Discovering hidden gems in the city is an intimate experience that feels unique to you and your journey through Detroit.
From stumbling into a 100-year-old building to finding a new mural or art piece, hidden treasures can be found all over the city.
In this article, we highlight a few downtown hot spots you may have missed during your last visit to the city.
From back alley bars to underground eateries, Detroit has a collection of the hippest and most unique restaurants in the area and we have the inside scoop on your next dinner reservation in the city!
Look up to catch a glimpse of Savannah Blue, located on the second floor of 1431 Times Square!
This restaurant has become one of the hottest restaurants in downtown Detroit, serving up soul food and southern charm.
Their mission statement is to provide an inviting environment with hospitality. Appropriately named, their Living Room is a space complete with oversized, comfy couches and easy chairs with a pianist playing softly in the background of your conversation.
The menu is unique to us northerners as it features southern-inspired dishes; using ingredients like grits, collard greens, and sweet potato medleys, this restaurant will teleport your taste buds to an authentic southern cuisine.
Savannah Blue is open for dinner only, Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 4:00 p.m. – midnight.
Check out their Facebook page to stay updated on promotions and events.
Standby is your go-to getaway for those days when it’s 5:00 p.m. on Monday, and Friday feels so far away.
The dim lights and simple décor provide a relaxing ambiance that’ll recharge and rejuvenate you after your long workday.
Walk in through an old elevator shaft, repurposed as the entrance, making this space feel even more intimate and exclusive.
The retro wall art assumes a ‘70s vibe that ties in perfectly with their classic drink menu. Keeping up with modern times, however, Standby also incorporates new flavors and experiences to your beverage, keeping you on your toes in excitement.
Proud of their Detroit location, Standby utilizes locally sourced fare for their food. Check out their menu!
Located in The Belt, this not-so-secret, secret restaurant is open seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Check out the black-and-white art piece by Cleon Peterson, right next to the door and take time to appreciate the industrial concept this bar has to offer.
New to The Belt is The Skip: an outdoor bar with an al fresco dining space brought to you by Bedrock and the owners of Standby. The bar officially opened in June, joining restaurants like Punch Bowl Social and 7 Greens.
Located on 1234 Library Street, this unique hangout features more than just frozen cocktails and craft brews: the wood tables and black walls provide an artsy aesthetic that’s homogenous to the redefined art alley.
Speaking of art: Shepard Fairey, known for his mural on the One Campus Martius building and his recent exhibition in Library Street Collective, created a perfect backdrop for the bar, with a mural titled “Pattern of Destruction.”
This intimate dining space is soon to feature a Latin American menu of appetizers conceptualized by chefs Jesse Knott and Lindsay Salminen.
Open Wednesday – Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – midnight, Friday – Saturday from 3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from noon – 8:00 p.m., this bar is sure to be the hip-new hotspot of downtown Detroit.
Grab a frozen cucumber margarita (the fan-fav!) and take time to stroll through the alleyway, checking out the newest Futura exhibit entitled “New Horizons,” and be sure to follow The Skip on Facebook.
Reminiscent of a speakeasy bar in the ‘20s, The Keep is located in a renovated 1701 Cigar Bar.
The surroundings work together to solidify a simpler time, with TV screens showcasing old back and white movies. The inside of the bar features dimly lit lights, and mostly illuminated by candle.
You can also enjoy open-air dining on their patio, soaking in the summer sun and the city sights. Located on 140 Cadillac Square, you have the perfect view of the business district, able to watch the busy city go by.
The menu features everything from unique cocktails to classic beer and wine.
The Keep is open Tuesday – Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. – midnight, Thursday – Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from noon – midnight.
What’s Your Drink?
Next time you’re in the city, take some time to explore these hidden restaurants and bars!
Look up, down and all around alleys, lofts, and parks to see if you can find another secret hot spot in the D.
What are some other places we should feature? Let us know in the comments!