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.
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 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.
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.
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!