Believe it or not, the cold weather has subsided and the green grass is beginning to grow back. The beautiful Comerica Park and our Detroit Tigers have been waiting for us all winter long, and it’s finally time for baseball! And when you talk Detroit baseball, you’ve got to talk about the pre- and post-game festivities. Here are some of the best places to be at before and after the ball game.
The Elwood Bar has been a Detroit staple for almost 80 years now. In 1997, the Art Deco diner moved from its original Elizabeth Street and Woodward Avenue (hence EL(izabeth)-WOOD(ward)) location, to its current spot just 56 steps from Comerica Park. Its great location and new and improved menu makes The Elwood Bar & Grill a great place to grab a bite to eat before or after the game.
The New York Times said it’s “the place to be in Detroit.” The premier Detroit jazz club offers a unique dining experience with great live music. Before any one o’clock start, stop in for bottomless mimosas and bloody marys and an excellent brunch menu. After the game, grab your friends and head to the award-winning bar to enjoy some classic speakeasy cocktails and martinis.
Down the road from Cliff Bell’s, this is a two-for-one deal when you’re looking for great food and drinks. The Park Bar is home to an awesome circular bar with a great variety of craft beers on tap. While you’re enjoying that craft beer, you can order the best shawarma in town from Bucharest Grill! It’s a perfect combo for either a pre-game meal or a post-game snack.
Another great stop steps away from Comerica Park, The Town Pump Tavern is home to an extensive beer list, an excellent happy hour and live music after the game! Open 364 days a year, Town Pump Tavern is just about always ready for a good time. It features a large menu with tasty hand-tossed pizzas and juicy burgers. After a Friday or Saturday night game, come back to the party and see what the DJ is spinning!
“Hey, Hey, Hockeytown! You’re not alone just look around.” That’s how the lyric goes, right? At Hockeytown Café, you surely won’t be alone. Equipped with a beautiful patio and a rooftop that overlooks Woodward and Comerica Park, Hockeytown Café is always a happening place to meet before and after the game. And if you need any more verification that this is one of the hottest bar’s in Detroit, ESPN2 named it the number one sports bar in Detroit and the number two sports bar in America!
OK, I know I’m repeating myself here, but Cheli’s Chili Bar is literally 10 steps away from Comerica Park. Cheli’s hosts huge parking lot parties with live music, food and drinks for every home Tigers game, making it an ideal hangout before the game begins. And who knows, maybe you’ll bump into Mr. Chelios himself while you’re there!
A perfect pre-game spot, R.U.B. BBQ Pub offers some of Detroit’s best – you guessed it – barbeque. R.U.B. features smoked meats, homemade sauces and some of the best ribs in town. With 60 beers on tap and 200 domestic and imported bottles, the beer selection is second to none. And just in case you forgot your tickets at home, R.U.B. has over 30 flat screens where you and your friends can enjoy the game!
Located in the recently restored Hartz building in downtown Detroit, Detroit Beer Co. is home to a line up of award-winning brews. With five tall serving tanks behind the bar, Detroit Beer Co. can offer up to eight homemade beers on tap at any time. Match that with a brick oven pizza or one of their other incredible menu items, and you’re in for a perfect pre-game meal.
American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island – W. Lafayette Blvd.
Hopefully we don’t have to divulge too much about what you’re in for at either American or Lafayette Coney Island. If you have yet to experience either of these Detroit landmarks, just know that you’re in for the best coney dogs in the world. Detroiters typically pledge their allegiance to just one of the famous establishments, but either American or Lafayette makes a great option to stuff your face with a few chili-smothered, onion- and mustard-topped hot dogs.
By season’s end, hopefully you’ll have experienced all of the places on our list. Don’t forget to trek outside of downtown and head into the other great Detroit neighborhoods for more magnificent bars and restaurants.
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