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Friendliest bar in Ann Arbor?

e_over_m Jun 27, 2011 08:25 PM

I'm moving to Ann Arbor from NYC next week with my fiance. We want to find a bar where we can have dinner once a week-ish and chat with some regulars in the hopes of making friends. Not looking for foodie paradise--just a good burger and/or sandwich and a place that isn't full of undergrads during the school year (I'm 26, he's 28, I'm going to grad school but neither one of us wants to relive our undergrad days). I'd appreciate any suggestions!

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    charlesbois Jun 28, 2011 07:21 AM

    Old Town - *the* townie bar. good food.
    Aut bar - lgbt bar that does a mean brunch
    Fraser's pub - neighborhood dive, if you're on that side of town, with people there always willing to chat
    Jolly Pumpkin - upscale-ish hip bar with good, locally-sourced food and excellent homemade spirits and cocktails

    Aut Bar
    315 Braun Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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    1. re: charlesbois
      Jim M Jun 28, 2011 09:05 AM

      ... and *beer* at the Jolly Pumpkin—two of the top ten in the U.S. per the NY Times.

      All of charles' choices are good; Fraser's is a bit more sports-oriented. The Old Town is indeed Ann Arbor's classic townie bar. There are other bars in the U.S. with a picture of a naked lady on the wall, but how many others have a picture of Franz Schubert? Sunday night, when there's acoustic music, is a good place to meet people in that scene.

      For actual dinners, I would also suggest Casey's. It's a bit more of a restaurant—mostly tables, but also has a large bar area. The food is consistently good.

      1. re: Jim M
        Davwud Jun 29, 2011 08:24 AM

        I ate at Casey's and even blogged about it and thought it was really good. Great vide to the place when we were there for lunch.


        1. re: Davwud
          boagman Jun 29, 2011 01:44 PM

          I take it that "vide" is really "vibe"?

          1. re: boagman
            Davwud Jun 29, 2011 02:52 PM

            Yes. Yes it is.


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      ooroger Jun 28, 2011 09:14 AM

      While it doesnt serve food (yet), Wolverine State Brewing Company on Stadium/Pauline is a great hang-out. Tends to attract a slightly older, hippier crowd (I would consider myself the former, being a few years removed from grad school, but certainly not the latter) and has a very relaxed atmosphere (couches, etc).

      Likewise, Ann Arbor Brewing Company on Washington is good - sit at the bar.

      Arbor Brewing Company
      114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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        Michigan Mishuganer Jun 28, 2011 12:05 PM

        try Knights. they do have great strong drinks! gin & tonic!

        1. rtv Jun 29, 2011 07:17 AM

          Ashley's (for beer)

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          1. re: rtv
            Jim M Jun 30, 2011 05:01 AM

            Ashley's definitely does not meet the criterion of not being full of undergrads. Great beer list, though.

            Agreed on Wolverine Brewing. This is a new brewpub on the west edge of town. They have a rack of delivery menus from nearby places so you can order food.

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