Late Night Drinking


Bookies

Detroit-City-Center

3.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

Many of downtown Detroit's landmark 1920s deco buildings are in ruins, but the cities recent revival is seeing them being reclaimed. Among them is the ...

Many of downtown Detroit’s landmark 1920s deco buildings are in ruins, but the cities recent revival is seeing them being reclaimed. Among them is the towering Books structure on Washington Blvd, the bottom floor of which is now the Detroit-cool Bookie bar. By Detroit-cool we mean hip yet unpretentious, friendly yet edgy, and open to all. It’s a spacious 3000sq-ft interior with polished wood floors, beige walls and gritty black-white photographs of prohibition era Detroit on its walls. The bar is a long, U-shaped wood structure with stools and tables nearby, and a VIP loft room one floor up overlooking the whole scene. Drinks are decently priced, staff are friendly and the view from the pool table is of the wondrous Book Tower building. Pure class – and all on the “wrong” side of 8-Mile.

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