The Sugar House
“Today [4/7/15] is National Beer Day! Naturally, you should celebrate. Here are 20 of our favorite watering holes where you can drink to the occasion …”
The Sugar House – 2130 Michigan Ave.,
Honest ? Johns – 488 Selden St
The Bronx Bar – 4476 Second Ave.
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge – 20510 Livernois Ave.
Cheli’s Chili Bar Detroit – 47 E. Adams Ave.
Coach Insignia – 100 Renaissance Center
Dakota Inn Rathskeller – 17324 John R St.
Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub – 612 Woodward Ave.
Fort Street Brewery – 1660 Fort St., Lincoln Park
Hopcat – Detroit – 4265 Woodward Ave.
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit – 441 West Canfield
The Anchor Bar– 450 W. Fort St.
Jumbo’s – 3736 Third St
Cadieux Cafe Detroit – 4300 Cadieux Rd.
Tom’s Tavern – 10093 W. Seven Mile Rd.
3rd Street Detroit – 701 W. Forest Ave.
The Park Bar Detroit – 2040 Park Ave.
Traffic Jam & Snug – 511 W. Canfield St.
Ye Olde Tap Room – 14915 Charlevoix
Northern Lights Lounge – 660 W. Baltimore St.
DETROIT: GEARING UP
Motor City was once the car-churning beacon of the American Dream, but last December Detroit came to a juddering halt when it was declared bankrupt, unable to pay its spiralling debts. When the motor industry left, so did much of the population who could still afford to, taking with them their tax dollars and leaving empty neighbourhoods in their wake.
But in the aftermath of the city’s decline something curious happened, Detroit jump-started itself again, fuelled this time by a young generation of entrepreneurial Detroiters and newcomers tapping into the cheap property and fighting spirit to generate a new creative energy.
One neighbourhood that has become a beacon of this renaissance is Corktown, poignantly in the shadow of ‘ruin porn’ favourite, the colossal, abandoned Michigan Central Station. It’s main drag, Michigan Avenue, now hums again with bars, cafés and restaurants such as SLOWS BAR BQ, Astro Coffee shop, The Sugar House and Gold Cash Gold Detroit (it’s name taken from the building’s former life as a pawn shop). There’s a boutique inn here too: the two-bedroom Honor & Folly decorated with locally-crafted goods. This summer, its owner Megan McEwen is opening a Michigan country escape on the Leelanau Peninsula, a four-hour drive north of the city.