This Is a Bar on Wheels
This casual gastropub serves up delicious burgers, a make-your-own noodle bowl, and plenty of local craft beers and spirits. Though anything but austere, the woodwork, stone, and stained glass that deck out this pub make for a composed ambiance, a casualness continued in the patio in the summer and in the colder months, by the live fireplace placed smack-dab in the middle of the dining room for all to enjoy.
The Old Miami wears its heritage on its sleeve, starting with the “Thank you, Veterans” printed in large white lettering on the bar’s forest green awning. Established in 1975 as a haven for Vietnam veterans, the Old Miami has served Detroit for decades as a hybrid music-venue-meets-drinking-den. The walls are lined with military memorabilia, and a jukebox plays Patsy Kline next to the pool table. If you’re not swaying to the music on the dance floor, chances are you’re cozied up in one of the oversized couches or chairs near the fireplace chatting up a fellow patron whose past is inevitably a lot more interesting than yours.
"Life is short...eat real food." So says the mantra behind the menu at Local, replete with creative comfort food like chicken-fried chicken and baked mac and cheese + candied bacon.
Punch Bowl Social is the kind of entertainment megaplex that is big and bold in a way that fits right in Downtown. The Denver-based chain (with locations in Denver, Portland, and Austin) is sort of an adult arcade with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts, foosball, arcade & pinball games, karaoke, multiple bars serving craft beer & cocktails, and made-from-scratch food for breakfast, lunch & dinner. It’s also open 7am-2am, Monday through Friday, and 9am-2am, Saturday and Sunday... making it pretty much the first of its kind in Detroit based on hours alone.
A huge (12,000sqft!) brewery/taproom/resto that will not only serve you all of their delicious beers (many of them high-ABV!), it will also serve you goodies like baked beans topped with a layer of crispy, peppery bacon, plus CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON. Also, their beers will soon be hitting the shelves of Michigan liquor stores.