Detroit Opening Day party guide

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Tony Bennett, Detroit Stock City

The big day is finally upon us. How will you celebrate? While open intoxication is still very much illegal in Detroit, many restaurants and watering holes will open their doors early for the onslaught of Tigers fans looking to pre-game, post-game, and play hard.

Anchor Bar

450 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-964-9127;

Starting at 8 a.m., Anchor Bar will celebrate Opening Day with its grand re-opening party and offer drink specials all day and DJs. No cover.

Beacon Park

1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-566-8250;

Starting at 10 a.m., Beacon Park will open its doors for a day of family-friendly festivities. Fans can tune in to the game inside Beacon Park's heated tent, and Lumen Detroit will offer up a cash bar. Food trucks, lawn games, and giveaways will also be present. Event is free.

Brass Rail Pizza Bar + Annex + Latin Room + The Tent

18 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-964-0782;

Starting at 8 a.m., Brass Rail Pizza Bar will join forces with neighbors Annex, Latin Room, and the Tent with music, food, games, and the big game on multiple screens. Cover starts at $20.

Briggs Detroit

519 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-656-4820;

Starting at 10 a.m., Briggs Detroit christens its roof deck patio for the season with drink specials all day. No cover.

Cliff Bells

2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543;

Music from Detroit's "Prince of the Blues" Chris Canas starting at around 4 p.m. (depending on when the game ends).

The Coliseum

11300 E. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-527-6969;

Starting at 11:30 a.m., Tigers fans can grab $5 beers until 7 p.m. No cover.

Cornerstone Barrel House

1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-338-3238;

Starting at 9 a.m., food and drink specials will be on the menu all day. No cover.

Detroit Beer Co.

1529 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-962-1529;

Starting at 9 a.m., Detroit Beer Co. will open up all three floors with a live DJ. No cover.

Detroit Foundation Hotel

250 W. Larned St., Detroit; 313-800-5500;

Starting at 10 a.m., Detroit Foundation will open up its patio with a tailgate party with a complimentary ballpark-inspired food menu, cash bar, and will offer free shuttles to Comerica Park via The Handlebar.

Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973;

From 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; $10 game ticket includes a pass to a shuttle that runs every hour and a beer (or you can just park for $15). Miller Lite will be bringing you drink specials, autographed Tigers swag giveaways, and the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime batting practice experience.

The Detroiter Bar

655 Beaubien St., Detroit; 313-963-3355;

Starting at 8 a.m., drink specials and game day menu will be on deck, and the big game will be on the big screen. No cover.

Eastern Market

2934 Russell St., Detroit; 313-833-9300;

Starting at 7 a.m., Eastern Market will host a tailgate. Cost is $45 per car or $185 per party bus or RV. Online purchases only.

The Elwood Bar & Grill

300 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-962-2337;

Starting at 11 a.m., join Elwood Bar & Grill for two sets by the Killer Flamingos.


529 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-1300;

The Fillmore

2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451;

Starting at 7 a.m., join 101.1 the WRIF for an all-day broadcast and Opening Day party. McDonald's will offer free coffee and donut sticks to the first 100 people, and there will be additional giveaways, including tickets to the big game. No cover.

Firebird Tavern

419 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-782-4189;

Starting at 8 a.m., pre-gamers can indulge in drink specials and DJs. No cover.

Fort Street Galley

160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-230-0855;

Starting at 10 a.m., Fort Street Galley will serve up its usual food offerings, as well as game-day drink specials and DJs.

Founders Taproom

546 Charlotte St., Detroit; 313-335-3440;

Starting at 10 a.m., the Second Annual Opening Day Soirée will feature hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn on the cob, popcorn and, of course, beer, including three special Opening Day beers: Corner Lager, Peach Wheat, and Pinetar Double IPA. Live music by Jyarsch starts at 10:30 a.m. on the patio with some outdoor games. The event is free and open for all ages until 9 p.m. and 21+ only after.

Grand Circus Block Party

Starting at 10 a.m., Tigers fans can join 97.1 The Ticket as they kickoff its annual Grand Circus Block Party. No cover.

Grand Trunk Pub

612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-3043;

Starting at 9 a.m., menu and beer specials.

Hockeytown Cafe

2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3400;

Starting at 8 a.m., Hockeytown will kick off opening day with a rooftop patio pre-party. There will be heated tents, a revamped food and drink special menu (including a liquid smoke Bloody Mary), as well as music from DJ Prezident. Cover is $20 before 4 p.m.


22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-850-8060;

Sonoran hot dog and beer special ($9) offered all day long, from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. (kitchen closes as midnight).

J's Penalty Box

22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-398-4070;

Starting at 9 a.m., J's will serve up $2 domestic pints and $1 hot dogs. No cover.

Legends Gentlemen's Club

415 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-5005;

Starting at 11 a.m., Legends will offer $20 hand-cut filet mignon, cigar and hookah service, HDTV broadcast of the big game, as well as entertainers. Cover is $10.

Madison Avenue Festival Grounds

440 Madison Ave., Detroit;

Starting at 9 a.m., the Detroit Home Opener Festival will kick off what is hailed as the city's biggest Opening Day party. Features include heated tents for an indoor/outdoor celebration with DJs, bands, beer tents, full bars, local food vendors, games and TVs aplenty. Tickets start at $20.

Mootz Pizzeria + Bar

1230 Library St., Detroit; 313-243-1230;

Starting at 9:30 a.m., this new New York-style pizzeria is serving large and cheese and pepperoni slices all day long. Slices are $5, whole cheese pizzas are $25, and whole pepperoni pizzas $30. (Tip: You're allowed to bring personal size food items into Comerica Park.)

Old Shillelagh

349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007;

Starting at 7 a.m., Old Shillelagh will open up its doors as well as two huge outdoor heated tents with live entertainment, DJs, and a game-day menu.

Slow's Bar BQ

2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-9828;

Starting at 11 a.m., game-day food and drink specials will be served up as will the big game.

Town Pump

2233 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-1929;

Starting at 9 a.m., Town Pump will once again throw a huge parking lot party with DJ Zig-Zag, drink specials. Proceeds will benefit Bartenders for Good. Cover is $15.

The Skip

1234 Library St., Detroit;

Starting at 11 a.m., DJs Sam Morykwas and Nick Speed will hit the decks. No cover.

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