Friday, October 17, 2014

Detroit City Distillery

Detroit is growing and expanding really quickly, it seems like every week there is a new restaurant, bar, or venue popping up. It can be hard to keep up with it all! This week I finally had a chance to check out The Detroit City Distillery, which officially opened its doors on August 30th. The distillery offers "artisanal whiskey, gin and vodka using the finest local ingredients sourced directly from farms near the distillery".

I rolled into the distillery late last Friday night to catch DJ sets by two of my favorites, Erno the Inferno and Eastside Jon. What I found was one of the coolest new bars in the city. The walls are made of red brick from top to bottom, there are a few pieces of art on the walls, and a few tables. There is a long bar along one side of the bar and a small dance floor by the DJ area. The room is dimly lit and the space was very inviting. I felt like I was traveling back to an era where people dressed up and went out for quality cocktails on the weekend. 

The bar tenders immediately asked me what I wanted and offered up a drink menu when I was unsure. The menu featured classic drinks, like an old fashion, paired with lots of specialty cocktails that the staff has created. I personally ordered a Moscow Mule, which became my favorite drink after trying it at Green Dot Stables a couple of years ago. I can honestly say that it was the best Mule that I have ever had, it was well made, well mixed, and went down way too easy. In fact, I had to have two. I was so impressed with the drinks, the vibe, and the space that I stayed there 'til close. I only planned to stay for a drink, but a good time is a good time. My only complaint was that my Mule wasn't served in a copper mug. They need to invest in some copper mugs, they make Mules that much better.

The distillery is located at 2462 Riopelle Street in Detroit. It is currently open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. -.12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Drinks range from $10-15 and are worth every penny. They also have happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. and a gentleman's Sunday special that involves a hair cut. To keep up with the specials, you can follow Detroit City Distillery on Facebook here.

We would love to see more cool spots like this open around the city. Kudos to the distillery, you just made drinking a whole lot more tasty and classy.


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