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Go Off the Beaten Path with These Hidden Bars in Detroit


While not much stays hidden nowadays with the advancement of social media and the internet, there are some truly great “hidden” establishments around Metro Detroit. You might not need a map or a special password for all of these places, but they exist off the beaten path and are worth seeking out. So if you’re up for a little bit of adventure, join us as we shine a light on some of Detroit’s best hidden bars and speakeasies.

Cafe d’Mongo’s Speakeasy
Located on Griswold Street in downtown Detroit, Cafe d’Mongo’s Speakeasy is a cozy bar perfect for a weekend night out. Featuring great live music, knowledgeable staff and incredible gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Cafe d’Mongo’s Speakeasy has become a local favorite.

Bad Luck Bar
Also located on Griswold Street, the Bad Luck Bar makes for a perfect night out with a small group of friends. Their drink menu ranges from British Royal Navy rum, to Reyka vodka, bourbon infused with black tea, and many more creative mixes. You can also inquire about throwing your own private event here.

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Candy Bar
If you’re looking to keep things elegant, look no further than the Candy Bar located in the Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit. The old Hollywood decor transports you to a bygone era giving it a distinctive glamorous feel. The small bar does not take reservations, so be prepared for a little bit of a wait on the weekends.

Lost River
Bringing tiki and tropical vibes to Detroiters is the small Mack Avenue bar, Lost River. Their exotic drink menu features everything from Mai Tais, to various daiquiris, to even their rotating house punch that can be shared with a group. You can also check out the bar’s various events as they host restaurant pop-ups throughout the month.  

Cafe 78
Located in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Cafe 78 is a curated bar perfect for a drink during your visit in the museum or a relaxed Friday night hangout. Along with pastries and baked goods, Cafe 78 features a full bar with unique cocktails, beers, and wine. Be sure to check out all of the great events MOCAD has coming up to plan the perfect night out.

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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