If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Detroit guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Detroit for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Town Pump Tavern to busy places like Bo's Brewery & Bistro that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Downtown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Warehouse District
Atwater Block Brewery


Housed in an 18,000 sq ft re-purposed factory building, the Atwater Block Brewery seeks to revive the proud tradition of Detroit breweries. The lagers that are produced here are German in everything but location – not only are the malt and...  Read More

Garden Bowl


Part of the Majestic Theater Center complex, the Garden Bowl (built in 1913) ranked as the metropolitan area's oldest and largest bowling alley for several years – at one point it featured a billiards tournament area and more than 20 lanes....  Read More

Gravity Bar & Grill


A great suburban alternative, this estimable establishment gets lots of positive buzz. The well-attended place offers both a restaurant and bar, and both of them are perennially busy. The menu takes inspiration from around the world, and its...  Read More

Dakota Inn Rathskeller


Family-friendly and bursting with energy, this establishment is known for beer-drinking, sing-alongs, and good times galore. The place's Bavarian architecture and its collection of steins and mounted deer heads lend notes of authenticity, and...  Read More

Motor City Brewing Works


Devoted to making and serving handcrafted brews, Motor City draws a crowd of connoisseurs, who appreciate the extra effort and the premium flavors. Offering ales, lagers, porters, stouts, and even hard ciders, the place knows how to accommodate...  Read More

Town Pump Tavern


A terrific place to meet up with friends at the beginning of a night out in the Motor City, this West Montcalm Street watering hole scores big points for its pub grub and impressive selection of domestic and imported quaffs. Located behind the...  Read More

Royal Oak Brewery


A favorite with downtown business types, who want to stop off for a quick brew, some tasty grub, and a chance catch up on the latest sports news before calling it quits for the night, Royal Oak features some of the area's top Belgian-style ales...  Read More

Bo's Brewery & Bistro


One of Pontiac's preferred watering holes, this family-owned place specializes in microbrews. You'll find an upscale scene at Bo's, complete with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, stainless steel railings, and a neat mezzanine area. Add to...  Read More

Jacoby's German Biergarten


A neighborhood fixture since 1904, Jacoby's wood-paneled and brick-walled interior hasn't changed much since the beginning. The 20 beers on tap (and many others available) make sure that everyone has his/her drink of choice, and hunger-killing...  Read More