtown Detroit during its various economic cycles, the owners of Downtown Louie's renovated and revived a decrepit structure into a hip bar/restaurant. On the menu, the Crab Louie made with blue crab or the charcuterie of Serrano Ham are excellent for the entire table to taste while the main plates, burgers and sandwiches follow American comfort food tradition. Mac n' Cheese, stuffed peppers, chicken breast and linguine are just a few examples. The bar menu features handmade cocktails with names that praise Detroit; try the 8 Mile or Corktown Sunset.
Level Two Bar and Rooftop is located in Greektown neighborhood of Detroit and attracts the more youthful crowd. The place is done up just right for relaxing and having a good time. If you are a sports lover, you can catch your favourite games on the large screens here.