16 of the most beautiful bars in Detroit

Detroit's known for its historic speakeasy-style joints, dive bars, and live music venues — it has them in droves. But, as the city enjoys an ongoing renaissance, it's also seeing a plethora of opulent and extravagant drinking establishments opening regularly.

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Atwater in the Park
This Grosse Pointe Park bar is located inside an old church — it's quite grand. Original ornate stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings augments the space as do the old pews that serve as booths. 
1175 Lakepointe St., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-344-5104
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Atwater in the Park


This Grosse Pointe Park bar is located inside an old church — it's quite grand. Original ornate stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings augments the space as do the old pews that serve as booths.
1175 Lakepointe St., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-344-5104
Photo via Instagram, Atwater in the Park
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Bad Luck Bar
Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski recently opened this spot in Midtown and it's beautiful in its own kind of way. It's got an Illuminati motif and tarot card-themed drinks. 
1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177
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Bad Luck Bar


Sugar House owner Dave Kwiatkowski recently opened this spot in Midtown and it's beautiful in its own kind of way. It's got an Illuminati motif and tarot card-themed drinks.
1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177
Photo via Instagram, Bad Luck Bar
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Ghost Bar
You'll find Ghost Bar on the third floor of the Whitney and, if you're lucky, the bartender will tell you a story about the specter who haunts the joint. 
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700
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Ghost Bar


You'll find Ghost Bar on the third floor of the Whitney and, if you're lucky, the bartender will tell you a story about the specter who haunts the joint.
4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700
Photo via Instagram
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Cliff Bell’s
It seems like this longstanding bar manages to find a way onto just about every "best bars" list for one reason or another. The place is gorgeous both inside and out and offers some of the most unique entertainment in the city. 
2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543
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Cliff Bell’s


It seems like this longstanding bar manages to find a way onto just about every "best bars" list for one reason or another. The place is gorgeous both inside and out and offers some of the most unique entertainment in the city.
2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543
Photo via Instagram
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The Apparatus Room
This spot is located inside the newly opened Fountain Hotel and it's pretty well known for that constellation of Edison bulbs that hang over the bar. 
250 W. Larned St., Detroit, 313-800-5600
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The Apparatus Room


This spot is located inside the newly opened Fountain Hotel and it's pretty well known for that constellation of Edison bulbs that hang over the bar.
250 W. Larned St., Detroit, 313-800-5600
Photo via Instagram, theapparatusroom
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Maru Sushi
The cocktails at this downtown Detroit sushi bar are strong and delicious and the minimalist style is augmented by nontraditional private booths and other unique accents. 
160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-315-3100
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Maru Sushi


The cocktails at this downtown Detroit sushi bar are strong and delicious and the minimalist style is augmented by nontraditional private booths and other unique accents.
160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-315-3100
Photo via Instagram, Maru Sushi
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Centaur
There's no arguing it — this three-story Art Deco bar is gorgeous. But, more importantly, this is a joint you can enjoy whether you're dressed to the nines or wearing your worst jeans. 
2233 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-963-4040
Photo via Instagram, Centaur Bar

Centaur


There's no arguing it — this three-story Art Deco bar is gorgeous. But, more importantly, this is a joint you can enjoy whether you're dressed to the nines or wearing your worst jeans.
2233 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-963-4040
Photo via Instagram, Centaur Bar
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Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
This spot is located inside Music Hall and it's a great place to enjoy a cocktail while also drinking in some jazz. The spot is classically beautiful — it's definitely a traditional joint. 
350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8501
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Jazz Cafe at Music Hall


This spot is located inside Music Hall and it's a great place to enjoy a cocktail while also drinking in some jazz. The spot is classically beautiful — it's definitely a traditional joint.
350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8501
Courtesy photo
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Kresge Court
Located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, this might be the most unique place to grab a drink in the city. The court resembles an outdoor courtyard, but it's wholly indoors — and climate controlled. 
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900
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Kresge Court


Located inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, this might be the most unique place to grab a drink in the city. The court resembles an outdoor courtyard, but it's wholly indoors — and climate controlled.
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900
Courtesy photo
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Otus Supply
Located in Ferndale, this place is known for those Hobbit-like wall openings as well as an owl motif. You’ll find craft food and cocktails, as well as the Parliament Room, a full fledged music venue. 
345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160
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Otus Supply


Located in Ferndale, this place is known for those Hobbit-like wall openings as well as an owl motif. You’ll find craft food and cocktails, as well as the Parliament Room, a full fledged music venue.
345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-6160
Photo via Instagram, Otus Supply
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Peterboro
Their menu is Chinese-inspired and so is the decor — red paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and a tiger painting heightens the vibe. 
420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-833-1111
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Peterboro


Their menu is Chinese-inspired and so is the decor — red paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and a tiger painting heightens the vibe.
420 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-833-1111
Photo via Instagram, Peterboro
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Sugar 
House
Dark and cozy, this Corktown bar has stiff craft cocktails and tons of taxidermy. 
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0123
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Sugar House


Dark and cozy, this Corktown bar has stiff craft cocktails and tons of taxidermy.
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0123
Photo via Instagram, Sugar House
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The Oakland
One of metro Detroit’s original craft cocktail bars, the Oakland Art Novelty Company has a dark, moody vibe with plush furniture and victorian accents. 
201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295
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The Oakland


One of metro Detroit’s original craft cocktail bars, the Oakland Art Novelty Company has a dark, moody vibe with plush furniture and victorian accents.
201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295
Photo via Instagram, The Oakland
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Townhouse
Townhouse is pretty hard to miss — you’ve seen that giant glass atrium on Woodward Avenue every time you hit downtown — and the interior is just as gorgeous. 
500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000
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Townhouse


Townhouse is pretty hard to miss — you’ve seen that giant glass atrium on Woodward Avenue every time you hit downtown — and the interior is just as gorgeous.
500 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-723-1000
Photo via Instagram, Townhouse
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Vertical
This downtown wine bar mixes Midcentury Modern and Art Deco design elements to spectacular effect. 
1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313-732-9463
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Vertical


This downtown wine bar mixes Midcentury Modern and Art Deco design elements to spectacular effect.
1538 Centre St., Detroit; 313-732-9463
Photo via Instagram, Vertical Detroit
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Wright and Co.
Located in downtown Detroit, this spot is a sister to Bad Luck Bar and Sugar House. You’ll find an ambiance that’s just as opulent as well as creative craft cocktails. 
1500 Woodward Ave., Floor 2, Detroit; 313-962-7711
Photo via Instagram, Wright & Co.

Wright and Co.


Located in downtown Detroit, this spot is a sister to Bad Luck Bar and Sugar House. You’ll find an ambiance that’s just as opulent as well as creative craft cocktails.
1500 Woodward Ave., Floor 2, Detroit; 313-962-7711
Photo via Instagram, Wright & Co.
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