Detroit Beer Co. manager Ashley Kull prepares for a fun and hectic day at work Friday as baseball fans head to downtown Detroit for the Tigers’ home opener.
The season officially begins at 1:10 p.m. Friday when the home team takes on the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
“Other cities don’t do opening day like Detroit does. We’re very proud of the Tigers and the season ahead,” Kull said, adding that the celebration for the past two years has been non-existent or muted. because of the pandemic. “But we’re back at full capacity, we’ll be opening our outdoor patio. We’re super excited and expect to be busy all day.”
The Detroit Beer Co. — which brews its own craft beer but also has an extensive bar and food menu — will serve open-day fare like brats and burgers. The daily menu has plenty of pub fare, but is also suitable for all diets, including vegans and those who eat gluten-free.
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“We’ll have a fun blue drink and an orange drink to cheer on the Tigers,” she said, adding that the party vibe will continue throughout baseball season at DBC, which is a distance away. walk from Comerica Park to 1529 Broadway. “That’s what we’re here for, we plan to open both floors every home game so we can just fill up, we’ll have the game on the loudspeaker for everyone to listen in and watch. .”
That’s just a preview of what one site has planned for the Detroit Tigers’ official home game of the season on Friday. Read on to find out what other bars and restaurants within walking distance of the stadium have in store for you on the big day.
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If parking lot parties aren’t your scene, this historic theater will host an indoor party with radio broadcasts and a live band, followed by the game on the big screen. The WRIF-FM (101.1) show “Dave & Chuck the Freak” will air from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m. No cover. 2115 Woodward. wrif.com.
This new three-level restaurant will feature a DJ, patio party, burgers, hot dogs, Jell-O shots, breakfast sandwiches (early) and more, including the new element menu, a Detroit-style coney dog pizza with cheese, chili, chopped hot dog, white onion, and yellow mustard. Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Without reservation. 2131 Woodward. (313) 363-6000. unionassembly.com. Around the corner, the window of Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti will also be open.
This longtime sports bar on Woodward will feature a DJ, live band, freebies and more. Party on the rooftop, indoors or on the tent patio. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Entrance fees, if any, are to be determined. 2302 Woodward. (313) 471-3400. hockeytowncafe.com.
Bookmakers Bar & Grill
The party starts early at this three-level sports bar that has a marquee, DJs, and places to hang out inside and out. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. 2206 Cass, Detroit. (313) 962-0319. bookiesbar.com.
This spacious restaurant and concert hall offers a magnificent view of the baseball stadium. Expect DJs and live music all day, a food truck on the patio, and a view of a TV from any seat in the house. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. covered with $5. 47 E. Adams. (313) 262-6114. tinroofdetroit.com
Opening Day Block Party
The pizza-focused Brass Rail sports bar is part of this three-location block party along with the Annex and Love & Tequila. All venues will have TVs, projection screens, VIP bottle service and 15 DJs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $20 and more. 24 W. Adams. (313) 687-4350. Eventbrite.com.
The Elwood Bar & Grill
This newly renovated sports hangout will host a party that will take place on the terrace and on the first floor of the Gem garage next door with a video wall and live Killer Flamingos set. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. $10 cover. 300 E. Adams. (313) 962-2337. elwoodgrill.com.
Grand Slam Opening Festival
This indoor and outdoor event at the Music Hall Amphitheater features 15 DJs, beer tents, food trucks, a full bar, music, giant screens and more. Woodward Sports will have a pregame broadcast featuring Darren McCarty, Terry Foster and Braylon Edwards. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. $15 and more, VIP packages available. 350 Madison. GrandSlamDetroit.com.
Detroit Home Opening Festival
Considered Detroit’s biggest opening party, this indoor and outdoor party features multiple stages with DJs and bands, HDTVs and video walls to watch the game, beer tents, food, games and more. Doors open at 9 a.m. $20 and up. Madison Ave. Festival Grounds, 440 Madison. detroithomeopener.com.
The Skip and Hell Yeah Dog
Come to The Belt for the cocktails at the open-air Skip bar, but stay for the gourmet food. Hell Yeah Dog is a new concept debuting Friday with custom-made all-beef hot dogs from Dearborn Sausage, buns from Crispelli and nachos with tortilla chips from Aunt Nee. Midday midnight. No cover. The belt between Broadway and Library and Gratiot and Grand River. theskipdetroit.com.
Delmar kitchen and bar
Heated rooftop party at this two-level Greektown bar and restaurant with DJ and food and drink specials. 10:501 Monroe. delmardetroit.com.
This laid-back Greektown hangout will have a huge tent set up next to the building for indoor and outdoor partying. Doors open at 9 a.m. $10 covered. 419 Monroe. (313) 782-4189. firebirdtavern.com.
Mario’s Italian restaurant
Refuel before the game at one of the city’s oldest restaurants. Mario’s will host a pre-game buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $30 per person. After the game there will be surf and grass specials, prime rib, a Coney Island station, a DJ and raffle giveaways. There is a free shuttle to and from Comerica Park for dinners. 4222 Second. Call for reservations (313) 832-1616.
This newly reopened bar is hosting a “no tailgate, tailgate” night with drink specials and an extensive menu. Stock up before the game or stay and watch it there. Doors open at 11 a.m. No cover. 450 W. Fort. (313) 964-9127. anchorbardetroit.com.