Best Bars Near Comerica Park To Take In Opening Day

March 25, 2015 8:00 AM

It’s opening day! However, baseball tickets are expensive. You still want to celebrate and be a part of the action, though, so you’ll head to a downtown bar or one in metro Detroit. Check this list for the best bars near Comerica Park to watch the first game of the season.
Park Bar/Bucharest Grill
2040 Park Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2933
www.parkbardetroit.comWhat’s nice about the Park Bar is that it is upstairs from Bucharest Grill – grab some shwarma and then a beer to wash it down! The bar also carries craft beers and beers from Michigan breweries, such as Motor City Brewing Works, Shorts Brewing Company, New Holland, and more. Park Bar’s main bar is circular, and has large TVs around it. The bar is also located a stone’s throw away from Comerica Park.
Cheli’s Chili Bar
47 E. Adams Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-1700
www.chelischilibar.comCheli’s Chili Bar has great chili (no surprise), but also hosts live music and parking lot parties during the Tigers’ home games. You can choose to sit downstairs in the dining area (which also serves alcohol) or go to the bar upstairs. Cheli’s is owned by former Detroit Red Wings player Chris Chelios, and it has 36 flatscreen TVs for you to watch the Tigers on; it also offers shuttles to Joe Louis if you ever wanted to take in a Red Wings game.
Elwood Bar & Grill 
300 E. Adams Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2337
www.elwoodgrill.com/index.htmlThe Elwood Bar & Grill offers tailgating for its Tigers fans, and it has an interesting history. It’s an Art Deco diner, and was built in 1936 by Charles Noble; its original location was close to the old Tiger Stadium. In 1997, it was moved by its owner, Chuck Forbes, to 300 Adams Avenue, to be closer to Comerica Park. It then underwent a renovation, and its Art Deco interior and facade were remodeled. Elwood Grill is conveniently located just behind Comerica and Ford Field; check it out before, during or after the game.Related: Best Sports Bars in Detroit

Hockeytown Cafe
2301 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 965-9500
www.hockeytowncafe.comHockeytown Cafe is located in the heart of Detroit, and although its theme is, of course, hockey, it’s also not a bad place to catch a Tigers game. It has a ton of sports memorabilia, and more than twenty 63-inch plasma TVs. Parking can be found in the Fox Theatre’s garage, between Woodward and Park, and prices vary. The cafe also offers a 3rd floor patio, for when the weather warms up later in the season.
The Town Pump Tavern
100 W. Montcalm St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 961-1929
www.thetownpumptavern.comThe Town Pump Tavern is a great place to grab a drink during a Tigers game – it’s close to Comerica, Ford Field, the Fox Theater and the Fillmore. It features tin ceilings and wood walls, has 18 beers on tap, as well as a kitchen that is open until 11 p.m. every night. Town Pump also features live music after home Tigers games, and a happy hour which includes $1 off well drinks and pints. The bar is open 364 days a year (only closed on Christmas day) and can be found on the ground floor of the Park Avenue House (the Royal Palm Hotel back in the day); the bar opend in 1996, and there was another restaurant of the same name that resided in the same location in the 1940s.Related: Best Sports Bars To Watch World Cup Soccer In Metro Detroit

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.