Cafe d’Mongo’s is almost impossible to try and explain. Located next to the old Detroit Synagogue downtown, it’s the kind of quirky dive bar that feels like it’s been around 100 years even though it opened in 2007. Between the small space, stiff drinks, and absurd amount of Detroit history and pictures on the wall, d’Mongo’s is the kind of place you want the bartender to know your name, even if you’re just passing through. Expect live music, some very friendly regulars, and to have more drinks than you planned to.
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