Martinis are like marriages and clipper ships—they're enjoyable when they're not on the rocks and invaluable during power lunches. Milk the magic of the martini with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of elegant small plates and drinks at Centaur. Centaur is an elegant three-story bar where haberdashers are asked to leave their ware on the rack and classiness is the status quo.
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).
Located in the building formerly housing the Iodent Toothpaste factory, Centaur proudly wears its art-deco roots on its non-tapered sleeve with a stylized interior straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald fantasy. Throughout the martini bar's three levels is an assortment of decadent lounge seating and full-sized billiards tables, ideal for relaxing after a long day of work, archery, or pistachio shucking.
This Groupon is valid toward happy-hour specials, but not for half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
Real Detroit Weekly named Centaur Best Martini Bar of 2010:
- In Greek mythology, a Centaur was a creature in the form of a man’s torso and a horse’s backside. We don’t know what that creature has to do with Detroit’s best martini bar, but it’s a pretty cool name anyway, right? It’s right behind the Fox Theatre and dead-centered with the rest of the marvelous hot-spots in Detroit’s sports and entertainment district, but there’s something a little different about this place. Something like amazing architecture, swank lounge areas, masterful chefs and ... uh, martinis. Duh. Their choice of 21 specialty martinis changes seasonally, so we suggest trying them all before they gallop off the menu. – Real Detroit Weekly
The Metro Times likes Centaur's martinis and finger foods:
Centaur’s mango martini mixes Cointreau, Malibu Mango Rum and fresh mango nectar to good effect. The Apple Pie mixes butterscotch schnapps and cinnamon. The Girltini combines the flavors of raspberries, melons, peaches, oranges, pineapples and cranberries. Other drinks are similarly complicated, and seem designed to make sure you get your vitamin C.
Although drinks are the draw, [owner] Harrington is not slighting edibles. Chef Jared Rheiner’s dozen finger foods are well imagined and well carried out. They’re not just something to keep the tummy quiet till dinnertime, but well worth sampling for their own sakes, and servings are generous enough to share. – Jane Slaughter, Metro Times
- This is one of the most beautiful bars in Detroit. The look is cool art-deco with a great big chandelier coming from the 2nd floor. We had drinks and aps. and a very good time. – thursty, Citysearch
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