20 places to get a damn good beer in the Detroit area
There’s something special about unwinding after a long day with a nice cold brew.
The Michigan craft beer scene is still growing, and metro Detroit sports dozens of quality craft brewers.
Many bars and restaurants in the area carry local craft beer selections on tap, so you never have to worry about settling for a boring mass produced brand name.
Here are some places to grab a nice cold one in the Detroit area.
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Nain Rouge Brewery
644 Selden St., Detroit; 313-638-1695; smithandcodetroit.com
Nain Rouge Brewery, whose name comes from the legendary mythical creature of the same name, serves its locally brewed beers at Smith & Co.
8 Degrees Plato
3409 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-888-9972; 8degreesplato.com
You can’t go wrong with any place that classifies beer as a food group and with the slogan “Beer is food, drink better food,” 8 Degrees Plato gets beer right.
Motor City Brewing Works
470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-832-2700; motorcitybeer.com
Home of the Ghettoblaster Ale and their own line of cane sugar sodas, this local brewery puts a fun spin on craft beer.
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-262-6115; jollypumpkin.com
The Jolly Pumpkin’s Belgian-style brews are so good, they’ve even beaten the real thing in international competitions.
Detroit Beer Exchange
1260 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-638-236; thebeerexchange.com
Nothing says a good time like beer and pinball or arcade games and at The Beer Exchange you get all of these things.
237 Jos Campau, Detroit; 313-877-9205; atwaterbeer.com
Atwater Brewery makes German-style lagers right in the city with a variety of craft beers on tap.
3100 E. West Maple Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; 248-960-3344; uptowngrille.com
Sure you could hit this bar at any time, but on Tuesdays, Uptown Grille offers ½ price draft beer and burgers — name a better combo.
1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit;313-961-2000; mudgiesdeli.com
Mudgies may be one of Detroiters’ go-to spots for sandwiches (including their popular lobster roll) but it’s a craft beer destination as well.
Wright & Co
1500 Woodward Ave., floor 2, Detroit; 313-962-7711; wrightdetroit.com
Wright & Co. has a few craft beer offerings, and if you’re feeling hungry, grab something off the menu curated by James Beard winning chef, Marc Djozlija.
5169 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-462-4754; woodbridgepub.com
Woodbridge is the ultimate neighborhood bar located right in Midtown. Grab a beer and check out some live music while you’re there.
2040 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-962-2933
Park Bar offers a variety of craft beers and cocktails.