9 Best Bars in Detroit

list of best bars of detroit

Detroit is the center of the automobile industry. The drinking scene in Detroit has really taken off in the last several years. They are plenty of dive bars, nightlife bars, tiki bars, cocktail bars and a whole range of other bars vying for attention in this diversified drinking scene. Here are some of the best bars in Detroit at the moment that are worth your money, and to have a grand time!

Green Dot Stables

For the horse themes, good drinks and great food

This place offers 20 kinds of sliders, soups, salads, and desserts, beer, wine, and cocktails. There are 32 varieties of beer, some of them seasonal and on tap. And 9 varieties of cocktails as well. The drinks are very cheap.

The atmosphere is classy and vintage, with outdoor seating options. The brick walls, wooden floors and equestrian themes add uniqueness to the place and will take you back to a different time and place. The food is excellent and you catch sporting events on TV.

2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-5588

Grey Ghost Detroit

For the delicious cocktails!

Nestled between the historic Brush Park and Midtown neighborhoods, Grey Ghost serves some amazing and unique tasting cocktails and wonderful food in a hip, classy atmosphere. The place is great for a date night or for special occasions.

They offer 10 varieties of stirred and 10 varieties of shaken cocktails. The beer list is good too with 16 selections and they offer a small selection of 5 wines. All of the drinks are refreshing and delicious! The service is wonderful and very hospitable.

47 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 262-6534


Changing menu and creative cocktails

The ambience is classy, casual and the whole vibe of the place is fresh, lively and unpretentious. They have a constantly changing menu, so there’s bound to be something new to sample every time. The ambience is appealing and interesting, the design minimalistic, and the green walls and wood decor all over just add to the quirkiness of the place.

The twice cooked egg is a must-have. Basically, it is poached egg with fried Brussels sprouts on top and arugula with a tasty balsamic dressing. There are plenty of vegetarian options from which to choose. The cocktails here are refreshing, delicious and pair nicely with the food. The “Last Word” is a popular cocktail here, it tastes fantastic and is uniquely Chartreuse. It is good for date nights, groups and they have outdoor seating too.

15 E Kirby St
Ste D
Detroit, MI 48202
Wayne State, Midtown
(313) 818-3915

The Apparatus Room

The apparatus room is the trendy restaurant with a classy, casual ambience in the Foundation Hotel in Downtown, Detroit. The service is fantastic. It is spacious as well, with comfortable and cozy seatings and lovely lighting. The place is great for a fancy date or night out with friends.

The menu is New American, and the fare is served from farm to table. The menu is chef inspired, and you cannot go wrong with any dish here. The food is stellar! The drink selection is infinite! The cocktails are on point. They serve 9 selections of draft, can and bottled beer, a nice and small selection of white and red wine, international whiskeys, bourbon, vodka, gin, run, tequila and brandies. Phew!

250 W Larned St
Detroit, MI 48226
Downtown Detroit
(313) 800-5600


For the Thai cuisine and cocktails

The exterior of this place is unassuming, while the inside has a hipster, classy vibe with its changing neon walls, outdoor patio and dim lighting. The food is magnificent, with plenty of vegetarian options, each one better than the next.

The papaya salad is amazing, with the perfectly crunchy, wonderful balance of spicy and sweet flavors. The service is courteous and friendly. For the drink menu, they serve a small selection of cocktails – 5 of them. They have several options for beer and 9 wine options. All drink options are flavorful, unique and pair well with the food.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864

Bobcat Bonnie’s

A neighborhood bar in a historic building

The place is located in Corktown, in a building that has a 150 year old history with a hipster, classy vibe in a cozy and comfortable setting. The bartenders are fun, engaging and enthusiastic. Enjoy the neighborhood vibes of this place and savor the craft beers and cocktails on offer. There are vegetarian options aplenty and the place is kiddo friendly as well.

1800 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-1383


Go-to cocktail bar in Detroit

Standby is a very classy and trendy cocktail bar, located on the belt. It is a good place to chill and relax, in an upscale, almost speakeasy atmosphere. The service is great- unobtrusive, efficient and courteous and the music is good.

The craft cocktails are beautifully presented and delicious. They have 40 craft cocktails on their drink menu and spirits including whiskey, run, gin, brandy, wine, beer and champagne. The art work hanging around the walls is lovely and the place is rather dimly lit.

225 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
Downtown Detroit
(313) 241-5719

The Sugar House

One of the best cocktail bars

This is one of the best cocktail bars in Detroit. The decor is very vintage and old-school with dark hardwood wainscoting, exposed brick walls, brass chandeliers and plush and luxurious velvet curtains. The ambience is classy and trendy, yet inviting and approachable.

The cocktails here are very popular.  They serve an extensive range of cocktails, so you will definitely hit on something that is up your alley. There are 101 options to choose from, but the very knowledgeable and attentive bartenders will help you with a choice of cocktail. This is such a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy some good drinks.

2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123


Delicious and authentic Mexican street fare and extensive libations

They have an outdoor patio, with charming lighting and quaint picnic tables. You can enjoy the air as you await your order. This is a nice place for an intimate date, or if you want to hang out with your tribe. They are kid-friendly too.

The ambience is laid back, trendy and casual. You have to try the margarita here – it is superbly made and delicious! The pineapple margarita in particular is well-balanced and absolutely tasty. The tacos are great, and pair well with the drinks. They have authentic street tacos, tostadas, tortas, and ensaladas. They serve over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys, along with a nice and small selection of craft cocktails.

3100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-7040


Josh is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. His favorite drank is Baileys (Yassss, he's a light weight!) and counts the days when coronavirus is over so we can all get back to our favorite bars.

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