Happy Hour Hot Spots to Hit Up in Metro Detroit

Whether you’ve had a mundane Monday, or you need a hump day pick-me-up, these restaurants have you covered.
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Firebird Tavern's Grilled Fish Tacos // Photograph courtesy of Firebird Tavern

There’s no better way to close out a day in the office than with a trip to happy hour. These Metro Detroit restaurants have menus that pack a punch but will leave your wallet unfazed.

Firebird Tavern

From 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Firebird Tavern offers a hefty happy hour. The Detroit hotspot offers seven different $5 shareable plates including Cauliflower Dip and Irish Nachos, as well as half-off American craft beers and wine. Firebird Tavern, 419 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-782-4189; firebirdtavern.com.

Jim Brady’s

Offering different drink specials each day, Jim Brady’s Royal Oak location also offers a weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, stop in for a $5 draft beer or $7 classic cocktail. Can’t make it before 6? Late Night Happy Hour begins at 10 p.m. and runs until closing. Appetizers and wine by the glass are both half off during happy hour from Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m. Jim Brady’s, 1214 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-306-1954; jimbradysdetroit.com.

Bobcat Bonnies

Voted “Best Happy Hour” in Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit 2023, Bobcat Bonnies offers happy hour deals Monday through Friday at its three locations from 3-6 p.m. The special includes discounts on cocktails ($4), draft beers ($5), wine, and shareables like Fried Pickles, Soft Pretzels, and Spinach Dip. Other specials include an all-day happy hour on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to close. Bobcat Bonnies, 240 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-677-0158, 118 Sycamore St., Wyandotte; 734-530-1806, and 1800 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-962-1383; bobcatbonnies.com.

Besa Detroit

Known for their extensive raw bar, Besa Detroit also offers a bar-only happy hour. This first-come, first-served dining experience takes place from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Indulge in appetizers 30% off, $6 wine, $7 cocktails, or $4 on tap. Besa Detroit, 600 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3000; besadetroit.com.

The Morrie

Self-described as a “quintessential neighborhood gathering place, The Morrie’s happy hour runs from 4-6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close with prices that mirror its times. Everything on the special Monday through Friday menu is either $4 or $6, including their smoked wings, potato skins, green room sliders, well cocktails, martinis, and more. The Morrie, 511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-216-1112, and 260 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-940-3260; themorrie.com.

Bar Verona

Voted a finalist in the Best of Detroit 2023 “Happy Hour” and “Craft Cocktails” categories, there’s no doubt that Bar Verona’s menus certainly make guests happy. Indulge in $3.50 beer bottles, $4.50 draughts, $5 wines, $6 mixers, and $7 martinis. Pair with truffle fries, flatbread, fried raviolis, or brussel sprouts. 59145 Van Dyke Ave., Washington; 586-473-0700; barverona.com.

HopCat

HopCat’s happy hour, held from 3-5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, Monday through Thursday, includes $3.50 local draft beers, and $6 Tito’s, Jameson, house wine, and well cocktails. Hungry? Stop in for half off their legendary fries, shareable snacks, and a discount on burgers and pizza. HopCat, 311 Maynard St., Ann Arbor; 734-436-2875, 430 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-556-2202, and 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-769-8828; hopcat.com.

Grand Tavern

Selling domestic pints for $2.50, and imported pints, well drinks, and house wines for $4, Grand Tavern has some of the best happy hour prices in metro Detroit. From 3-6 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, pair these drinks with their “Famous” Fried Dill Spears or Pulled Pork Sliders. Grand Tavern, 3512 Marketplace Circle, Rochester; 248-289-1350; grandtavernrochesterhills.com.

Detroit Shipping Company

Unwind in a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere at Detroit Shipping Company food hall and beer garden. Enjoy a variety of happy hour deals 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, along with $5 bartender choice cocktails, $4 wine, $4 mystery beers, $4 Fireball, and $3 well liquor. 474 Peterboro St., Detroit; 313-462-4973; detroitshippingcompany.com.

The Block

Established in 2015, The Block is a growing local favorite with much to offer. The “3-6-9” happy hour deals are weekdays from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy all beer bottles and house wine for $6, and Paloma, Tito’s or Bourbon for $6. Pair your drink with wings, bacon brussels, spinach dip, or a pepperoni flatbread for $9. Come back on the weekends for DJ brunch! 3919 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-0892; theblockdet.com.

Shift Kitchen & Cocktails

According to their website, Shift Kitchen & Cocktails offers “Birmingham’s Best Happy Hour” — and metro Detroiters agree. Voted a finalist in Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit 2023 “Happy Hour”, you can head to Shift to sip on a glass of wine 30% off, or The Color Red and La French Vodka for 50% off. Pair your drinks with delicious deals on appetizers including 40% off treats like filet sliders, lobster tacos, brussel sprouts, or classic Shift Fries. 5-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 117 Willits St., Birmingham; 248-452-1355; shiftbirmingham.com.

This post has been updated for 2023.