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Best Bars To Watch Hockey In Detroit

March 20, 2014 2:00 AM

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Detroit knows hockey. With the new hockey arena in the works, there are sure to be new spots cropping up within the next few years to accommodate the expanded version of Hockeytown. There are more than a few sports bars in the D to keep hockey fans satiated until construction is complete. The only problem is deciding which one to hit before watching the Red Wings crush the visiting team.

Hockeytown Cafe
2301 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3400
www.hockeytowncafe.com

It’s called Hockeytown for a reason. If you’re going to watch hockey in Detroit, this is the place to do it. The number of flat screens placed strategically throughout this expansive space ensures you won’t miss the Gordie Howe hat trick you’ve been waiting for. With a hyped crowd and attentive service to fans, Hockeytown is still a blast even if the Wings aren’t winning.

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Cobo Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill
422 W. Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0840
www.cobojoes.com

Location, location, location. Cobo Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill is a traditional sports bar located right next to the action. This hockey-centric sports bar is steps away from Joe Louis Arena, the site of Red Wings home games. Start here for a pre-game drink or post-victory celebration. This is a great spot even if you don’t have tickets, and the vibe can’t be matched. With flat screens everywhere, fans won’t miss a minute of the action happening at the arena. Listen closely and you just may be able to hear cheering as the roar of the crowd leaves the Joe, filling the city streets with the sound of victory.

Cheli’s Chili Bar
47 E. Adams St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-1700
www.chelischilibar.comCheli’s Chili Bar sits in the heart of downtown, within view of Comerica Park and within walking distance of Joe Louis. The unassuming chateaux-looking facade is just a front for the party that will begin as soon as you step inside. The high-energy crowd is all about having fun and the Red Wings. Cheli’s is all about hockey, no surprise since it is owned by former hockey superstar and 2013 Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios.

Bookies Bar & Grille
2208 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-0319
www.bookiesbar.comBookies Bar & Grille is a really stellar spot to hit before you watch the Red Wings destroy their opponent. This place gets packed on game day, which makes it a fun and lively spot to get pumped-up prior to the face-off. Not only does Bookies serve fantastic drinks and tasty food, but also offers complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the game. How’s that for service.

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Starter’s Bar & Grill
4501 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-3100
www.startersdetroit.comStarter’s Bar & Grill offers hockey fans a great place to chill and watch the game with friends. Have a seat at the bar as there are flat screens everywhere. The atmosphere is casual enough to relax with the guys and upscale enough to take the sweetheart in your life. The crowd sometimes gets expansive, but it always remains a fun spot to hang out and cheer for the Red Wings.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.

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