Hidden down Belt Alley - a Midtown alleyway filled with street murals and art galleries - is Standby, a semi-speakeasy that doubles as a cocktail bar and restaurant. The bar itself, which is referred to as a “cocktail lab,” serves more than 50 different cocktails, most of which are really delicious, but also take a few minutes to make. It’s dimly lit and definitely intimate, so if you’re looking for a good date spot, come here. You can also stop in until midnight for a late dinner, with the gnocchi and cheeseburger being two of the biggest crowd pleasers. If you want another bar to check out afterward, grab a frozen cocktail at The Skip at the other end of the alley.
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Selden Standard in Midtown has nailed the New American food/good cocktails/exposed wood trio for years. And guess what? It’s still great.
Grey Ghost Detroit
If you want to eat meat in its many forms, and drink some good draft cocktails, check out Grey Ghost in Midtown for dinner or brunch.
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There is only one place you should go for wings in Detroit and that place is Sweetwater Tavern.
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
With a bright green interior and lots of vegetable dishes, Chartreuse is as close to spring as you can get without leaving Detroit during the winter.
Gold Cash Gold
Go to Gold Cash Gold in Corktown to feel a little fancy while eating fried chicken, but stay for the patio and great cocktails.
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Flowers Of Vietnam
Flowers of Vietnam serves excellent Vietnamese food and interesting cocktails inside the former Vernor Coney Island space in Mexicantown.
Maru Sushi & Grill
Maru is a great downtown sushi option, with specialty rolls, udon, and a late-night menu perfect for when you drank a little too much at Happy Hour.
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