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Mar 30, 2009 10:32 AM

Where do the Tigers fans go? - Detroit

I'll be visiting family in Ann Arbor for the Passover holiday, and am looking for the perfect bar at which to watch the Tigers' home opener (I was originally looking for actual tickets, but long ago abandoned that heartbreaking quest.) Any suggestions for a Detroit-area watering hole with local character and a reliably large crowd of Tigers fans? Thanks!

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  1. There's a bar with a rooftop right at the back of the first base line. I can't recall the name right now maybe some one else can help. I was expecting there to be a lot more tickets available this season with the economy. You may want to keep an eye out for re-sells on the Tiger web site.

    1. Hey, shm9496...

      Here's a link to Ann Arbor bars

      The previous poster was referring to Cheli's Chili Bar. Also on Monroe adjacent to Comerica Park is the Elwood Grill---a great place to have a few brewskis and a sandwich. Three blocks away and still central city Detroit is Harry's Detroit Bar.

      Opening Day in Detroit is just a bit less chaotic than Mardi Gras in NO.

      If you choose A2, the link should help you greatly. If you want to wander into the Comerica Park neighborhood, there are a dozen or more bar/restaurants willing to make your day.

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      1. re: RedTop

        Second on Harry's and the Elwood.

        A nice old place with a stamped tin ceiling, near the old Tiger Stadium (i.e., away from the madness) is Nemo's on Michigan Avenue. Good burgers.

        1. re: Jim M

          Ditto Nemo's --they still channel the "real" (aka) Tiger Stadium games on Michigan Ave.
          I think the Post downtown would probably be a blast,--but for drinking and a big party atmosphere..

          1. re: Jim M

            Ditto Nemos! Really any place in Corktown is where you want to be. Chelis is bad food and a depressing interior. Nemos at least has character. You even have a chance of getting a parking space.

            1. re: cholderby

              I win stay with this theme...Corktown has the character of being baseball bars for years. The places need Ford Field and Comerica are a bit to spit and polish for a game played on dirt. Some people may like that clean feeling but I like the nit, the grit, the stories, the history and people in the Corktown bars.

              I know the Corktown Tavern has just newly remodeled and have no idea what that means but the building suffered a fire a while back and the owner Tom was working on getting it back up and running. I know some Flat Panel TV's were apart of the renovations though.

          2. re: RedTop

            Mis-spoke above...
            Cheli's & the Elwood are on Adams. Both just across the street from Comerica Park.

          3. I ditto the rec for Cheli's - although their rooftop isn't very large and will fill up quickly on Opening Day. Hockey Town Cafe also has a rooftop. I also "concur" that the bars & restaurants in the area will be jammed, but most will have tents/parties going on - so it will feel like you are at the game (sort of). Have fun!

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            1. re: Ludlows23

              Great suggestions all. I too thought the rotten economy would mean a surfeit of tickets, but I'm happy to do my cheering and drinking down the road. Thanks for all the ideas. Go Tigers!

              1. re: Ludlows23

                cheli's is a great location and a great place for beers, but the food is nothing to write home about. the rooftop is good for being outside, but it is nothing like the rooftops around wrigley. you cannot see a blade of grass from cheli's roof, just the 3rd base upper deck seats.

                harry's is good. coach's corner in harmonie park is good. the new bookie's is getting some good buzz.

                1. re: xman887

                  Cheli's food is not good. I wouldn't go there.

                  1. re: momskitchen

                    This is absolutely true.

                    I'm almost vicious when a restaurant serves lousy food, especially when they can't even get their namesake right (the chili there is lousy, too!), but I don't truly hate Cheli's...I just don't go there.

                    I consider it to be far more of a see-and-be-seen bar, which would be far more accurate. I wish they'd drop the "Chili" from "Cheli's Chili" and I'd probably have no problem with the place whatsoever. As it is, it's hard for me to hate it because I think really highly of Chris Chelios as a hockey player, but seriously: if you're going to be a restaurant first, the food *must* be decent, and it's pretty lousy here.

                    It feels like a chain in the realm of Applebees/Chili's/Bennigans/et cetera. I'm not sure that I can condemn a place to a much-worse fate than that, but when it's owned by Cheli, I have to admit: I really like him, so I want him to do well in things like this!

                    That being said, I certainly don't go to any of his locations, and if someone wanted to, I'd do my level best to persuade them to go elsewhere.

                    Edited to add that, quite frankly, Applebees, Chili's, and Bennigans et al actually do have better food than I've had at Cheli's. And yes, I'm fully aware of what I've just written there, and yes, it does make me shake my head in shame/bewilderment.

                    1. re: boagman

                      And how many varieties of Chili Peppers or Bowls of Chili can you get a Chili's?

                      The Answer is One and One....

                      Damnit...WE WANT OPTIONS!

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        I can understand this...I was just speaking to the food in general at these places. And even then: wouldn't you want those options to be among chili that's good in the first place? Cheli's isn't, though I'm not a guy who orders chili anywhere. From what I've heard from people who *do* like chili, though, it's not good at Cheli's. I've had other foods at Cheli's, and I've never in the 4 or so times I've been there had anything good.

                    2. re: momskitchen

                      I agree with your take on the food but Chelis does have the best (the only) view of Comerica park field. It's fine for a bar and on opening day would fit the OP's request for a ton of tigers fans to a T especially if they want to be right in the mix and not miles away. Plus there is always the possability of picking up last minute tickets on Woodward walking South from the parking lots!

                2. the old shilleleagh, close to comerica, close to the greektown casino, what more could you want?

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                  1. re: ironballs

                    Good Pick! Don't they sometimes have a shuttle as well?