With the Detroit Tigers capturing the American League Penant and the Lions recent football success fresh behind them, the Motor City is rockin’ and is the place to be before, during, and after football and baseball games. We all know that we can watch Detroit teams at pretty much any sports bar in the city, but where are the absolute best sports bars to watch the games? In honor of the Tiger’s latest championship, here are our top ten best sports bars in the greater Detroit Area.
10. The Old Shillelagh
Some of my best memories before heading to Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers have come at the Old Shilleaugh. With twenty beers on tap including Detroit’s hometown brewed specials and pre-game pitcher specials of Bud/Bud Light at $7.50, great times only await at the Old Shillelagh. My pre-game favorite is the half pound cheeseburger with fries for only $7.00. With over twenty-five TVs for any Detroit fans viewing pleasure, I can promise you, that you’ll enjoy your time at the Old Shillelagh.
9. Coaches Corner Bar & Grill
Located only a few blocks from Comerica Park and Ford Field, Coaches Corner is a great place to stop before hitting up a Tigers or Lions game. Full of big screen TVs and great domestic beers on tap, I recommend the “Coaches Reuben” with an ice cold draft beer. With different specials happening everyday of the week, Coaches Corner is any sports fan’s destination for happiness.
8. Gator Jake’s
Located just north of Detroit in Sterling heights, Gator Jake’s has the right mix of cajun and traditional bar food. With twenty-four different beers to choose from and countless TVs, the party at Gator Jake’s is endless. Sticking to a deep south favorite, I recommend the Jambalaya, which includes andouille sausage, jumbo shrimp, ham and chicken in a Creole sauce over rice.
Location: Sterling Heights
7. Lefty’s Lounge
Located on the campus of Wayne State University, Lefty’s Lounge is a great college atmosphere and sports bar that will suit all ages. Any sports bar with a happy hour from 11am-7pm is all about pleasing the customer. Looking for where to watch Michigan and Michigan State? Lefty’s supports all the Detroit sports teams especially the Tigers, along with in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State, and has plenty of TVs to make any sports fan happy. With NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB package, and up to fifteen prime college games shown every week, this is a great destination for fall football. My food pick at Lefty’s goes to Tuesday X-Large two-topping award winning pizza for $10.50 along with one of their all-day, everyday $2.50 pints.
Location: Wayne State
6. Nemo’s Bar
Considered Detroit’s “Original Sports Bar,” Nemo’s has been a staple of excellence since 1965. Across the street from where the old Tiger Stadium stood, Nemo’s is still a favorite pre-game stop before Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions games. Nemo’s shuttle service to and from Tigers, Red Wings & Lions games is probably better than any bar in Detroit.
5. Doc’s Sports Retreat
With over one hundred TVs to watch all the sports packages that they subscribe to, any sports fanatic would be in heaven at Doc’s Sports Retreat. All Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings games can be viewed at Doc’s. With thirty beers on tap, and my personal favorite, “The Big Johnson” twenty ounce burger to choose from, you’ll definitely leave feeling satisfied. Pun intended.
4. Cheli’s Chili Bar
Located across the street from Comerica Park, Cheli’s (owned by former Red Wing Defensemen Chris Chelios) is a prime destination before Tigers, Red Wings and Lions games. With a rooftop party deck, patrons can take in the activity from Comerica park. On Tiger or Lion game day’s Cheli’s is very busy but service is still excellent. From experience, I once ordered a burger and fries and told the waitress we were in a hurry, and received my food within ten minutes without a screw-up on it. With thirty-six TVs throughout, Cheli’s always has something good to watch!
3. Norm’s Field of Dreams
Named after its owner and also by coincidence Tiger great Norm Cash, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a must stop for any Detroit sports fan. Monday’s are my favorite day at Norm’s because of Michigan Monday’s with fifty cent wings and one dollar Coney dogs. Located just north of Detroit in Troy, Norm’s Field of Dreams is a great pre or post game stop before heading to a Tigers, Lions or Red Wings game. Plenty of TVs throughout with a jamming jukebox make Norm’s a great destination and definitely one of the top sports bars in Detroit.
2. 24 Seconds Bar & Grill
With two 10 foot big screens along with twenty other high definition TVs to watch the Tigers, Lions, Pistons & Red Wings on along with NFL Sunday Ticket and all the football you could ask for on a Satuerday, 24 Seconds Bar & Grill is the place for any sport fan. Fans can take a shuttle (which you are allowed to drink on) to and from Lions games. During summer months, 24 Seconds has a rooftop lounge where sports fans can relax at as well.
1. Hockeytown Café
Considered by many polls to be one of the best sports bars in the U.S., Hockeytown café needs to be on any sports fan’s bucketlist. With 63 inch plasma TVs stationed throughout the bar, there’s not a seat in Hockeytown that doesn’t have a great TV view. With forty beers on tap, and great gametime specials including $5.00 pitchers of Miller High Life and my personal favorite, the Michigan Cherry Burger topped with Michigan cherries from Traverse City. Located across the street from Comerica Park, Ford Field and just blocks from Joe Louis Arena, Hockeytown Café gets the number one spot on our list of the best sports bars in the Detroit area.
By: Craig Emmert