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friendly, and prompt as you’d hope for during lunchtime.” —Haroun K., via Yelp
“Wonderful owners, lovely food. I recommend this place to anyone visiting Detroit!” —Beverly L., via Yelp
“The interior is pretty unusual and boasts big screens and massive windows that look out onto Foxtown. The Annex also books the occasional big DJ outside of the pop remix genre. Sometimes it’s an EDM DJ. Sometimes it’s Stacey Pullen.” —Metro Times
19416 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-863-1917.
350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-687-4350; 3fiftyterrace.com.
“Situated high atop the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, the 3Fifty Terrace features a 10,000-squarefoot open-air patio space with a full-service restaurant and bar.” —Metro Times
ANCHOR BAR 50 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-964-9127.
“Coldest beer downtown. Great food too!” —Benji M., via Facebook
Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-9933. 21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-359-3300; andiamoitalia.com. “Service was very
24 W. Adams Ave. B, Detroit; 313-687-4350; theannexdetroit.com.
APPARATUS ROOM Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W. Larned St., Detroit; 313-800-5600; detroitfoundationhotel. com. “This restaurant has incredible choices for food and drink!” —Lois B., via Yelp
BAD LUCK BAR 1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com.
“If you want a well-crafted cocktail, mocktail, or
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even just a basic vodka soda, these guys know what they’re doing.” — Craig Górkiewicz, via Facebook
1234 Randolph St., Detroit; 313-964-2728. “Favorite hole in the wall bar! There’s always a good crowd, and their prices are not steep.” —Brittiany R., via Yelp
BATCH BREWING CO. 1400 Porter St.,
Detroit; 313-338-8008; batchbrewingcompany.com. “Beer is always so cold and crisp! The food is amazing, try the whitefish spread or the chorizo dip.” —Mike S., via Yelp
BLU FIN SUSHI
18584 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-332-0050; blufinsushi.com. “Sushi dominates the offerings, but a glance at the other side of the menu shows pan-Asian influences, and a general Pacific Island sensibility carries through to the decor.” —Metro Times
6 WAYNE COUNTY BOGART’Z FOOD & SPIRITS 17441 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-885-3995; bogartzdetroit.com.
“It’s a meeting place for friends and families, for bar trivia and casual lunches, for a beer after work or before a night out.” —Metro Times
THE BRONX BAR
4476 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8464. “The Bronx reliably draws a lively, diverse crowd, from nearby Wayne State students to Detroit music scene fixtures.” —Metro Times
(multiple locations) 17125 Conant St.,
Detroit; 313-8929001. 19163 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe; 313-884-7400. 22148 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-562-5900. 33605 Plymouth Rd., Livonia; 734-261-3550; buddyspizza.com. “Square pizza! Rich with flavor, juicy, and the vegetarian option is my favorite.” —Khaled A., via Yelp
4300 Cadieux Rd., Detroit; 313-882-8560; cadieuxcafe.com.
“Wow, this place is like a secret clubhouse of coolness ... Everyone from the bouncer to the bartender is cool and friendly. There’s a really
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warm and soulful feeling up in here.” —David R., via Yelp
CAFE D’MONGO’S SPEAKEASY 1439
Griswold St., Detroit.
“This place feels like real Detroit. Great live music and the best cocktail in town.” —Cathrine A., via Facebook
2233 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-963-4040; centaurbar.com. “This has been one of my favorite bars for almost a decade. Day or evening, you can get great drinks and great customer service.” —Shawna M., via Facebook
8 WAYNE COUNTY CHARTREUSE 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com.
“I have not ever had something here I didn’t enjoy.” –Jason S., via Yelp
CHECKER BAR 124
Cadillac Square, Detroit; 313-961-9249; checkerbar.com. “This is an outstanding character bar. Years upon years of personality and drunken tales. Old, beat up, divey, and magical.” —Tobin H., via Yelp
CLADDAGH IRISH PUB 17800 Haggerty Rd., Livonia; 734-5428141; claddaghirishpubs.com. “We enjoy coming for their happy hour and enjoying several of their half-off appetizers. Definitely worth a visit!” —Laney D., via Yelp
CLIFF BELL’S 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543; cliffbells.com.
“The food and drinks there are just as amazing as the ambiance. Great spot for a sexy
night on the town!” — William T., via Yelp
E. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-527-6969; coliseum8mile.com. “If you’ve ever wondered what the boozy, booby bacchanals of ancient Rome were like, look no further than the Coliseum.” —Thrillist
5440 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-285-8849; commonpub.com. “This is a really easy place to strike up a conversation with the guy next to you at the bar, and there is a fantastic patio area to enjoy during the warmer months.” —Josh K., via Yelp
COMPARI’S 350 S. Main St., Plymouth; 734-416-0100.
“This is a restaurant that has managed to continue to improve. Every time we think it’s better than the time before.” —Tom G, via TripAdvisor
CORKTOWN TAVERN 1716
Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5103;
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corktowntavern.com. “Great place in Corktown to grab a few cheap drinks and hang with some down to earth people.” —Jacob F., via Yelp
CORNERSTONE BARREL HOUSE
1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-338-3238; cornerstonedetroit.com. “Our drinks were delicious, and our service was outstanding. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening, dining outside in the heart of Detroit.” —Laurie J., via Facebook
CUTTER’S BAR & GRILL 2638 Orleans St., Detroit; 313-393-0960; cuttersdetroit.com.
“Fast, friendly service and one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.” — Daryl J., via Facebook
DAD’S BAR 14911
Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-331-3237 “A fantastic retro jukebox bar! The decor is fantastic, and the mood is fun.” —Christopher B., via Yelp
10 WAYNE COUNTY DAVE & BUSTER’S 19375
Victor Pkwy., Livonia; 734-452-4600. “I can say this is one of the best places to go for happy hour and play games.” —Tatiana M., via Yelp
350 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-4200; deluxlounge.com.
“Great bar. Multi-cultural and a wide variety of ages and people. I had a great time!” — Amy C., via Facebook
DETROIT BEER CO. 1529 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-962-1529; detroitbeerco.com.
“All in all, it’s a solid brewery ... so if you like beer, give it a go. One thing I’ve noticed about Michigan is the beer is top notch.” —Mary R., via Yelp
DETROIT CITY DISTILLERY 2462
Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-338-3760; detroitcitydistillery.com.
“Super amazing vibes, music included.” —Karlie S., via Yelp
DETROIT CYCLE PUB 1331 Broadway
St., Detroit; 231-286-5257; detroitcyclepub.com.
“This bicycle pub company is very professional, flexible (meets the needs of its custom-
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ers), safe and fun for all ages.” —Amber P., via Yelp
655 Beaubien St., Detroit; 313-963-3355; olddetroitburgerbar. com. “Maybe the best place to meet friends before a Red Wings game.” —Dano R., via Yelp
DOWNTOWN LOUIE’S LOUNGE
30 Clifford St., Detroit; 313-961-1600. “Can’t say enough great things. From the delicious hamburger to the scrumptious truffle fries, this place is a jewel in the heart of Detroit!” —Julie P., via Facebook
12 WAYNE COUNTY EATORI MARKET
1215 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-395-3030. “The 2,500-square-foot space will function as a bar/restaurant with seating for 25 up front, and a specialty market offering grab-and-go items; dry goods; fresh produce; prepared foods; a soup and salad bar; and beer and wine.” —Metro Times
Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1300; exodosrooftop.com. “If you want lit music, fairly priced drinks, and a fun place to dance, come here!” —Amanda E., via Yelp
FILLMORE DETROIT 2115
Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-9615451; thefillmoredetroit.com. “Beautiful venue, acoustics were good.” —Crystal Gross, via Facebook
FIREBIRD TAVERN 419
Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-782-4189; firebirdtavern.com.
“The food is excellent. Fried gyros and poutine fries are amazing ... great service and solid prices!” —Brian P., via Yelp
Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-965-4600; fishbonesusa.com. “An array of edible options to satisfy even the most [discriminating] palate!” —Jassmine N., via Yelp
29709 Michigan Ave., Inkster; 734-641-2400; theflightclub.com. “The women are beautiful, and the drinks are delicious (at moderate prices).” —Deborah R., via Yelp
FLOOD’S BAR & GRILL 731 St.
Antoine St., Detroit; 313-9631090; floodsdetroit. com. “Happy hour here is so chill and the vibe is just right — I’ve tried ALL of the delicious apps and they do not disappoint!” —Nevan S., via Facebook
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3901 Christopher St., Detroit; 313-2641288; fowlingwarehouse.com. “It’s a wonderful concept of bowling meets … football ... meets baseball all wrapped up into one setting inside of a huge batting cage!” —Kesha J., via Facebook
FORAN’S GRAND TRUNK PUB 612 Wood-
ward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-3043; grandtrunk.pub. “Love the ambience, the service was great, and the food was excellent.” —Debbi C., via Facebook
4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700, ext. 205; majesticdetroit.com. “Oh, I love it here. I score high, I love the decor, the neon balls, the craft beer, the pizza place adjoined.” —Jessica Y., via Yelp
14 WAYNE COUNTY GOLD CASH GOLD 2100
Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-242-0770; goldcashgolddetroit. com. “Great service and friendly. Love the atmosphere. You got to try it. Come on what are you waiting for!” –Ali A., via Yelp
GRANITE CITY 100
Renaissance Center #1101, Detroit; 313-309-9120.
“I loved that atmosphere. Food and staff was awesome. Went during happy hour so everything was price savvy.” —Kamoni A., via Yelp
GREEKTOWN CASINO HOTEL
555 E. Lafayette St., Detroit; 313-223-2999; greektowncasino.com. “The service was phenomenal, the room was very nice, and the location was the best in downtown Detroit.” —Kyle L., via Yelp
GREEN DOT STABLES 2200 W.
Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588; greendotstables.com.
“The atmosphere was great. Loved the decor and the cozy, laid-back vibe.” —Ken F., via Facebook
GREY GHOST 47 Watson St., Detroit;
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313-262-6534; greyghostdetroit.com. “The food was amazing. Had dry-aged ribeye and the fried bologna; well worth it!” —David B., via Yelp
HABANA 1502 Randolph St., Detroit; 313-285-8332. “One of the nicest lounges I’ve been in. Hands down!! “ —Bryan K., via Yelp
HARD ROCK CAFE 45 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-964-7625; hardrock.com.
“This cute restaurant has a lot of musical history that is from
16 WAYNE COUNTY Detroit! The service was great, the location was fantastic, and the food was good.” —Jeannette T., via TripAdvisor
HILL SEAFOOD & CHOPHOUSE
123 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-886-8101; thehillgrossepointe.com. “Seafood is a strong point: The grilled swordfish is tall and terrific, and the calamari appetizer is out of the ordinary.” —Metro Times
HOCKEYTOWN CAFE 2301 Wood-
ward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3400; hockeytowncafe.com. “A great pregame stopping point! Always my first stop when I get downtown. If you’re going to a game, stop in for a cold IPA or Canadian Labatt.” —Martin M., via Yelp
488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohnsdetroit. com. “People, food, flavor! Honestly my number one stop once I get into
Detroit.” —Ohya W., via Yelp
HURON ROOM 2547 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-2653325; huronroom. com.
“I love Huron Room! Loved it when it first opened, love it with the new menu.” —Tracy C., via Facebook
ICE NIGHT CLUB
9933 Greenfield Rd., Detroit; 313-214-2492. “The food is pretty good, and the music is good [for] the crowd it caters to.” —Rico L., via Facebook
IRONWOOD GRILL OF PLYMOUTH 840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth; 734-6675614; ironwoodgrillplymouth.com. “Love this place! The food is exceptionally good!” —Claude J., via Yelp
Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067; jacobysbar.com. “It’s a great place, food is amazing, staff is very
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friendly. Have great selection of beer. They have all the sports channels.” —Joseph L., via Facebook
JAZZ CAFE AT MUSIC HALL 350
Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8501; jazzcafedetroit.com. “They have great artistic offerings for all budgets and of all genres.” —Carol H.
JOE MUER SEAFOOD 400
Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit; 313-567-6837; joemuer.com. “The ambiance of the restaurant is superb, and the view overlooking the river and Windsor ... is fantastic.” —Evil S., via Yelp
3041 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-285-0420; joeshamburgers.net.
“Great atmosphere and great food. The walls were filled with cool photos and items and the floor was made of pennies.” —Jason D., via Yelp
18 WAYNE COUNTY JOHNNY NOODLE KING
2601 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-309-7946; johnnynoodleking.com. “Solid. This is a pretty authentic ramen place, mixed with some great fusion, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes.” —Eric R., via Yelp
441 W. Canfield St. #9, Detroit; 313-262-6115; jollypumpkin.com. “Good sour beers. Friendly service. Definitely a place I can return to.” —ML, via Yelp
JUMBO’S 3736 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-831-8949.
“What a dive bar should
be. Funny bartender, great jukebox, cheap drinks, will be back for sure.” —Chad S., via Yelp
LEGENDS 415 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-5005; legendsindetroit.com.
THE KEEP 140
“The food’s good, the women are gorgeous, and all you have to do is behave yourself and you’ll have a night to remember.” —Metro Times
Cadillac Square, Detroit; 313-223-2626.
“Definitely [one of] my top 5 bars downtown so far. Cocktails are good and strong, modified whiskey was amazing to watch them make.” — Chris R., via Facebook
THE LONDON CHOP HOUSE
LA DOLCE VIDA
155 W. Congress St., Detroit; 313-962-0277; thelondonchophouse. com.
“Awesome ambiance, great service, delicious food!” —Tasha B., via Yelp
“If I could give more stars, I would. From the accommodations, to the service, to the all around atmosphere, this hands down is a fabulous place to be.” —Joe A., via Yelp
17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-8650331; ldvrestaurant.net.
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20 WAYNE COUNTY THE MAGIC STICK 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com.
“Love this place. Good vibes, perfect for all different genres. My favorite always is when they have techno/deep house shows. A definite staple of the neighborhood.” —Chris H., via Yelp
MAINE STREET RESTAURANT
11650 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-368-0500; mainestreetrestaurant.com. “I love this place! Their food is always delicious, and their delivery is super fast!” —Sara M., via Yelp
4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com. “What a gem in the big motor city!” —Showmesun, via TripAdvisor
MARBLE BAR 1501 Holden St., Detroit; 313-338-3674.
“It’s more of an ‘every-
body’s invited’ kind-of bar. It’s a place where you can go when there’s not a show and you can still get a nice drink — you’ll feel comfortable.” —Virginia Benson, Metro Times
MARU SUSHI 160
W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-315-3100; marurestaurant.com. “Portions are large, and ingredients like bacon, guacamole, and deep-fried sweet potato shout “go for it!”’—Metro Times
MERCURY BURGER BAR 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-9645000; mercuryburgerbar.com.
“Really nice staff, great vibe, and well-crafted burgers, fries, and shake.” —Ak S., via Yelp
MOTOR CITY BREWING WORKS 470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-8322700; motorcitybeer. com.
“Friendly staff, good atmosphere, good outdoor space when the weather is nice.” —Lexa J., via Yelp
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MOTORCITY CASINO & HOTEL 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 866-782-9622; motorcitycasino.com.
“Great time, good casino, super nice hotel.” —Greg M., via Yelp
MOTOR CITY WINE 1949 Michi-
gan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283; motorcitywine.com. “This is a very cool concept for enjoying wine, good company, and great music.” — Keith B., via Yelp
NORTHERN LIGHTS LOUNGE
660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; 313-8731739; northernlightslounge.com. The venue is true to its name. It’s lounge-like with a cool ambiance and great music.” —Milo G., via Yelp
THE OLD MIAMI 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830.
“It’s one of the few places in Detroit that does its own thing and
22 WAYNE COUNTY refuses to conform.” — Chris M., via Yelp
349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007; oldshillelagh.com. “Everyone’s friendly here, and this is a mandatory stop on your pub crawl. No one who loves Detroit doesn’t love this place.” —Dawn V., via Yelp
1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-5500. “The menu is not your cookie-cutter Italian menu, but rather an eclectic group of pairings that are delish!” —Melissa L., via Yelp
PARC 800 Wood-
ward Ave., Detroit; 313-922-7272; parcdetroit.com.
shot of our choice.” — Ken S., via Yelp
420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-833-1111; thepeterboro.com.
“Parc is in a fantastic location, and the interior is gorgeous. Candles on every table, nice private corner booths, a full bar, and smiling waiters and waitresses.” —Dom W., via Yelp
“Seaweed salad and cucumber salad were amazing, pretty authentic. We also had bao buns and the pork belly — delicious!” — Jana W., via Yelp
PENTHOUSE CLUB 20771 W.
PJ’S LAGER HOUSE 1254
“This is the nicest club in metro Detroit. The manager came over to thank us for coming in and offered us a free
“The atmosphere is very laid back and rock ’n’ roll.” —Christina J., via Yelp
Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-541-7000; penthousedet.com.
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Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; pjslagerhouse.com.
24 WAYNE COUNTY PORTOFINO 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-2816700; portofinoontheriver.com.
modern, and the dining area overlooks a lovely outdoor courtyard.” — Karen L., via Yelp
SEVA 66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313974-6661; sevarestaurant.com.
“This place is [run] very well, and the food is really great.” —Tyler H., via Yelp
THE ROYCE Kales
Building, 76 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-481-2160; theroycedetroit. com.
“If you are a vegetarian, prepare to find yourself in heaven!” —Laine R., via Facebook
PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL 1331
Broadway St., Detroit; 313-749-9738; punchbowlsocial. com.
“This place has everything. Food, fun drinks, music, games, and bowling. Would recommend this to anyone, any day.” —Yelp
QUEENS BAR 35
E. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-285-8019. “Great service and classy, unique style drinks or anything of tradition. Awesome new spot.” —Heather W., via Yelp
RED DUNN KITCHEN 1331
Trumbull Ave. Suite 100, Detroit; 313887-9477; reddunnkitchen.com. “The decor is fresh and
“If you stay and drink there, it’s a charming atmosphere with great service. The staff is very knowledgeable and I recommend you take their advice!” – Michelle B., via Yelp
78 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-782-4751.
“The staff is really nice and quick, and the food is very tasty.” — Taylor A., via Yelp
SANTORINI ESTIATORIO 501
Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-9366; santorinidetroit. com.
“Intimate, exceptional cuisine. Best in Greektown. Worth the money.” —Celeste W., via Google Reviews
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SINBAD’S RESTAURANT AND MARINA 100
St. Clair St., Detroit; 313-822-8000; sindbads.com.
“The view, the people, food, and overall history of this place made my evening.” —Lynn S., via Yelp
THE SKIP The Belt, Detroit; theskipdetroit.com. “This place is so unique, and a change in the average bar-going experience.” —Taylor A., via Yelp
1521 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-963-0702; smallplates.com. “Beer selection was excellent, service was good, and the tapas selections were numerous.” —Scott E., via Yelp
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26 WAYNE COUNTY STANDBY 225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit; 313-736-5533; standbydetroit.com. “This was one of the best meals I’ve had in Detroit. The cocktails-both alcoholic and non--were balanced and well conceived.” –Betsy W., via Yelp
ST. ANDREW’S HALL 431 E.
Congress St., Detroit; 313961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit. com.
“There are several bars, and service was great. There’s not a bad view of the stage anywhere, and the sound is great.” —Michelle S., via Yelp
STARTER’S BAR & GRILL 18426
Plymouth Rd., Detroit; 313-837-3630; startersdetroit.com.
“It’s a great hangout spot or to go and meet people.” —Corey H., via Yelp
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-9620123; sugarhousedetroit.com. “Drinks are not cheap; expect to pay anywhere from $8-14. However, the concoctions are quite marvelous, and also very tasty.” —Liz. P., via Yelp
SWEETWATER TAVERN 400 E.
Congress St., Detroit;
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313-962-2210; sweetwatertavern.net. “Sweetwater Tavern has the city’s best chicken wings.” —Metro Times
TAP at MGM Grand Detroit; 1777 Third Ave., Detroit; 313-465-1234. “The drinks are good and strong. If you are a beer drinker, they have a good selection on tap and bottles” —Deborah D., via Yelp
TAKOI 2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-855-2864; takoidetroit.com.
“What a hidden gem, and when I say hidden ... I mean it! It’s hard to
28 WAYNE COUNTY to find, but it’s worth the search.” —Nadia B., via Yelp
Westland; 734-513-5030; thetokenlounge.com.
THEY SAY 267 Jos.
“Awesome music venue with a ton of history! Many legends have graced the stage at the Token throughout many years of its history.” — Jonah W., via Facebook
Campau, Detroit; 313-446-4682.
“The food and drinks have always been amazing, and I like that it’s homestyle cooking!” — Megan W., via Yelp
THIRD STREET BAR 4626 Third Ave., Detroit; 313-833-0603.
“Great atmosphere ... beautiful rustic, industrial decor ... in jukebox! Always a good time!” —Heather B., via Facebook
THOMAS MAGEE’S 1408 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit; 313-2634342; thomasmagees.com.
“Great bar! I moved here from out of state and instantly felt at home; great sports, great beers and cocktails, wonderful staff, and welcoming owner.” —Jenn S., via Facebook
TOKEN LOUNGE 28949 Joy Rd.,
THE TOWN PUMP TAVERN
100 W. Montcalm St., Detroit; 313-961-1929; thetownpumptavern. com. “Serves up the kind of food that makes it easy to drink all day and night. Filling burgers, hand-tossed pizzas, traditional sandwiches, plates of loaded fries, and cheesy breadsticks fill up the menu.” — Metro Times
500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000. “The 314-seat restaurant features the glassenclosed, four-season atrium that houses the main dining room, a whiskey lounge, a sushi bar, open kitchen, and fire pit with lounge
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seating — all accented with potted trees and other greenery.” — Metro Times
TWO JAMES TASTING ROOM 2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-4800; twojames.com.
“The round cementtopped bar, rotating artwork, original wood f loors, and riveted trusses create a wonderful ambiance.” —Drew R., via Yelp
Market St., Detroit; 313-393-1711; viviosdetroit.net. “A Saturday favorite! Enjoy a nice walk through Eastern Market and squeeze into this popular gem. Their Bloody Marys are classic.” —Teri D., via Yelp
THE WELL 1228
Randolph St., Detroit; 313-964-0776; thewellbars.com. “It’s always a great experience at the Well.” —Anthony T., via Facebook
30 WAYNE COUNTY WHISKEY DISCO
2 John R St., Detroit; 313-338-3238. “Kickin’ sound system, kind staff, great space!” —Nick P., via Facebook
THE WHISKEY PARLOR 608
Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 961-3043; whiskyparlor.com.
“This is a small, but contemporary and intimate space located upstairs from Woodward street level. This is a cool change of pace if you’re looking for a great cocktail before a game and want something a little higher quality.” —Steven R., via Yelp
THE WHITNEY 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com.
“I love t he Whit ney. Great service and food. Plus, what a great atmosphere.” — Karen H., via Yelp
WOODBRIDGE PUB 5169 Trumbull
St., Detroit; 313833-2701; woodbridgepub.com. “T he food wa s not
only fast, but very, very good.” —Morgan A., via Yelp
WRIGHT AND CO. 1500 Wood-
ward Ave., Floor 2,
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Detroit; 313-962-7711; wrightdetroit.com. “Awesome food, excel lent staff, and a super atmosphere! It’s places like this that will make Detroit great again!”—Jon B., via Facebook
YE OLDE TAP ROOM 14915
Charlevoix St., Detroit; 313-824-1030. “Gr eat bee r selection, great atmosphere, and all around good vibes. Will definitely come back and highly recommend to everyone.” — Constance A., via Facebook
32 OAKLAND COUNTY 220 MERRILL 220 E Merrill St., Birmingham; 248-646-2220; 220restaurant.com. “The ambience is perfect for a date spot on a Friday night.” —Joe A., via Yelp
24 SECONDS BAR & GRILL 3071 12
Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-336-0024; 24secondsbar.com.
“They have happy hour from 4-8 p.m. with $1 off all drinks and appetizers, nice!” —Kelli P., via Yelp
526 MAIN 526
S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-591-9000; 526main.com.
“Fun atmosphere, great entertainment, and
friendly service.” —Lisa H., via TripAdvisor
friends, or the love of your life.” —Brian S., via Yelp
ALE MARY’S 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-268-1939; alemarysbeer.com.
“Our service was very good as [were] the bloody Marys! The food was excellent. Will definitely go back.” —Barbara M., via Facebook
ANDIAMO (multiple locations) 129 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248582-9300. 6676 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Twp.; 248-865-9300; andiamoitalia.com.
“Andiamo has been a great restaurant to get a good meal and great service with your family,
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22651 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248548-0680; anitaskitchenonline.com.
“I’ve been here at least 20 times over the last three years, and it’s safe to say that this is my favorite Lebanese restaurant ever!” —Chelcie W., via Yelp
AVERY’S TAVERN 2086 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-270-4030; averystavern.com.
“During the day, bring the family for a nice warm atmosphere on the restaurant side, and come back
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34 OAKLAND COUNTY for the late-night games, live music, and specials at the bar.” —Metro Times
B NEKTAR MEADERY 1511
Jarvis St., Ferndale; 313-744-6323; bnektar. com. “The taproom was comfortably crowded and had an invitingly cozy, yet industrial feel.” —Carla H., via Yelp
BAD BRADS 3437
S. Baldwin Rd., Lake Orion; 248-977-5910; badbradsbbq.com. “I love all the Bad Brads! Best BBQ in the area!” — Maria C., via Yelp
BALLOON SALOON 29276
Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; 248-352-3837. “Longtime fan of this localfor-me, no-frills watering hole.” —Julian B., via Yelp
BELLA PIATI 167
Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-494-7110; bellapiattirestaurant. com. “Wonderful restaurant, consistent food, wine and service.” —Lauren W., via Yelp
BIG ROCK 245 S.
Eton St., Birmingham; 248-647-7774; bigrockchophouse.com. “Big Rock never disappoints. Everyone there takes pride in their work and makes dining here an experience.” —Maria S., via Yelp
BIG TOMMY’S PARTHENON 40380 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-615-2102; bigtommys.com. “Tasty Greek food, lots
of choices, very good service, clean, something for everybody.” —Zach A., via Yelp
BISTRO 82 401 S.
Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-542-0082; bistro82.com. “From its interior design, to the preparation and presentation of the food and drinks, to the uniforms of the service staff, Bistro 82 is a paean to the ability of visual simplicity to conceal culinary complexity.” —Metro Times
34244 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-594-0984; bistrojoeskitchen.com.
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“Drinks are fantastic. Trendy, yet classic.” — Tamara K., via Yelp
BLACK FINN 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-582-9460; blackfinnameripub.com
“Great place for Tuesday night fun, they have trivia and great drinks!” —Lindsey P., via Yelp
BLACK LOTUS BREWING CO. 1 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-577-1878; blacklotusbrewery.com. “It’s a cute bar/pub with good drinks and food. I had their pumpkin beer, which was delicious.” — Deb A., via TripAdvisor
BLARNEY STONE PUB 27253 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-541-1881; blarneystonepub.com.
“This is the place where everyone knows your name and the food is off the hook.” —Laurie M., via Yelp
BUDDY’S PIZZA (multiple locations) 32218 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-5498000. 3637 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Hills;
36 OAKLAND COUNTY 248-645-0300. 31646 Northwestern Hwy., Farmington Hills; 248-855-4600. 2612 N. Squirrel Rd., Auburn Hills; 248-276-9040. 44225 Twelve Mile Rd., Novi; 248-675-0881; buddyspizza.com.
Royal Oak; 248-5444749; cafemuseroyaloak.com.
able in the local area and ideas from cuisines the world over to produce honest and delicious food.” —Metro Times
“Everything at Café Muse is adorable. The food is fantastic, the decor is great, and they even have a comfortable patio.” — Raquel T., via Yelp
“As good as advertised. Pizza was amazing. The cheesy crunching crust is just perfect.” —David G., via Yelp
CAFE VIA 310 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-644-8800; cafevia310.com.
“They have a nice wine list.” —Kanina B., via Yelp
“Great drinks, friendly service, popcorn with bomb salty toppings, great live band, Ninja Turtles on the TV.” —TB, via Yelp
Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck; 313-285-8239.
“Best Hamtramck bar with excellent craft cocktails!” —Eveline L., via Yelp
CAFÉ MUSE 418 S. Washington Ave.,
24310 John R Rd., Hazel Park; 586-413-4206; cellarmens.com.
2511 Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-273-4600; cjmahoneystroy.com.
“The kitchen is focused, using ingredients avail-
“The point is whether you love a nice scotch on the rocks or want to shoot back a white gummy bear shot, this place can accommodate.” —Metro Times
1403 S. Commerce Rd., Wolverine Lake; 248-438-6741; cayagrill.com.
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38 OAKLAND COUNTY CK DIGGS 2010 Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-853-6600; ckdiggs.com. “With 41 beers on tap and another 80 or so in the bottle, you’re guaranteed to get happy.” —Metro Times
CLARKSTON UNION BAR & KITCHEN 54 S. Main
St., Clarkston; 248-6206100; clarkstonunion. com.
“Really cool bar, tons of stuff to look at ... friendly atmosphere and tons of local beers on tap.” —Justin I., via Yelp
THE CLAWSON STEAK HOUSE 56 S.
Rochester Rd., Clawson; 248-588-5788; clawsonsteakhouse.com.
“I’m telling ya ... Sinatra would have loved this place, all them guys would.” —Jim I., via Yelp
for a concert is amazing. There is not a bad spot in the place.” —Todd M., via Yelp
CORK WINE PUB
D’AMATO’S RESTAURANT 222
23810 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge; 248544-2675; corkwinepub.org.
N. Sherman Dr., Royal Oak; 248-584-7400; damatos.com
“Using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, cage-free eggs, hormonefree meats, and even wild foraged mushrooms and herbs, Cork’s fare is inventive, unique, and ever-changing.” —Metro Times
“D’Amato’s is truly our favorite restaurant in Royal Oak. Classy yet comfortable, the staff is welcoming and takes such good care of their customers.” —writesabit, via TripAdvisor
THE CROFOOT BALLROOM 1 S.
DANNY’S IRISH PUB 22824 Wood-
“The setup of this venue
“If you want to hear Black Flag followed by Britney
Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com.
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ward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-8331.
40 OAKLAND COUNTY Spears on the jukebox, this is your joint. Classic Irish pub/dive bar vibe.” —Michael H., via Yelp
1820 E 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com.
“The sunny outdoor atmosphere, cold local beers from Michigan microbreweries, and classic rock playing in the background made for an enjoyable lunch.” —Joe. G., via Yelp
DICK O’ DOW’S
160 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-642-1135; dickodowspub.com.
ham has some great eats, and Dick O’ Dow’s is a great spot for price, quantity, and variety.” —Andrew P., via Yelp
22740 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-591-3466; dinoslounge.com.
“Upscale, but not uptight! Chicago/N.Y. lounge atmosphere with
great food and better service.” —Metro Times
DIXIE MOON SALOON 111 S.
Main St., Royal Oak; 248-850-7075; dixiemoonsaloon.com.
“The service was excellent, the atmosphere was fun, and everyone was very friendly. Definitely a place to go to again.” —dfhart2001, via TripAdvisor
DRAUGHT HORSE BREWERY 57721
Grand River Ave., New Hudson; 248617-3000; draughthorsebrewery.com.
“One of my favorite spots for food and beer!” —Amanda B., via Facebook
DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB 31501 Wood-
ward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-3659; duggansirishpubro. com.
“Best place in town for a burger! Can’t wait to go back. Great place to hang out during the Woodward Cruise, always cold, cold beer.” —Willie W., via Facebook
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500 Forest Ave., Plymouth; 734-4146400; egnicks.net. “The food is great, I have had many items from the menu and have never had a bad experience!” —Elizabeth L., via Facebook
EDDIE V’S 2100 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-649-7319; eddiev.com.
“They have an awesome and creative menu. Great dining setup. The food was perfect.” — Natasha S., via Yelp
ELEKTRICITY 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-599-2212. “Best place in Michigan to experience electronic music.” —Syed H., via Yelp
209 Hamilton Row, Birmingham; 248385-0500; emagineentertainment.com. “Such a cute place for date nights or girls night. I give this location 5 stars cause I just loved it!” — Giovanna A., via Yelp
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42 OAKLAND COUNTY EMAGINE THEATRE (multiple
locations) 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-414-1000. 44425 W. 12 Mile Rd., Novi; 248-468-2990. 200 Barclay Cir., Rochester Hills; 248-2433456; emagine-entertainment.com. “Great personality, speedy service and most importantly ... amazing drinks!” —Abbey L., via Yelp
END OF THE PARK 634 W. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park; 248-398-1811.
“Great atmosphere, cozy, inexpensive, coldest bottled beer in town.” —Gloria R., via Yelp
THE FED 15 S. Main St., Village of Clarkston; 248-297-5833. “I was blown away with the unique, detailed decor of the place.” —Grace J., via Yelp
FIFTH AVENUE 215 W. 5th St., Royal Oak; 248-629-9423; fifthaveroyaloak.com.
“The crowd is fun, lines move quick, you can dance the night away, play some pool or catch a game or two.” —Ken S., via Yelp
32760 Franklin Rd., Franklin; 248-865-6600; thefranklingrill.com. “The happy hour appetiz-
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ers were inexpensive and tasted great. The drinks were also discounted and we had a few. Great staff and just a cozy atmosphere.” —jdk3315, via TripAdvisor
GOODNIGHT GRACIE’S 222 N.
Sherman Dr., Royal Oak; 248-584-7400.
“By far my favorite nightlife spot in RO! No cover. 20s crowd.” —Danielle M., via Yelp
GRANITE CITY 699 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-519-1040; gcfb.com.
“Everything was perfect. From the drinks, to the food, to our waiter... Everything was so delicious!” — Tammy B., via Facebook
44 OAKLAND COUNTY GRASSHOPPER UNDERGROUND
22757 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-2683219; thegrasshopperunderground.com. “Basically it’s like a very cool basement party. Intimate space with great staff, and a fantastic lineup of DJs.” —Jason W., via Yelp
games and overall a good time!” —Rose P., via Yelp
(multiple locations) 1988 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-656-7700. 6397 Sashabaw Rd; 248-922-1700; hamlinpubs.com.
spot. We stopped in one day and had some great wings, cheap beers and a great sporty atmosphere.” —Eric D., via Yelp
JIM BRADY’S DETROIT 1214 S.
Main St., Royal Oak; 248-306-1954; jimbradysdetroit.com.
“Great specials...we love burger and a brew night and pizza night.” —Ashley T., via Yelp
“Good drinks, friendly staff, and excellent happy hour menu.” —Rae A., via Yelp
Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-206-7510; greenspacecafe.com.
“The staff is friendly and willing to make recommendations if you aren’t sure where to start or what to try. I also love that they have a fully-stocked vegan bar and Sunday brunch!” —Karmen F., via Yelp
“Down to earth, all around chill place.” — Stacy B., via Yelp
GREENSPACE CAFÉ 215 W. Nine
309 S. Center St., Royal Oak; 248-545-2235. “Your basic dive bar; a great place to hang out with friends.” —Metro Times
1110 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-435-2494.
Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-850-8060.
“Imperial is young, fresh, casual and lively!” — Pooja S., via Yelp
22848 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-691-7145; howesbayouferndale.net.
INN PLACE BAR & GRILL 917 N. Main
“Cajun and Creole food pleases those seeking a bit of Nawlins living. Full bar. Great sweet potato fries and bread pudding.” —Metro Times
“The welcoming staff, friendly patrons, and casual atmosphere will make you want to come back time and again.” —Metro Times
J’S PENALTY BOX
386 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-556-5428; hamlincorner.com.
22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-4070; jspenaltybox.com.
“Excellent place for sports
“This is such a great local
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St., Royal Oak; 248-547-6051.
INYO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
(multiple locations) 22871 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-543-9500.
46 OAKLAND COUNTY 7170 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield Township; 248-8518888; inyorestaurant. com. “There are many menu choices, and everything we tried was wonderful.” —marnielane, via TripAdvisor
“Love that this bar is in my neighborhood offering solid drinks and unpretentious atmosphere.” —Angela M., via Yelp
JOE MUER 39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-792-9609.
KRUSE & MUER
(multiple locations) 28028 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248965-2101. 801 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion; 248-814-9500. 306 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-651-2266. 327 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-652-9400. 134 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-375-2503; kruseandmuerrestaurants.com
IRON HORSE 316 W. 4th St., Royal Oak; 248-291-6313; ironhorsebluegrass.com.
“You have to pace yourself in this place — even the bread is first rate.” —Bill C. via Yelp
“Food is always excellent, service and staff great, wine beer and drink selections awesome.” —Sara S., via Facebook
“The food is always delicious and the bread is the best bread anywhere.” —Julie L., via Yelp
“Great Midtown spot to catch a drink and relax outdoors or in their spacious restaurant.” — Jennifer S., via Yelp
JOEBAR 23839 John
R Rd. Hazel Park 248291-5711; joebar.com.
419 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-544-6250; jollypumpkin.com.
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567 Livernois Ave., Ferndale; 248-284-2422; axlebrewing.com.
48 OAKLAND COUNTY “The beers are loaded with out of this world ingredients, color, and flavors.” —Amanda A., via Yelp
LOCKHART’S BBQ (multiple locations) 202 E. 3rd St. Royal Oak; 248-584-4227. 37 E. Flint St., Lake Orion; 248-690-9362; lockhartsbbq.com.
“We tried a little bit of everything: burnt ends, pulled pork, sausage, and some great Michigan craft beers. Everything was great!” —Cathleen S.
23141 Dequindre Rd., Hazel Park; 248-5471711; louispizza.net. “Detroit-style pizza has been getting lots of buzz lately, and this is my favorite example of the genre.” —Sara M., via Yelp
LUNA 1815 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-298-6875; lunaroyaloak.com.
“Cheap cover, great drink specials, friendly staff, and good music.” —Allison F., via Yelp
LUXE BAR & GRILL 525 N. Old
Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-7926051; luxebarandgrill. com.
“The decor is stylish, dimly lit, creating a casual but intimate vibe.” —Joe G., via Yelp
MAD HATTER BISTRO 185 N. Old
Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-5400000; madhatterbistro.com.
“This is a good spot to have some tea time with your mom or girl friends!” —Fatima A., via Yelp
MAGIC BAG 22920
Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com. “The Magic Bag is one of metro Detroit’s premier entertainment venues and plays host to both local and national touring acts and artists.” —Metro Times
MARKET NORTH END 474 N. Old
Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-712-4953; marketnorthend.com.
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“Overall — great experience for a casual drink, hearty brunch, or romantic dinner.” —Nish S., via Yelp
MCVEE’S 23380 Telegraph Rd., Southfield; 248-352-8243. “This is a laid-back great place. It does have a bar, but it is also good for families. The atmosphere is casual.” —ccbells, via Trip Advisor
THE MELTING POT 888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-362-2221; meltingpot.com.
“The people who work here are awesome. Super hospitable, friendly, and they even taught me how to make it at home!” — Robert K., via Yelp
MICHIGAN BY THE BOTTLE 29932
Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-850-7175; 3384 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills; 248-564-2134; michiganbythebottle.com. “We love Michigan By The Bottle! We are regu lars there — usually there at least once a week.” — Jason B., via Yelp
50 OAKLAND COUNTY MONK BEER ABBEY 419 N. Main
St., Royal Oak; 248544-6255; cafehabanas.com/mk/monkbeer-abbey.
“It’s the perfect place to go for higher-end Belgian beers and a basket of hand-cut fries with gourmet dipping sauce.” —Andrea F., via Yelp
THE MORRIE 511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-216-1112; themorrie.com.
“The venue is wide open and acoustically pleasant. I’m a major fan of live entertainment and thus far I’ve enjoyed all of the musicians I’ve seen here.” —Rebecca R., via Yelp
MR. B’S PUB 215
S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-399-0017; mrbspub.com.
“One of the best meals I’ve had! Love the atmosphere, and service was great!” —Barbara L., via Yelp
MT. CHALET 32955
Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-2929; mtchaletroyaloak.com.
“Go for food, fun drinks, and friendship. And usually good tunes.” — Rebecca B., via Yelp
NEW WAY BAR
23130 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248541-9870. “One of the best ‘chill, relaxed, have some beers
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with friends’ kind of place.” —Lisa P., via Yelp
O’CONNOR’S PUBLIC HOUSE
324 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-608-2537; oconnorsrochester. com. “The bar is straight from Ireland, and they do a great job with the pub feel.” —Brenden S.
O’TOOLES 205 W.
5th Ave., Royal Oak; 248-591-9226; otoolespubs.com.
“I love this place. One of the best places in R.O. to get a beer.” —Bryan C., via TripAdvisor
OAKLAND ART NOVELTY CO. 201
W. Nine Mile Rd.,
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“Very knowledgeable bartenders — some of the best craft cocktails I’ve ever had.” —Caitlyn B., via Yelp
“You can enjoy the nightclub vibe inside or go out on the patio and enjoy the chill summer vibes while getting $2 you call it’s from 9-11 and different $2 shot specials till 1 a.m.!” —Braellen B., via Yelp
OCEAN PRIME 2915
OTUS SUPPLY 345
Ferndale; 248-2915295; theoaklandferndale.com.
Coolidge Hwy., Troy; 248-458-0500; oceanprime.com.
“Great food. Service was exemplary. Martini perfect. Top it off with the blueberry cheesecake.” — Hosey C., via Yelp
O’MARA’S 2555 12
Mile Rd., Berkley; 248399-6750; omaras.net. “This is for everyone who enjoys wine and good food pairings in a relaxed atmosphere.” —Connie M., via Yelp
ONE-EYED BETTY’S 175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248-808-6633; oneeyedbettys.com.
“The food was great, the service was great, the drinks were delicious.” — Dan B., via Yelp
ORCHID 141 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-336-8077; orchidferndale.com.
E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160; otussupply.com. “What’s really intriguing to us about this space is its design ... circular doorways, intricate wood detailing, and colorful bird murals — [it] reminds us of a nest.” —Metro Times
PATRICK J’S IRISH PUB 3052 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-268-3909; patrickjsirishpub.com. “Ninety percent of the items found on the menu are made from scratch, and the customer favorite is the fish and chips.” —Metro Times, Bob Bronstein
PHOENICIA RESTAURANT 588
S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248644-3122; phoeniciabirmingham.com. “Dinner was very good. Drinks were top notch!” —Rani G., via Yelp
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241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-850-7420; publichouseferndale. com. “Public House is of those rare places where you’ll enjoy the food, the drinks, the ambience, and (we’re hoping) the company.” —Metro Times
RED COAT TAVERN 31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-0300.
“This place is known for their burgers, and it didn’t disappoint. Pretty damn good.” —Jeff S., via Yelp
RED FOX ENGLISH PUB 100
S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-543-4300; redfoxenglishpub.com. “We got their pretzel appetizer. It was AMAZING. Hot fresh pretzels, and their homemade mustard was delicious.” —Cristina C., via Yelp
RENSHAW LOUNGE 210 E 14
Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-616-3016; renshawlounge.com.
54 OAKLAND COUNTY “I have to admit that this place is my guilty pleasure. Ever since I came here my very first time, I have been back at least once a week to indulge!” —Holly S., via Yelp
Coolidge Hwy., Berkley; 248-268-3175; republicaberkley.com.
“Republica strikes the right balance with a casual, family-run atmosphere, edgy menu items, and a high standard of service.” — Metro Times
ROAK BREWING 330 E. Lincoln Ave., Royal Oak; 248-268-8780.
“Great patio for relaxing outside with your beer and pals.” —S.C., via Yelp
100 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-5999; townsendhotel.com. “This is the perfect brunch place.” —Alisa C., via Yelp
THE ROCK ON 3RD 112 E. 3rd St.,
Royal Oak; 248-5427625; rockon3rd.com.
“Food was great and the service was prompt. Would recommend this as a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat!” —ShorterPorter, via TripAdvisor
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ROJO MEXICAN BISTRO (multiple
locations) 250 E. Merrill St., Birmingham; 248-792-6200. 42875 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-374-4600. 401 N. Main St., Rochester; 248-601-9300; rojomexicanbistro. com. “Always love coming here. The Rojito cocktail is delicious, and my favorite is the enchiladas verdes.” —Madelyn K., via Yelp
SAKANA SUSHI LOUNGE 22914 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-3362555; sakanasushilounge.com.
“The menu is solid and the most reasonably
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friends and cheap beers!” —CH, via Yelp
SCL ROYAL OAK
SOCIAL KITCHEN & BAR 225 E. Maple
401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-977-6229.
Rd., Birmingham; 248594-4200; socialkitchenandbar.com.
“This is a beautiful upscale nightclub with outside seating and view of the skyline.” —Melanie J., via Facebook
“Super cute spot in Michigan!” —Mayra Z., via Yelp
SIDEBAR AT BEANS & CORNBREAD
STREETSIDE SEAFOOD 273
29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield; 248208-1680; beanscornbread.com.
“Rib tips, salmon croquettes, collard greens, corn bread, peach cobbler, and wine ALL at happy hour prices… need I say more?!?!” —Rebecca W., via Yelp
Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-645-9123; streetsideseafood. com.
“I think this spot is great for date night, girls night, boys night, or fam night.” —Amy M., via Yelp
TAIPEI 101 44125
SIDECAR SLIDER BAR 280 E. Merrill St.,
12 Mile Rd. E136, Novi; 248-380-6816; taipei101novi.com.
“These cocktails are fantastic, people!” —Casey S., via Yelp
“Great interior and food is amazing ... Had the Korean tacos, ahi tuna appetizer, fish and chips, and Pad Thai. Great choices!” —Angry C., via Yelp
SNEAKERS 22628 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-8243; sneakerspubferndale. com. “A great place to spend an evening with good
TILTED KILT 44175 W. 12 Mile Rd. F139, Novi; 248-374-4990; tiltedkilt.com.
“Attractive staff and good
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food. The Wicked Boston burger and the Irish Dip are my favorites.” —Jeffery R., via Yelp
TOAST (multiple locations) 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-3980444. 203 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-2586278; eatattoast.com. “I had the key lime French toast … and it was the best French toast I’ve ever had!!” —Jessie S., via Yelp
TOM’S OYSTER BAR 318 S. Main St.,
Royal Oak; 248-5411186; tomsoysterbar. com.
“Everything on the menu is delicious! The staff is always nice and very accommodating.” —Stacy C., via Yelp
TONY’S SPORTS BAR 23500 Wood-
ward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-2920. “Solid pours and now a decent beer selection. You can never go wrong stepping into this place.” —John M., via Yelp
TOO LA ROO 139
S. Main St., Rochester; 248-453-5291; tooraloorochester.com.
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58 OAKLAND COUNTY “This is a must if you haven’t been there, great atmosphere with a nice diverse group of people having a good time.” —Royce J.
and it makes such a difference. The variety of BBQ sauces just adds to the experience.” —Alex M., via Yelp
180 Pierce St., Birmingham; 248-792-5241; eatattownhouse.com. “One of the best veggie burgers I’ve had in a while!” —Kevin S., via Yelp
18 S. Main St., Clarkston; 248-6255660; unionwoodshop.com. “They take the time to smoke their meats,
S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-544-6257; vinotecca.com. “Hands down, one of the best happy-hour spots in Royal Oak.” — Mahdu R., via Yelp
VINSETTA GARAGE 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-5487711; vinsettagarage.com.
“Wow, just wow! The place has a great atmosphere. Love eat-
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ing in an old mechanic garage.” —Jeremy P., via Yelp
WOODPILE BBQ SHACK 303 S.
Main St., Clawson; 248-565-8149; woodpilebbqshack. com. “The best BBQ in Detroit, no doubt. Can’t wait to go back.” —jdk3315, via TripAdvisor
ZEKE’S 240 W.
Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-206-7130; zekesrnrbbq.com.
“Service and food is top notch from this small, street front bar!” —Angelica M., via Yelp
60 MACOMB COUNTY ANDIAMO (multiple
locations) 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200. 14425 Lakeside Cir., Sterling Heights; 586-532-8800; andiamoitalia.com. “Andiamo has been a great restaurant to get a good meal and great service with your family, friends, or the love of your life.” —Brian S., via Yelp
ART & JAKE’S 14741
23 Mile Rd., Shelby Township; 586-532-9600. “They do a nice job with a variety of food and drinks, and the service has always been good.” —Tracy F., via TripAdvisor
BAD BRADS (multiple
locations) 36845 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Twp., 586-789-7320. 6525 23 Mile Rd., Shelby Twp.; 586-254-7010; badbradsbbq.com. “They smoke most meats in fruit and hickory wood smoke, and do everything the old-fashioned way.” — Metro Times
BLACK FINN 17380 Hall Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-522-4711.
“Great place for Tuesday night fun; they have trivia and great drinks!” —Lindsey P., via Yelp
BROWN IRON BREWHOUSE
57695 Van Dyke Rd., Washington Twp., 586-697-3300; browniron.com. “Nothing corporate, just good food, good beer, and good times.” —Raquel T., via Yelp
(multiple locations) 8100 Old 13 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-574-9200. 45841 Hayes Rd., Macomb; 586-566-1233; buddyspizza.com. “Square pizza! Rich with flavor, juicy, and the vegetarian option is my favorite.” —Khaled A., via Yelp
CLANCY’S IRISH PUB 42012 Hayes Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-286-0008; clancysirishpub1.com.
“Nice little pub with a good beer selection and some great food. Live music on weekends. What’s not to like?” —Kevin S., via Yelp
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THE CRAZY GRINGO 34802
Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twp.; 586-213-1565; thecrazygringo.com. “Crazy Gringo is an awesome place to go and eat Mexican.” —Nidia V., via Facebook
DAVE & BUSTER’S 45511 Park Ave., #D, Utica; 586-930-1515; daveandbusters.com. “I can say this is one of the best places to go for happy hour and play games.” —Tatiana M., via Yelp
Gratiot Ave., Roseville; 586-294-5331; dooleysirish.com. “Great beer selection. Great service. Very accommodating.” —Steve B., via Yelp
DOUBLE D BAR & GRILL 240 N. River Rd., Mount Clemens; 586-231-0134; thedoubledbar.com.
“Absolutely fantastic! Best perch dinner around. Drinks were not watered down, waitstaff excellent!” —Gary L., via Yelp
62 MACOMB COUNTY DRAGONMEAD MICROBREWERY
14600 E. 11 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-776-9428; dragonmead.com.
Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield Twp.; 586-9480290. 48929 Hayes Rd., Shelby Twp.; 586-2474100; hamlinpubs.com.
“The food menu is limited, but some interesting items to try next time. But this place you come for the crafted beer.” —Marc C., via Yelp
“The wait staff was very proficient, the food was very good, and the entertainment was amazing. I would definitely go back.” —James B., via Yelp
FREDDY’S BAR & GRILL 40000 Garfield
THE HUB SPORTS BISTRO 16780 21 Mile
“Always a great time. Great food and cheap drinks, the waitstaff is always friendly!” —Stephanie L., via Yelp
“This is my ‘go-to’ place. Staff is friendly, place is clean, and food is good!” — Joann A., via Yelp
“Wow! Great food, great prices, and huge portions. Cool place!” —Jennifer L., via Yelp
KUHNHENN BREWING CO. (mul-
HAMLIN PUB (multiple locations) 50659
IRISH CRAFT 36759 Mound Rd., Sterling
Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-416-7777; freddysbarrocks.com.
Rd., Macomb; 586-2263399; thehubsportsbistro.com.
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Heights; 586-264-9500; theirishcraft.com. “The food here is always delicious, and their beer selection is great!” —Marilyn K., via Yelp
KAY JAY’S IRISH PUB 5491 Auburn Rd.,
Shelby Twp.; 586-731-0531; kayjaysirishpub.com.
tiple locations) 5919 Chicago Rd., Warren; 586-979-8361. 36000 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Twp.;
64 MACOMB COUNTY 586-231-0249; kbrewery.com. “Definitely an after-work spot. The building itself has tons of charm, nice exposed brick, and wood flooring.” — Ashley H., via Yelp
LIMELIGHT BAR & GRILL 30200 Van Dyke
Rd., Warren; 586-7517883; limelightsportsbar. com. “It’s my go-to place when I want to listen to the DJ play the newest songs. They have a big dance floor and awesome lights.” —Victoria S., via Yelp
Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-263-6540; lucianositaliancuisine.com. “This is perfect Italian. Food the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.” —Donna L., via -TripAdvisor
MICHIGAN BY THE BOTTLE 45645
Hayes Rd., Shelby Twp.; 586-843-3690. “We love Michigan By The Bottle! We are regulars there — usually there at least once a week.” —Jason B., via Yelp
NICK’S 22ND STREET STEAKHOUSE 48900
Van Dyke Rd., Shelby Charter Twp.; 586-7313900; 22ndstreetsteakhouse.com.
“It doesn’t matter how many times I come here, the service is always spot on! The food is delicious! Cooked to perfection.” —Bobbie E., via Yelp
25010 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-7715121; sabbyslounge. com.
45225 Marketplace Blvd., New Baltimore; 586-949-1470; twisted-rooster.com. “Wow, the food was great and the service and management were outstanding!” —Nancy O., via Yelp
3100 E. West Maple Rd., Commerce Twp.; 248960-3344; uptowngrille. com.
“Do yourself a favor and get a burger and a beer or five. The stuffed cheeseburger is amazing.” —Jeremiah W., via Yelp
“Oh yeah, I also have to give a shoutout to their Mediterranean nachos ... super, super huge and done right.” —Daron D., via Yelp
THE SPOT BAR & GRILL 32456 Gratiot
VIVIO’S 3601 E. 12 Mile
“I absolutely love this place! The bugers and the steak tips are to die for.” —Lynn S., via Yelp
“Love this place.” —Rob J., via Yelp
THREE BLIND MICE IRISH PUB 101 N. Main
Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-777-3677; watermarkbarandgrille.com.
Ave., Roseville; 586-5418055.
St., Mount Clemens; 586-961-6371; threeblindmiceirishpub.com.
“It stands out from the crowd, yet it’s warm and inviting nature helps it fit right in with its neighbors.” —Metro Times
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Rd. Warren; 586-576-0495; vivioswarrenmi.com.
WATERMARK BAR & GRILL 24420 Jefferson
“Great service, delicious food, wonderful and relaxing environment — you will enjoy the experience of dining or having cocktails with friends near the water.” —Rick V., via Yelp
66 WASHTENAW COUNTY ALLEY BAR 112 W.
Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-662-8757; alleybarannarbor.com. “Awesome drinks, awesome service, chill vibes.” —Susan T., via Yelp
ARBOR BREWING COMPANY 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-213-1393; arborbrewing.com.
“Great spot! Friendly services, awesome beer and the wings are fantastic! I would def recommend...” —Scott B., via Yelp
THE ARK 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734761-1451; theark.org.
“Great vibe, great folks, great sound.” —Bill B., via Facebook
AUT BAR 315 Braun
Ct., Ann Arbor; 734994-3677; autbar.com. “Good vibe, good food, great staff. The Bourbon Street special was delicious, as were the mimosas.” —Megan M., via Yelp
AVENTURA 216 E.
Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-369-3153; aventuraannarbor.com. “Lovely, loud, funky atmosphere. Tapas were
outstanding.” —Paula G., via TripAdvisor
213 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-0800. “Their lavender hill drink is to die for. I love Ann arbor and Babs!!” —Vivanda N., via Yelp
BLIND PIG 208 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; blindpigmusic.com.
“I dare you to find a more reasonably priced rock club in such an overpriced college town.” —Tyler B., via Yelp
BLUE TRACTOR BBQ & BREWERY
207 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-2224095; bluetractor.net. “From the service, drinks, food, ambiance, and location, Blue Tractor is hard to beat.” —Cassandra W., via Yelp
(multiple locations) 3153 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor 734-7929130; buddyspizza.com. “Truly spectacular pizza, a pillar in the pizza community.” —Rebecca M., via Facebook
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CARSON’S AMERICAN BISTRO 2000 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-622-0533; carsonsamericanbistro.com. “Great service. Thai salad was exactly as advertised. Light, fresh, and tasty.” —TeamBurgies, via TripAdvisor
THE CHOP HOUSE
322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-669-9977; thechophouseannarbor. com. “This is the best steak I’ve ever had. Sides were great, environment is relaxing, and service was top notch.” —Artie N., via Yelp
EIGHTBALL SALOON 208 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555.
“Incredibly cheap drinks, free popcorn, pool tables and jukebox. What else do ya need?” —Nicole S., via Yelp
GRATZI 326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-5555; gratzirestaurant.com.
“I am not sure what was better ... the food or the service!” —Margaret B., via Yelp
68 WASHTENAW COUNTY GRIZZLY PEAK BREWING CO. 120
W. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-741-7325; grizzlypeak.net. “Went last weekend for the first time and found it to be very inviting. The service was great, and the beer was FANTASTIC!” —Claybaby2016, via Yelp
HAYMAKER PUBLIC HOUSE 203 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-5399; haymakerpublichouse. com.
“My cozy little happy place with the World’s Best Cheese Curds.” —Kat J., via Yelp
THE LAST WORD
301 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor; thelastwordbar. com. “This is one of my favorite places in Ann Arbor! They have creative, unique, tasteful drinks, and a surprisingly delicious food menu.” —Elaine C., via Yelp
MASH 211 E.
Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-332-6046; mashbar.net. “Mash rocks. Live music, unique drinks, and the fastest service EVER!!” — Anna M., via Yelp
PALIO 347 S. Main St.,
JOLLY PUMPKIN CAFE & BREWERY
Ann Arbor; 734-9306100; palioannarbor. com.
“Good sour beers. Friendly service. Definitely a place I can return to.” —ML, via Yelp
“We sat in the open-air rooftop seating and had a wonderful experience. Great service, Italian beers, and wonderful apps and dinner.” —Don D., via Yelp
KNIGHT’S DOWNTOWN 600 E.
THE RAVEN’S CLUB 207 S. Main St.,
“What a wonderful experience!!! This is our number 1 choice every time!” — Marybeth M., via Yelp
“Beer and bump is a go to, along with their great selection of bar food.” — Will W., via Yelp
311 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-913-2730; jollypumpkin.com.
Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-887-6899; knightsrestaurants.com.
Ann Arbor; 734-2140400; theravensclub. com.
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341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-769-5960; realseafoodcoannarbor. com. “This is a must go if you’re in the area! Great service, awesome atmosphere, and a terrific fresh menu! I definitely recommend the oysters!” —Cindy W., via Yelp
SAVA’S 216 S. State
St., Ann Arbor; 734623-2233; savasrestaurant.com. “I really enjoy Sava’s! the environment is welcoming and the food is lovely.” — Levi T., via Yelp
SLURPING TURTLE 608 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-887-6868; slurpingturtle.com.
“Three of us all ordered different Ramen, along with some sushi and appetizers and we all slurped up our entire bowl!” –Roselynn V., via Yelp
THE WURST BAR
705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-6720; wurstbarypsi.com. “This place is super good! If you are up for something different, try this place!” —Sonya H., via Yelp
72 …AND BEYOND AVERY’S TAVERN 2086 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-270-4030; averystavern.com.
“Bring the family for a nice warm atmosphere on the restaurant side and come back for the latenight games, live music, and specials at the bar.” —Metro Times
KILKENNY’S PUBLIC HOUSE 400
W. Front St., Traverse City; 231-941-7527; kilkennyspub.com.
“I always enjoy Kilkenny’s for the Sunday night trivia, free pool and darts, and delicious wings.” Cass W., via Yelp
LOW BAR 128 S.
Union St., Traverse City; 231-944-5397; lowbartc.com.
“This was a find! If in TC and you enjoy cocktails I highly recommend! $5 fondue for Happy Hour was fantastic!” —Kelley D., via Yelp
NORTH PEAK BREWING 400 W.
Front St., Traverse City; 231-941-7325; northpeak.net.
“The beer we tried really hit the spot after a long day. Cannot recommend enough!” —Veronica G., via Yelp
RARE BIRD BREWPUB 229 Lake Ave., Traverse City; 231-943-2053; rarebirdbrewpub.com.
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“Mmmm bloody Mary’s and deep fried cheese curds. Not to mention a really cool atmosphere.” —Mary J., via Yelp
RIGHT BRAIN BREWERY 225
E. 16th St.,Traverse City; 231-944-1239; rightbrainbrewery.com.
“Right Brain was the real winner. I would drink that Cherry Pie and Cake Walk every day if I could.” — Lauren K., via Yelp
SOARING EAGLE CASINO & HOTEL
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant; 989-775-5777; soaringeaglecasino.com. “It was amazing! Thousands of slots, all the table games you could want,
74 …AND BEYOND bingo, good food, friendly staff all around.” —sunrisez, via TripAdvisor
GRAND TRAVERSE TASTING ROOM
(multiple locations) grandtraversedistillery. com. “If you’re serious about craft spirits, this is a must.” —Doug T., via Yelp
NEW HOLLAND PUB ON 8TH 66
E. 8th St., Holland; 616-355-6422; newhollandbrew.com.
“The beer selection is excellent, and you won’t find a bad drink on the menu.” —Sofiya T., via Yelp
THE PARLOR 205 Lake Ave., Traverse
City; 231-753-3131; theparlortc.com. “The atmosphere - the lighting, the furniture, the decor, the music - was absolutely perfect.” —Jennifer B., via Yelp
425 S. Main St., Frankenmuth; 989-262-8300; frankenmuthbrewery. com. “Everyone is pleasant and attentive!! The meals we had were very tasty and responsibly priced; we will certainly be back.” —krickert87, via TripAdvisor
CATCH 22 BISTRO 2430 Pointe
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Tremble Rd., Algonac; 810-794-4844; catch22bistro.net. “Great food every time we have been there. When our friends ask where we want to meet for lunch, we always say Catch 22.” —micamper2017, via TripAdvisor
CAESARS WINDSOR HOTEL & CASINO 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor, ON; 800-991-7777; caesars.com/caesarswindsor.
“Had a great time at Caesars; lots of entertainment and great food! Beautiful room with a gorgeous view!” —Tomaso933