Detroit, Michigan, may be known as “Hockeytown,” but Detroit Lions fans still fill the 65,000-seat Ford Field every chance they get.
The Lions haven’t won anything resembling a Championship since the pre-Super Bowl era. In fact, there have been some lean decades for Lions fans. However, Lions’ history is still a part of Detroit’s “City of Champions” legacy.
At 3-7 through 10 games this season, it probably isn’t the Lions’ year, but that hasn’t stopped Detroit sports fans from supporting the local NFL squad with full force. The truth is, they still pack local bars and restaurants whenever the Lions play and believe in the home team’s chances without wavering.
There are so many great bars for Lions’ fans all over Detroit, it makes it hard to put together a list of the best Detroit Lions bars.
Still, we managed to configure our top six Lions bars in Detroit right here in this space.
We chose six in honor of the number of years the Lions’ Hall of Fame Running Back Barry Sanders was named a First-team All-Pro. The following list of First-team All-Pro Lions bars should not be missed on any trip to Detroit in the rest of this or any other NFL season:
1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
A Detroit institution since 1965, Nemo’s historic sports bar is located in the heart of Corktown. In fact, Sports Illustrated called Nemo’s the third-best sports bar in America by Sports back in 2005.
There’s plenty of comfy seats, including covered outdoor seating, and enough TVs to makes sure you never miss a minute of Lions’ action.
Got tickets? Head to Nemo’s to pre-game and grab the $3 shuttle to and from Ford Field as rumor has it the ride is as much fun as any game.
The beer is cold, the food is good and Nemo’s features an old school sports bar vibe complete with tin ceilings, a wooden bar, and wall-to-wall Detroit sports memorabilia.
TAP Sports Bar
1777 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48226
Located inside the MGM Grand Detroit, TAP Sports Bar is the perfect place to catch a Detroit Lions game, especially for those than like to gamble a little, or a lot, before, after, or even during the game.
TAP is decorated in Detroit sports memorabilia and with more than 40 HD flat-screen televisions scattered around the room, they’ve got the Lions, and you covered, offering a front-row seat to at least one screen for everyone.
There’s seating for almost 300, a menu filled with classic comfort food and pub classics, and more than 50 draught and bottled beers to choose from.
The Detroiter Bar
649 Beaubien St Detroit, MI 48226
Another gambler’s paradise, The Detroiter Bar is just down the street from Greektown Casino and invites Detroit Lions fans to watch the game inside or take its shuttle to Ford Field.
This true locals joint is in the heart of downtown and has a Greek-inspired menu featuring some of the best burgers in the city.
Brush Street Stadium Deli
2458 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48201
There’s no need for a shuttle from Brush Street Stadium Deli as its located just a few blocks from Ford Field.
The menu features something they like to think of as a cut above typical bar food. In fact, it’s New Orleans-style pub fare featuring catfish po’boys, jalapeño cornbread fritters, and a great gumbo. Think fast service Creole sandwiches with a full-service bar.
Watch the game on one of the many flat screens and order a custom in-house cocktail to do a Detroit Lions Sunday in style.
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, MI 48211
There’s no place to watch Lions games quite like the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck.
It’s in an actual warehouse in Hamtramck and puts you right in the game offering 20 Fowling lanes where you can play its signature combination of football and bowling.
There are also three full-service bars featuring over 120 different types of beer and something called the Mystery Beer Machine. There’s even a 175-seat beer garden and plenty of big-screen TVs for Lions-game viewing.
Unfortunately, there’s no kitchen, but there’s plenty of fun to be had and you can bring in your own food, just like a traditional tailgate party.