There has been a ton of activity on the Detroit restaurant and bar scene throughout the past few years, with 2013 being no exception. An array of new establishments have opened this year, adding even more options to choose from. From cocktail lounges to breweries, check out some of the best new places to have a drink in the Detroit area.

Two James Spirits, Detroit (Credit, Nicole Wrona)

Two James Spirits
2445 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 964-4800

Two James is the new kid on the block in Corktown, but will soon be everyone’s favorite. From the chill atmosphere of the impeccably designed tasting room to the amazing bartenders, this distillery offers a casual experience for those who like a good drink. The drinks are easily the best in town, made with spirits from the distillery which is adjacent to the bar area. Those searching to find a favorite drink will have a difficult time deciding on just one, but the staff will be happy to mix up as many as it will take.

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Urban Cellars at The Jefferson House
2 Washington St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0200

Urban Cellars sits adjacent to The Jefferson House, both of which are located in the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain Detroit. This lounge creates craft cocktails in a stylish setting. The decor is comfortable chic, and alludes to conversations with friends or perhaps even a stranger. Each drink is poured to perfection, with cocktails prepared using specialty ingredients. Cocktails steal the show at this establishment, as each resembles a refined composition of unique flavors, married together in a thoughtful way. A well-curated wine list is available, in addition to a selection of craft beer.

Monk Beer Abbey
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 544-6250

Monk Beer Abbey is warm and cozy, just the spot to hit for a Belgian brew. The dark wood decor and glowing lighting together create an inviting atmosphere. Imagine lingering conversations peppered with laughter and mixed with some solid drinks, and you have Monk. Order the beer sampler for a fun way to try a variety of flavors or to get familiar with your new favorite. Sipping beer at this casual spot with understated European flair is the perfect way to end the day.

(credit: Public House)

Public House
241 W. Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-7420

Public House is a modern enclave with a chic vintage feel. Settle into a curved booth or have a seat at the bar as records provide the soundtrack for the evening. This chill spot serves a variety of beverages from boozy milkshakes to tiki drinks and classic cocktails, and there’s beer. Drinks are distinctive in taste and are made by bartenders who can definitely mix a mean drink. Check out the dessert menu for a unique take on a sweet treat, including cotton candy in a variety of yummy flavors.

Firebird Tavern
419 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 782-4189

Firebird Tavern is a great place to throw back a beer or two with a bunch of friends. The atmosphere is welcoming, complemented in part by the friendly and attentive staff. Plenty of seating is available yet the tavern still manages to retain a cozy neighborhood vibe. This spot is unfettered and relaxed, yet has a distinct charm apparent in decorative features such as elegant tin ceilings, wood floors and exposed brick. The beer selection is extensive and includes many options from Michigan breweries. A wine list is available and the cocktails include surprising twists of old favorites.

Falling Down Beer Company
2270 E. 10 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48091
(586) 799-2739

Falling Down Beer Company is a craft brewery that creates beer pairings by using a variety of ingredients to obtain unusual flavor pairings. Order the beer paddle sampler to have the opportunity to try a variety of different styles of beer or grab a pint if you’re in the mood. Falling Down Beer is not afraid to try unique combinations, so be certain to check out what it has been concocting behind the scenes. This establishment has beyond-friendly service and other patrons are likely to strike up a conversation or two while enjoying the artisanal brews.

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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 and