Wyandotte bar is in ship-shape


Wyandotte bar is in ship-shape
Photo by Kelley O'Neill


126 Oak St., Wyandotte; 734-246-5400; Open: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 2 a.m. Sunday

In the summer of 2012 a bar called Lions, Tigers, and Beers burned down in downtown Wyandotte. It left a hole in the heart of those who frequented the area for its excellent barhop-ability and many wondered when and if the bar would be rebuilt.

The bar has yet to make a comeback, though owners were quoted saying the watering hole would most definitely reopen.

And while Wyandotte is still jam packed with bars of all shapes, sizes, and varieties (the city once won the Guinness World Record for the most bars and churches per capita), many lamented the absence of a bar where bros could just be bros. They missed the pounding top 40 rap songs, they missed the sticky floors, and they missed the crowds of former high school classmates they knew they could consistently run into every single weekend.

And that heart-hole continued to gape until a new bar opened. A bar called Captain's.

To be fair, Captain's is a beautiful bar. It's located inside the oldest brick building in the city, which was erected in 1860, and the red brick that faces the building is really quite gorgeous. Thanks to some glass garage doors that open during warmer months, it's also something of an indoor-outdoor hybrid bar.

And that's the real pull here. It's that place that's packed when the weather finally turns (that day is coming soon!) and everyone wants to drink beer and simultaneously commune with nature. It's also located within walking distance of other downtown watering holes like Dotte Pub, Sports Brew Pub, and Stone Pub, and that's a big plus.

The service is friendly here and you'll find a decent selection of bottles and drafts, but certainly not a mind-blowing availability of Michigan crafts. And that's fine — we don't always need to be beaten over the head with locally made everything. Oberon on draft will do just fine.

Captain's also serves a menu of bar food that's a smidge better than just deep-fried cheese sticks and greasy sliders. They serve soup in bread bowls, wraps, and giant cheeseburgers that will fill the churning hole in your gut that comes from drinking on an empty stomach.

On weekend nights this place is packed and the demographic is, yes, mostly everyone you went to high school with and maybe some of your parents' more hip friends. And so what? Maybe that's your thing. You could definitely find a worse place to catch up with that guy from your sophomore social studies class or Mrs. Kowaleski. The music's loud and it's top 40, but thankfully there's no dance floor. Once the weather warms sufficiently they'll open a patio out back for even more al fresco drinking.

Alysa Zavala-Offman

Alysa Zavala-Offman is the managing editor of Detroit Metro Times. She lives in the downriver city of Wyandotte with her husband, toddler, mutt, and two orange cats.
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