A dive bar that is so much more than the sum of its parts
The Detroit of 2020 is overflowing with hip, trendy, thoughtful, innovative, designer-y bars that could easily hold their own against just about anything in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, et.al. But what once made Detroit bars TRULY great -- great in a way that was once only understood by the dirtbags and scum punks and wannabe urbanites who couldn't afford to live in any of the cities above who all called Detroit home -- were the truly righteous dive bars, and MAN these places were dives. They were old, and shabby (NOT in a chic way), and falling apart, and you were just as likely to share the bar with old war vets who may or may not have been homeless as well as you were other like-minded young folks who chose Detroit because of all its battle scars and not despite them, who chose to see the beauty in the weirdness and emptiness and rundown ugliness. The Old Miami is a remnant of that era, known for its living-room-style seating with beat-up-old couches as well as the massive back yard with a fire pit. It's a hot spot for live local music covering a range of genres, and while it isn't quite as charmingly decrepit or secretly special as it once was when the rest of the world had left Detroit for dead, it is emblematic of "old" and "new" Detroit colliding in a way that has created something altogether different and good.