October 19, 2019

26 hidden bars in the Detroit area and how to find them all

There are quite a few hidden gems in the Motor City and beyond, and our secret bars are among them. From speakeasies, secret entrances, and underground lairs, check out this list of tucked-away venues that you might otherwise miss on a night out in the Detroit area.

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

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

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Cafe D’Mongo's Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St., Detroit
This classic Detroit speakeasy has drawn big names, including Ryan Gosling and Quentin Tarantino. The live music draws big crowds, as does the menu, which includes favorites such as Abe Bernstine’s Chunky Corned Beef and the grilled cheese, which combines white cheddar, fontina, and havarti. After over fifty years in business, Cafe D’Mongo’s is one of Detroit’s best off-the-beaten-path bars.   
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Cafe D’Mongo's Speakeasy

1439 Griswold St., Detroit
This classic Detroit speakeasy has drawn big names, including Ryan Gosling and Quentin Tarantino. The live music draws big crowds, as does the menu, which includes favorites such as Abe Bernstine’s Chunky Corned Beef and the grilled cheese, which combines white cheddar, fontina, and havarti. After over fifty years in business, Cafe D’Mongo’s is one of Detroit’s best off-the-beaten-path bars.

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Cafe D’Mongo's Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St., Detroit
This classic Detroit speakeasy has drawn big names, including Ryan Gosling and Quentin Tarantino. The live music draws big crowds, as does the menu, which includes favorites such as Abe Bernstine’s Chunky Corned Beef and the grilled cheese, which combines white cheddar, fontina, and havarti. After over fifty years in business, Cafe D’Mongo’s is one of Detroit’s best off-the-beaten-path bars.   
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Cafe D’Mongo's Speakeasy

1439 Griswold St., Detroit
This classic Detroit speakeasy has drawn big names, including Ryan Gosling and Quentin Tarantino. The live music draws big crowds, as does the menu, which includes favorites such as Abe Bernstine’s Chunky Corned Beef and the grilled cheese, which combines white cheddar, fontina, and havarti. After over fifty years in business, Cafe D’Mongo’s is one of Detroit’s best off-the-beaten-path bars.

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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.   
Photo via Google Maps

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.

Photo via Google Maps
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.   
Photo via Google Maps

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.

Photo via Google Maps
The Oakland
201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295; theoaklandferndale.com
Though it’s located on a busy thoroughfare, The Oakland is easy to miss. The luxurious decor of this small bar recalls the decadence of a speakeasy from the 1920s, and the drink menu is not less elegant. From their diverse selection of cocktails to the blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock playing on the stereo, The Oakland hits the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity. 
Photo via Google Maps

The Oakland

201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295; theoaklandferndale.com
Though it’s located on a busy thoroughfare, The Oakland is easy to miss. The luxurious decor of this small bar recalls the decadence of a speakeasy from the 1920s, and the drink menu is not less elegant. From their diverse selection of cocktails to the blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock playing on the stereo, The Oakland hits the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity.

Photo via Google Maps
The Oakland
201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295; theoaklandferndale.com
Though it’s located on a busy thoroughfare, The Oakland is easy to miss. The luxurious decor of this small bar recalls the decadence of a speakeasy from the 1920s, and the drink menu is not less elegant. From their diverse selection of cocktails to the blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock playing on the stereo, The Oakland hits the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity. 
Photo via The Oakland / Instagram

The Oakland

201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295; theoaklandferndale.com
Though it’s located on a busy thoroughfare, The Oakland is easy to miss. The luxurious decor of this small bar recalls the decadence of a speakeasy from the 1920s, and the drink menu is not less elegant. From their diverse selection of cocktails to the blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock playing on the stereo, The Oakland hits the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity.

Photo via The Oakland / Instagram
The Keep
140 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-638-2131
This speakeasy-style bar hidden in Cadillac Square transports guests back to the 1920s. With a menu of creative twists on classic cocktails, the bar offers delicious takes on old drinks in an atmosphere that recalls the Jazz Age. Try the Apple Cola, Modified Ramos Gin Fizz, or Mary’s Berries.
Photo via The Keep Detroit / Facebook

The Keep

140 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-638-2131
This speakeasy-style bar hidden in Cadillac Square transports guests back to the 1920s. With a menu of creative twists on classic cocktails, the bar offers delicious takes on old drinks in an atmosphere that recalls the Jazz Age. Try the Apple Cola, Modified Ramos Gin Fizz, or Mary’s Berries.

Photo via The Keep Detroit / Facebook
The Keep
140 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-638-2131
This speakeasy-style bar hidden in Cadillac Square transports guests back to the 1920s. With a menu of creative twists on classic cocktails, the bar offers delicious takes on old drinks in an atmosphere that recalls the Jazz Age. Try the Apple Cola, Modified Ramos Gin Fizz, or Mary’s Berries.
Photo via The Keep Detroit / Facebook

The Keep

140 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-638-2131
This speakeasy-style bar hidden in Cadillac Square transports guests back to the 1920s. With a menu of creative twists on classic cocktails, the bar offers delicious takes on old drinks in an atmosphere that recalls the Jazz Age. Try the Apple Cola, Modified Ramos Gin Fizz, or Mary’s Berries.

Photo via The Keep Detroit / Facebook