20 Detroit area dive bars that have been around for more than 30 years

Sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name, or at least go to a place where it feels like they do. These neighborhood dive bars have been staples in their respective communities for decades.

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The Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830
This Cass Corridor bar first opened in 1980. Not only is it a popular neighborhood spot for a drink, it’s also a destination for local music performances. 
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The Old Miami

3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830

This Cass Corridor bar first opened in 1980. Not only is it a popular neighborhood spot for a drink, it’s also a destination for local music performances.

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Two Way Inn
17897 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit; 313-891-4925
Believed to be the oldest bar in Detroit, the Two Way Inn has been serving Detroiters drinks since 1876. The bar also served as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.
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Two Way Inn

17897 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit; 313-891-4925

Believed to be the oldest bar in Detroit, the Two Way Inn has been serving Detroiters drinks since 1876. The bar also served as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

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Donovan’s Pub
3003 Vernor Hwy, Detroit; 313-964-7418
This Irish Pub is located in Southwest Detroit, within stumbling distance of some of our favorite Mexicantown restaurants. This neighborhood spot is good for your simple drink needs, fancy expectations need not apply. 
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Donovan’s Pub

3003 Vernor Hwy, Detroit; 313-964-7418

This Irish Pub is located in Southwest Detroit, within stumbling distance of some of our favorite Mexicantown restaurants. This neighborhood spot is good for your simple drink needs, fancy expectations need not apply.

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Jumbo’s Bar
3736 3rd Ave, Detroit; 313-831-8949
Since 1940, this dive bar has served Detroiters a shot with a sense of community. Jumbo’s is sure to give you the vibe of your own personal Cheers bar, with a Cass Corridor twist.
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Jumbo’s Bar

3736 3rd Ave, Detroit; 313-831-8949

Since 1940, this dive bar has served Detroiters a shot with a sense of community. Jumbo’s is sure to give you the vibe of your own personal Cheers bar, with a Cass Corridor twist.

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Sneakers Pub
22628 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-8243
Sneakers Pub has been a popular neighborhood watering hole since 1988. It might be a sports bar, but it also offers karaoke, which means you can get drunk and sing “Don’t Stop Believin” to your heart’s content.
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Sneakers Pub

22628 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-8243

Sneakers Pub has been a popular neighborhood watering hole since 1988. It might be a sports bar, but it also offers karaoke, which means you can get drunk and sing “Don’t Stop Believin” to your heart’s content.

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Temple Bar
2906 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-832-2822
A Detroit staple since the 1970s, Temple Bar has been a place of inclusivity for years. In the early ’90s, it was a popular hangout for Detroit’s LGBT+ community serving shots and a safe space in the Cass Corridor. 
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Temple Bar

2906 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-832-2822

A Detroit staple since the 1970s, Temple Bar has been a place of inclusivity for years. In the early ’90s, it was a popular hangout for Detroit’s LGBT+ community serving shots and a safe space in the Cass Corridor.

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Nancy Whiskey Pub
2644 Harrison St., Detroit; 313-962-4247
Since 1902, Nancy Whiskey Pub has been serving shots to you. Rumor has it this Corktown bar survived Prohibition as a speakeasy and was frequented by Jimmy Hoffa. 
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Nancy Whiskey Pub

2644 Harrison St., Detroit; 313-962-4247

Since 1902, Nancy Whiskey Pub has been serving shots to you. Rumor has it this Corktown bar survived Prohibition as a speakeasy and was frequented by Jimmy Hoffa.

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Abick’s Bar
3500 Gilbert St., Detroit; 313-894-9329
The building was built in 1907, but the bar’s name didn’t become Abick’s until 1919. During World War II, Marie “Manya” Abick took over as bartender and served drinks until her death in 2014.
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Abick’s Bar

3500 Gilbert St., Detroit; 313-894-9329

The building was built in 1907, but the bar’s name didn’t become Abick’s until 1919. During World War II, Marie “Manya” Abick took over as bartender and served drinks until her death in 2014.

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Marshall’s Bar 
14716 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-821-0610
Marshall’s is small — like very small, like fire capacity of 49 small — but everything about the vibe of this place is big. Serving drinks since the prohibition, Marshall’s has been a community staple for years. 
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Marshall’s Bar

14716 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-821-0610

Marshall’s is small — like very small, like fire capacity of 49 small — but everything about the vibe of this place is big. Serving drinks since the prohibition, Marshall’s has been a community staple for years.

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LJ’s Lounge
2114 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-962-0013
Though it's a quiet old-man bar on most days, the spill-over crowd from Slows Bar BQ and the pre-party crowd from nearby dance shindigs makes it a memorable stop for bar-crawlers in the know.
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LJ’s Lounge

2114 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-962-0013

Though it's a quiet old-man bar on most days, the spill-over crowd from Slows Bar BQ and the pre-party crowd from nearby dance shindigs makes it a memorable stop for bar-crawlers in the know.

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