IN THE D: Playoff Hockey Returns to Detroit

By: Scott Davis | April 21, 2015

Can you imagine a team making the postseason 24 years in a row? Oh wait, the Red Wings have already accomplished that unprecedented feat, which just so happens to be the longest active streak in all of sports.

The team’s series versus the Lightning moves back to Detroit tonight at 7 p.m. Whether you are lucky enough to attend the event, or plan on watching at a nearby watering hole, here are some options for pregame, during the game or postgame excursions.

If you are heading to the game, and looking to drink a few beers, or get a pregame meal, consider the following places in Detroit:

Tommy’s Detroit Bar and Grill, 624 3rd Street, Detroit, is relatively close to the Joe. It provides a shuttle bus to the venue! Tommy’s is inside of a historical landmark building that has stood in Downtown Detroit since 1840. The atmosphere is fantastic. The menu is loaded with burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and more. It is a definitely a place to consider before a game.

Hockeytown Cafe, 2301 Woodward, Detroit, has the term “hockey” in its name; therefore it should always be considered as an option. This establishment also provides a complimentary shuttle to the Joe and back. The recently updated menu is loaded with pizza, soups, burgers and of course beverages. It is always a solid option to sit and watch the game as well, of course.

Cobo Joe’s Smokehouse and Sports Bar, 422 W. Congress, Detroit, makes fresh and hand-crafted meats and poultry with delicious rubs and flavors. Everything on the menu looks amazing—St. Louis-style ribs, barbecue pork or brisket sandwich, beer battered fish and chips and more. There is plenty of beer on tap, as well as in bottles. It is located within walking distance to the arena.

Don’t have tickets to the game? No problem, there are bars galore in the Metro Detroit area.

Northville Sports Den, 133 W. Main St., Ste. 102 in Downtown Northville, has been voted as Northville’s “Best Sports Bar” in Observer & Eccentric’s People’s Choice Awards. There are daily specials, plenty of spirits and a full menu. What is not to love? The den is also hosting its first ever golf outing fundraiser on June 28, if you’re interested.

Big Beaver Tavern, 645 Big Beaver Rd., Troy, has a nice, relaxing ambiance, but it also is a great a place to watch the game with its numerous televisions. Not to mention the lower level has a poker room. There is a drink special each night of the week and tonight well drinks are on special for $3.50. The menu consists of appetizers, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Art & Jake’s Sports Bar, has three locations in Macomb County (two in Shelby Twp. and one in Washington Twp.). The menu at each location provides shareable appetizers, wings, garden fresh salads, pizza, burgers, Panini sandwiches and more. There are daily and weekly specials, including a half slab of ribs with coleslaw and fries for $8 today.

Sports Venue Bar & Grill, 6327 Middlebelt Rd., Garden City, was voted “Best Sports Bar” on WDIV’s Vote 4 the Best contest in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The bar carries an extensive selection of beer on tap and the menu provides plenty of options. There are also weekly events such as trivia, disc jockeys, power hours and more.

When the game is over it means one of two things: it is either time to celebrate a win or drown our sorrows because of a loss.

The Anchor Bar, 450 W. Fort St., Detroit, is less than a mile away from Joe Louis Arena, so why not head there after the game if you have time? There are always specials going on, and the menu can accommodate any craving with macaroni and cheese, wings, pizza, sandwiches and more.

Cheli’s Chilli Bar, 47 E. Adams St., Detroit is owned by former Red Wings great Chris Chelios, and often stays open late after games. It provides a shuttle to and from games, so you don’t have to worry about driving there after the game. The menu is full and the drinks are always flowing.

Keep in mind if you are headed to the game, several bars offer shuttles and the Detroit People Mover goes to Joe Louis Arena. Have fun and drink responsibility. Let’s go Wings!