August 29, 2019

Detroit's 30 best bars that aren't located downtown

Downtown Detroit has been reinvigorated in recent years, but sometimes on a night out you don't want to mess with the downtown parking situation. We pulled together 30 spots with cool vibes and even cooler drinks — and won't leave you stressed out about navigating the concrete jungle.

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Raven Lounge and Restaurant
5145 Chene St., Detroit; 313-924-7133
Touted as Michigan's oldest Blues Bar, Raven Lounge and Restaurant is one of Detroit's go-to destinations for live music and some seriously delicious soul food.
Photo by Marian Krzyzowski, used with permission

Raven Lounge and Restaurant

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

Touted as Michigan's oldest Blues Bar, Raven Lounge and Restaurant is one of Detroit's go-to destinations for live music and some seriously delicious soul food.

Photo by Marian Krzyzowski, used with permission
Kiesling
449 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2169; kieslingdetroit.com
Initially opened around 1890 as a general store, Kiesling is now a neighborhood bar located in Milwaukee Junction that offers a rotating seasonal cocktail menu with vintage decor.
Photo courtesy of >Instagram/@kieslingdetroit

Kiesling

449 E. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2169; kieslingdetroit.com

Initially opened around 1890 as a general store, Kiesling is now a neighborhood bar located in Milwaukee Junction that offers a rotating seasonal cocktail menu with vintage decor.

Photo courtesy of >Instagram/@kieslingdetroit
Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St., Detroit; 313-962-4247
Originally opened in 1902, Corktown’s Nancy Whiskey offers weekly drink specials, free jukebox on “Whiskey Wednesdays,” and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Photo by Devin Culham

Nancy Whiskey

2644 Harrison St., Detroit; 313-962-4247

Originally opened in 1902, Corktown’s Nancy Whiskey offers weekly drink specials, free jukebox on “Whiskey Wednesdays,” and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Photo by Devin Culham
Abick’s Bar
3500 Gilbert St., Detroit; 313-894-9329
One of Detroit’s oldest bars, which has been owned by the same family for six generations, Abick’s Bar is worth checking out if you want to experience a little slice of history (and, of course, a stiff drink).
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Abick’s Bar

Abick’s Bar

3500 Gilbert St., Detroit; 313-894-9329

One of Detroit’s oldest bars, which has been owned by the same family for six generations, Abick’s Bar is worth checking out if you want to experience a little slice of history (and, of course, a stiff drink).

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Abick’s Bar
Batch Brewing Company
1400 Porter St., Detroit; batchbrewingcompany.com
Known as Detroit’s first nanobrewery, Batch Brewing Company provides an eclectic and original beer selection and ample outdoor seating in its "Fauci Fieldhouse."
Photo courtesy of Instagram/@batchbrewing

Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St., Detroit; batchbrewingcompany.com

Known as Detroit’s first nanobrewery, Batch Brewing Company provides an eclectic and original beer selection and ample outdoor seating in its "Fauci Fieldhouse."

Photo courtesy of Instagram/@batchbrewing
Woodbridge Pub
5169 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-462-4754; woodbridgepub.com
Most of Woodbridge Pub’s food is sourced or grown within five miles of their location, and they boast a selection of more than 80 beers and wines.
Photo by Devin Culham

Woodbridge Pub

5169 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-462-4754; woodbridgepub.com

Most of Woodbridge Pub’s food is sourced or grown within five miles of their location, and they boast a selection of more than 80 beers and wines.

Photo by Devin Culham
Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5103
Corktown Tavern offers both a small menu of food, live music, and drinks.
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Corktown Tavern

Corktown Tavern

1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5103

Corktown Tavern offers both a small menu of food, live music, and drinks.

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Corktown Tavern
Lost River
15421 Mack Ave, Detroit; 313-720-0673; 
A tiki bar located on Detroit’s East Side, Lost River boasts distinctive playlists and rum-focused tiki-style cocktails, providing patrons with the vibes of a tropical vacation.
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Lost River

Lost River

15421 Mack Ave, Detroit; 313-720-0673; Facebook/Lost River
MotorCity Wine
1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283; motorcitywine.com
If you’re a wine connoisseur, checking out MotorCity Wine in Corktown is a must. This wine shop and bar offers regional wines by the bottle as well as live jazz music, making for a sophisticated night out. 
Photo courtesy of Facebook/MotorCity Wine

MotorCity Wine

1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-483-7283; motorcitywine.com

If you’re a wine connoisseur, checking out MotorCity Wine in Corktown is a must. This wine shop and bar offers regional wines by the bottle as well as live jazz music, making for a sophisticated night out.

Photo courtesy of Facebook/MotorCity Wine
Mutiny Bar
4654 Vernor Hwy., Detroit.; mutinybar.com
Located in Southwest Detroit, Mutiny Bar offers an eclectic and unique cocktail menu, perfect for having tropical experience without having to leave Michigan.
Photo courtesy of The Detroit Optimist Society

Mutiny Bar

4654 Vernor Hwy., Detroit.; mutinybar.com

Located in Southwest Detroit, Mutiny Bar offers an eclectic and unique cocktail menu, perfect for having tropical experience without having to leave Michigan.

Photo courtesy of The Detroit Optimist Society