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When the McNamara Terminal was planned and built, the idea was to offer visitors a shopping and dining experience, whether they were there for a fine filet mignon or a flight to Morocco. But with the advent of September 11, security became the all important concern and the general public could no longer access the massive shopping and dining complex there. So when you find yourself at Metropolitan Airport and are a bit thirsty, take advantage of the top-notch establishments that allow you to whet your whistle.

Champps Americana
North Terminal
Gate D8
(734) 247-1107

If what you are looking for is a bit upscale and at the same time a place to relax and watch a game, then Champps is the place to go. Enjoy some of the great hot wings, a glass of your favorite beverage and the view on a bevy of hi-def televisions along with a video wall and surround sound. It is the place for the sports bar experience at Metro Airport that you will not forget.

Waterworks Bar & Grill
McNamara Terminal
Concourse A, Gate A8
(734) 229-0616

For more open setting, head to the food court area at the McNamara Terminal to the Waterworks Bar & Grill. Here you will find a very relaxed setting with a great view of the crowds walking by and a large selection of beer, both imported and domestic. There is a full menu to enjoy and the burgers are known to be some of the best in any town.

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Jose Cuervo Tequileria
McNamara Terminal
Concourse A, Gate A66
(734) 857-1300

If you are looking for an adult drink but something special, something that has a bit more taste to offer than a beer, then head to Jose Cuervo Tequileria for a margarita. Along with this special drink, you will find a wonderful selection of Mexican food that will both satisfy and tingle your taste buds. This is the place for something a little different and a little spicy while you are waiting for your plane to take to the skies.

Heineken Lounge
McNamara Terminal
Concourse A, Gate A74
(734) 955-7055

When it comes to beer, one of the names everyone knows is Heineken, and at the McNamara Terminal, it is easy to find at the Heineken Lounge. But unlike many of the establishments at the terminal, along with beer, it also offers a wide array of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy. There is a full menu to satisfy your hunger while relaxing in the casual atmosphere you will find here.

Hockeytown Cafe
North Terminal
Gate D12 and 14
(734) 247-6887

Named after its downtown Detroit brother, Hockeytown Cafe at Detroit Metropolitan Airport offers visitors a familiar place to grab a beverage and a bite while waiting for their flight. Honoring the hometown Detroit Redwings, hockey fans in particular will find a home away from home at this classic sports bar. Foods range from burgers to, of course, wings, and the selection of beers on tap and in a bottle will make it easy to find something you like. When you are at the new North Terminal, take the time to stop in, look over the memorabilia honoring the Red Wings and then relax and enjoy your time while waiting for your flight.

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