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The Best Detroit Sports Bars to Visit

Every Detroit sports fan has some thick skin after the rollercoaster of highs and lows they’ve experienced in the last decade. That being said, they continue to come out to the best Detroit sports bars to support their favorite teams each and every season. Whether you plan on visiting the city before, during, or after the game, be sure to check out these iconic spots that are rich in history, food, and fun.

Nemo’s Bar

Every dedicated Detroit fan has been to Nemo’s Bar at least once to cheer on the boys in Honolulu blue, the legendary Red Wings, or our beloved Tigers. The beer is always cold and the burgers are always filling, which continues to draw people back to this historic Detroit sports bar game after game, not to mention that Nemo’s also offers free parking and cheap shuttles to any of the home games in the city.

Hockeytown Cafe

Hockeytown Cafe makes the list of best sports bars in Detroit mainly because it is so close in proximity to Ford Field and is literally across the street from Comerica Park. When it’s time to celebrate a walk-off home run from Miguel Cabrera, be sure to run across the street for a quick beer and burger. With over 50 beers to choose from, 18 of them on draft, you’re going to love your experience.

Bookie’s Bar

Rich with history, Bookie’s Bar lines it’s walls with photographs and memorabilia from the prohibition era. Bookie’s is a perfect pre-game spot, especially considering that they offer shuttles to all of the home games in the city. Regardless if you make it to the game or not, you’ll want to ensure you take advantage of the $16 Corona buckets or $15 pitchers with shots that’s offered on any home game day.

Harry’s Detroit Bar and Grill

Harry’s Detroit is a perfect meet up spot for before/after the big game. This classic sports pub is perfect for your Monday night game when burgers are only $1. You’ll also appreciate the rooftop patio on warmer days when celebrating a Detroit Tigers victory. Not only is there free parking at Harry’s, but there are shuttles to the different stadiums in the city, too.

Cheli’s Chili Bar

When you visit Cheli’s Chili Bar you know that you’re going to enjoy the experience. Founded by former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, this bar is themed head-to-toe in everything hockey. You’d be missing out if you didn’t try Cheli’s original chili (a must for any chili fanatic). While this Detroit hot spot is perfect to watch any sort of game, it’s considered one of the top environment for Red Wings fans.

Detroiter Bar

If you’re looking for a slightly different bar to check out in Detroit, why not visit the Detroiter Bar? This sports bar has sometimes been described as an establishment with a “dive bar” atmosphere that’s still perfect to watch the game. If your game falls on a Tuesday, you can head this way to catch the free trivia. You will be excited to relax on the patio in the summer!

RUB BBQ and Pub

RUB BBQ is a must try for any Detroit sports fan! Every type of beer drinker will be pleased to see over 50 beers on tap and a variety of burger and BBQ options. This classic Detroit sports bar is just two blocks away from Comerica Park and Ford Field, so it’s a great aftergame dinner spot. Be sure to try the tailgate platter for a variety of bar food options!

HopCat To Expand With 6 New Locations

Since opening their first location in 2008, HopCat has run its business around the simple mission of delivering great food, great beer, and great music to the people. With plans to double their locations from six to twelve in 2016, they are working on bringing craft beer to an even larger market.

Seeking to fill a void of craft beer options in Grand Rapids, beer lover Mark Sellers founded as a place where friends could hang out and enjoy new local brews, as well as options from around the country and around the world. Now part of the BarFly Ventures family, alongside Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat is now one of the staples in the burgeoning craft beer scene of Grand Rapids.

HopCat’s success in Grand Rapids caused for quick expansion throughout the rest of Michigan and even beyond the state boundaries. In 2013, HopCat decided to expand their brand and open a second location in East Lansing. The bar, adjacent to Michigan State University campus, offered a staggering 100 craft beers on draft as well as free “crack fries”. New locations soon followed in Detroit, Indianapolis, Madison, Ann Arbor, and Lexington. Now, a $25 million deal with a Texas-based lender will help HopCat finance 30 new locations over the next several years, starting with the recently announced upcoming location in Lincoln, NE.

Chris Knape, VP of Marketing and Communications, also known around the company as Mr. Propaganda, is extremely excited about the opportunity to expand HopCat further. “We wanted to see if the concept had legs [and] it was successful so we decided to expand.” While expansion on this sort of level can provide some challenges for a brand of any kind, Knape is sure that all of the HopCat locations, new and old, will stay true to their craft beer core.