Bars in Wyandotte

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Oakwood Grill & Bar sates stomachs with classic American bar fare, wets whistles with a wide array of beer, wine, and cocktails, and keeps boredom at bay with a full slate of boisterous special events. The menu's hearty offerings include a herd of 24 buffalo wings ($17.95) and the spicy Hot in Here burger ($6.95) topped with grilled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and three strips of Dearborn bacon. Like ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls, the loaded pepperoni roll ($6.95) enfolds more than 40 pepperoni slices in thin pizza dough slathered in butter and parmesan cheese. Hungry herbivores, meanwhile, can snack on lightly battered fried pickles and cream-cheese jalapeños ($4.95) while sipping beers and cocktails mixed behind Oakwood's long cement bar with a motor-powered cement mixer.

17621 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn,
MI
US

Gilligan's serves up more than 20 varieties of gourmet hamburgers made fresh daily with local ingredients free of artificial preservatives and fillers. The grill's triple-A half-pound, hand-packed beef creations, derived entirely from local producers, include the vaunted fire-grilled original burger, adorned with the house grill sauce ($10+), as well as more exotic offerings such as the Los Cabos burger, which sports zesty salsa, guacamole, a dollop of sour cream, and a lace mantilla ($11+). Burgers fashioned from ground turkey ($10) and buffalo ($12) provide poultry and bison alternatives, and the dry-rub St. Louis side ribs can quell pork-centric cravings and coat palates and fingers in a tangy coat of barbecue sauce ($12/half rack, $18/full). Old-fashioned milkshakes in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate varieties arrive topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry and deliver moving arguments in favour of lactose tolerance ($5).

3032 Dougall Ave
Windsor,
ON
CA

Hurricanes Pub and Grill welcomes patrons into a classic neighbourhood meeting den where with live sports broadcasts and trivia games accompany sandwiches, burgers, and social gatherings. An extensive menu proffers baskets of the pub's celebrated chicken wings ($10.60 for eight), bathed, like Victorian dandies, in a choice of spicy or sweetened sauces. Six-ounce lean beef Hurriburgers in breeds such as the barbecue and onion-topped hickory smokey ($7.75) and the peameal bacon–backed Great Canadian ($7.10) graze tables until patrons ensnare them in a bun and match them with a side of fries ($1.79). Hands take a breather as forks get to flaking pan-fried tilapia ($10.75) crusted in tortilla bits and accompanied by rice and steamed vegetables. Hurricanes Pub and Grill entertains its diners with free WiFi and Buzztime trivia as well as nine TVs bathing tables in the light of sports fireworks. Guests dine at rustic wood tables on two split levels, ensconced in exposed brick walls lined with vintage signs, sports banners, and needlepoint Monets.

3217 Sandwich St
Windsor,
ON
CA

Martinis and conversation reign at Vermouth, a place that enshrouds imbibers in 1920s-style environs. Friends and clandestine groups of treasure hunters can peruse a menu of creative cocktails and shareable appetizers such as shrimp cocktails and spreadable artichoke dip. Barkeeps blend fresh fruit into seasonal specialty martinis including the raspberry currant, and mixologists shake classic vodka and gin recipes. Foursomes may alternatively toast the completion of their Monopoly game by pouring from a shared pitcher of sangria. The establishment's interior mixes vintage and contemporary decor, inviting patrons to linger near the fireplace or lounge on plush couches.

333 Ouellette Ave
Windsor,
ON
CA

To craft their signature paninis, Bar Domani’s chefs layer freshly baked focaccia bread with cuts of chicken, veal, and fresh vegetables, topping everything off with fine cheeses. Outside the kitchen, guests raise glasses of specialty martinis over plates of tiramisu in the intimate dining room.

881 Erie Street East
Windsor,
ON
CA

An effervescent hotel bartender from Luxembourg. A tavern with an unpopular owner. A beautiful German cook. In 1904, these three elements joined forces and Jacoby's German Biergarten was born. More than a century later, the bustling downtown spot with a storied history remains a sought-after destination, even through collapsing economies, ownership changes, and international lederhosen shortages. Patrons can dig into classic delicacies such as Wiener Schnitzel, German sausage sandwiches, and hearty burgers, pairing them with domestic and imported brews including Paulaner, Schneider Edel Weiss, and Franziskaner Hefe.

624 Brush St
Detroit,
MI
US