Stay close and check out these hotel bars in Detroit

Story by Max White

There are so many great places to enjoy in Detroit for food, drinks, fun, and more, but as we all know when traveling, sometimes it’s easy just to stay in the hotel and grab a close drink.

Thankfully, the Motor City is filled with incredible hotels, and with that comes some really great bars.

So, after a night out in the city, if you want to have a drink close to your room to close out the night, here are some places to do so.

The Apparatus Room at Detroit Foundation Hotel

Inside an old Detroit Fire Department Firehouse, The Apparatus Room offers incredible cocktails that have been inspired by their accomplished mixologists.

According to their website, the cocktail program is “classically focused with an inspiration drawn from the history of the building and the city itself.”

Their drink menu is very large with different wines, whiskeys, tequila, and more. Plus, they have a list of foundation cocktails which include an old-fashioned-type drink, the “Elderflowerade,” an espresso martini, and more.

Detroit Foundation Hotel - Apparatus Room

Detroit Foundation Hotel – Apparatus Room

The Monarch Club at The Element Hotel

There are great views at The Monarch Club, a rooftop bar located at the top of the Element Hotel in the heart of Downtown Detroit.

The space has indoor and outdoor tables that are available year-round, so take in the sights while sipping on a delicious drink.

They have exclusive cocktails like “Naked and Afraid” with Mezcal, Aperol, serrano peppers, and more, or the “Absinthe Minded” which includes gin, Lillet Blac, curacao, and lemon.

Cocktail at Monarch Club

Monarch Club, @vikk.eats

Evening Bar at The Shinola Hotel

A speakeasy in the basement of The Shinola Hotel, you enter Evening Bar through Parker’s Alley, which is behind the hotel off Woodward Ave.

They have a list of non-alcoholic spirits for those who want to stay dry, or you can try some of their highball or session cocktails.

One that screams Michigan is the “State Fair,” which includes Michigan tart cherry bourbon and creamy lemonade, or the “Life Coach” which includes cucumber-infused mezcal, Aperol, vermouth blanc, and bitters.

Evening bar at Shinola

W XYZ Bar at Aloft Hotel

On the bottom floor of the historic David Whitney Building, the W XYZ Bar is a great place to enjoy a drink in the heart of the city. It’s just a few blocks from Comerica Park, Ford Field and Little Caesars Arena, so you’ll be close to everything.

The colorful vibe inside will have you enjoying yourself while drinking a beer or sipping a glass of wine.

Aloft Detroit hotel bar

Candy Bar at The Siren Hotel

You likely haven’t seen a bar like Candy Bar, inside the boutique Siren Hotel along Broadway in Detroit. The décor is all pink inside, and you’ll feel like you’re in a giant ball of cotton candy.

It has a variety of cocktails you can try like the “Morning Dew” with botanist gin, Cocchi rosa, HoneyDew, mint, and lime, or the “Oaxacan Sunrise” with tequila, mezcal, watermelon, lemon, and cilantro.

Candy Bar in The Siren Hotel

High Bar at Marriott Renaissance Center

At the top of the tallest building in Detroit, High Bar and its accompanying restaurant, Highlands, serve up unique drinks with a large spirits menu with sky-high views of Downtown Detroit.

You don’t need reservations for High Bar, and you can order right off the lounge menu for food.

Drink-wise, their cocktail and spirits menu is nearly two dozen pages, with a large variety of scotch and bourbon.

Their Highlands Old Fashioned is made with single barrel Knob Creek, picked specifically for Highlands, pecan bitters, orange, and a luxardo cherry.

High Bar also has a list of seasonal drinks that will make you feel like it does outside.

Cocktails at High Bar

High Bar, @hangry_detroiter

Round Bar at DoubleTree Suites

The Round Bar is aptly named, as the bar sits in a circle on the lower level of the DoubleTree Suites.

The menu includes sandwiches, small plates, salads, and more, and you can find a range of beers, wines, and spirits, many of them local.

Round bar

Motor Bar at The Westin Book Cadillac

The Motor Bar is inside one of the most historic hotels in Detroit, right in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac.

The bar is inspired by Detroit’s rich history and has light food and “inventive drinks.”

Motor bar

The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel

The A Bar at The Atheneum

One of the main hotels in Greektown, The Atheneum will have you in the heart of Detroit’s more popular areas.

If you don’t want to leave, The A Bar and Lounge has a modern Mediterranean menu with innovative cocktails, located right in the hotel’s lobby.

Atheneum Suite Hotel Greektown Detroit

Atheneum Suite Hotel Greektown Detroit

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