March 11, 2022

The 20 best places to get cocktails in Detroit area, according to Yelp

Let’s be real, we’re all over the weather giving us hope one day and sorrow the next day. Seasonal depression is real, and it looks like we’re going to be indoors a little bit longer.

Fortunately for us, Detroit has a pretty cool bar scene that’s filled not only with some cool hidden gems and speakeasies, but restaurants that exceed our cocktail expectations.

We asked our friends at Yelp for the places to get cocktails in the metro Detroit area, and they provided us with this list.

According to our friends at Yelp: This is an all-time list of the top cocktail bars in metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw) according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the cocktail bar category on Yelp, and then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of March 8, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of March 8, 2022.

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20. Willis Show Bar
4156 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-356-0155
“Very clean, outstanding cocktails, great ambiance, exceptional service and good live entertainment!! It's a definite recommendation for me! Hope you enjoy!” - Ashley B.
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20. Willis Show Bar

4156 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-356-0155

“Very clean, outstanding cocktails, great ambiance, exceptional service and good live entertainment!! It's a definite recommendation for me! Hope you enjoy!” - Ashley B.

Photo via Willis Show Bar/Facebook
19. Grey Ghost
47 Watson St., Detroit; 313-262-6534
“One of my all time favorite restaurants in Detroit! Amazing cocktails and mouth watering food! Whenever we are looking to go out this is always top of the list!” - Monicka H.
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19. Grey Ghost

47 Watson St., Detroit; 313-262-6534

“One of my all time favorite restaurants in Detroit! Amazing cocktails and mouth watering food! Whenever we are looking to go out this is always top of the list!” - Monicka H.

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18. Bill’s Beer Garden
218 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-369-8001
“We absolutely love Bill’s Beer Garden! Charming and fun, lovely to sit outside.  The service is great!!! Specialty Cocktails are yummy as is freshly made Sangria.  Heading again for post tailgate festivities!” - R. T. 
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18. Bill’s Beer Garden

218 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-369-8001

“We absolutely love Bill’s Beer Garden! Charming and fun, lovely to sit outside. The service is great!!! Specialty Cocktails are yummy as is freshly made Sangria. Heading again for post tailgate festivities!” - R. T.

Photo via Bill’s Beer Garden/Facebook
17. Mani Osteria & Bar
341 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-769-6700
“Great food, great service, pleasant people, a bit noisy at times but that adds to a lively atmosphere. There are some good vegetarian options. I liked the cucumber cocktail they devised last summer too.” - Pat S.
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17. Mani Osteria & Bar

341 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-769-6700

“Great food, great service, pleasant people, a bit noisy at times but that adds to a lively atmosphere. There are some good vegetarian options. I liked the cucumber cocktail they devised last summer too.” - Pat S.

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16. Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails
48824 Romeo Plank Rd., Macomb; 586-434-0100
“Mary Grace is the BEST bar tender. Made us a special tequila cocktail that was off menu. She is so charming and adorable and knows what she's doing. Honestly, I'd come back her 100% for her cocktail making skills. The food is also Delicious!” - Dayna K.
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16. Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails

48824 Romeo Plank Rd., Macomb; 586-434-0100

“Mary Grace is the BEST bar tender. Made us a special tequila cocktail that was off menu. She is so charming and adorable and knows what she's doing. Honestly, I'd come back her 100% for her cocktail making skills. The food is also Delicious!” - Dayna K.

Photo via Google Maps
15.The Oakland
201 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295
“The Oakland was on my list of places to visit when I recently went to Michigan and I'm glad I was able to visit! It was a cold snowy night so I bundled up and made my way over to Ferndale to enjoy a few cocktails.
Upon entering, I felt like I was in Christmas town! They had a ton of Christmas decorations, lights, and their cocktail menu is all Christmas themed at the moment (you can order regular cocktails too). My cocktails all tasted like Christmas (yum) and I really enjoyed the eclectic decorations and ambiance. Our waiter made good recommendations on our drinks and was very friendly.
We parked in the parking structure across the street (I think it was only 75 cents per hour).” - Candice K.
Photo via  The Oakland/Facebook

15.The Oakland

201 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295

“The Oakland was on my list of places to visit when I recently went to Michigan and I'm glad I was able to visit! It was a cold snowy night so I bundled up and made my way over to Ferndale to enjoy a few cocktails.

Upon entering, I felt like I was in Christmas town! They had a ton of Christmas decorations, lights, and their cocktail menu is all Christmas themed at the moment (you can order regular cocktails too). My cocktails all tasted like Christmas (yum) and I really enjoyed the eclectic decorations and ambiance. Our waiter made good recommendations on our drinks and was very friendly.

We parked in the parking structure across the street (I think it was only 75 cents per hour).” - Candice K.

Photo via The Oakland/Facebook
14. RH House
2630 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-586-1000
“Yum ! The cocktails at RH house are amazing !! Kennedy at the bar is wonderful !!  My favorite is the Smokey Auburn. Great atmosphere !” - Caryl J.
Photo via  RH House/Facebook

14. RH House

2630 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-586-1000

“Yum ! The cocktails at RH house are amazing !! Kennedy at the bar is wonderful !! My favorite is the Smokey Auburn. Great atmosphere !” - Caryl J.

Photo via RH House/Facebook
13. The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0123
“Sugar House is as great as ever. Their service and extensive knowledge of cocktails goes a long way.” - Albert T.
Photo via  Sugar House/Facebook

13. The Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0123

“Sugar House is as great as ever. Their service and extensive knowledge of cocktails goes a long way.” - Albert T.

Photo via Sugar House/Facebook
12. The Grateful Crow
420 N. Main St., Chelsea; 734-562-2903
“I've been here once before for a work dinner but this time we were able to explore the menu more. This is a greasy restaurant for the area. Very hipster mixed with upscale casual vibes. There is a great selection of sushi which highly recommended as it is much better than other places near by. The cocktail menu is extensive and there are tasty options for everyone. The wait staff is attentive and fast. Will definitely return to try more of the sushi options.”- Rebecca I.
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12. The Grateful Crow

420 N. Main St., Chelsea; 734-562-2903

“I've been here once before for a work dinner but this time we were able to explore the menu more. This is a greasy restaurant for the area. Very hipster mixed with upscale casual vibes. There is a great selection of sushi which highly recommended as it is much better than other places near by. The cocktail menu is extensive and there are tasty options for everyone. The wait staff is attentive and fast. Will definitely return to try more of the sushi options.”- Rebecca I.

Photo via Google Maps
11. On the Bay Boutique, Bar, & Cafe
51034 Washington St., New Baltimore; 586-273-7695
“i have been coming to the shop for forever now! great service and great food! They are always looking out for the best interest of the customers and there's something for everyone in the store!” - Liz F.
Photo via  On The Bay Boutique, Bar, & Cafe /Facebook

11. On the Bay Boutique, Bar, & Cafe

51034 Washington St., New Baltimore; 586-273-7695

“i have been coming to the shop for forever now! great service and great food! They are always looking out for the best interest of the customers and there's something for everyone in the store!” - Liz F.

Photo via On The Bay Boutique, Bar, & Cafe /Facebook