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Best Bars in Detroit

Detroit is the city that many love to hate. No longer known by the recession, Detroit is arising from ashes, attracting musicians and artists from all over the country enticed by urban cheap rents and an optimistic view. Prior manufacturing downspins and sky-high gas prices just gave Detroiters reason to sing the blues. Local watering holes, bars, dance clubs and various other drinking enclaves have such a long history and are still roaring strong in Detroit. The city’s best bars are described in the following selective list of the metro city’s local establishments.

The Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-8464

If you’re a sucker for cheap drinks and great tunes, then The Bronx Bar is for you! The Bronx has an awesome pool table and beautiful jukebox, that’s always playing great tunes. The Bronx is an incredibly cozy dive bar where you want to pull up your chair and stay all day/night. They have the BEST fried pickles of anywhere in the entire United States and you’ll enjoy their outdoor seating area.

Tom’s Tavern

10093 W 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 862-9768

Tom’s Tavern is the Mecca of dive bars. The owner, Ron, will not disappoint with his hospitality, making sure you get the best of everything. You can’t beat the drink prices: $2-$3 for bottled beer. Many of the beers are high shelf. Liquor shots are only $4 and are not measured! It is easy to make friends at Tom’s Tavern because it is so cozy. If there was a Dive Bar Association and they gave out awards, Tom’s Tavern would wear the crown.

Park Bar

2040 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2933

The Park Bar has one interesting bar seating areas, facing 2 giant glass window walls that allow you to view the crowd outside. The décor is mostly dark wood with a few unique wood tables and benches. The atmosphere is relaxed, the bar itself is first-class, with good brews of beer and delicious food is served from the Bucharest Grill. This is a great place to stop off if you’re downtown for a Tigers, Lions or Wings event. It is a convenient location near Comerica and Ford Field, and just a quick stroll to the People Mover.


2638 Orleans
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 393-0960

Cutter’s is a fun sports bar and grill that caters to a diverse group of patrons. This bar is located right in the Eastern Market District. Chuck, the owner is typically there a lot and is an all-around friendly guy that makes you feel welcome. The bar and wait staff are professional, and the fellow customers are great. Cutter’s has great Turkey Burgers and you will enjoy the beer battered fried onion rings. Just an FYI, it is strictly street only parking so just carefully PARK 10 FEET AWAY FROM CROSS WALKS AT CORNERS. The city parking and meter enforcement issue tickets freely.

The Northern Lights Lounge

660 W Baltimore Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-1739

The inside and outside of this bar are one of a kind. The food here is surprisingly good and the staff is welcoming and friendly. The chicken fingers, which come breaded of battered, in-house, not frozen, are highly recommended. The nachos are giant and cheap, and very enjoyable. They have shuffle board, which is a ton of fun. This is a great place to take a date. The drinks are cheap and well made. Northern Lights’ has a good beer selection. There is sometimes a small cover charge on the weekends. It is well worth giving Northern Lights a chance.




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