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Atwater's Dirty Blonde pictured on the rooftop of their Detroit Tap House. Photo courtesy of Atwater Brewery.

5 Rooftop Bars in Detroit Worth a Visit


As summer swings into full gear, there’s no better season for a little rooftop fun. Sure, you could retreat into the comfort of air-conditioned space and waste the opportunity to enjoy all eight weeks of a Michigan summer. Or, you could take advantage of this beautiful weather while you go out on the town with your closest friends.

I think the choice is obvious.

The Alley Deck

What’s better than food and drinks on the rooftop on a warm summer night? What if we added some live music to that list? The Alley Deck is located atop the Majestic Theatre in Midtown Detroit and features partial covering, a BBQ grill and a spacious bar.

Briggs Sports Bar

Located in downtown Detroit, Briggs’s Sky Box rooftop bar features DJs, a full kitchen and delicious slushies on hand. That’s in addition to an extensive draft beer list and a killer view of the city

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Atwater Detroit Tap House

Just a couple of years old, Atwater’s Detroit Tap House is a fantastic spot to unwind and enjoy the weather with your friends. In addition to their expanding craft beer list, Atwater’s Detroit Tap House also features hand-tossed or thin crust pizzas made in-house.

3Fifty Terrace

If you’re looking for a big night out in the city, 3Fifty Terrace is a rooftop nightclub that features VIP table service. DJs will be playing music all night long as you party with your friends amidst the cool night air of Detroit.

The Old Shillelagh

The Old Shillelagh is a Detroit staple. This no-frills Irish pub is a great spot to grab a few drinks, maybe a bite to eat and then enjoy the fresh air outside on the rooftop. Plus, if you’re heading to a game downtown, there is a shuttle service that can take you there.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.

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