2462 Riopelle St.
Detroit, MI 48207
The best all-around place for a great handmade cocktail? The Detroit City Distillery. It’s perfect for the young crowd that isn’t too conscious about high-class surrounding, but takes cocktails very seriously. The liquor here is homemade and distilled on site, providing bartenders here with complete authority over every aspect of their drinks. For a serious cocktail connoisseur, there’s little like something straight from the distiller’s tap. A small food menu to pair with drinks is offered, as well.
201 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48075
Normally referred to simply as “The Oakland,” this cocktail lounge treads a fine line between high-class and laid-back. The highfalutin men’s fashion magazine Esquire cited The Oakland Art Novelty Company by name when it declared Detroit as the country’s Best Bar City. Vintage drinks are the top offering here, so come prepared to try something that hasn’t been enjoyed for a long time.
1128 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Celebrity Chef Michael Symon’s flagship Detroit restaurant is popular for its great choice cut of meats, but it is also equally well known, if not more so, for its incredibly well-stocked bar. Located right in the heart of downtown in the historic Book Cadillac building, Roast offers a perfect place for everyone from the ritzy and glitzy, to the low-key blue collar worker a place to meet during happy hour and grab a great price for a great drink. With this selection, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that can’t fit your bill.
340 Town Center Blvd.
White Lake, MI 48386
Outside of the city, seemingly closer to the earth and fields where the true products grow, lies a wonderful little place called The Root. In the Detroit suburbs of White Lake, this restaurant specializes in making craft cocktails using the freshest and finest local ingredients. Its drinks are seasonal and play nicely with whatever the weather might be outside. If you’re willing to take a trip to the White Lake area, The Root will offer you things you just cannot find within the city.
The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48026
If you consider yourself a true, and we mean a true, connoisseur of cocktails, then you must try The Sugar House in the lively Corktown area of Detroit. The real purist will look at this bar as the dream happy hour location for the perfect after-work cocktail. Also cited in the same Esquire piece proclaiming Detroit as America’s Best Bar City, The Sugar House helps lend the Motor City an authentic credibility for its new claim. Hipsters flock to this trendy bar, so unless you’re willing to deal with suspenders, beards and neon colors, look elsewhere (but you’re probably going to want to stay here).
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