Hello Motor City! Don't count Detroit, Michigan as down and out quite yet. A
wave of restoration has swept the home of Motown over the years, breathing fresh
life into this Midwest cultural staple. She's a city with good bones, good
people - over half of the population of Michigan lives in the metro area alone.
Detroit's been through some rough times, but remains funky, determined, and full
Madison Park Family Bowling Center
25023 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
It's fun for the whole family at Madison Park, so shuffle on down here! Party packages are readily available, and there are all sorts of bowling leagues if you enjoy knocking down pins as much as you enjoy shooting go around hangers. They regularly host fundraisers and shuffleboard tournaments as well. Drop into the bar and grill for classic alley snacks like chili dogs, fried mushrooms, and spicy mac-n-cheese bites, plus burgers, grilled cheese, and more. Get a rewards card if you plan on visiting often!
Northern Lights Lounge
660 W Baltimore Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
For a place that bills itself as Detroit's most diverse bar, it's got a lot to live up to. No problem. Every evening there's something going on. Quartet one night, electronic dance music DJ the next, a little jazz here, a little bit o' vinyl night there, and that's just the beginning. The décor blends classic neon lounge feel with a little modernity, but brings it back to cozy home with a fire pit on the patio, ivy-covered walls, and vibrant, graphic 1970s mod art pieces. Want more? There's delicious mac-n-cheese, too! Wings, burgers, nachos, and the like are served daily, plus there's a weekend brunch menu (get the sweet potato tart!) and a Saturday/Sunday late night menu. The drink menu features Michigan-brewed beer, bottled favorites, wine, and more. Their website claims that many "legendary" games have been played on their classic shuffleboard table, so head over and show them what you're made of.
1401 Abbott St
Detroit, MI 48216
The name probably gives it away, but you can expect some fine craft-brewed beers here. The industrial feel of the décor goes well with their promise to brew "hard working beer for hard working people." The tasting room is on the outskirts of Corktown, and regularly features live music, sporting events on the TVs, plus table games like air hockey and shuffleboard. Most notably, Brew Detroit is a co-op where other breweries use their facilities and have guest taps. It's located in an old industrial park, so the journey there can feel like it's a little out of the way, but the beer is worth it.
Ye Olde Saloon
1023 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
This joint has everything you want in a classic dive bar - fine spirits, cold beer, sports on the television, and deep-fried snacks. Load up on taco Tuesdays to fuel your brain for trivia night. Or try a loaded hotdog, the feisty "garbage salad," or house-made chicken tenders. The fun doesn't stop at trivia night, either. Get to know bartenders from other local watering holes, as well as local musicians and other notables during their weekly guest bartender nights, or attend one of the myriad community benefits hosted at the Ye Olde
Saloon. And of course, one of the oldest bars in Royal Oak also features a
time-tested shuffleboard table, plus pinball!
Third Street Bar
4626 3rd St
Detroit, MI 48201
Billed as an "urban, rustic oasis," Third Street features a full bar, food trucks, wood-burning fireplace, shuffleboard, darts, karaoke night, an Internet jukebox, and more. The patio out back is a great place to hang out for movie night, too! Get in on a little skee
ball action or try your hand at some ring toss, relax on the comfortable
furniture, and enjoy classic mixed drinks and cold beers. The crowd is heavy on
the college kid side, but you can always show those young upstarts how to be a
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