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Z's Villa. Alexis Stepanek

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$3.50-$5 - Detroit Bubble Tea

A new venture by husband and wife Arun and Alycia Prasad, Detroit Bubble Tea started serving in May after delays related to last year's floods pushed back the original opening plans. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure, bubble tea is a popular Taiwanese export — a blend of tea, added flavors (which includes options like bubble gum, Taro, and various fruit), and chewy "bubbles" on the bottom that you drink through a wide straw. In addition to the drink's classic tapioca balls, Detroit Bubble Tea also offers flavor-filled "popping pearls" and "jellies" made out of coconut meat. Detroit Bubble Tea's brightly colored storefront is a welcome addition to downtown Ferndale's offerings.

Open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; 22821 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.; 248-239-1131; detroitbubbletea.com.

$5 - Whitney Garden Parties

The Whitney was once the home of the family of lumber baron David Whitney Jr., at the time the wealthiest man in Detroit — and it shows. An ornate mansion on the city's major thoroughfare, the Whitney would have cost roughly $10.5 million in today's money. Since the 1980s, the mansion was converted into an upscale restaurant, but fortunately the management offers these summertime garden parties as a cheap way to enjoy the Whitney's ambiance. The parties have a $5 cover and $5 craft beers and bratwurts; the season includes performances by local musical acts like Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, White Shag, MPV, and more. In the event of rain, the party moves upstairs to the third floor Ghost Bar. Runs through Aug. 27.

Doors at 5 p.m., music from 6 p.m. to dusk; 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700; thewhitney.com; 21 and older only.

$5-$20 - Exodos Rooftop

Located above Greektown's Golden Fleece and owned by the same family, Exodos' exposed brick, leather couches, and spacious deck earned the praise of our readers, who voted the bar as Detroit's Best Rooftop Bar in our Best of Detroit poll. Though the rooftop is open all year, in the summer it's in full swing, hosting a variety of weekly musical entertainment, such as House Thursdays, Friday Night Live, Rooftop Saturdays with resident DJ Nass, and Sunday Live Jazz featuring Sky Covington. There are different covers for the different nights so be sure to check ahead of time.

Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 529 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1300; exodosrooftop.com

$6-$30 - Dangerously Delicious Pies; Third Street Saloon

A spacious, outdoor patio featuring "ring the bull" (think ring toss on a tether) helps make Third Street Saloon a favorite local favorite summertime drinking destination. Inside the bar, the "up north" feel continues with a fireplace, rustic wooden tables, and even more games like shuffleboard and ski-ball. And another compelling reason to hit Third Street Saloon this summer: Musician-turned piemonger Don "Doop" Duprie's Dangerously Delicious Pies, whose menu includes items like pulled pork pie, ratatouille pie, or the SMOG (steak, mushrooms, onions, and Gruyère). Karaoke and live music round out Third Street Saloon's summertime offerings.

701 W. Forest Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3434.

$25 - Five for $25; Sky Deck

Possibly one of the coolest places in the city to enjoy a cocktail after work on a Friday evening, Sky Deck is located atop the Detroit Opera House. The open air lounge is outfitted with modern couches that add to the design aesthetic while allowing for cozy conversation. Each year the Opera House adds a little something to the space, whether it be pavers made from recycled tires or greenery that makes the space feel like a garden on top of the world. Sure this place is kind of swanky (and it gets extra points for being unique too) but it's not going to break the bank. For $25 guests get cover, plus four drinks (or a mix of drinks and hot dogs and burgers.) The space is only open to the public during Friday and Saturday Tigers games, but it is available for private rental.

1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; detroitoperahouseskydeck.com.

$35 - Wild Beasts, Wild Wine; Detroit Zoo

The zoo isn't just for kids anymore and Royal Oak's 88-year-old menagerie is proving that with their adult-only events all summer long. They've got a concert series called Wild Summer Nights, a special charity gala called Sunset at the Zoo, Summer Zoomance, and Wild Beasts, Wild Wine, a wine-tasting event that will feature 40 local and national wineries. Basically, you can stroll through the pudu exhibit while sipping a glass of Michigan-made wine, and if that doesn't sound like heaven, we don't know what does. There will also be live music and zookeeper talks. Not to mention you can ride the carousel at twilight.

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org

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