Best Bars 2009
Readers of hourdetroit.com cast online ballots for their favorite metro Detroit watering holes
No. 1 Bar: Hard Luck Lounge
15412 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-884-LUCK, hardlucklounge.com.
“Only bar with Hard Candy Vodka and Candy Shoppe martinis.”
“Bartenders rock, and they pour a stiff drink — great people.”
“Great Swedish Fish Vodka, and always good tunes playing. Oh, and the bathrooms are always clean.”
“…Interesting, storied décor – all the handmade, commissioned lamps and barstools, the bar top.”
“Tasteful Vegas-inspired décor … the best candy-infused vodka I have ever had!!! No joke — if this is the only reason you check it out, you will not be disappointed!”
“It’s got such a great feel, I don’t even mind being the designated driver. I just like hanging out.”
The Town Pump Tavern, 100 W. Montcalm, Detroit; 313-961-1929, thetownpumptavern.com.
“Hot wait staff … and good deals on soda pop!”
“At any given time you could find a businessman in a suit entertaining clients, a ‘scenester’ having a beer before a concert at the Fillmore, a bunch of lovely ladies out on the town, students from the surrounding universities unwinding after a big exam, and guys gearing up before a big game.”
Centaur, 2233 Park, Detroit; 313-963-4040, centaurbar.com.
“Caters to all ages. Friendly, comfortable, and you can carry on an intelligent conversation.”
“Love the Spanish tapas and $5 happy-hour martinis.”
“Cold, strong drinks.”
Stage 30 Bar (inside the Uptown Grille), 3100 E. West Maple Rd., Commerce Township; 248-960-3344, stagethirty.com.
“You can go to watch the game, listen to music, or just have a quiet dinner with friends and family. It all depends on where you sit. There’s something for everyone.”
The Baltimore Lunch, 1234 Randolph, Detroit; 313-964-2728.
Bookies Bar/Grille, 2208 Cass, Detroit; 313-962-0319, bookiesbar.com.
C.J.’s Brewing Co., 8115 Richardson Rd., Commerce Township; 248-366-7979, and 14900 Beck Rd., Plymouth; 734-453-4455, cjsbrewingcompany.com.
Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543, cliffbells.com.
Dragonmead Microbrewery, 14600 E. 11 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-776-9428, dragonmead.com.
Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-3043, foransirishpub.com.
Gator Jake’s Bar/Grill, 36863 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights; 586-983-3700.
The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-546-3644.
Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W. Canfield, Detroit; 313-832-2700, motorcitybeer.com.
Pulse, 156 Monroe, Detroit; 313-420-0313, pulsedetroit.com.
Rochester Mills Beer Co., 400 Water St., Rochester; 248-650-5080, beercos.com.
Solero, 118 Sycamore, Wyandotte; 734-284-8706, solerocafe.net.
Woodward Avenue Brewery, 22646 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-546-3696, thewabsite.com.
Ye Olde Tap Room, 14915 Charlevoix, Detroit; 313-824-1030.