There’s Detroit speakeasy about drinking in an underground bar that instantly transports you to a different era. It’s not just about the cocktails, either; it’s about feeling like you’re sneaking into a secret club. If you’re in the mood to try a speakeasy that will give you the feeling of being part of an exclusive group, here are five spots you can go to in Detroit.
In the 1920s US Mortgage Bond Building, a tunnel connects to an underground room in the basement that’s currently home to Shelby Detroit, a cozy cocktail bar. Located in Detroit’s Financial District, the Shelby is housed in a bank vault with original architectural details. The bar’s cocktail menu includes a mix of classic drinks and creative creations. The space also features a few nooks perfect for a nightcap.
Hidden Gems: Exploring the Enchanting Speakeasies of Detroit
During Prohibition, bootleggers would smuggle massive quantities of alcohol into Detroit from Canada. The city’s proximity to the border allowed gangs like the Purple Gang to capitalize on the business. While there’s no proof that the Purple Gang ever used the club, it is speculated that they did because of the way in which Weitzman conducted business.
A long-awaited Black-owned artisan cocktail bar recently opened in Detroit, tucked away in the alley behind upscale soul food restaurant Savannah Blue. Designed by James Beard semifinalist Andre Sykes, Willow pays homage to the Black experience through drink ingredients like Jamaican hibiscus syrup sorrel and rum-based Fannie Ward No. 2. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, the opulent ambiance and libations are worth checking out.
Weiss Distilling Co.
34 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017, United States