Where to Get the Best Waffle Fries You'll Ever Eat
1. Whiskey In The Jar2741 Yemans St, Hamtramck
2. Polish Sea League2601 Edwin St, Hamtramck
3. Two Way Inn17897 Mount Elliott St, Detroit
4. Painted Lady Lounge2930 Jacob St, Hamtramck
5. New Dodge Lounge8850 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck
6. Seven Brothers Bar11831 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck
7. Paycheck's Lounge2932 Caniff St, Hamtramck
8. Small's10339 Conant St, Hamtramck
9. Suzy's Bar2942 Evaline St, Hamtramck
10. Kelly's Bar2403 Holbrook St, Hamtramck
11. Hank's Bar3001 Holbrook St, Hamtramck
12. Hamtramck Moose Lodge9421 Conant St, Hamtramck
Named after an Irish-folk-song-turned-Metallica-classic and situated in a Polish neighborhood, Whiskey in the Jar sets its cultural bar high. But thanks to a diverse crowd and an even more varied selection of beers, bar-goers shed their differences at the door and unite for evenings of singing, dancing, and, of course, drinking. Here, wood-paneled walls are bedecked with beer advertisements, Christmas lights are posted all year long, and -- perhaps most importantly -- the digital jukebox plays songs of all genres. After a few drinks, you’ll want to snap a photo with the resident “ratalope,” a taxidermied rodent whose dignity was once stolen and replaced with antlers.
Polish Sea League is a neighborhood, been-around-forever bar. They offer cheap drinks and a nice selection of bar diversions (pool, darts, juke box, etc). And if you're Polish? Even better.
The Two Way Inn, established in 1876 by Colonel Philetus Norris, is the oldest bar in Detroit having gone through many reincarnations as village jail and general store, brothel, speakeasy, and now as a “fine dive.” You wont find a menu here, but owner and bartender Mary will host a weekly “popup” or two with homemade comfort foods like pasta, meatloaf, and shepherd’s pie. The first Sunday of every cold-season month Danielle hosts a brunch where she makes drinks from her homemade stash of vegetable infused alcohol. You have to be buzzed in for a bottle of domestic, international, or local craft beer, or to catch a glimpse of Col. Norris who is rumored to have never left this dark, weathered, underground-style bar.
Hamtramck’s Painted Lady lounge (rumored to be Detroit’s oldest) could use a paint job, sure, with turquoise and coral pink chips falling off of the wood-sided facade of a former Victorian-style home, but fixing that would betray the standby’s unpretentious, rough-and-tumble charm. Regulars gulp PBR on-tap after downing well shots as regular punk music acts keep them nodding their heads in the fashionably unfashionable orange-walled space. Weekly events, from movie nights to live comedy to bar-side taco nights keep the place full.
New Dodge Lounge is an old-school, no-frills concert venue/bar. Come when you know a good act will be onstage. Just be prepared: people smoke like chimneys in here.
Seven Brothers is a classic hole-in-the-wall dive bar. For decades, this local haunt has been serving cheap drinks to loyal fans.
Paycheck's is Hamtramck's oldest live music venue, and they still bring in a mix of punk bands, hardcore/metal bands, industrial bands, punk tribute bands, singer-songwriters, and whatnots, with a proper stage and everything.
Small's is a legendary spot that's brought in acts like the Melvins, Jello Biafra, and Fu Manchu. This corner neighborhood bar doubles as a rock venue and club-- both local and international bands and DJs come to perform. Choose from a wide selection of beers and well liquors. The bar's gorgeous, antiquated Art Deco theme (complete with multicolor stained glass windows) recalls the Motor City's golden years. Plus, once a month Small’s hosts Ray & Laura’s Comedy Showcase, a show run by two two Hamtramck comedians (which means they’re hilarious, and also likely buzzed) that invites independent local and national acts to take the newly inaugurated stage in the bar’s front room for celebrity guest impersonators, game show parodies, and good ol’ fashioned stand-up.
Suzy's is a cozy dive bar in Downtown Hamtramck with cheap drinks and lots of regulars.
Kelly's is a Hamtramck dive bar with cheap drinks and tasty food. Be sure to go on a Thursday, when tacos are 50 cents, and domestic beers are two dollars. Locals, bikers, and hipster clientele flock to this Irish spot for its gritty IDGAF attitude, generous pours, and the likelihood that when it gets late, the scene will get rowdy.
Hank's in Hamtramck offers up cheap drinks in a very dive-y atmosphere with a jukebox blasting '80s music.
It's a dive bar that is also a Moose Lodge, that does a number of community events and fundraisers (because it is a Moose Lodge) and also has fish fry dinner Fridays during Lent (because Polish Catholic) that kicks off with a big Pączki Day breakfast (because Hamtramck).