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BAR LISTINGS • RECIPES • “BEST OF THE WEB QUOTES” BAR LISTINGS Wayne County listings………………………….03 Oakland County listings………………………..31 Macomb County listings……………………….59 Washtenaw County listings…………………. . . 65 …And Beyond…………………………………..71 RECIPES Rum Caiprianha………………………………………36 Gin Sipsmith gimlet…………………………………26 The Crowstache………………………………. .38

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Tequila Pineapple Chili Margereta………...……………06 Exotic Mango Ginger w/ Cilantro………………46 Midnight in Manhattan…………………………50 The Oldest Fashion…………………………….54 Whiskey Rambler Sour……………………………………10 Sinful Cinnamon…………………………………22 Old Spanish Trail………………………………..30 Bulleit Bourbon Cider……………………………32 High West Astor Hotel Special………………….62 Toki Highball……………………………………74 Vodka Rosemary’s Baby……………………………… .14 Sangria Fresca………………………………… .18 Malibu Wife……………………………………. .42 The Perfect Gentleman…………………………58 Tito’s Handmade Bloody Mary…………………72 ON THE COVER Water Lilly Lounge at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort; Mount Pleasant Photography: Marc Nader Model: Kasey Rechter

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4 WAYNE COUNTY 1917 BISTRO

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

ANNEX NIGHTCLUB

3FIFTY TERRACE

“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

ANDIAMO 20930

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

THE BALTIMORE

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

BUDDY’S PIZZA

(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

CADIEUX CAFE

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

CENTAUR BAR

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

COLISEUM 11300

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

COMMON PUB

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

DELUX LOUNGE

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

DETROITER BAR

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

EXODOS 529

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

FISHBONE’S 400

Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-965-4600; fishbonesusa.com. “An array of edible options to satisfy even the most [discriminating] palate!” —Jassmine N., via Yelp

FLIGHT CLUB

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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FOWLING WAREHOUSE

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

GARDEN BOWL

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

HONEST JOHN’S

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

JACOBY’S 624

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

JOE’S HAMBURGERS

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

JOLLY PUMPKIN

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

MAJESTIC THEATER

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

OLD SHILLELAGH

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

OTTAVA VIA

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

THE PETERBORO

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

RUSTED CROW

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

SMALL PLATES

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

SUGAR HOUSE

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

TOWNHOUSE

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

VIVIO’S 2460

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-

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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.

ANITA’S KITCHEN

“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.

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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

BISTRO JOE’S

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

CELLARMEN’S

“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.

BUMBO’S 3001

“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.

CJ MAHONEY’S

C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE

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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40 OAKLAND COUNTY Spears on the jukebox, this is your joint. Classic Irish pub/dive bar vibe.” —Michael H., via Yelp

DETROIT FLEAT

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.

“Downtown Birming-

ham has some great eats, and Dick O’ Dow’s is a great spot for price, quantity, and variety.” —Andrew P., via Yelp

DINO’S LOUNGE

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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E.G. NICK’S

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

EMAGINE PALLADIUM

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

FRANKLIN GRILL

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

HAMLIN PUB

(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 HIDEOUT

IMPERIAL 22828

“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

GUSOLINE ALLEY

309 S. Center St., Royal Oak; 248-545-2235. “Your basic dive bar; a great place to hang out with friends.” —Metro Times

HAMLIN CORNER

1110 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-435-2494.

HOWES BAYOU

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

JOLLY PUMPKIN

“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

LIVERNOIS TAP

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.

LOUI’S PIZZA

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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PUBLIC HOUSE

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

REPUBLICA 1999

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

RUGBY GRILLE

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


56 OAKLAND COUNTY priced I’ve found in the area thus far.” —Jill P., via Yelp

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

Birmingham; 248-2204167.

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.

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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

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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

TOWNHOUSE

VINOTECCA 417

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

UNION WOODSHOP

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

BUDDY’S PIZZA

(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

DOOLEY’S 32500

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

LUCIANO’S 39091

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

SABBY’S LOUNGE

25010 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-7715121; sabbyslounge. com.

TWISTED ROOSTER

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

UPTOWN GRILLE

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

BAB’S UNDERGROUND

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

BUDDY’S PIZZA

(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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REAL SEAFOOD

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

FRANKENMUTH BREWERY

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


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