Sid Golds, 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.
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).
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 Detroits best-loved historic buildings.
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.
Located in an unassuming building on the corner of Chene and Farnsworth, Raven Lounge is one of Detroits 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.
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.
The hidden entrance to Babs 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.
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.