Talking about sports, like winning the lotto and undergoing surgery, goes better with a cold beer and nachos. Make every hour happy hour with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of food and drinks at Cheli's Chili Bar. Today's Groupon is valid for dine-in only at both the downtown Detroit and downtown West Dearborn locations; it is not valid on Red Wings, Tigers, or Lions home-game days at the Detroit location.
Owned by former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Cheli's Chili Bar creates a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere to take in the game, nosh on some bar food and guzzle down brews. Walls are bedecked with more than 30 HD screens to watch the games and are covered with sports memorabilia to watch you watch the games with their beady, collectible eyes. While each Cheli's location carries its own distinct dishes and beers, both the Dearborn and Detroit menus come topped by the signature chili. Order it by the cup ($4.25), in a luscious mix of cheddar, onions, and sour cream ($6.25), or smeared with mustard and onion on a Coney dog ($5.95). Patrons appreciate the delicious waffle fries, which sneak onto the plate of each dinner entree and sandwich, and appetizer explorers love to traverse mountainous portions of nachos ($9.50), layered with cheese, onion, sour cream, black olives, and jalapeños. The fully stocked bars at each Cheli's allow you to wash down your gullet with a wide array of beers on tap, in bottle, and in wrought-iron Stanley Cup chalices.
At either downtown location, Cheli's remains a convenient spot for pre-game carbo-loading, post-game partying, or no-game party carbo-ing. It doesn't have to be weekly sports-appreciation day to appreciate Cheli's, either. Every week features live entertainment on the rooftop deck (call ahead for the schedule), and your outdoor stargazing might achieve double meaning, since Cheli has been known to drop in with famous hockey pals and a visibly intoxicated Ursa Minor.
Though Citysearchers offer polarized reviews of the Dearborn location's service, Yelpers and TripAdvisors love the atmosphere and give the Dearborn location 3.5 stars. Insider Pagers give it three. The Detroit location gets 3.5 stars from Yelpers, and 82% of more than 300 Urbanspooners recommend it.
- With a delightful rooftop patio, Cheli's is a great place to meet with friends. The crowd is relaxed and without any loud pounding music, good drinks and coversations [sic] flow abundantly. – Ian G., Yelp
- This is a great place to hang out. Fun when there is a major sporting event, fun when they have a band, and fun to hang out with friends around the bar or on the patio in the summer. I have had many great times here. – Shelly M., Yelp
- We intentionally went early to see if we could watch 4 different events. He directed us to a table and set us up. Our waitress was great too - we planned to stay for hours and she checked back regularly. – ticket&passport, TripAdvisor