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Motor City Hop | The Top 5 Bars In Detroit
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Motor City Hop | The Top 5 Bars In Detroit

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Detroit is best known for iconic muscle cars and the unforgettable Motown Records. Nostalgia isn’t lacking in Detroit and neither is entertainment. Motion pictures are being filmed at a rapid pace and all eyes seem to be locked on this blue collar city. So how do Detroiters relax and enjoy their nights? Here are the top five bars in Detroit to make you fall in love with the city.
St. Patty’s Day, The Old Shillelagh | © Stephen Boyle
St. Patty’s Day, The Old Shillelagh | © Stephen Boyle
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The Old Shillelagh

Greektown District

Located in the Greek Town District, this Irish pub has two floors and over 20 beers on tap. The Old Shillelagh has been open since 1975 and is a staple in the downtown Detroit area. Private parties and shuttle buses to sporting events are just a few of the perks visitors of the pub enjoy. Once you’ve chosen your beer, be sure to try the Irish Burger.

The Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-964-0007

Motor City Brewing Works |Michigan Municipal League
Motor City Brewing Works | Michigan Municipal League
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Motor City Brewing Works

Midtown

While in the Midtown district be sure to stop by this brewery for some Detroit handcrafted originals. Founded in 1994, Motor City Brewing Works is another Detroit classic. With a friendly staff and wide open setting, this bar is sure to become a social oasis for out-of-towners. The beer is made in Detroit and the crab dip is a refreshing change from typical bar offerings. They also serve different varieties of brick oven pizzas that will make you question the value of your local pizza parlor. After your taste buds have been tingled, be sure to grab a Ghetto Blaster on tap.

Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-832-2700

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Nemo’s

Corktown

If you’re looking for that homey type of feeling, Nemo’s will oblige. Nemo’s overlooks historical Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Detroit. This bar is a classic cash-only establishment, furthering the “back in the day” feel. The delicious bacon cheeseburger and world-famous chili will instantly make you a fan. “Never stingy with liquor” should be their slogan; this bar gives you your money’s worth, with a variety of house-made mixed drinks. Shuttle buses are available for five dollars to and from all major sporting events. Stop in and become a regular for life.

Nemo’s Bar, 1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-965-3180

Grand Trunk | © Brian Mulloy
Grand Trunk | © Brian Mulloy
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Grand Trunk Pub

Campus Martius

Ever had drinks inside of an old Railway Station? Grand Trunk Pub gives you an opportunity. This historically engineered dwelling, formally known as Grand Trunk Railroad Station, is all about paying homage. Exposed brick walls and hard wood floors separate this pub from others in the downtown area. If you’re low on cash and want to skip the tip, no worries. The to-go option allows you to just grab a drink or six pack and go. They even offer a kids’ menu for patrons who bring along their tots.

Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-961-3043

Jolly Old Timers | © John Gonzalez/Mlive.com
Jolly Old Timers | © John Gonzalez/Mlive.com
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Jolly Old Timers

New Center

Jolly Old Timers may be Detroit’s best kept secret. This bar is off the radar and actually looks like a home front. And you will feel like you’re at home once inside! The drinks are cheap and there is rarely ever a crowd. No food is served, but locals don’t mind. This is the place where everyone goes for last call. Family atmosphere and intact wallet is what you’ll get. Be sure to try the two dollar Long Island iced tea.

Jolly Old Timers, 641 W Forest Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313-831-5342