24 Seconds Bar & Grill (above)
As the name indicates, this suburban spot is sports oriented. Game access comes via 20 big-screen plasma TVs, NFL Sunday Ticket ESPNU, and the Big Ten Network. The deck is an added bonus for fans of fresh air.
3071 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-336-0024, 24seconds.net.
This rooftop dance club atop the Golden Fleece restaurant in Greektown is too cool for a website or an official sign, but that doesn’t keep the place from filling up on summer nights with dance-music enthusiasts and those decidedly in-the-know.
529 Monroe, Detroit; 313-962-7093.
Woody’s Diner (above)
Multiple levels provide multiple scenes at this downtown Royal Oak spot. Families dine on the first floor; the second floor and rooftop are occupied by a 21-and-up crowd. A DJ enlivens the rooftop on Saturday nights.
208 W. Fifth St., Royal Oak; 248-543-6911, woodysdiner.com.
Pizza, sandwiches, and burgers at this sports bar are served with a spectacular city view. The rooftop deck is a popular spot for baseball fans pre- and post-Tigers games. It also serves as a venue for live music and fireworks watching.
2301 Woodward, Detroit; 313-965-9500, hockeytowncafe.com.
1917 American Bistro
A menu best described as American with a touch of Italian includes such offerings as hamburgers, vegetable preparations, Chicken Alfredo, and a Fried Chicken Sandwich. Sip a fruit blend from the fresh raw-juice and smoothie bar while sitting under the stars on the rooftop patio.
19416 Livernois, Detroit; 313-863-1917, 1917americanbistro.com.
Motor City Brewing Works (above)
This petite place with a big following serves its handcrafted unfiltered, unpasteurized brew on tap. MCBW’s Summer Brew is an American-style wheat beer served with an orange slice. Brick-oven pizzas and seasonal foods round out the offerings in a contemporary chalet-like setting. Upstairs, take in a street view of Midtown.
470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-832-2700, motorcitybeer.com.
Bookies Bar & Grille
Downstairs patrons come for “Bookies Live,” a weekly show featuring cover bands and DJs. On the roof-level patio, Bookies’ serves 10 burger variations, sandwiches, and entrees ranging from fish and chips to Honey Chipotle Salmon.
2208 Cass, Detroit; 313-962-0319, bookiesbar.com
Cheli’s Chili Bar – Downtown (above)
A hot spot for Detroit sports fans who chow down on sandwiches and entrees in the company of fellow fans, live entertainment, and 36 flat-screen TVs. The downtown rooftop patio affords a clear view of Friday- and Saturday-night fireworks at Comerica Park. The Dearborn location also has a rooftop patio.
47 E. Adams, Detroit; 313-961-1700; 21918 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-274-9700, chelischilibar.com.
Tom’s Oyster Bar – Downtown
Order a cold cocktail with chilled shrimp while taking in a view of the Renaissance Center and Jefferson Avenue action. Menu offerings include crab and, of course, oysters, along with other fish and seafood options.
519 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-964-4010, tomsoysterbar.com.