Neighborhood Spotlight: Berkley Michigan

By: Aaron B. Cohen | April 21, 2021

Photo courtesy of Republica.

Known primarily as a small, residential community along Woodward Avenue, Berkley, Michigan offers up a handful of unique bars, restaurants and shops that fuel local pride. In this Neighborhood Spotlight, we take a look at some of the city’s most exciting attractions.

The Berkley Music Company

For years, The Berkley Music Company has provided locals with top-of-the-line instruments, gear and instruction along 12 Mile. Their expertly trained staff offers drum, guitar, piano and bass lessons to novice musicians and seasoned professionals alike. It’s a one-stop-shop for a new musician looking to purchase an instrument and learn to play it.

Yellow Door Art Market

Since 2010, Yellow Door Art Market has provided the Berkley, Michigan community with hip, handmade wares from 70+ Michigan artists. You can find pottery, candles, jewelry, soap and wooden crafts at this locally-owned shop. It’s the perfect place to find a last-minute gift or add unique style to your own home.

Motor City Barrels

If you’re looking for unique, Michigan-made accessories from your home, look no further than Motor City Barrels. These expert craftsmen transform vintage whiskey barrels into barware, furniture, signs and wall decor. Their products combine the old with the new, upcycling a product that – while beautiful – often goes to waste after its initial use. You’ll be amazed at the quality and creativity found in each piece.

Republica

Located on Coolidge Highway, this neighborhood gastropub offers delicious small plates, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and unique entrees. Republica also offers family-style catering complete with soup, salad, entrees and sides for those nights where cooking just isn’t an option. Locals rave about their all-day $5 house wines and come back to sample new selections from their expansive dining menu.

Amici’s Kitchen & Living Room

While it may be the oldest establishment on the list, new ownership has transformed this beloved neighborhood pizza joint into a chic, date-worthy destination, complete with a beautiful back patio and daily happy hour specials. The pizza is excellent, but don’t overlook the apps, sandwiches and salads that add flair and depth to this already bonafide Berkley staple.

24 Seconds Bar & Grill

24 Seconds Bar & Grill is Berkley’s favorite place to catch a game. The U-shaped bar counter is outlined by an impressive arrangement of flatscreens so you won’t miss a moment of the action and the new rooftop patio provides the perfect place to enjoy a summer night out with friends in a safe, socially distant environment.

Vinsetta Garage

Right on Woodward Ave., Vinsetta Garage offers signature pizzas, burgers, bowls and craft cocktails in a spacious, Detroit-centric environment. Ever tried a coney pizza? This is a restaurant that embraces all things wacky. Built in a one-time auto shop, Vinsetta Garage calls on classic Detroit nostalgia in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Berkley Common

Berkey’s newest destination, Berkley Common features an impressive list of craft beer, full cocktail menu and wine list. The kitchen cranks out lunch and dinner selections ranging from potato thyme soup to Korean fried chicken to veggie curry. While it’s hard to define their specific genre of cuisine, locals have flocked to enjoy this new, creative option that offers substantial patio seating and reasonable prices.