Detroit That there are four major sports teams in Detroit is a blessing that does not go unappreciated, but this week we turn our sports-minded gaze, along with the rest of the world, to Brazil and the 64 matches of the 2014 World Cup. Any spot with TVs, food, and booze makes for a fine place to watch, but here are some standouts as you get set to cheer on the USMNT... or your other country of choice, traitor!
Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar
Here’s the deal: there aren’t a whole lot of soccer-supporting bars Downtown, but thankfully there’s Thomas Magee’s. It’s the bar of choice for many a football fan, including the Motor City Supporters, who will be there for the US-Ghana game on June 16th. Guinness, Harp, and Newcastle will be there for you, too, along with a smattering of whiskeys from near and far.
Slows Bar BQ
Slows is in on the World Cup action, so they’ll be airing every game in their newly added room and serving up Brazilian-inspired fare like caipirinhas and feijoada -- a Brazilian stew with pork and beans.
The Manchester Pub
So, the US is slowly starting to pick up on the fact that soccer is indeed a fantastic game, as the rest of the world already seems to know, but if this country’s perceived apathy is just too much for you, hop the border and head to the Manchester, where face-painting and chanting are encouraged. Also, they have two-for-one wings on Thursdays.
Red Fox English Pub
Whether you want fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, or a big ol’ cheeseburger while you watch the drama unfold, Red Fox is the place to be. They’ll have the matches on all month long and, as always, 38 beers on tap to choose from.
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.
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!
From the award-winning and rightfully TV-famous Yardbird sandwich to the 100+ beer selection, this pork-packed mainstay has thoroughly earned all the attention it gets. The Cooley’s (who own the place) have done almost as fine a job boosting other businesses in Corktown as they have boosting the average local waist size.
Just on the other end of the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, The Manchester is an English pub with a mix of European and American drafts, TVs to watch the game, and specials like two-for-one wings on Thursdays.