Brothers Sean, Ryan, and Bobby "Roberts" McShane wanted to create an Irish-American pub that felt like home. At McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar, the brothers offer a warm setting where diners can enjoy a menu packed with Irish-American dishes, a lengthy whiskey list, and pregame parties hosted on a huge outdoor patio. More than just a happy-hour pit stop, McShane’s capitalizes on its location near the old Tigers stadium with live entertainment, drink specials, and barbecue cookouts before all Tigers games and other Detroit sporting events. They even organize shuttles to take guests to the games or to international space stations, as long as fans are willing to tear themselves away from Bobby McShane's brisket melt, shepherd's pie, and Guinness and local craft brews on tap.
Bookies Bar & Grille plies foodies and sports zealots alike with a hearty menu of American pub eats and drinks, which pairs of diners can consume while bathed in the glow of a dozen plasma-screen televisions. Find a seat on one of three spacious floors to watch tortilla chips high-dive from the rooftop patio into your beef-queso dip ($8.99), as you laugh and converse with a dinner companion or incorporeal omniscient narrator. Brawny beef and turkey burgers strut proudly from the grill, flexing toppings such as grilled pineapple and ham ($9.99), as a triumvirate of Blue Dorsal sliders ($8.99) drift over counters with their lightly fried cod cores overheating. Diners who opt for dual entrees can bite into deliciously glazed sweet chili chicken ($11.99), the honey chipotle salmon ($12.99), or other tasty selections. Sip from cool glasses of Newcastle, Blue Moon, or other brews on tap ($3–$7), or prevent sweet teeth from biting the hand that feeds them with flambéed mountains of bananas foster ($6.99) daubed with ice cream and Grand Marnier–laced whipped cream.
At Centaur, the martini is monarch. The menu of seasonally changing cocktails ($9 each, $5 during happy hour) leaves no taste unexplored. The toasted-almond martini swizzles together vanilla, almonds, cocoa, and cinnamon, while the Detroiter uses hometown-hero Vernors ginger ale with splashes of vanilla vodka and spiced rum. Secret agents on the lam after a botched attempt to blow up a supervillain's volcano lair can unwind with the .007 martini's mix of vodka, gin, strawberry, and basil while awaiting further instructions from contacts "Hansel and Gretel," who are enjoying a gingerbread-flavored martini at the other end of the bar. In addition to an extensive selection of beers and wines, Centaur also offers a menu of gourmet small plates for stomachs not quite satisfied by toothpicked olives. Try an ounce of Sevruga caviar ($50), Maryland crab cakes with lobster cream sauce ($10), or three gourmet mini-burgers ($6).
Fox Theatre, originally opened in 1929, has long been established as a venue for legendary performances, earning induction into the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Domed entryways, walls lined with pastoral murals, intricate chandeliers, and a palette of brilliant gold and crimson hint at the venue's Moorish influences, which eclectically clash with the ordered lines of its Gothic exterior.
R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
As the doors of Skybar Lounge’s wood-paneled elevator slide open, customers are immersed in a sleek atmosphere enlivened by driving bass beats and the icy rattle of the bartenders' shakers as they prepare 25 signature martinis. Moroccan-style lamps cast a warm glow over patrons sharing tapas plates of prime beef sky sliders and calamari with house sweet chili sauce in between enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline, flickering streetlights, and nannies flying back to England.