Steiny’s Tavern honors barstool regulars with a rewards program replete with a special beer mug and VIP access to bar events—the first hint that Steiny’s is as much a community hub as it is a casual watering hole. In addition to honoring their regulars, owners Mama and Papa Bear Steinhurst have outfitted their parking lot with 20 bike parking spaces and furnish smokers with a heated outdoor smoking patio. The duo welcomes local bands and DJs many nights of the week and also shows sports broadcasts on 10 flat-screen TVs. A menu of barbecue specialties, salads, and sandwiches greets each diner, as does a friendly wait staff that encourages customers to chew every bite the recommended 32 times before swallowing.
In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Though renowned for its vast humidors of primo cigars, The Godfather Cigar & Martini Lounge’s professional bartenders also pour elegant, tasty martinis and one-of-a-kind house drinks that mirror the atmospheric "power broker's clubhouse" vibe. Sink into a plush leather couch in the Lamborghini Room or its softly lit cousin, the Don Room, and savor the alcoholic alchemy of The Gotti—a blend of Ketel One and olive juice garnished with blue-cheese olives and jalapeño ($9). The Godfather's mélange of Glenlivet, Cointreau, and blood-orange bitters will remind film buffs of the way oranges always presaged a lavish musical number in The Godfather films ($11). The coconut martini brings back happy memories of unplanned desert-island vacations with its coconut-rimmed pool of coconut rum, RumChata, coconut water, and lime ($9). And for those celebrating a friend's birthday, the peach bellini renders its peach nectar more toastable with an effervescent topper of champagne ($9).
Fuse Lounge whets appetites with small plates while wetting whistles with signature drinks in a swanky, contemporary setting. Kick off a night of human watching over a tower of steak and portabella mushrooms ($12) or Cajun filet tips ($11) from the bar menu before moving on to a beer ($3+), a glass of wine ($7+), or one of Fuse’s signature cocktails. The sassy array of signature libations includes the raspberry truffle, the Skinny Dip, and the titular Fuse martini, among other cheekily named concoctions ($10).
Strings of colored lights twinkle from the rafters of Gator Jake's Bar Grill Patio, where walls of retro neon and pressed-metal signs lend the dining room a vivacious vibe. The menu brings creole and southwestern perspectives to the table, providing etouffees, steak-fajita subs, and barbecue chicken monterey to complement a glass of Beringer wine, a specialty cocktail, or a beer called Guinness, Killian's, or Corona. Wall-mounted flat-screen televisions broadcast major sporting events as the sounds of clacking pool balls, whirring darts, and songs from the jukebox and periodic live entertainment fill the air. Open until 2 a.m., Gator Jake's—which took third place in the 2011 Detroit A-List's race for Best Sports Bar—welcomes patrons to stay for a late-night birthday party or celebrate the opening of a foreign stock exchange far, far away.