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The 26 Best Detroit Bars for Outdoor Drinking

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Read the full list from Thrillist.

As cracks in Detroit’s seemingly impenetrable silver lining (aka, the sky) start to appear, it seems that we’re ready to rush out and enjoy the few fleeting and sweet months of Bob Seger’s favorite season. While holing up in a dark, dank dive may have its appeal in the light-deprived winter months, by the time spring hits, it’s imperative to recharge batteries with some sunlight, a patio, and numerous pints. With this in mind, these are Detroit’s finest bars that let you imbibe in the fresh (or fresh-ish) air.

MIDTOWN
The Alley Deck
Motor City Brewing Works
Seva Detroit
The Whitney Restaurant – Detroit
The Bronx Bar
3rd Street Detroit
The Old Miami
Hopcat – Detroit
Traffic Jam & Snug

CORKTOWN
Green Dot Stables
McShane’s Pub & Whiskey Bar
Nancy Whiskey’s Detroit
UFO FACTORY
PJ’s Lager House

DOWNTOWN
TV Lounge
Bookies Bar N’ Grille

GREEKTOWN
The Old Shillelagh
Exodos Rooftop

HAMTRAMK
Whiskey In The Jar
Kelly’s Bar Hamtramck

ELSEWHERE
Z’s Villa – New Center
El Barzon – Southwest
La Dolce Vita – Grixdale
Los Galanes – Mexicantown
Berts Warehouse Entertainment – Eastern Market

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Get to Know Detroit’s Newest Craft Breweries

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Detroit’s recent craft beer boom is great for both beer lovers and the local economy. But trying to keep all the new taprooms straight can be a bit tricky.

BATCH VS. BREW
Two of Detroit’s newest breweries – Batch Brewing Company and Brew Detroit – have similar names and are each located in Corktown.

JOLLY PUMPKIN VS. HOPCAT
The beer started flowing this month at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit, which is nestled down the street from Shinola, Traffic Jam & Snug and Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown.
Hopcat – Detroit, which opened last December in a historic building at the corner of Woodward and Canfield, lays claim to offering Michigan’s largest tap selection – 130 to be exact.

MORE NEWCOMERS
We also recommend stops at Detroit Beer Company and Atwater in the Park, which is just outside of the city’s limits in Grosse Pointe Park.

BEER BY BUS, BIKE OR FOOT
Get a personal escort to many of these locations through Motor City Brew Tours.

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Detroit Metro Times: THE 20 ESSENTIAL DETROIT BARS

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“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.

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12 Detroit restaurants serve Rivera-Kahlo-inspired dishes, drinks

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Crain’s Detroit Business originally published this report.

Wondering what to eat or drink after viewing the Detroit Institute of Arts’ special Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo exhibition? The DIA invited Detroit restaurants and bars to offer menu items with the artists in mind; here’s what they came up with.

Antietam, 1428 Gratiot Ave.
El Poco Querido, a cocktail inspired by Kahlo’s masterpiece “The Wounded Dear,” made with Espolon tequila, shaken and served in a classic short-stemmed glass with an edible flower garnish. The drink was designed to pay tribute to the legendary pelea de gallos (fighting cocks) and Rivera and Kahlo’s sometimes heated relationship.
Cajeta flan, a goat milk caramel flan popular in Rivera’s home state of Guanajuato, Mexico

El Asador Steakhouse, 1312 Springwells St.
Traditional Oaxacan mole negro with three types of roasted chiles, sesame seeds, chocolate, raisins and almonds, peanuts and cloves served over turkey legs.

El Barzon, 3710 Junction Rd.
Traditional Oaxacan mole negro with three types of roasted chiles, sesame seeds, chocolate, raisins and almonds, peanuts and cloves served over turkey legs.

El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant, 3400 Bagley St.
Every Friday beginning this week a different entree taken from the cookbooks and notes of Frida Kahlo will be featured as part of its Frida Fridays.
Diego- and Kahlo-inspired specially crafted tequila varieties infused with flavors such as jamaica (hibiscus) flower, cucumber and habanero, to name a few.

Fourteen East, 15 E. Kirby St.
Mexican-spiced hot chocolate whisked with a molinillo
Lime pie

Gold Cash Gold Detroit, 2100 Michigan Ave.
Frida’s Blue House, a drink made from Lunazul Blanco tequila, fresh cucumber and lemon, and blue curaçao

Las Cazuelas Grill, 4000 Livernois Ave.
Diego’s Mole Poblano: chile ancho, roasted peanuts, chocolate, roasted pumpkin seeds, black pepper, garlic and salt.

La Feria Detroit, 4139 Cass Ave.
Corralejo Reposado, a sipping tequila
La Pasión De Frida, an invigorating mix of Corralejo Añejo tequila, tamarind, freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice, and a splash of Maraschino water
Papas Arrugadas con Mojo, a tapa made from red-skinned potatoes with a red bell pepper.

Our/Detroit, 2545 Bagley Ave.
Dreams of Coyacan: Our/Detroit vodka, jalapeño simple syrup, lime juice and coconut sparkling soda.

Rock City Eatery, 11411 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck
Panzón + Friducha: pan-seared tongue, ash-baked beets, radish, avocado, pickled corn, dill and cilantro served with a shot of Cabresto tequila (choice of silver or gold).

Traffic Jam & Snug, 511 W. Canfield St.
Mixiotes, a dish that hails from Rivera’s birthplace of Guanajuato, Mexico: tender chicken marinated in guajillo chiles, garlic, onion, cinnamon, tequila, thyme and marjoram, steamed and served with potatoes and corn tortillas and garnished with traditional accompaniments including avocado, pineapple and house pickled onion and habanero peppers.

Union Street Detroit, 4145 Woodward Ave.
Ode to Detroit Industry, a drink made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Chartreuse Green, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime in a martini glass
La Casa Azul: Mexican hot chocolate trifle made with layers of chipotle chili-spiked chocolate cake and cinnamon pastry cream topped with fresh whipped cream and candied jalapeño
Chiles En Nogada: poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo covered in walnut-sherry cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

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Metro Times: A chat with Detroit’s little red devil

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Read the full article and interview published by the Detroit Metro Times.

For 300 years Detroit has blamed its woes on a red dwarf named Le Nain Rouge. The crimson figure is said to be the harbinger of bad, the destructive force behind all that goes wrong in the city. So, for the past few years in the spring Detroiters hold a parade that keeps him at bay for the year to come. Because what better way to rid ourselves of a mythological beast?

With the city seeing a revival, we thought we’d chat with Le Nain Rouge about whether this annual cavalcade has been keeping him from his ghastly deeds or if the renaissance is all part of his evil plans.

Marche du Nain Rouge starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22; the parade begins on the corner of West Canfield Street and Second Avenue, across from Traffic Jam & Snug. For the details visit www.marchedunainrouge.com

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Buffalo takes on Detroit: 36 Hours In The Motor City by Bernice Radle

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Originally posted by urban planner/preservationist Bernice Radle:

You have stolen my heart, Detroit.

Here is what happens when you put four people who love planning, cities, buildings and the rust belt together in a car. We drive 5 hours to Detroit, rent out a kick ass industrial loft space, wander around town checking out bars, shops and historic sites, tour a once forgotten Kresge Mansion now being renovated by a 30 year old and meet with Mark Nickita (architect, owner of Pure Detroit and Mayor of Birmingham MI), inside the Guardian building – an art deco masterpiece! It was a trip for the memory books. You can see photos from our trip here.

Here are my top three take aways from our 36 hours in Detroit.

Buffalo is Detroit’s sister city. Hands down. Our radial street grid, friendly mid western attitude and blue collar approach to life is nearly identical. We both can see Canada from our windows, we share Lake Erie and we share similar boom / bust  / rebirth stories. Detroit is definitely Buffalo’s older, bigger Brother – the industrial strength attitude is very masculine, IMO. Sure, Detroit is bigger in size and in population but we can learn a lot from one another and we are only a 5 hour drive away!

TRUE GRIT. With slogans like “Detroit Hustles Harder” and “Detroit Vs. Everybody”, it is clear that Detroit has embraced their true grit and entrepreneurial spirit and that nothing, including their steep decline, will stop them. A rising tide raises all the boats, was the mentality from many of the local folks we spoke with. Sure, there is a long way to go and a lot to accomplish but we left feeling a great deal of confidence in the future of the Motor City. Detroit is tough and resilient!

Detroit is ALIVE. All the articles you’ve read about the vacancy and decline is true however, many fail to notice or mention the incredible amount of life that Detroit has. We saw signs of it everywhere – from a 30 year old buying a Kresge Mansion to the emerging Michigan Avenue retail corridor… the entrepreneur spirit is alive and well in the Motor City.  The downtown is beautiful – the storefronts are lit up with lights, the ice skating rink was packed at midnight and even their top millionaires are working together to privately pay for a light rail system along Woodward Avenue. Heck, even billionaires own community gardens in Detroit.

In case you want to travel to Detroit and don’t know what to do, here is a list of all the places we went to in 36 hours. It was a true sprint!

*  Corktown Tavern
*  Gaelic League & Irish-American Club of Detroit
*  SLOWS BAR BQ
*  Michigan Central Station
*  Mercury Burger Bar
*  MotorCity Wine
*  UFO FACTORY
*  Downtown Detroit – Campus Martius Park Ice Rink / Fox Theatre / Woodward Ave.
*  Detroit Institute of Bagels
*  Brush Park
*  Kresge Mansion Tour – Arden Park
*  Eastern Market
*  Guardian Building
*  Mid Town – City Bird / Nest / Shinola
*  Traffic Jam & Snug
*  Greektown – Detroit vs. Everybody

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