January 14, 2022

20 lounges, speakeasies, and hidden bars in metro Detroit and how to find them all

Think you’re the hippest barfly in Detroit? How many of these hidden, low-key, blink-and-you-miss-them, and underground bars have you visited?

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Sid Gold’s Request Room
1515 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-444-4653; sidgolds.com/detroit
Sid Gold’s, a New York piano karaoke bar, has a Detroit location in the Siren Hotel. This retro lounge offers live piano accompaniment for amateur singers, and the iPad songbook includes Broadway standards as well as recent hits. Head down the alley behind the Siren Hotel (look out for the neon sign) for a welcoming interior and delicious menu of cocktails, snacks, entrées, and desserts.
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Sid Gold’s Request Room

1515 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-444-4653; sidgolds.com/detroit

Sid Gold’s, a New York piano karaoke bar, has a Detroit location in the Siren Hotel. This retro lounge offers live piano accompaniment for amateur singers, and the iPad songbook includes Broadway standards as well as recent hits. Head down the alley behind the Siren Hotel (look out for the neon sign) for a welcoming interior and delicious menu of cocktails, snacks, entrées, and desserts.

Photo via @brettjoelaw / Instagram
Weiss Distilling Company
34 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; thewdc.com
To access this sleek, speakeasy-style bar, you go through a secret entrance in an elevator shaft.
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Weiss Distilling Company

34 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; thewdc.com

To access this sleek, speakeasy-style bar, you go through a secret entrance in an elevator shaft.

Photo via @weissdistillingco / Instagram
Bad Luck Bar
1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com
Tucked away down an alley near Capitol Park, Bad Luck Bar is an experimental craft cocktail bar with an inventive selection of mixed drinks. The menu includes fanciful, imaginatively-named concoctions such as Downward Facing Man (rum, cold brew coffee, Zucca rabarbaro liqueur) and The Seer (cognac, royal jelly honey, VEP Yellow Chartreuse, edible gold, lemon twist).
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Bad Luck Bar

1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com

Tucked away down an alley near Capitol Park, Bad Luck Bar is an experimental craft cocktail bar with an inventive selection of mixed drinks. The menu includes fanciful, imaginatively-named concoctions such as Downward Facing Man (rum, cold brew coffee, Zucca rabarbaro liqueur) and The Seer (cognac, royal jelly honey, VEP Yellow Chartreuse, edible gold, lemon twist).

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Ghostbar
4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com/ghostbar
Located on the third floor of The Whitney, Ghostbar offers delicious drinks in an ornate space. With live jazz on Saturdays and a menu of creative cocktails, local beers, wine, and appetizers, this bar offers a relaxed atmosphere in one of Detroit’s best-loved historic buildings.   
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Ghostbar

4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com/ghostbar

Located on the third floor of The Whitney, Ghostbar offers delicious drinks in an ornate space. With live jazz on Saturdays and a menu of creative cocktails, local beers, wine, and appetizers, this bar offers a relaxed atmosphere in one of Detroit’s best-loved historic buildings.

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Monarch Club
33 John R St., Detroit; 313-306-2380; monarchclubdetroit.com
This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of downtown Detroit from the top of the recently restored Metropolitan Building. be sure to make a reservation online, in the warmer months it's a popular spot.
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Monarch Club

33 John R St., Detroit; 313-306-2380; monarchclubdetroit.com

This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of downtown Detroit from the top of the recently restored Metropolitan Building. be sure to make a reservation online, in the warmer months it's a popular spot.

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Raven Lounge and Restaurant
5145 Chene St., Detroit; 313-924-7133; ravenloungeandrestaurant.com
Located in an unassuming building on the corner of Chene and Farnsworth, Raven Lounge is one of Detroit’s oldest blues clubs. This social club, which dates back to the 1960s, offers live music, soul food, and a friendly atmosphere to dance and socialize.
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Raven Lounge and Restaurant

5145 Chene St., Detroit; 313-924-7133; ravenloungeandrestaurant.com

Located in an unassuming building on the corner of Chene and Farnsworth, Raven Lounge is one of Detroit’s oldest blues clubs. This social club, which dates back to the 1960s, offers live music, soul food, and a friendly atmosphere to dance and socialize.

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The Ebenezer
305 Fleet St., 734-404-5552; theebenezerplymouth.com
This speakeasy-style bar opened in the basement of a 100-plus year-old bank building on the corner in downtown Plymouth in 2020. To get in, you have to go through an alley behind the building near the parking structure. 
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The Ebenezer

305 Fleet St., 734-404-5552; theebenezerplymouth.com

This speakeasy-style bar opened in the basement of a 100-plus year-old bank building on the corner in downtown Plymouth in 2020. To get in, you have to go through an alley behind the building near the parking structure.

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Bab’s Underground
213 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-0800; babsunderground.com
The hidden entrance to Bab’s leads to a roomy basement bar offering craft cocktails, craft beers, and rare bourbons. With a vintage photo booth, arcade games, pinball, and multiple televisions, Babs’ offers a relaxed atmosphere for watching games, socializing, and enjoying creative cocktails.  
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Bab’s Underground

213 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-997-0800; babsunderground.com

The hidden entrance to Bab’s leads to a roomy basement bar offering craft cocktails, craft beers, and rare bourbons. With a vintage photo booth, arcade games, pinball, and multiple televisions, Babs’ offers a relaxed atmosphere for watching games, socializing, and enjoying creative cocktails.

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Jolly Old Timers
641 W. Forest Ave, Detroit; 313-831-5342
Located in the lower level of a private residence, Jolly Old Timers Club is a secret bar that serves up a selection of beer and mixed drinks in a friendly atmosphere. A red light on the exterior of the building lets patrons know when the establishment is open, and the inside is a cozy, wood-paneled oasis of Detroit culture. The clubhouse has been open in various forms and locations since the 1950s, and rumor has it that former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was a member. 
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Jolly Old Timers

641 W. Forest Ave, Detroit; 313-831-5342

Located in the lower level of a private residence, Jolly Old Timers Club is a secret bar that serves up a selection of beer and mixed drinks in a friendly atmosphere. A red light on the exterior of the building lets patrons know when the establishment is open, and the inside is a cozy, wood-paneled oasis of Detroit culture. The clubhouse has been open in various forms and locations since the 1950s, and rumor has it that former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was a member.

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Two Way Inn
17897 Mt. Elliot St., Detroit; 313-891-4925; 2wayinn.com
Two Way Inn is one of Detroit’s oldest bars, dating back to 1876. After being buzzed into this hole-in-the-wall establishment, guests will enjoy the selection of domestic, imported, and local craft beers. The food is delicious as well, and during the winter, owner Mary Aganowski cooks up large batches of soup for patrons to enjoy with their drinks.  
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Two Way Inn

17897 Mt. Elliot St., Detroit; 313-891-4925; 2wayinn.com

Two Way Inn is one of Detroit’s oldest bars, dating back to 1876. After being buzzed into this hole-in-the-wall establishment, guests will enjoy the selection of domestic, imported, and local craft beers. The food is delicious as well, and during the winter, owner Mary Aganowski cooks up large batches of soup for patrons to enjoy with their drinks.

Photo via @twowayinn / Instagram