Food & Drink

The 10 Best Sports Bars in Detroit

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015
Andrews on the Corner
Thomas Magee’s
Hockeytown Cafe
Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist
Harry's Detroit Bar
MGM Grand Detroit
Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist
Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist
Bookies Bar & Grille
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1. Andrews on the Corner 201 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 48207

As far as Red Wings fans are concerned, this is the place to be on game nights.

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2. Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar 1408 E Fisher Fwy, Detroit, MI 48207

Donning a weathered, old-timey look, this young bar carries a whiskey-heavy beverage menu of over 100 different brands of the brown liquor, bottled brews, and a few beers on tap. There's not much food apart from salted nuts and chips, but the easygoing management will let you bring in outside food. Flat screens play "every sport, every game, every fight" and, while there's not much in terms of trendy foods or cool crowds, Magee's purist's mentality keeps the crowds coming during and after all sports events.

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

What could be Detroit-ier than the Detroiter? Answer: nothing.

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5. Nemo's 1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

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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6. 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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7. TAP at MGM Grand Detroit 1777 Third St, Detroit, MI 48226

Replenish your buzz (but not your wallet) at this rustic watering hole inside the casino, where 50+ drafts/bottles and 40 TVs work tirelessly to distract you from imminent financial ruin.

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8. 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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9. 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!