Places of Detroit Food and drink

When traveling to Detroit, where should one go to experience the results of the Detroit revival?

Scroll down for a short list of options put together by local guides to the city.

Note: this is a (very) incomplete list - stay tuned for further updates.

The Sugar House (Drinks + small appetizers)

Sugar House (drinks) - the Sugar House is a well known cocktail bar in Detroit, with a rotating list of unique drinks plus experience in creating many cocktails known to true cocktail patrons across the county. Let the bartenders tailor something to your tastes - we recommend letting the staff know what you do not like and letting them put together options for you.

Republic (food and drink)

The Republic (food and drink) - the first notable success in the resurgence resturant scene of Detroit, Republic remains a premiere option for quality and experience. Locally sourced food within a post-civil war structure, this option remains a nationwide top 100 resturant by Opentable and a solid choice for quality and savory meals within the city.

Notes: Often busy, highly recommend reservations

The Whiskey Parlor

The Whiskey Parlor (drink and food) - a unobtrusive space above the locally historic Grand Trunk Pub, The Whiskey Parlor keeps a narrow focus on the stronger liquors. Small yet comfortable, the staff is well versed in providing suggestions plus showcasing a unique understanding of Whiskey consumption.

Notes: while actually quiet and comfortable, venue utilizes loud live jazz music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Food is provided within the Whiskey Parlor by he Grand Trunk Pub kitchen - the staff will provide menus and place orders for you upon request.

Bad Luck Bar (drinks)

Bad luck bar (drinks) is the defining cocktail bar for Detroit. Created by the founder of Sugar House, the Peterbourgh, and Wright and Co, this bar is exclusively for the very best cocktail staff within the city. Small, relatively quiet, and hidden in one of the many nooks of the city, the interior and quality of product are several levels above the other offerings within the city - and priced to match.

Notes: no reservations - 10 min ahead call in only; drinks start at $20 and go up to $80. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and will often create drinks not on the menu. Highly recommended for small groups (4 or less) for the overall experience.

The Royce Detroit (drinks + small appetizers)

The Royce Detroit is a wine bar located on the north end of the Detroit downtown core. Named after the grandfather of the owner, the Royce Detroit is one of the newest options on this list but has quickly proven itself with the recent uptake of wine popularity. With a bar on the first floor and lounge + small table seating on the second floor, plus a huge wall of wine and staff pulled from multiple locations within the city (including Republic), this is a recommended option for anyone who would like to browse and enjoy the wine selection or partake in a wine tasting flight.

Notes: free wine tastings every Wednesday, and located next to the Rusty Crow and Cliff Bells (food based restaurants) round out this offering. Also, state law allows for recorking of any wine bottles opened at the Royce - so you can take the remainder of your wine selections home for another occasion. ($10 recorking fee)

La Feria (food and drink)

La Féria is located in the Midtown zone of Detroit, and focuses on small plates served in a more casual environment. Nevertheless the food options - which constantly rotate - continue to impress, resulting in the continuing success of this offering. With proximity to Treat Dreams (notable ice cream provider for Detroit) La Féria remains a solid option when looking for something solid but lighter in both quantity and overall cost.

Notes: a decent location, would keep to less than 4 people unless calling ahead. Tequila focused drinks but at notably lower quality than other offerings on this list

Batch Brewing Co.

Batch brewing - a microbrewery located in the Corktown area of Detroit, well known within and outside Michigan for quality of brews. Supporting large groups with a communal seating model, Batch has established itself as a quality option for both food and drink in a contemporary environment - a more casual option for those who want to unwind.

Notes: inquire into their burbon barrel aged brews. Also, while the food here is good, the long standing premium sandwich and drinks location Mudgies is right down the street, and has employed farm to table principles to establish join the small group of Detroit staples since well before the recent city revival.

Pho Lucky (food)

Pho lucky - a solid, low cost and extremely filling comfort food option in the growing Brush Park region of Detroit. Based on Pho - a traditional confort food of Vietnam - this option is a favorite of many both within and surrounding Detroit - especially in the colder months. Recommended both for the culinary experience and as an casual relaxing option with a relatively quiet atmosphere, this is probably one of the lesser utilized offerings on this list.

There are many other places worth your time within Detroit - but we hope this list helps you get started. Enjoy!!

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