Sleek red and yellow lighting illuminates crisp, modern décor inside 7 Bar & Grill's 6,500-square-foot space, where chefs whip up sushi, sandwiches, and steakhouse fare served in a dining room, an upscale lounge with a bar, and a patio. Twosomes and foursomes peruse the eclectic menu for nigiri sushi and specialty rolls such as the Great Lake, an amalgam of spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and barbecue eel huddling under albacore tuna. Thai cream and guacamole hike down the Asian nachos' mound of wonton chips, uniting international cuisine like soup served out of a globe's hemisphere. 7's Cajun pasta slides sausage and shrimp between ropes of fettuccine, and a sheath of sweet garlic chili glaze protects 7's salmon. While imbibing martinis during special-occasion or casual dinners, diners can saunter past 16 flat-screen TVs en route to the eatery's upscale lounge area, which reveals a 360-degree view of the main bar and fellow patrons' napkin-folding habits. 7 Bar & Grill also hosts private events, including birthdays, holiday parties, and more, for groups as small as ten or as large as 250.
The ingredients are locally sourced, the dishes are inventive, and the ambience blends sportiness and elegance. As guests watch sports on TV in the dining area, chefs at Courtside Restaurant and Bar elevate classic sports pub fare with creative glazes, premium ingredients, and interesting flavor pairings. For instance, they coat panko-crusted chicken strips in special sauces, such as the bourbon glaze and spicy zip sauce. For their handheld wraps, they favor underutilized options such as grilled salmon in a raspberry vinaigrette. Even classic desserts like their chocolate chunk cookie get a slight twist—chefs bake them in cast iron skillets.
As patrons sample these ambitious cuisines, they'll notice a modern, backlit bar with sleek metallic chairs. Elsewhere, they'll see cushy booths and ceilings high enough to accommodate a pro basketball players riding his giraffe to his booth.
The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar. Here, amid, exposed brick and flat-screen TVs, craft brews and cooked-to-order Angus beef compete for the spotlight as guests crunch through baskets of fried pickles and jalape?o poppers. Protein-packed ingredients such as bison, turkey, and black beans form burger bases, which diners can customize with bacon, grilled pineapple, blue cheese, and more than 30 other add-ons. Instead of cleansing palates with miniature squeegees, the bar draws pint-size baths of Short's seasonal suds and Dogfish Head Brewery ale, and a soon-to-open second location aims to sate hunger and thirst.
In Western Africa, the caffeinated kola nut is a symbol of vitality, long life, and friendship. And these are the things Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge aims to embody. The restaurant and lounge is filled with the aromas of authentic African and Caribbean cuisine, from goat pepper soup and rice covered in beef stew to savory Moi Moi, a steamed black eyed pea pudding with onions and fresh-ground peppers. Frequent live music enlivens the space with the sounds of jazz and reggae, and sometimes comedians and poets take the stage.
Mixx Lounge tops off cocktails and broadcasts dance beats to entertain and invigorate Detroit-area patrons. A dark wood bar props up drink glasses and customers’ elbows as they peruse the menu for new potable possibilities, whether interests guide them toward a martini, a savory small plate ($6–$10), or a career in botany. La Terre ($6.50) mixes Californian merlot and cabernet into a ruby-colored refreshment, and the warm spinach-artichoke dip’s ($8) creamy texture complements a crunchy pita-chip vehicle. Pluck tender shrimp from a cocktail glass filled with dipping sauce ($9) while wielding the 007, a classic vodka martini, shaken vigorously and garnished with a deployable grappling hook.
In a 1,200-square-foot venue, the staff at Epic Tavern & Grill celebrates sports in several ways, from showing live games unfold on its 25 TVs to naming each of seven quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs after major-league sports teams. One option comes slathered in blue-cheese sauce with bacon bits and red onions, and another is entirely wrapped in bacon and drizzled in chipotle mayo. This creativity extends to five signature burgers, which range from a classic cheeseburger to the Sticky burger, adorned with creamy peanut butter and Kentucky-bourbon mayo. On Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday nights, diners put down their eats and get up from their tables to groove to the beats of live DJs.