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Checking in to Detroit's Non-Lame Hotel Bar Selection

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The post was authored by Curbed contributor Katie Sutton

Hotel bars occupy a weird place in a city's nightlife scene. Just the term "hotel bar" can conjure up images of something bland and forgettable, like heading out for drinks at an Applebee's. That, however, is the wrong way to look at it. Detroit has a handful of these overlooked venues, and the vast majority have more than enough personality to warrant at least a pit stop during your next night on the town. We'll prove it to you.


? The Chrome Bar and Grill - Hilton Garden Inn
On Gratiot between Randolph and Brush, The Hilton Garden Inn offers up The Chrome Bar and Grill to its thirsty guests. Steps from the Greektown strip, Chrome serves American-style pub food along with a decent selection of local beers. Outdoor, first-level seating is available. This location is a favorite, with easy access to the stadiums, Harmonie Park, and the People Mover.

? Finn & Porter - Double Tree
On the corner of 1st and Lafayette, Finn & Porter anchors Detroit's Double Tree Suites with a surf-and-turf restaurant accompanied by a stylish round-bar counterpart. The latter hosts what they call a "3-4-5 Happy Hour" with $3 drafts, $4 wine, and $5 cocktails. A recent addition is the back patio, which is really just a concrete slab with umbrellas and a fence - but it's legal outdoor drinking in downtown so we don't mind.

? Big City Bar & Grill - Holiday Inn Express
Situated on the street level of the Holiday Inn Express on Washington Blvd., Big City is a full-service bar and grill operating separately from yet connected to the hotel itself. Popular on big Detroit weekends like the Hoedown, Opening Day, and the Winter Blast, you will likely find a DJ pumping out some jams while suburban kids get their groove on. With a welcoming interior - including booths and high tops - Big City works for a family meal or a late-night cocktail.

? Motor Bar - Westin Book Cadillac
Just up the escalator on the second floor of the Westin Book Cadillac sits the extra-chic Motor Bar. High ceilings and modern furniture accent the Roarin' Twenties architecture the building provides. This is the kind of place that evokes Don Draper-ish desires for a Manhattan. If that doesn't suit your style, try 24grille or Roast, both located on the first level of the Book Cadillac.

? Volt - Marriott Ren Cen
One of several watering holes in the Ren Cen, Volt is perched on Level 3 of the Marriott Hotel. We hear it's named after the Chevy Volt (very clever, GM), and features an outdoor area over the river. Snacks, full meals, liquor, wine, and beer are all served in this sophisticated lobby bar.

? La Musique - Hotel St. Regis
A cozy lounge in the Hotel St. Regis, this elegant New Center spot is a hidden gem among Detroit hotels. Serving American cuisine and signature cocktails, La Musique hosts live jazz every Thursday. Enjoy la food, la booze, and la fun. They encourage las reservations.