Take in great views at these rooftop bars in metro Detroit

Modified: August 24, 2022 | Story by Max White | Photos by Emily Berger

Summer is the season for rooftops, and in metro Detroit, there are plenty of places to take in great views and enjoy good food and drinks.

From smaller rooftops only on the second floor, to ones at the top of hotels in the heart of Downtown Detroit, you can find whatever you’re looking for at different restaurants with rooftop seating.

Tin Roof

If you’re looking for good food, great music and incredible views, Tin Roof is a great spot! It’s located right across the street from Comerica Park in the heart of the District Detroit.

The bar and restaurant has three levels and then a rooftop overlooking Comerica and Downtown Detroit, and features live music almost every day.

Their slogan is “where everybody is somebody,” and throughout the summer they are also hosting “Nashville hits the roof” concert series.

Make sure to try the street corn quesadilla or the Nashville hot chicken sandwich while you’re there. If you’re looking for brunch, they also have burritos, burgers and chicken & donuts available.

Tin Roof, @chuck_in_detroit

Motor City Brewing Works

If you’re looking for a different vibe from Tin Roof, then Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown’s Cass Corridor will give you a relaxing, quiet vibe in a great area of the city.

The brewery has been operating in Detroit for nearly 30 years, and their Midtown location has a great rooftop patio on top of the one-story building.

It features different tables and chairs, and even some comfy furniture for you to kick back and enjoy their delicious beers, including the famous Ghettoblaster.

Make sure to get some of their delicious, homemade pizza with some of the best dough you’ll find in Detroit.

It’s also located on the Detroit Brew Trail, so make sure to bring your pass!

Atwater Beer Co.

Also part of the Detroit Brew Trail, Atwater Beer Co. near Rivertown opened up its outdoor Biergarten on top of the roof a few years ago.

The Biergarten features a second bar on top of the roof, where you can grab a Dirty Blonde, a Vanilla Java Porter or a Whango and soak up the sun.

Grab one of their delicious brats while you’re there, or try the Michigan salad which is perfect on a hot summer day.

The rooftop is closed for 2022, but be sure to put it on your list for your summer 2023 visit to Detroit!

Level Two

Offering great views of Monroe Street in Greektown, Level Two is known for its rooftop right in the heart of the neighborhood.

The bar is open Tuesday through Sunday and while they’re more of a bar, they offer a selection of great food including blackened steak bites, chicken kabob, burgers, salads and more.

They also have events every week including Ladies Night on Thursdays, and opportunities to book private or corporate parties.

Bookies Bar & Grill

Also in the District Detroit, Bookies Bar & Grill offers three levels of space and a rooftop patio showing off great views of the city from just outside the main Downtown area.

Whether you’re looking to hang out before a game or grab delicious food, Bookies offers a vast menu and a ton of different drinks on tap.

Their specials rotate, and you can also rent out the patio if you’re looking to host a party or corporate event.

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The Monarch Club

Probably the most famous rooftop bar in Detroit, The Monarch Club offers sweeping, stunning 360-degree views of Downtown Detroit from the top of The Metropolitan Building.

The classic cocktail bar has an indoor area with great views of the city and then four different rooftop patios on either side of the building.

They have wine, beer, cocktails and spirits, with food available in small plates and shareables.

The Cadillac House White Fish Dip is delicious on a hot summer day, and you can never go wrong with rosemary truffle fries.

Make sure to soak up the views and take it all in when you’re visiting The Monarch Club.

Monarch Club, @vikk.eats

Cøllect Beer Bar

One of the more unique rooftops in metro Detroit, Cøllect is open seven days a week with a small rooftop patio overlooking Detroit’s Eastern Market and Gratiot Ave.

To get through to the roof, you climb up some stairs and through a window-like door, and string lights will hang above you.

Cøllect offers nine different rotating taps with unique beers, as well as a selection of bottles, cans, wines, ciders and a shot and a beer special.

Cøllect Beer Bar, @allaroundcoffee

Delmar Detroit

Another great rooftop in the heart of Detroit’s Greektown, Delmar offers a rooftop lounge with great views of Greektown and the Detroit skyline.

There’s table seating and bottle service available if you want to gather your friends, and you’ll often see people taking pictures by the beautiful mural on top of the rooftop.

Their kitchen offers small plates with sliders, pretzel bites and more, plus a variety of sandwiches and tacos.

Pinky’s Rooftop

There’s not a restaurant in metro Detroit like Pinky’s Rooftop, which is located about 15 minutes north of the city in Downtown Royal Oak.

With a pink décor, Pinky’s offers great food and insanely fun drinks, as well as alcoholic ice pops.

The bar has insi

Pinky’s Rooftop, @mafer.gomz

kend brunch, and some of the cocktails include “Frosé, all day,” “Pink Circus” and “Thank U, Next.”

 

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