Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Where to party in Detroit for Opening Day

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 9:19 AM

  • Mark Cunningham/Tigers

Anchor bar
This classic Detroit dive bar offers a shuttle to and from the game and cheap drinks.
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 450 Fort St W, Ste 100, Detroit; 313-964-9127; no cover.

Bookies Bar N' Grille
Located a stone's throw from Comerica Park, this sports bar will feature an indoor and outdoor party (don't forget about their rooftop patio), plus a full bar, tons of TVs, and entertainment.
Doors open at 7 a.m.; 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-962-0319;; cover at the door.

Specials include $25 beer buckets and $5 Bouzoki bombs.
Doors open at 10 a.m.; 432 E. Lafayette St., Detroit; 313-964-5744; cover at the door.

Briggs Detroit
The friendly sports bar might not be located in the heart of Foxtown, but you might find the crowds more enjoyable in this low-key pub.
Bar opens at 11 a.m.; 519 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-656-4820;; cover at the door.

Cadillac Cafe at the Detroit Opera House
WJR radio personalities Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, and Guy Gordon will broadcast live from Cadillac Cafe located inside the Detroit Opera House.
Starts at 6 a.m.; 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-3500;

Cornerstone/Whiskey Disco
The party starts early at this downtown bar and adjacent dance club. There will be live music by two DJs.
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-338-3238;; no cover.

Detroit Home Opener Festival
Featuring DJs, live bands, and a hot dog eating contest, this enormous opening day party takes place just a block from Comerica Park.
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 440 Madison Ave., Detroit; 855-536-5433;; tickets are $20; 21 and older only.

The Elwood Bar & Grill
The perfect party for those sans tickets, but still dying to be close to the action. The bar is located just across the street from Comerica Park.
Starts at 10 a.m.; 300 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-962-2337;; cover at the door.

The Riff will broadcast live from the Fillmore all day, starting with morning show Dave & Chuck the Freak, Anne Carlini at 11 a.m., and the Meltdown at 3 p.m.
Doors open at 7 a.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit;; admission is free.

Firebird Tavern
419 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-782-4189;

Looking for some racy, adult-only entertainment on Opening Day? Hit Detroit's gentlemen's club for $20 filet mignon and other specials.
Opens at 11 a.m.; 415 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-5005;; cover at the door.

This classic Corktown bar offers shuttles to and from Comerica Park, plus live music by the Polish Muslims.
Starts at 11 a.m.; 1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3180;; cover at the door.

Old Shillelagh
Find live entertainment both inside and out at this hulking Irish monolith located in the heart of Greektown. The party includes two large heated tents and shuttles to and from the game.
Open at 7 a.m.; 349 Monroe St., Detroit;; 313-964-0007; cover at the door.

Opening Day Block Party at Rub Pub BBQ and Annex
This party boasts three distinct atmosphere to choose from — pub style, club style, or sports bar style — and a single cover charge.
Doors open at 7 a.m.; 24 W. Adams St., Detroit;; tickets are $10 for general admission, $20 for VIP, includes no wait entry.

Que & Brew at Exodos
This second-story lounge and heated patio will feature a full bar, DJs, and plenty of TVs broadcasting the game.
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 529 Monroe St., Detroit;; 313-962-1300; cover at the door; 21 and older only.

Rusted Crow Detroit
There won't be huge heated tents or DJs spinning at this downtown spirits-focused bar, but that's not a bad thing. They'll be opening for business early, but "aren't necessarily having a party."
Doors open at 8 a.m.; 78 W. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-782-4751;; cover at the door.

Town Pump Tavern
This parking lot party will feature live music from DJ Zig-Zag a full bar, barbecue, DJs, and large screen TVs.
Starts at 6 a.m.; 100 W. Montcalm St, Detroit; 313-961-1929;; $5.

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