You’ve likely built a routine out of your favorite spots in town, but we’re here to help you out of your comfort zone. Trying new things can be as simple as checking out new cocktail bars in Detroit. The city is crawling with new businesses! Let’s have a toast to a switch in taste and some post-pandemic relief.
Detroitisit rounded up a list of new cocktail bars in Detroit for you and your mates (or your date) to visit and maybe even frequent.
TIME WILL TELL DETROIT
Opened last fall, step inside this intimate bar with a bubbling atmosphere. Meet up with friends in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction area. The Detroit Optimist Society’s latest cute watering hole is timeless. Time definitely tells a story within this whimsy space. Tap into the 50s jive with a jukebox loaded with 80s and 90s classics. Have a seat at the bar if you really want to get to know the people and drinks behind this hip place. They offer a variety of agave-based drinks like the Hiatus Cowboy —a delicious old-fashioned take made with Espolon reposado tequila instead of whiskey, mole syrup, bitters, and grapefruit. Craft beers and wine by the glass are offered on a brief menu as well. Click HERE to view their website.
Located at 6408 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48202.
The best part about new cocktail bars in Detroit is that they’re all a little different and they get you to discover all the corners of the city. Another intimate spot is this underground restaurant in the Financial District involves a little hunt to get there, but the exceptional cocktails will be worth it. the classic espresso martini, Rip Tide for a twist on the classic Negroni, or The Antitode to really taste the end of summer...and tequila. Join the 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour, and order $8 cocktail stalwarts like a daiquiri or amaretto. Click HERE to view their website.
Located at 607 Shelby St. Detroit, MI 48226.
New cocktail bars in Detroit in 2022 are classy, casual, cool, and everything in between. Brisa Bar is a perfect example of upscale meets casual. Campus Martius isn’t just icy in the winter! Come down to the outdoor bar open daily, where they serve frozen drinks, craft cocktails, and elevated bar bites. Conceptualized by the Iconic Collection, they also have 220 Merrill, Parc in Campus Martius, the Anchor Bar, and other properties. Click HERE to view their website.
Located at 800 Woodward, Detroit.
CACHE COCKTAIL & WINE BAR
Several Detroiters are familiar with St. Clair Shores not far from the Macomb-Wayne county border, Caché aims to appeal to its neighborhood. Proprietor David Harden also owns the Butter Run in St. Clair Shores and is currently working to refurbish the old Shores Theatre to turn it into an entertainment destination. Caché serves cocktails, wine and charcuterie. Open at 4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Located at 23218 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores.
This one is in Dearborn for anyone looking for new Metro Detroit bars and restaurants. For years, M Cantina’s non-alcoholic cocktails served their purpose for years. Now that the owners have secured a liquor license, you’ll want to check out the largest collection of agave-based spirits in Michigan, with more than 1,000 different bottles on hand. Who’s open to a delectable Peking duck taco or duck carnitas with their beverage? Braised short ribs in your taco may be more up your alley. Click HERE to view their website.
Supergeil newly made itself a home in Corktown. Yes, they specialize in Berlin-style döner kebabs and tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels). Though you’ll soon discover the cocktail attraction. Owner, David Landrum of Two James Spirits has a distillery and tasting room across the street, so you could say his other businesses rubbed off on this bar in Detroit. The two-page drink menu includes ciders, wine, and beer along with a list of gin and tonics for long-lasting fun. It’s a cultural culinary joint to take part in. Happy hour is at 4 p.m!
Located at 2442 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216.
LADDER 4 WINE BAR
We’re adding an extra swirl of wine to the mix. How about a drink in a historic firehouse in Southwest Detroit? Ladder 4 is unique because it operates as a bar and retail wine shop with more than 200 varieties for sale, primarily focused on natural wines. Expect live music events and pop-ups. The space features three patios and a spacious backyard as well. Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Click HERE to view their site.
Located at 3396 Vinewood St, Detroit, MI 48208.
New cocktail bars in Detroit this year make it easy to support local businesses. Though there are three restaurants on the corner of 11 Mile and Main in downtown Royal Oak by chef, Adam Merkel. Pinky’s Rooftop is a popular hot spot. The seafood restaurant, Pearl’s Deep Dive opened in late 2021 and made room for Bohemia to share the floor in May. You’ll be sipping on something as colorful and wacky as the eclectic décor. The cocktail list compliments the Mediterranean menu perfectly. Click HERE to make a reservation.
Located at 100 S. Main St. Royal Oak (Main Level).
THE LEXINGTON BAR
Former Proof martini lounge owner Dave Frassetto and his friend Julius, started serving libations in the welcoming Woodbridge neighborhood in 2020 during a worldwide pandemic because what better time? Located in the Woodbridge neighborhood, the Lexington features 20 taps of beer, cider, and seltzer, plus cocktails inspired by the musical tastes of the staff. Each day is a party with their $5 specials on beer and a shot, and on rancor (2 ounces of vodka and a can of Red Bull)! Click HERE to view their menu.
Located at 5063 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208.
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