Gallery - Detroit - Bars

Gallery - Detroit - Bars
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NEIGHBORHOOD BARS

SIX ICONIC JOINTS IN DETROIT

 

Pony up to an old-school corner bar and order a Stroh’s. This is the best way to raise a glass in the Motor City.


 

SOUTHWEST DETROIT

ABICK’S BAR

Slinging stiff drinks for more than a century, Abick’s longtime matron Manya Abick-Soviack was born upstairs at this dive-hunter dream. Though she passed in 2014, the bar remains the old family-operated saloon in the city and a pillar of the Southwest neighborhood. Soak in the chili pot-cigar smoke aromas, say hello to the bar-dog Shadow, bask in the Tiffany glass glow and raise a glass to Manya. 3500 Gilbert St

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MIDTOWN

TEMPLE BAR

The southern gateway into Cass Corridor, this gay-friendly anchor buzzes in a steady stream of all kinds – greeted first by Jameson the house pup, then by a legendary disco ball. Opened in 1927 by Greek immigrant Gust Boukas, the bar changed hands before returning to the family after Gust’s son, George, took ownership in 1988. Today, the neighborhood looks a little different–both the Red Wings and Pistons play down the block–but Temple remains, gladly pouring Ghettoblasters seven nights a week. 2906 Cass Ave

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HAMTRAMCK

2-WAY INN

Founded in 1876 (seriously), the onetime brothel, dancehall, village jail and dentist’s office, this corner spot now raises $2 Stroh’s to the ghost of Colonel Philetus Norris, the original builder of the rickety building. 17897 Mount Elliott St, 2wayinn.com

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MIDTOWN

BRONX BAR

Forget peanuts, the Bronx used to give out free bacon. Though that tradition is dead, the two-handed burgers are legit and the pool table is perfectly moody. This Cass Corridor dive is a Detroit staple, where newly-legal college kids knock back pitchers next to post-shift neighborhood lifers. Weekday drinkers pay their respect to Charleen, who’s been pouring drinks here since 1977. 4476 2nd Ave

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POLETOWN EAST

RAVEN LOUNGE

Not much to applaud in this blighted area, but the Raven’s legendary soul and R&B lineups keep audiences coming strong Thursday through Saturday nights. The stage is no stranger to starpower, having been graced by Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and other Motown legends. Plenty worth the usual $5 cover. 5145 Chene

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CASS CORRIDOR

OLD MIAMI

Opened in 1980 by a local Vietnam veteran, this Midtown outpost at its heart is an unofficial-VFW, welcoming vets and waiving all event fees for service-men and -women. Over the years it’s evolved into a legit concert venue, boasting a show roster of bands such The Butthole Surfers, The White Stripes and Booker T and the MG’s. Come summertime, citydwellers flock to the bar’s suburban-sized backyard, complete with a fountain and lawn chairs. 3930 Cass Ave

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