Located directly behind the Fox Theatre, in the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment district, Centaur is the perfect spot to meet before, after, or instead! The Metropolitan didn’t make up that line – someone at Centaur did – but it’s true. Owner Sean Harrington and crew have done a fine job in creating this top shelf, deco style, Martini bar. Sophisticated, well appointed and finely staffed, Centaur offers the perfect location for cocktails and conversation, while managing to maintain its sense of humour. The bar and kitchen are open seven days a week, from 4 pm – 2 am, with a daily Happy Hour between 4-7, serving $5 Martinis, with flavors like Lemon Meringue, Pomegranate and Wasabi and specials like the Detroiter, Ultimate Godiva and the Dirty Girl Scout (naughty naughty). Centaur has a very nice wine and champagne selection, saki, port and serves a variety of bottled and draught beer.
2233 Park Avenue Detroit Mi. 48201 313. 963. 4040 Centaurbar.com
DIRTY MARTINI LOUNGE | Novi
The Dirty Martini balances comfort and luxury with high-energy excitement. Open four nightsaweek,Wed-Sat5pm-2am,TheDirty Martini offers live entertainment, DJ and a unique selectionofovertwentymartinisincluding,TheBig O (orange vodka, orangecello, orange juice, sour, sprite), Flirtini (vodka, chambord, champagne, sugared rim), and the Happy Ending (bicardi limon, midori, chambord, pineapple, cranberry, sprite). Bottle service includes belvedere ($185), hennessey v.s.o.p. ($185), moet rose ($85), patron silver ($190) and more (each bottle comes with choice of two mixers, lemons and limes). The Dirty Martini offers an extensive cigar selection, classic cocktails and several rooms to enjoy, each with a different experience. Whether an intimate date, meeting friends or seeking a local to discuss business, The Dirty Martini is a destination where your senses are stirred, not shaken.
42705 Grand River Ave. Novi Mi. 48375 877-Dirty-07 thedirtymartinilounge.com
THE EMORY | Ferndale
According to their website, the Emory is named after Emory Johnson (1898-1963), a hard working farmer from the Toledo area. The hardwood behind the bar was harvested from family woods in 1986. Before construction began, the Emory was gutted down to nothing, when all usable material was carefully stockpiled. Much of that material was incorporated into the new infrastructure of the new construction. The Emory funds its own recycling program and claims to make a difference. They recycle glass, cardboard and plastic and use the oil remaining from the making of fries and such to power their delivery vehicle. If that is not enough, The Emory serves a $5 burger every Tuesday (beef, turkey or black bean), serves a very hip crowd in downtown fashionable Ferndale and has one of the most beautiful bar counters in the state. Open Mon thru Fri 11am – 2am, Sat & Sun 9 am – 2 am.
22700 Woodward Ave Ferndale Mi. 48220 248. 546. 8202 theemory.com
BAKER’S KEYBOARD LOUNGE | Detroit
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is the oldest operating jazz club in the world. Celebrating its 76th year, Baker’s boasts half moon booths, a piano shaped bar, great soul food and the finest jazz this side of anywhere. Under Clarence Baker, the jazz club has lent the stage to Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Coltrane, Krupa, Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Liberace and the list goes on. Today, Juanita Jackson and John Colbert run the club with the same love and spirit of Baker’s original owners. Open all week, Baker’s offers live entertainment while serving lunch or a late dinner. Standard cocktails, beer and champagne, with a happy hour each day of the week, Baker’s is a landmark in Detroit entertainment – a must see to visitors and locals alike. Check website for calendar of events. 2 drink minimum during entertainment.
20510 Livernois Ave Detroit Mi. 48221 313. 345. 6300 bakerskeyboardlounge.com