Madison's Pub owners envisioned a pub that had it all under one roof. So when they discovered a 100-year-old, three-story brick building nestled in downtown Mount Clemens, it seemed like the obvious choice to fulfill their dreams. Just beyond glass garage doors, they set up a large hardwood floor with enough room for their patrons to dance or herd elephants, and they peppered the bar with over a dozen high-definition plasma TVs and an eight-foot big-screen TV with surround sound for sports fans to follow the Tigers and Redwings. Owners also set up a smaller bar at the front of the building to give guests a quieter place to chat. As everyone's bound to work up a hunger from all the activity, the pub's chefs devised a menu of hearty burgers and sandwiches, as well as specialties such as mac ‘n’ cheese and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips. Named the Best Bar Patio by Real Detroit Weekly from 2009–2012, the large outdoor patio accommodates hundreds of pub-goers, with plenty of seating and shady umbrellas. The breezy space also boasts a grill, where pit masters barbecue affordable, tasty ribs and burgers to complement cold brews and fresh air. During warmer seasons, DJs spin tunes and unnecessary wool under the patio's hanging café lights.
The self-proclaimed home of the $1 draft, Dooleys Tavern keeps 20 beers cascading from their taps. Those suds complement the chefs' pub food, which includes American tavern classics such as half-pound burgers and up to 50 chicken wings doused in a choice of four sauces. The draft beer house also concocts American dishes with an Irish twist such as corned-beef sliders and a pizza filled with mashed potatoes and topped with bacon and red onions.
Seven nights a week, Dooleys’ three locations keep guests entertained until 2 a.m. on an outdoor patio, in a room full of classic bar games, and with plenty of HDTVs showing the game. The trio of taverns also accommodates up to 100 guests for private parties. Additionally, the Mount Clemens location pairs feasts with sidesplitting routines from standup comics in Carmen's Showroom.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's caf? carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
For Carlo De Angelis, making pasta started as a way to unwind after a tough day. But his unusual relaxation technique quickly blossomed into a business venture when friends and family began to rave about his pasta and inundate him with family recipes, including his mother’s sauce and his mother-in-law’s gnocchi. With his daughter, Carla, Carlo turned his hobby into a business, and today the company’s ravioli, lasagna, sauce, and fresh and dry pastas are found at bakeries, markets, and farmer’s markets. The products stock shelves from St. Clair Shores all the way to northern Oakland County and Ann Arbor. At the De Angelis's original Chesterfield location, curious customers can watch as products are made in the open production space.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
Sandbar & Sports Grille's proximity to L'anse Creuse Bay allows for fresh chowder and hand-battered fish without sacrificing a cozy old-town pub feel. Beige walls and a full backlit bar offer stark contrast to the dining room's abundant wood accents and anchor decor. It's suggested that diners use two hands while dominating half-pound burgers and sandwiches, or even break out a hidden third hand if a specialty mac 'n' cheese finds its way to the table.