20 places to grab cocktails-to-go in metro Detroit

A lot of things suck right now — like, a lot of things. But the alcohol gods have bestowed upon us a gift: the to-go cocktail. That's right, in Michigan, we can now get cocktails for carry-out. The legislation allows bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go in sealed containers that can be consumed at home or in designated outdoor areas, which will help your favorite local spot weather the economic impact of the coronavirus, which has forced restaurants to close for months and now operate at a lower capacity. So do your part and drink up, OK?

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Bagley Central
2545 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-262-6763; bagleycentral.com
This Southwest cocktail spot is serving up some crafty cocktails to go, including The Moonage Dream, a sparkling dry brut paired with Aperol, elderflower, and grapefruit juice. Have a favorite house cocktail? Bagley Central will whip it up and send it off to its new home: your home. They’ve also got build-your-own six-packs of beer.  
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Bagley Central


2545 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-262-6763; bagleycentral.com
This Southwest cocktail spot is serving up some crafty cocktails to go, including The Moonage Dream, a sparkling dry brut paired with Aperol, elderflower, and grapefruit juice. Have a favorite house cocktail? Bagley Central will whip it up and send it off to its new home: your home. They’ve also got build-your-own six-packs of beer.

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Barter Detroit 
11601 Joseph Campau; 313-707-0986; barterdetroit.com
You don’t have to risk it at a patio to sip the sweet nectar of the alcoholic gods. Barter in Hamtramck is bottling up their cocktail menu to-go, as well as offering takeaway beer and wine, so quit your whining!
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Barter Detroit


11601 Joseph Campau; 313-707-0986; barterdetroit.com
You don’t have to risk it at a patio to sip the sweet nectar of the alcoholic gods. Barter in Hamtramck is bottling up their cocktail menu to-go, as well as offering takeaway beer and wine, so quit your whining!

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Castalia Cocktails 
3980 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-305-1442; castaliacocktails.com
Smell that? That’s the smell of Castalia Cocktails, the crafty sister to Sfumato fragrances in Midtown. From cocktail kits to the real deal, Castalia offers elegant cocktails, like the fan-favorite Gravitas Old-Fashioned. True to Castalia Sfumato’s ethos, they have a more playful offering via boozy ice pops in a flavor called The Raz Dazzler, made with bourbon, orange juice, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, and raw sugar.  
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Castalia Cocktails


3980 Second Ave., Detroit; 313-305-1442; castaliacocktails.com
Smell that? That’s the smell of Castalia Cocktails, the crafty sister to Sfumato fragrances in Midtown. From cocktail kits to the real deal, Castalia offers elegant cocktails, like the fan-favorite Gravitas Old-Fashioned. True to Castalia Sfumato’s ethos, they have a more playful offering via boozy ice pops in a flavor called The Raz Dazzler, made with bourbon, orange juice, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, and raw sugar.

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Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails
15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com
Midtown loves a cocktail. More specifically, a cocktail from Chartruese Kitchen and Cocktails. To combat our cocktail-less lives, they’ve launched a series of to-go cocktails, including The Last Word, a Detroit invention made with, you guessed it, Chartreuse. They also offer daiquiri, martini, Manhattans, and a take on the Old Fashioned. 
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Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails


15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com
Midtown loves a cocktail. More specifically, a cocktail from Chartruese Kitchen and Cocktails. To combat our cocktail-less lives, they’ve launched a series of to-go cocktails, including The Last Word, a Detroit invention made with, you guessed it, Chartreuse. They also offer daiquiri, martini, Manhattans, and a take on the Old Fashioned.

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Cork & Gabel
2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2261; corkandgabel.com
Comfort food hot spot, Cork & Gabel wasted no time in jumping on the cocktail to-go bandwagon and have done so with a ton of options. Offered in Capri Sun-style containers, each cocktail is enough for two, and, for $20, you can get your adult hands on two craft cocktails from the menu, or bartender’s choice. Don’t see your favorite classic on the menu? Just ask and thy wish shall be granted. 
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Cork & Gabel


2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2261; corkandgabel.com
Comfort food hot spot, Cork & Gabel wasted no time in jumping on the cocktail to-go bandwagon and have done so with a ton of options. Offered in Capri Sun-style containers, each cocktail is enough for two, and, for $20, you can get your adult hands on two craft cocktails from the menu, or bartender’s choice. Don’t see your favorite classic on the menu? Just ask and thy wish shall be granted.

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Detroit Fleat
1890 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com
Give us slushies with booze, or give us death! OK — while that may be extreme, our love of the cooling summer treat is also extreme, which is why this food truck park has our attention with their howlers of mules and margs, as well as boozy “slooshies” like that in Superman flavor, which is basically our kryptonite.  
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Detroit Fleat


1890 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com
Give us slushies with booze, or give us death! OK — while that may be extreme, our love of the cooling summer treat is also extreme, which is why this food truck park has our attention with their howlers of mules and margs, as well as boozy “slooshies” like that in Superman flavor, which is basically our kryptonite.

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The Film Lab 
3105 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck; thefilmlab.org
Man, do we miss movies. Don’t get us wrong, during this whole quarantine sitch, we’ve exhausted our streaming services and, yeah, we’ve even binged the 90 Day Fiance season with Big Ed. (Ugh!) Well, Film Lab in Hamtramck has pivoted to showing movies that speak to the times at their outdoor film space. They also offer to-go cocktails for those who are sick of their at-home liquor cabinets. Offerings include Dead Ringers, which combine Heaven Hill Bourbon, maple, Byrrh Quinquina, Angostura Bitters, Rosemary; Daisies features Sobieski Vodka, Cocchi Americano, lime, raspberry, orange bitters; and The Young and the Damned has a mix of Banhez Mezcal, Angostura Amaro, hibiscus, lime, and soda. Oh, yeah — they also have spirit-free cocktails for anyone who wants a kick without the buzz.  
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The Film Lab


3105 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck; thefilmlab.org
Man, do we miss movies. Don’t get us wrong, during this whole quarantine sitch, we’ve exhausted our streaming services and, yeah, we’ve even binged the 90 Day Fiance season with Big Ed. (Ugh!) Well, Film Lab in Hamtramck has pivoted to showing movies that speak to the times at their outdoor film space. They also offer to-go cocktails for those who are sick of their at-home liquor cabinets. Offerings include Dead Ringers, which combine Heaven Hill Bourbon, maple, Byrrh Quinquina, Angostura Bitters, Rosemary; Daisies features Sobieski Vodka, Cocchi Americano, lime, raspberry, orange bitters; and The Young and the Damned has a mix of Banhez Mezcal, Angostura Amaro, hibiscus, lime, and soda. Oh, yeah — they also have spirit-free cocktails for anyone who wants a kick without the buzz.

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Grange Kitchen and Bar 
118 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-2107; grangekitchenandbar.com
Home on the Grange, where the buffalo … OK — we’ll stop because even our drunk asses don’t want to hear how that ends. What we do want is to hit up Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor, where they’ve decided to bottle up some behind-the-bar faves, like the GGGInger (fresh mint, ginger syrup, lime juice, A2DC Revival gin, ginger beer, and crystallized ginger,) for us to enjoy in the environment of our choosing. Thanks, Grange. Now, where’s the Asprin? 
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Grange Kitchen and Bar


118 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-2107; grangekitchenandbar.com
Home on the Grange, where the buffalo … OK — we’ll stop because even our drunk asses don’t want to hear how that ends. What we do want is to hit up Grange Kitchen and Bar in Ann Arbor, where they’ve decided to bottle up some behind-the-bar faves, like the GGGInger (fresh mint, ginger syrup, lime juice, A2DC Revival gin, ginger beer, and crystallized ginger,) for us to enjoy in the environment of our choosing. Thanks, Grange. Now, where’s the Asprin?

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The Last Word
301 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor; thelastwordbar.com
Nice cans! No, not like that — nice cans of booze! The Last Word in Ann Arbor has stepped up the cocktail to-go game by canning their selection of boozy offerings, which come in mouth-watering flavors and killer packaging that reminds us of Pantone colors. Check out the You’re My Boy Blue, which combines bourbon, St. Germain Elderflower, fresh lemon, and muddled blueberries. While they tend to sell out of some of their signature flavors, feel free to grab a bottle of wine, beer, or grub, too. 
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The Last Word


301 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor; thelastwordbar.com
Nice cans! No, not like that — nice cans of booze! The Last Word in Ann Arbor has stepped up the cocktail to-go game by canning their selection of boozy offerings, which come in mouth-watering flavors and killer packaging that reminds us of Pantone colors. Check out the You’re My Boy Blue, which combines bourbon, St. Germain Elderflower, fresh lemon, and muddled blueberries. While they tend to sell out of some of their signature flavors, feel free to grab a bottle of wine, beer, or grub, too.

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mabelgraykitchen.com
One of metro Detroit’s most celebrated restaurants is now presenting some beautifully bottled upscale cocktails you can drink at your leisure. Take the house Manhattan or margarita. Or, for the more adventurous take a trip to Saturn, a drink that boasts Citadelle gin, Velvet Falernum, roasted peanut orgeat, passion fruit, and lemon or the Mabel Mai Tai made with plantation special dry, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, lime, and roasted peanut orgeat.

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