Happy hour is the best hour of the day, any day of the week. Almost every place in the city has a happy hour, and each has its own unique specials. From Monday through Friday, and every day in between, these Detroit establishments have got you covered. Stop the search; the best in the city are below.
15 E. Kirby St., Suite D
Detroit, MI 48202
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The eclectic vibe, swank decor and modern offerings make this bistro the place to be on Mondays. Located in Midtown, this Parisian-inspired bistro is off the charts in everything that is offered, from the unusual menu pairings to the attentive staff and strong, elegantly crafted drinks. Art hanging on the walls is ever-changing and a great touch; quite apropos, as the Detroit Institute of Art is located next to the restaurant. The namesake of the restaurant is a nod to Rodin’s “The Thinker” sculpture that sits in front of the museum. Happy hour menu and drink specials change often but have included salmon cake appetizers, croquettes and stuffed peppers, all for $5. Selected whites wine is $4, while red and well pours are $5. DJs spin frequently, and set up by the front window, which is a cool backdrop. Go for one of the greatest happy hours in the city, but linger for the ambiance.
Atlas Global Bistro
3111 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday is the day to visit Atlas Global Bistro. With its refined urban atmosphere, this is the place to end your Tuesday work day. The upscale vibe invites patrons to chill and soak in the scene. Happy hour drink specials include a $3 tap of the week, $4 Detroit Punch (ask your server about that one) and $5 wines. After spending time here, Tuesdays may not seem like such a bore.
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GM Global Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2500
Detroit, MI 48243
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
With the spectacular views of the sparkling lights of the city, you don’t need another reason to go to Coach Insignia, but there is one, an extensive selection of happy hour treats. Go on a Wednesday to get past the mid-week slump. Enjoy $4 drink specials on select wines, beer and martinis. Menu items include pizza, fries and the infamous burger accompanied by a beer for the unbelievably priced $10. Please note the dress code is relaxed for happy hour and the lounge is located on the top level.
2030 Park Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Happy hour at Cliff Bells is exceptional. Swing by on Thursday as the week is winding down; have a seat and settle in for a grand time. The drink specials are amazing. The list is long and features a wondrous array of savory appetizers to accompany the drinks. Choose from 50-cent pints of PBR starting at 4 p.m., with a 25-cent increase each half hour that ticks by. Stay into the evening and listen to cool jazz or a hot quartet; live performances are scheduled every night. Try a glass of red or white wine for $5, or a cocktail for $7. The small plates happy hour specials include macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs and specialty muffins. Happy hour specials are extended to bar seating only.
Detroit Beer Company
Detroit, MI 48226
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Get the weekend started right by jetting down to Detroit Beer Company on Friday. Happy hour specialties include 75 cents off all beer and 1/2 off all appetizers. It is no surprise that the carefully curated beer selection is extensive, and everything from lagers and pilsners to stouts and hefeweizens is stocked continuously, with specific offerings too numerous to list. Beer is brewed within the facility, and selections vary upon what is chilling in the brewhouse, but at least eight choices are on the menu at all times. The menu of everything from appetizers to pizzas and pub sandwiches to pastas is half off during happy hour. Now how’s that for an awesome Friday evening!
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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.