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.
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.
Bleu is an event venue and bar that is extremely popular with the trendy locals. Excellent lighting and sound systems make this chic and modern club the perfect place for concerts and private events. Catch DJs Dabura and Sherif spin their tunes, as well as the performers who get the party going. Lovers of electronic and techno music, hip-hop and urban melodies, you have found your calling!
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.
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.
Located in the building that once housed the ticket office of the Grand Trunk Railroad in the 1900s, the Grand Trunk Pub makes for a unique dining experience in Detroit. Featuring beautiful 25-foot high-vaulted ceilings, wooden facades and elegant brass chandeliers, the bar offers great meals and drinks in an antique atmosphere. It features over 100 varieties of bottled craft beers from around the world along with a variety of creatively crafted cocktails. Apart from the crisp beers and delicious drinks, Grand Trunk also boasts a full menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers and brunch options, and desserts.
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.