Sports bars are not created equal, especially during playoff season in October.
Some watering holes seem designed for heavy drinking during the heavy hitting.. while a couple old-timer joints are suddenly chock-full of retirees remembering the glory days of the boys in blue and orange.
Are you a Detroit Tigers die-hard? A casual bandwagon fan? Or maybe you don't even like baseball. Wherever you fall in the lineup, click through the slideshow for our advice on where to park yourselves this playoff season (we even called "foul" on a few reputable venues that just aren't quite suited for your sports fan spirit). Also included are addresses and estimated walking distances from Google Maps to help pencil in your Tigers playoff plans.
Where Should YOU Watch The Detroit Tigers Postseason?
Sports bars are not created equal, especially during playoff time. Some watering holes seem designed for heavy drinking during the heavy hitting.. while a couple old-timer joints are suddenly chock-full of retirees remembering the glory days of the boys in blue and orange. Are you a Detroit Tigers die-hard? A casual bandwagon fan? Or maybe you don't even like baseball. Wherever you fall in the lineup, click through the slideshow for our advice on where to park yourselves this playoff season. GO TIGERS!
The Sports Crowd: Detroit Beer Co.
Two huge bars, delicious draft beer and calorie-bomb platters of brewery-inspired food. They're all reasons why the Detroit Beer Co. gets a healthy (yet never overcrowded) audience of Tigers fans on game days. Best part, though. is the quality of those baseball watchers standing around the bar. If you like your Tigers television with a side of commentary and plenty of enthusiastic high-fives, you'll be in decidedly good company here. <a href="www.detroitbeerco.com/">Detroit Beer Co.</a> 1529 Broadway .1 miles from Comerica Park
The Relics: Nemo's
Maybe you wanna make a friendly wager on the ballgame, or you're the kind of guy who finds conversations about sabermetrics about as pesky as steroids.The patriarch of the Michigan and Trumbull neighborhood, Nemo's has been serving up drafts and grease-soaked sliders since before the Tigers made it to the World Series in '68. If you really do bleed Tiger blue, your classic evening of baseball awaits (and hey, take the Nemo's bus to the game!) <a href="http://www.nemosdetroit.com/">Nemo's Bar</a> 1384 Michigan Ave. One mile from Comerica Park
The Insiders: Park Bar
You know you've been around this city for a while when "garlic sauce" becomes a key factor in choosing a playoff-watching location. Park Bar's sumptuous shawarma sandwiches, seasoned curly fries and smooth hummus pretty much add up to the Triple Crown of baseball bar food. Quick drinks from the circular bar and easy street access for post-game people-watching make Park Bar about as logical a choice as Cabrera for MVP. <a href="http://www.parkbardetroit.com/Park_Bar_Detroit/Home.html">Park Bar</a> 2040 Park Ave. .1 miles from Comerica Park
The Loners: Nick's Gaslight Restaurant & Lounge
If you enjoy actually watching the baseball game and sipping a beer without drunks, casual fans and recent college graduates banging into your barstool for nine innings straight, this oft-overlooked downtown establishment has quick service and zero tolerance for fair-weather foolishness. We designate Nick's a steady addition to your game-day lineup. Nick's Gaslight Restaurant & Lounge 441 Grand River Ave. .4 miles to Comerica Park
The Urban Renewers Who Secretly Like Sports: Green Dot Stables
Just 'cause you make street art, or you're super-concerned with promoting local food systems or inspiring community-oriented discussions on the future of whatever... none of this means you aren't a baseball fan. Because you are. And you'll be craning your neck toward the televisions while your friends discuss the latest indoor-outdoor participatory installation-thing in your usual booth at Green Dot Stables. Don't think we're knocking this little gastropub that's singlehandedly spearheaded the resurgence of Corktown Shores. Tasty gourmet sliders + way cheap drink specials + Young Detroiters like you = the baseball bar of the future! <a href="http://greendotstables.com/">Green Dot Stables</a> 2200 W Lafayette Blvd 1.8 miles to Comerica Park
The Gourmands: Angelina Italian Bistro
How do you choose between Prince Fielder and homemade pasta? That's one heck of a riddle -- so we're happy to report that you actually don't have to. Not only is Angelina Italian Bistro located just steps from Comerica Park, but the elegantly-designed bar area features a large flat-screen television that's always tuned to Tigers baseball on game days. Business lunch? Here's another way to sneak in a couple innings. <a href="http://www.angelinadetroit.com">Angelina Italian Bistro</a> 1565 Broadway .1 miles to Comerica Park
The Fans Who Miss Old Tiger Stadium: St. Cece's
You are never going to forget Old Tiger Stadium or forgive George Jackson. Historic preservationists and those of us who loved The Corner feel a tad out of place in downtown's shiny stadium district. While nothing can bring back Briggs, you'll at least feel connected to a simpler time and place inside Corktown's beautifully restored St. Cece's Pub. And it's just a short stroll away from the vacant field that once stood for Detroit's storied baseball legacy <em>(and is sure to become a shopping mall.. any day now)</em> <a href="http://saintceces.com">St. Cece's Pub</a> 1426 Bagley 1.1 miles to Comerica Park
Wait Till November?
Nothing against these fine Detroit establishments, but we think they're missing a certain baseball <em>je ne sais quoi </em>needed to qualify as a logical playoff perch.
The Suburbanites: Hockeytown Cafe
Were you trying to go to this cool new restaurant you heard about called Slow's, and, well ... you just couldn't find the door ... so you came here instead? Those in the know generally steer clear of Hockeytown Cafe, mostly because it's like the Rainforest Cafe of Detroit sports bars. But whatever this multi-floor Ilitch emporium lacks in authenticity, it definitely makes up for it in terms of accessibility to Comerica Park, cheap drinks and freeway access for the long drive home. <a href="http://www.hockeytowncafe.com/">Hockeytown Cafe</a> 2301 Woodward .1 miles from Comerica Park
The Girls Who Don't Actually Like Baseball: Centaur Bar
You're more bundt cake than bunt call, honestly. You are pretty sure that the seventh-inning stretch isn't a yoga move. Maybe you bought a form-fitting Tigers zip-up sweatshirt to wear on a ballgame date.We're all for their gorgeous cocktails and appetizers, but Foxtown martini bar Centaur is a strikeout for serious playoff fans. Unless, of course, you're the kind of girl who doesn't actually like baseball -- but loves the idea of Cute Sporty Guys catching a glimpse of you through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And OMG, what if JV saunters over after the game for a celebratory chocolate martini? <a href="http://www.centaurbar.com/welcome.html">Centaur Bar</a> 2233 Park Ave, Detroit Distance from stadium: .2 miles
The People Who Will Be Blacked Out By The Eighth Inning, Anyway: The Bronx
We doubt that The Bronx even has a TV. But if your interest in the Tigers begins and ends with the thought that Jim Leyland would make for an excellent drinking companion, the cocktails at this unbeatable Cass Corridor watering hole are stiff enough to interest you. The Bronx Bar 4476 2nd Ave 1.5 miles to Comerica Park (Photo via <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/2xDUtzO7aSJHdj9-Kn2O-w?select=SwmcPtZdUOGIsvGRUwJYRg#SwmcPtZdUOGIsvGRUwJYRg">Yelp user o o</a>)
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