Food & Drink

Your Detroit Tigers game day drinking guide

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014

At last, baseball is back: a harbinger of Spring, a nod to tradition, a hopeful celebration of the season to come, and yet another excuse to spend time in bars! There’s no shortage of sports bars in this city, and there are plenty that specialize in the support of our baseball team, so here are the best, in all of their Tigers-loving glory.

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Nemo’s (click here for info and address)
If you’re a Tigers fan, you love Nemo’s. You’ve been to Nemo’s. You know why Nemo’s is the first place mentioned on this list. It's no longer stadium-adjacent, but that doesn’t matter. This is the place to watch (or catch the shuttle to Comerica) if you want to dig in to some of the city’s best burgers, be a part of Tigers history, and surround yourself with some of the team’s most dedicated, die-hard fans.

Park Bar

Park Bar (click here for info and address)
Park Ave
It doesn’t have a whole lotta TVs, a whole lotta room, or a whole lotta history -- but it does have a neighborly vibe that makes any Tigers fan feel welcome on game day. It's also worth mentioning that drink-wise they’ve got 24 beers on draft (at least 10 of them Michigan brews), incredible shawarmas courtesy of Bucharest Grill, and that circular bar that seems to bring the whole place together.

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The Detroiter (click here for info and address)
The Detroiter is simply a Downtown staple, with some of the best divey bar food in town (particularly the burgers), cheap drinks, and no shortage of TVs. You can easily hole up here all day, or if you’re trying to get to the park, it’s just a short walk through Greektown.

Detroit Beer Co.

Detroit Beer Co. (click here for info and address)
This is no dingy sports bar. This is where you go if you want to enjoy fantastic, award-winning, Detroit-brewed beer along with some original brick-oven pizzas, fish-n-chips, or cheese tortellini. This is the kind of place to fill yourself up pre-game to save money before heading to the ballpark and then... spending a bunch anyway because you can't control yourself.

R.U.B. BBQ Pub

R.U.B. BBQ Pub (click here for info and address)
Pre-game, post-game, in-game, R.U.B. knows how to party. They’ve got 60 beers on tap, 200 domestic and imported total, and 30 TVs, so chances are you’ll find something you want to watch and drink here. Just a block from Comerica, it’s also a hotspot for tailgating… with BBQ, of course.

Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner (click here for info and address)
A high-energy sports bar if ever there was one, Coaches is your choice if you like the college-esque bar scene (those were the days!), and/or Detroit-style pizza. Things can get rowdy here, but when it comes to Tigers games, isn't that a good thing?

Cheli’s Chili Bar

Cheli’s Chili Bar (click here for info and address)
East Adams Ave
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t go to Cheli’s for the chili -- or any of the food, for that matter. You pretty much just go because it’s there… right there, which makes drinking and watching pretty easy. You go because that’s where the party is -- either on the rooftop deck or the parking lot or in the bar, where they’ve got live music every home game. It’s loud, it’s Tigers-crazy, it’s a good time.

Hockeytown Cafe

Hockeytown Cafe (click here for info and address)
Despite wearing a puck on its head, Hockeytown Cafe is still a killer spot to take in a Tigers game. Likely the choice for the less adventurous, Hockeytown has its merits for any Detroit sports fan. Plenty of flatscreens for your viewing pleasure, a party patio, Comerica-in-sight, and 50 beers to choose from. Let's hope extra time fares better for the Tigers than the Wings this year.

Harry’s Detroit Bar

Harry’s Detroit Bar (click here for info and address)
If you're gonna be a Tigers hangout up in Midtown, it’d be wise to offer free parking and a free shuttle. Thankfully, Harry’s is wise. But beyond their transportation wisdom, they also offer above-average bar eats like meatloaf, salmon, tandoori chicken, and turkey burgers. Wings and $2 beers also make it friendly to those who seek more traditional bar food.

Bookies Bar & Grille

Bookies Bar & Grille (click here for info and address)
With a 16ft HD projection screen, rooftop patio, and game-day specials like $15 for a pitcher and four shots, Bookies makes for a great group spot (especially groups of four!). A free shuttle to Comerica simplifies the trek Downtown and maximizes drinking time, as well.

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1. Nemo's 1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Corktown)

Nemo’s is a charmingly divey, Detroit mainstay featuring a host of America’s favorite bar foods like its world-famous chili, stacked club sandwich, hot soup, and hearty list of juicy, griddle burgers. The good ol’ reliable Cheeseburger, with gooey cheddar and standout fixings like crunchy, briny pickles, is our choice for best in grease. Have a can and enjoy a game at the bar in the cozy, weathered, and beloved watering hole — or take a free shuttle directly to the Tigers game. All aboard!

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2. Park Bar 2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Park Bar has a great neighborhood vibe and 24 beers on draft in the center of a circular bar. The Elizabeth Theater is an ample space above the popular Park Bar and original Bucharest Grill, making it easily the coolest comedy spot in Downtown. Touted as a stand-up showcase, Detroit Comedy Underground is a professional venture realized by industry bigwigs that features loads of local entertainment and, often, a touring act on Sundays.

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3. Detroiter Bar 655 Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Detroiter in Bricktown is the best place to booze before, during, and after game days. Shuttle service to Comerica, Ford Field, or the Joe means your time spent not drinking is kept to a minimum... while burgers, coneys, and gyros are kept to a maximum.

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4. Detroit Beer Company 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Award-winning, Detroit-brewed beer and delicious brick-oven pizzas combine at Detroit Beer Company to fill your stomach in the most awesome way possible.

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5. R.U.B BBQ Pub 18 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Tons of local Michigan brews, 30 TVs, and close proximity to Grand Circus Park make R.U.B. a great place to stumble into after a Tigers game (or to stumble from, before a Tigers game). Plus, a bunch of great BBQ dishes!

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6. Coaches Corner 1465 Centre St, Detroit, MI 48226

Come to coaches ready to get rowdy and support your team. Also come hungry for some delicious Detroit-style pizza.

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7. Cheli's Chili Bar 47 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Cheli's Chili Bar may have a slightly deceptive name -- you may want to go and have a hearty, sit-down meal, but you're more likely going to be on your feet on the rooftop, the parking lot, or in the bar, dancing to live music or cheering on the Tigers.

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8. Hockeytown Cafe 2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

With its own merch store, Hockeytown Cafe pays homage to the Red Wings with tons of memorabilia, drinks, and bar snacks. And don't worry, even though there's a hockey puck on top of the building, the Tigers are shown equal respect.

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9. Harry's Detroit Bar 2482 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48201

Harry's has plenty of attractive offerings in addition to its rustic, inviting interior: hearty plates like meatloaf and tandoori chicken, sweet snacks like Buffalo wings, and awesome specials, like $2 domestic drafts weekdays 3-7pm.

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10. Bookies Bar & Grille 2208 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Bookies Bar & Grille is equipped to be the perfect game-day stop: a shuttle to Comerica, a 16ft projection screen to watch the game in-house, a rooftop patio, and sweet specials like a pitcher and four shots for $15.