Let’s face it, going to a game with the family in Detroit can be expensive. Between the price of your tickets, the parking, the food and vendors, you could be looking at a couple hundred dollars just for a one-time sporting experience. And while we’re not saying that it isn’t worth it, sometimes you’ve got to make sacrifices and choose to watch the game with loved ones from somewhere other than the stands. These places offer the next best thing when it comes to watching a game with your family, and in some cases, can offer an experience comparable to actually being at the game itself.

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

When it comes to watching the Red Wings, nothing can quite compare to the experience of watching the game from the multi-floor cafe of Hockeytown. Located just outside of Comerica Park, Hockeytown isn’t just great for watching the Wings, but also for Tigers, Pistons and Lions games as well. Oftentimes, radio shows and other local celebrities can be spotted within the cafe and during games, there are food and drink specials that can’t be beat. Being right in the heart of it all provides you and your family with a great alternative to shelling out high prices for tickets.

Coaches Corner Bar & Grill is located adjacent to much of the city center and Detroit’s People Mover train. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Coaches Corner Bar & Grill
1465 Centre St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-4000

While it may not be the most glamorous bar and grill in downtown Detroit, Coaches Corner offers families a fun and lively venue to watch any Detroit sporting event all within just a few blocks of the stadiums. If you want to head back out onto the streets to celebrate a Tigers win, Coaches provides an unbeatable location to spend game time at. With food and drink specials every day of the week, Coaches is not only a cheaper option than many other Detroit sports bars, but also one that doesn’t sacrifice quality. The Coaches name is well-known to sports fans in the Motor City, and that’s for good reason, with many locals choosing to call this place their home spot away from the stadium.

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

A local favorite for many years, Cobo Joe’s is as much understated for a sports bar as it is heralded. Located right in the heart of downtown among all of the sports action on Congress Street, whether it’s for the Tigers’ opening day or a Red Wings’ playoff game, Cobo Joe’s will allow you and your family to enjoy great food specials (including lunches for under $5) all while watching the game on any number of the big screen televisions. Being so close to the Joe Louis Arena also comes with the added perk of taking a stroll with your family through Hart Plaza and along the Detroit Riverwalk after the game is over. Red Wings tickets can be hard to come by at times, but Cobo Joe’s always has a great seat open for you and your loved ones.

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Rub BBQ Pub also has a second location in Ann Arbor. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Rub BBQ Pub
18 W. Adams St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-0782

With over 30 television screens throughout this spacious restaurant, and located right downtown in the center of the action, Rub BBQ Pub in Detroit is the ideal place to bring the family to watch a game. As a local favorite, it has expanded by opening another location in Ann Arbor. Whether you’re right in the heart of it or out in the west suburbs, Rub BBQ Pub is there to cater to you and your family. And it doesn’t matter which game you want to watch, whether it be hockey, soccer, baseball, MMA, etc. It has a simple rule: if you and your family want to watch it, Rub BBQ will put it on. And if you’re lucky enough to have tickets and are just looking for a place to enjoy the pre-game, Rub BBQ Pub also offers free shuttle rides to each and every Red Wings home game.

Detroit Beer Co.
1529 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-1529

There is perhaps no place more revered and iconic than the modest and unpretentious Detroit Beer Co., located on Broadway Street in downtown Detroit in a newly renovated historic building, not far from Comerica Park. While many sports bars and grills downtown focus solely on your television-watching experience, the Detroit Beer Co. also brings an element of fine dining into the equation with its award-winning and locally celebrated amazing pub food. And it isn’t just onion rings and hamburgers here, as menu items range into some incredible offerings. The seasonal beer selection is phenomenal and the brews made on site in large brewery equipment will offer a fascinating look into the process for the kids while mom and dad can sample the craft drinks and watch the game. Check out the website for a complete list of the beers available being brewed on any given day before any given game.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.